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His Beautiful Bea: A Touches of Austen Novella Kindle Edition
Helping her capture the gentleman she loves just might break his heart.
Graeme Clayton has always thought of his brother as a bit of a blockhead. However, when his brother seems to prefer a fawning and flirtatious lady over their sweet and pretty neighbor Beatrice, Graeme knows that his brother is not just a bit of a blockhead but a complete and utter fool!
Beatrice Tierney has grown up in the company of the Clayton brothers and has secretly admired Graeme's younger brother for years. At least, she thought her admiration was a secret.
When Graeme confirms his suspicions about whom Beatrice loves, he takes it upon himself to be her champion and help her find happiness. However, along the way, he discovers that should he succeed in his mission, he will be condemning himself to a life of regret without her.
His Beautiful Bea is the first book in Leenie Brown's Touches of Austen series of original stories inspired by the writings of Jane Austen. If you like well-written, sweet and gentle romance, then you will love this story about realizing that true love was beside you all the time by Leenie Brown.
So, put the kettle on, download your copy of His Beautiful Bea, and join Graeme and Beatrice as they discover that true love and happiness might be right next door.
- just under 25,000 words
- 160 paperback pages
Heat level: Sweet
Other books in this series:
- His Beautiful Bea (Graeme and Bea's story)
- His Darling Friend (Roger and Victoria's story)
- Her Secret Beau (Walter and Grace's story)
- His Irreplaceable Belle (Fritz and Belle's story)
- Her Convenient Forever (Boyd and Felicity's story)
- His Sensible Heart (Miles and Charlotte's story)
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These stories feature original characters and plots that have been touched in some way by the influence of Jane Austen and her novels. The story you hold in your hand, His Beautiful Bea, has elements in it that harken back to Mansfield Park (one of this author's favourite Austen novels).
To help you on your way in seeing the influence of Jane Austen's writing on this novella, I will tell you two of the items that pay homage to the original work.
First, we have Beatrice Tierney, who shares some similarities in character to Fanny Price. She is quiet and shrinks from notice, but perhaps not to the extent that Fanny does because, unlike Fanny, Bea lives with her mother and brother, both of whom she loves dearly. Having this loving foundation has helped the naturally reserved Beatrice to be less anxious.
Secondly, there is Stratsbury Park and its residents. Stratsbury is owned by Sir Herbert Clayton, who has two sons -- the elder, Graeme is a rather free-spirited sort of gentleman, while his younger brother, Everett, is on the more reserved side. These two brothers are based in part on the Bertram brothers. Beatrice is, of course, infatuated with the younger Clayton son. However, this is not Mansfield Park, and I have chosen to arrange the romantic results differently.
There are other nods to Austen in this story -- some were purposefully done, others just serendipitously happened. Which ones will you notice?
- ASIN : B0746BC2DZ
- Publisher : Leenie B Books; 2nd edition (August 1, 2017)
- Publication date : August 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2688 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 162 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1989410057
- Best Sellers Rank: #909,803 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This sweet story ends at 87% on my Kindle. We then get an excerpt of His Darling Friend: A Touches of Austen Novella.
The author informs us that in this "Touch of Austen" Novella she used some of Mansfield Park's premise. I won't repeat what she described here.
Bea (Beatrice Tierney) is a sweet girl who has a brother, Max, and mother, having lost her father in the war. Her neighbors are two brothers, Graeme and Everett, the latter of which Bea believes she is in love with. She watches silently as her own cousin flirts with Everett and seems to be well on her way to winning his heart. Graeme knows about Bea's feelings and makes attempts to redirect his brother, although he wishes Bea would feel something for him.
So we read about love misdirected and how the matter works itself to a correct solution. There is little angst and the reader knows it will all work out.
This quick read is perfect for a rainy afternoon or a few hours at the beach.
Bea is in love with Everette and he doesn't have a clue. However, Graeme does know that Bea loves Everette and thinks Everette is a dolt for not knowing and returning the sentiment. Graeme admires Bea and decides to 'help' her attract Everette. Hi-jinks ensue.
This was a very enjoyable story. The characters were nicely drawn and have their quirks, as well as flaws. I very much liked Graeme!
It was nicely written up to a point..... there was a LOT of 'smirking' and 'winking'. Those really need to be used sparingly in writing, otherwise it becomes monotonous.
I would read this author again.
If you are looking for angst or lots of roadblocks to a HEA, this is not the story for you. The author introduces the characters, there a short period of back and forth, then a quick resolution. Can’t wait to read the next story in this series.
of a match that Bea was to him. This however backfires but in a good way.
I wanted more and didn't want it to end! I wanted a wedding! Sweet must
read! Has an except for His Darling Friend at the end of the book.
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In His Beautiful Bea, we have Beatrice Tierney (the Bea of the title), her good friends Graeme and Everett Clayton and her cousins Felicity and Grace Love. Bea reminds somewhat me of Fanny Price, leavened with bits of several of Austen's livelier heroines. The Clayton brothers have a lot of similarities with the Bertram brothers from Mansfield Park, especially as Everett is a clergyman and our heroine is supposedly deeply in love with him, as Fanny was with Edmund. However, Everett seems to have fallen head-over-heels for Felicity Love. She has much in common with Mary Crawford and Isabella Thorpe but I think that's enough information now; you'll have to read the story to find out any more.
As I said earlier, a lot of the enjoyment of reading this relatively short tale (you could easily do it in an afternoon or evening) comes from spotting the obvious and not-so-obvious nods to Miss Austen's books. Bea makes for a likeable heroine who you want to give a shake at times and Graeme is equally likeable as the hero who needs a bit of a slap sometimes for certain assumptions that he makes. This is a well-told "friends-to-lovers" story that contains nothing sexual, beyond some passionate kissing.
One word of warning, though: on my Kindle, the story ended at 87%. Most rest of the book was taken up with a fairly lengthy excerpt from the next book in the series His Darling Friend.
This enchanting novella is a nod to Jane Austen