Sir John Middleton, A Right Jolly Old Elf

Sir John Middleton, A Right Jolly Old Elf

My favorite Christmas stories are about service to others, so I thought today, I’d share about ways that Austen’s characters help the poor and needy. However, as I brainstormed about the various stories, one character stood out as a stellar example–so much so that I couldn’t help comparing him to Dickens’ Mr. Fezziwig. That character… more goodness …

Readalong Wednesday: Frank Churchill Tells All

Readalong Wednesday: Frank Churchill Tells All

Shall we speak of Frank Churchill?  Now that his character is known to one and all, let’s start by reading this borrowed character analysis with my comments inserted for I find I am much like Mr. Knightley in this regard: “It will be natural for me,” he added shortly afterwards, “to speak my opinion aloud… more goodness …

Memories of a Favorite Holiday Gift

Memories of a Favorite Holiday Gift

In researching Christmas customs for my latest release Darcy and Elizabeth Will’s First Christmas, I learned that in Regency times Christmas gifts were not the custom between grownups, however a child might receive one special toy. That got me to thinking about my own childhood and memories of my favorite Christmas gift. I should preface… more goodness …

Regency Roads

Regency Roads

As you may recall from November’s post, I spent a week in Phoenix, visiting my aunt. I travelled by air and arrived within seven hours of leaving Cleveland. The return trip was not so smooth, and I spent the night in Charlotte’s airport (with nary a race shop in sight ~sigh~), finally arriving back in… more goodness …

December On Dit

December On Dit

Hello, dear readers! Another month has come and gone and faster than ever, I believe. For much of our readership, it is the holiday season and our to do list will get increasingly longer. The light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully, is time with family and friends. From all of us at Austen… more goodness …