Author Archives: Joana Starnes

September Trails

September Trails

The beginning of September found me in Devon, at the tail end of the school holidays, and although I’ve started to have rather mixed feelings about camping lately, especially in autumn weather, it was well worth it because it allowed me to see a house that was on my ‘To Do’ list for at least… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters 20 and 21

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters 20 and 21

Welcome to Read Along Wednesday! Alexa has already introduced us to Volume II in last week’s post, which you can find here, if you didn’t get the chance to read it. We heard more about Miss Bates (poor, dear Miss Bates), but now there are other treats in store for us. We finally get to… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma 11-12

Read Along Wednesday: Emma 11-12

Here we are in the middle of summer, but Christmas is coming at Hartfield, and the family gathers to celebrate it together. Emma’s sister Isabella – Mrs John Knightley – is finally making the long-awaited visit, along with her growing brood and her (rather brooding) husband, whom Emma is not that fond of. Not because… more goodness …

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that one of the most exciting and enjoyable things about writing a new book is the plotting and the squirreling of information. I won’t call it research; it’s a lot more fun than that. It’s hopping from website to website because I start looking for something and… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters III & IV

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters III & IV

Hello and welcome to the second ‘Emma’ read-along! I hope you enjoyed the first two chapters and Alexa’s wonderful post, which you can find here, if you haven’t read it. I have been incredibly fortunate to listen to John Mullan talking about ‘Emma’ in Chawton and also at last year’s Bath Festival, and he has… more goodness …

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

I go to Derbyshire as often as I can. I drag the family up there too. They don’t complain much, luckily Derbyshire has some of the best walks and cycling tracks in the country. And while they’re cycling I’m chasing after the Darcys and Pemberley. But what I could never do and always wanted to… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! We are getting closer to the end of Lady Susan’s schemes and machinations, and in Letter 25 you’ll see her inordinately pleased with herself. She had succeeded to hoodwink Mr de Courcy AGAIN! There he was incensed about Lady Susan’s treatment of Frederica and eager to intercede on her… more goodness …

Springtime Rambles

Springtime Rambles

I hope you have enjoyed the country house tour in my earlier posts. Now, how about a little virtual walk through some country gardens in full bloom? Spring is the best time of year for it because the colours are absolutely astounding! Even better than in the summer. Can you imagine anything more romantic than… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Lady Susan Letters 15 – 18

Read Along Wednesday: Lady Susan Letters 15 – 18

Welcome to Read Along Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed last week’s installment, and especially the letters exchanged between father and son. What an admirable patriarch Sir Reginald de Courcy is! Firm but fair, decisive but kind. And what a fine specimen of self-deception we found in his son’s letter, where he attempted to persuade his… more goodness …