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KaraLynne is an amazing mother who never makes mistakes, never gets upset with her children and never ever has a dirty house. Ever. She always has her dishes done and the floors spotless and dinner is always prepared and ready on time. Her kids are always clean, polite, respectful and loving, especially to each other. She never gets irritated with her husband when he doesn't turn his socks right side out for the laundry and they always agree on everything. She delights in nothing else but to serve her family and never wants or needs time for herself. She takes great care to shower every day and put make up on so that she is always beautiful and presentable. She never wears her pajamas all day or for days in a row and she is the epitome of womanhood. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor and loves to write.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Meryton Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936009234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936009237
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KaraLynne is an amazing mother who never makes mistakes, never gets upset with her children and never ever has a dirty house. Ever. She always has her dishes done and the floors spotless and dinner is always prepared and ready on time. Her kids are always clean, polite, respectful and loving, especially to each other. She never gets irritated with her husband when he doesn't turn his socks right side out for the laundry and they always agree on everything. She delights in nothing else but to serve her family and never wants or needs time for herself. She takes great care to shower every day and put make up on so that she is always beautiful and presentable. She never wears her pajamas all day or for days in a row and she is the epitome of womanhood. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor and loves to write.

Okay, in all honesty - KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. Angsty and emotional - teenage-drama filled - they were unbelievable disasters. Such contributions to the literary world were deemed so terrible that today they are kept behind lock and key to protect others from their awfulness. As a young adult she steered clear of soap opera drama inspired works and achieved a degree in Social Work. It was not until her late twenties that she returned to her roots in writing. Since then she has published three Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a toothache and a grin and hopefully a few contented sighs. She is thrilled to report that Falling For Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning and Haunting Mr. Darcy: A Spirited Courtship are a mite better than the bad poetry.

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A nice, sweet and tender romance that was well done.
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The story begins at Hunsford where Darcy disastrously proposes to Elizabeth in Austen's original.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Dara Montyne on May 4, 2013
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As soon as I saw Bluebells in the Mourning go on sale on Amazon I had to have it (and not just because of the absolutely gorgeous cover)! I had previously read and enjoyed KaraLynne Mackrory's first novel, Falling for Mr. Darcy. I knew that her second dive into the world of Darcy and Elizabeth would turn out to be just as delightful. I was so pleased to be right, I adored Bluebells in the Mourning!

The story begins at Hunsford where Darcy disastrously proposes to Elizabeth in Austen's original. However, Mackrory gives us a decidedly darker (but no less intriguing) twist. Lydia Bennet has died. Darcy, unable to propose to Elizabeth since she has only recently read of Lydia's passing, instead offers Elizabeth and Maria Lucas passage to London with him in his carriage. Needless to say, Elizabeth will be doing a bit of mourning for her sister, which will require many handkerchiefs with `FD' elegantly embroidered. I won't go into too much detail of the plot, you will have to read it yourself to find out, but I want to highlight some of the delightful parts of the novel.

I constantly found myself smiling at Mackrory's clever use of dialogue from the original. Yes, other authors have done this before, but Mackrory masterfully places dialogue in parts you wouldn't expect and spoken by characters you wouldn't expect. For example, while Elizabeth is still in Darcy's carriage shortly after Lydia's death and on her way to London, Darcy, delightfully, contemplates one of Pride and Prejudice's most famous lines. "And with that he fell in love with her all over again as he looked across at her tear-stained face. She was asking after his well-being even in the midst of her grief! You thoughtless cad. `Pardon me, Miss Bennet. I did not mean to disturb you.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Krisztina Sakura on May 11, 2013
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Fortunately for me I purchased this on a Friday evening, allowing me to stay up late reading and then finish it the following day when I didn't have to work. I literally couldn't put it down, and I want to commend the author on this sweet tale. I loved her first novel - indeed it ranked in my personal Top 5 of the Darcy/Elizabeth novels. This second book will have to be inserted into the Top 6 I suppose!

The reader is offered a unique twist to the story, with Darcy on the verge of proposing to Elizabeth when he comes upon her just after receiving some very distressing news from home. Darcy's comfort to Elizabeth and his ensuing offer to transport her home seem completely natural, and he is (fortunately) prevented from making the awful marriage proposal in Hunsford. Because of this very unfortunate turn of events, Darcy is able to see that Lizzy would not have accepted him had he proposed at that time, and is able to work at becoming a better man as he strives to make himself worthy of her love.

Things I loved about this book:
* There were some wonderfully romantic scenes - especially the "first kiss" in the field of bluebells. If Elizabeth wasn't still in mourning this would have made the perfect proposal setting, but then our novel would have ended too soon!
* There are no sex scenes, as I DO NOT believe that our two favorite Austen characters would engage in this type of activity prior to marriage. Mackrory is one of those authors that proves you can have a simply wonderful and delicious romance scene without unnecessary vulgarity. (And not that I don't enjoy a good steamy scene, just not with these two characters!)
* We are exposed to some of Mrs. Bennett's vulnerabilities and we get to see wonderful improvements in her as a result of Lydia's death.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candace on May 12, 2013
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I adored Falling for Mr. Darcy and so jumped at the chance to read Bluebells in the Mourning. There are some wonderful scenes during the period in which Elizabeth and Darcy are discovering each other--their time in the Darcy House study/library, for instance, when they engage in friendly and romantic banter. There's the time in the field of bluebells (made more real thanks to the book's stunning cover) and the first kiss. You can feel that Darcy and Elizabeth love each other. In addition, Georgiana is interesting, surprisingly strong, and a matchmaker in her own right, which is a vast improvement over the non-descript or selfish portrayals in other books. The author was also extremely talented at weaving Austen's language into this modern version and attributing the wording to different characters, giving it new meaning.

The storyline is a little more contrived than I'd like, though, which is why I don't think this book is quite as good as Falling for Mr. Darcy. It didn't seem like Lydia was a real person...I mean, she was dead when the book began, of course, but she still seemed like too much of a non-entity. Also, the suspicions over what Wickham did and didn't do and the efforts to follow him and determine his guilt seemed sort of forced. I like that the Bennets rekindled their relationship but wasn't a real fan of how it played out. Still, it was original.

A lovely read, all in all. And a really beautiful cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on June 15, 2013
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This is my first review although I am a P&P variation lover. English is not my first language so I am sorry for all mistakes I'll make but I have to say it. I literally couldn't put this book down! It made me cry in some parts and lough out loud with delight in another! Ms Mackrory created a very beautiful romance and highly emotional journey of love between our heroes. Some moments between Darcy and Elizabeth were so touching and tender that made me swoon! I adored this delightfully beautiful scene in the field of bluebells. You could feel Darcy and Elizabeth really love each other! But there were others wonderful scenes between the two of them; meeting in Darcy's study/library, in the garden after Lydia's funeral or when they read her diary (which was also very vexing and I wanted to scream and slap them both for misunderstanding they created!!) And then there was Darcy's proposal, so charming and beautiful I found myself smiling and crying in the same time.

Oh, and Darcy... he was utterly adorable!!! And he was an artist (sigh...); very surprising and original!
Other characters I also extremely enjoyed in this book were Georgiana, Mr. Bennet and of course Col. Fitzwilliam. What I found very refreshing, original and true to the story was Mrs. Bennet's transformation. This is first book where I really loved her character!

I find Ms Mackrory's writing very beautiful, subtle and true to the Regency era! She did an excellent job capturing each scene and getting inside the characters' heads. You can tell she understands her characters very well and knows how to portray them and their feelings.

I will definitely read this book again in the near future. And I hope KaraLynne Mackrory has another P&P variation on the way! She is an excellent P&P variation writer ('Falling for Mr.Darcy', another book I highly recommended if you didn't read it already!) and she is on my top 5 lists already!
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