A Very Austen Valentine Review and Giveaway

by | Mar 29, 2019 | Uncategorized | 16 comments


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About the Book

Book: A Very Austen ValentineA-Very-Austen-Valentine-Book-Cover-200x300

Author: Robin Helm

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency), Religious and Inspirational

Release Date: December 29, 2018

Six beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen’s Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and PrejudicePersuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen’s adored novels.

Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine’s Day.

I Dream of You by Robin Helm

Newly-married Elizabeth Darcy has a plan: to charm her too-busy husband into desiring her company as much as he did when he was courting her. A series of romantic dreams gives her just the push she needs to put that plan into action.

Sir Walter Takes a Wife by Laura Hile

Faced with a lonely future and finding himself strapped for cash, Persuasion’s Sir Walter Elliot manfully decides to marry again. But his careful plans go sadly awry! A lighthearted Valentine mash-up featuring two of Jane Austen’s worst snobs.

My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis

Jane and Charles Bingley have married, even though Miss Elizabeth Bennet remains certain Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy gave his best effort to keep them apart. After Mr. Darcy refused to stand up with Bingley and did not attend the wedding, she despises the gentleman more than ever and finds his company intolerable. How will she endure her visit to Kent if Mr. Darcy turns up everywhere she goes?

Pretence and Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite

A chance encounter with a handsome stranger forces Elizabeth to resort to subterfuge in order to discover his true intentions.

My Valentine by Mandy H. Cook

Little Charlotte was always determined and independent, traits which served her well as she battled a serious childhood illness and later as she took on Polite Society. Will those traits now deprive her of true love? Or would her lifelong Valentine win her heart?

The Lovers’ Ruse by Susan Kaye

In this Persuasion alteration, Anne is so altered by Wentworth’s love in the summer of 1806, she refuses to give him up when both her godmother and father try to persuade her. “The Lovers’ Ruse”follows Frederick and Anne through their whirlwind courtship and their secret engagement. When Wentworth returns for his Annie girl, the cat comes out of the bag.


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My Review

As a reader and lover of Jane Austen and her works, this collection of six short stories whetted my appetite to reread the classics and watch a few Austen movies. The authors add a bit more depth to the familiar lives of beloved characters. I had never thought about Valentine’s Day or Valentines in the early 1800s, but these stories center around the love life of the participants through the words on Valentines or letters passing through their hands.

In this collection the reader meets Elizabeth and Darcy a year after their marriage when their love life needs a little attention. Then another story takes on the love entanglement of their daughter Charlotte years later. I love meeting their children! Two other stories concentrate on elements of ‘what if’ during their courtship. My Austen imagination soars believing the events transpired in real literature time.

The most humorous tale involves the courtship of Lady Catherine de Borough by the sometimes silly and awkward Sir Walter Elliot. I definitely now see Lady Catherine in a different light. The last tale involves the romance of Sir Elliot’s daughter with Frederick Wentworth of the navy.

Personally, I can never get enough of Austen! Thank you ladies for your creative imaginations and for sharing with all of the Austen fans.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

robin helmRobin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction.

Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: GuardianSoulFire, and Legacy (a guardian angel protects a supernaturally gifted girl), the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours (Fitzwilliam Darcy switches places in time with his descendant, Will Darcy), and Understanding Elizabeth (Regency sweet romance).

She contributed to A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1, an anthology featuring like-minded authors, in 2017, and A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2which was released on December 29, 2018.

New releases for 2019 include More to Love, a standalone historical sweet romance dealing with body image; Lawfully Innocent, a historical U.S. Marshal romance book in the Lawkeepers series; Maestro, a historical sweet romance featuring a brilliant musician and his student; and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3.

She lives in sunny South Carolina where she teaches piano and adores her one husband, two married daughters, and three grandchildren.


More from Robin

Do you love Historical romance, but avoid “those” covers like the plague?

Would you enjoy an anthology featuring six Valentine-themed novellas set in the Regency period written by Christian authors?

In A Very Austen Valentine, stories range from a young wife searching for a way to bring her marriage back to the way it was, to a laugh-out-loud courtship between Jane Austen’s worst snobs.

Misunderstandings, concealed identities, and romance abound.

There is even a sequel featuring the children of the Darcys and the Brandons.

Every reader will find something to love in this wonderful collection.

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, March 25

Christian Bookaholic, March 25

Blogging With Carol, March 26

Britt Reads Fiction, March 26

Reflections from My Bookshelves, March 27

For Him and My Family, March 27

Godly Book Reviews, March 28

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 28

Emily Yager, March 29

Connect in Fiction, March 29

The Christian Fiction Girl, March 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 30

Moments, March 31

Mary Hake, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1

Pause for Tales, April 1

Creating Romance, April 2

Book by Book, April 2

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 3

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 4

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

janicesbookreviews, April 5

A Reader’s Brain, April 5

Just the Write Escape, April 6

Inklings and notions, April 7

The Becca Files, April 7



To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away

Grand Prize: a $50 Amazon gift card
1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 1
2nd Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
3rd Place: A set of three ebooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books and
4th Place: a $5 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/ddfa/a-very-austen-valentine-celebration-tour-giveaway


  1. BeckieWrites

    So fun! I love Austen reimafinings 🙂 Great post!

  2. Laura Hile

    Marguerite, thank you for hosting us today — and for taking the time to read and review our anthology. I’m not quite sure how you do it all — teach, read, review, and WRITE. Tell you what, you’re giving Wonder Woman a run for her money!

    Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed our stories — and what can I say about my Sir Walter Takes a Wife? There is no excuse, save to say that I had WAY too much fun writing it.

    Again, thank you. It is a pleasure to introduce my writing friends (anthology authors, who truly are my good friends, even though we met over the Internet 🙂 ) to your friends.

    • margueriteg2016

      Hey, Laura! This was such a fun book especially your story! I will admit I laughed a lot. Thanks!

      • Laura Hile

        Me too, Marguerite. I had WAY too much fun writing Sir Walter and Lady Catherine.

      • Laura Hile

        Ha, I guess I said that already. Sounds like I might need to get off of spring break and back into the classroom, right? Anyway, it’s been encouraging to discover that readers enjoy my story. Truth to tell, I was a little scared to publish it in a Valentine anthology … because it is not all that romantic. 😀

        Robin encouraged me. “But people love to laugh!” She was right.

  3. Debbie P

    I really want to read this book. It sounds fantastic.

    • margueriteg2016

      It really was awesome and very entertaining….

    • Laura Hile

      Debbie, thanks for the kind encouragement. We think it has something for just about everyone.

  4. nancy j burgess

    Sounds good can’t wait to read this book.

    • margueriteg2016

      I certainly hope to read more of these kinds of stories.

  5. carylkane

    I’m excited to read this collection! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Katie Gray

    Oooh this looks thrilling! Your review makes me want to read it! I have added it to my list now. I just watched The Jane Austen Book Club on Netflix and it was so great! Now I want to collect and read all of Austen’s books!

    • margueriteg2016

      I’ve read all of them! It takes a while to get used to the writing style.


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