Review: Love and Liability- Katie Oliver

loveandliaLove and Liability is the second book in the Dating Mr. Darcy series by Katie Oliver. This book features Holly James, previously mentioned in Prada and Prejudice. The book starts off when Holly is due to interview “Henry Barrington” for BriTeen again. She is expecting an old duffer, but he is really Alex, the gorgeous.

Holly bungles things at first, and the whole first encounter is adorable. Later disaster strikes as Holly’s job is being sabotaged. Her relationship with Alex heats up along the way and even manages to salvage every thing by the time she meets Zoe.

Although Love and Liability can be comedic at times, there is a more serious under current with  Zoe’s story line. The mystery of Erik’s merchandise is dark and gritty; which highlights an important subject matter with realism.

It just gets better and better as the series continues. The gaffs are funnier and the men get more delicious. Katie Oliver out did herself and I am preparing myself to be blown away by the next book in the series, Mansfield Lark.

Mansfield Lark hits shelves Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Pre-order it now.


The most recent televised adaptation was “Death comes to Pemberley” by PD James. It is a perfect example of an “Austen After”. Although critics did not like the program, I think it is worth a view.

Over the years, there have been many spoofs and quite frankly, a few very bizarre adaptations. Here are my picks in the category:



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misey memeYou can see the plot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in almost every modern romance book. Usually is about a young woman who meets a man above her station. I know what I sound like and it does nothing for women’s lib, but you do have to admit there is an abundance of “Lords” and “Billionaires” in modern romance. Even though it is apparent to everyone the hero is above the heroine in Class stature and monetarily wealth, the heroine is far superior to the hero in virtue and in character, she out shines him.

The world was a different place two hundred years ago when Jane Austen wrote her novels, but certain things never change – like the human heart.

We continue to identify with these characters because their wants and our wants are so similar. We recognize ourselves in their insecurities, longings and failure to find love. More often than not, they are successful in love, but it is their humanity that makes Jane Austen’s characters timeless.

wetcolmemeAlthough, the class structure isn’t as stringent as it was in Jane’s days, there are still limitation in the world today. The landed gentry of yesteryear could be today’s CEO. The relevancy has just been shifted and adjusted to modern life.

Every modern heroine as a bit of Elizabeth Bennett in her, because Lizzie is what we all aspire to be. She is quintessential, every woman.

One of the most successful Pride and Prejudice adaptations, is the Bridget Jones franchise. Jane Austen is so engrained in our culture that we did not even questions it as being an Austen plot.

From Bridget Jones to Pretty Woman, Jane Austen the Grandmother of romance is everywhere. Her popularity has not waned in two hundred years and will stand the test of time. As long as there is love, Jane Austen will endure.

The BBC has a great article about the Janeites: The curious American cult of Jane Austen.

In production news: Longbourn by Jo Baker, “A new novel that retells the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of its servants”. Looking forward to that Regency Upstairs Downstairs, I even heard rumours that it will be snapped up for film or tele soon.




shadesI did come across this book on my travels and I thought the series was worth a mention. I know it isn’t an “After Austen” but it is set in that time. When I saw this book I knew I had to have it, I then went and bought the whole series. I am hoping to review it very soon. These are some of the things that are being said about:

The Glamourist Histories are comedies of manners and magic, and a whole new way
of looking at an era that we only thought we knew before. (John Scalzi)

With magic, manners, mayhem, and no small measure of derring-do – the Glamourist Histories are everything you could wish for in a sleek, fashionable fantasy series. A shimmering adventure for history buffs and glamour enthusiasts alike. (Cherie Priest)

A beautiful, lyrical, tightly woven meld of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast – I couldn’t put it down! (Lili St. Crow)

Shades of Milk and Honey could easily fit into Austen’s canon… Kowal has captured both the style and content of an Austen novel, adding her own speculative fiction twist. Readers who enjoyed such novels as Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell will find this novel appealing as well. (The Jane Austen Centre)

If Jane Austen had written a fantasy novel, [this] would have been the result. Written with painstaking attention to detail, Kowal’s prose is serenely evocative of the time period, and the fantastic elements are a seamless fit. The characterization is extremely well done and Jane is a sympathetic, strong and intelligent heroine whose
devotion to her family trumps nearly every other concern.= (RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!, Seal of Excellence winner)

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