The Courtship of Edward Gardiner by Nicole Clarkston is a prequel to Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and it features two of its most beloved characters, the Gardiners. Edward Gardiner has had his heart broken and when Thomas Bennet calls for his aide, he’s happy to oblige if it gets him out of London and away from his dashed hopes. He’s a businessman on the rise, and while his sisters may be less than tactful, he’s a perfect gentleman. I’ve always loves the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and her aunt, and Clarkston gives us more insight into how that bond may have formed.
Mr. Gardiner soon finds out how different Lizzy and Jane are, as young Lizzy (age seven) is boisterous and curious and very eager to engage with everyone she meets, even if they are aloof and rude. In the town of Lambton, Madeline Fairbanks helps her ailing father and her devotion to him demonstrate her loyalty and love for family, and even when she’s roped into caring for a sick Jane Bennet. Clarkson really does well creating believable minor characters with their own concerns and trials, including Mrs. Porter and her husband, Mr. Lawrence, and others. And Thomas Bennet’s sarcastic wit is ever present and enjoyable.
“While the lady was still within earshot, Thomas Bennet sang out, ‘I applaud your ladyship’s caution. One never knows when vagabonds will take on the guise of eight-year-old girls!'”
Readers will enjoy the courtship of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner in the midst of the chaos, as Clarkson teases out the best qualities of both Jane and Lizzy Bennet and entwines them with Madeline Fairbanks’ wiser and forthright personality. To image a younger Lizzy and see her interact with a young man who is trying his level best to impress his father, care for his very young sister, deal with the death of his mother, and wrap his teenage mind around his duty is fascinating to watch.
There is a lot of teasing in these pages, blushes, smiles, laughter, and awkward moments that make young love so innocent and appealing. The Courtship of Edward Gardiner by Nicole Clarkston is simply lovely and she’s an author I look forward to reading more from.
Nicole Clarkston would like to offer one copy of The Courtship of Edward Gardiner on each stop of the blog tour. The format is readers’ choice (eBook or paperback) and is international.
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Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016, 11:59 PM EST
About the Author:
Nicole Clarkston is the pen name of a very bashful writer who will not allow any of her family or friends to read what she writes. She grew up in Idaho on horseback, and if she could have figured out how to read a book at the same time, she would have. She initially pursued a degree in foreign languages and education, and then lost patience with it, switched her major, and changed schools. She now resides in Oregon with her husband of 15 years, 3 homeschooled kids, and a very worthless degree in Poultry Science (don’t ask).
Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties- how does any book worm really live that long without a little P&P? She has never looked back. A year or so later, during a major house renovation project (undertaken when her husband unsuspectingly left town for a few days) she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love. Nicole’s books are her pitiful homage to two authors who have so deeply inspired her. Check out her website and look her up on Facebook.
Follow the rest of the blog tour:
- 10/21: Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
- 10/22: Review & Giveaway at Just Jane 1813
- 11/01: Excerpt Giveaway at Half Agony, Half Hope
- 11/08: Guest Post & Giveaway So little time…
- 11/10: Review & Giveaway My Kids Led me Back to Pride and Prejudice
- 11/11: Guest Post &Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
- 11/15: Review & Giveaway at My Vices and Weaknesses
- 11/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life
- 11/26: Excerpt & Giveaway at Margie’s Must Reads
- 11/30: Review & Giveaway at Diary of an Eccentric
- 12/01: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton