Regency Love Review

Review of Regency Love

The map of everywhere you can go in the game.
The map of everywhere you can go in the game.

Hello lovely readers! Today will be a little bit different because I want to review an app, instead of a game! However, I think this is an app that a lot of book lovers will adore!

I discovered the app, “Regency Love” when a friend told me about it. I was intrigued because it sounded like a “choose your own adventure book,” but in app format. It is very similar to that! In addition, it takes place during one of the most interesting times- the regency era. You play a female character who interacts with other characters. Choosing your responses will determine your fate. Will you end up with your friend’s brother? The aloof and sarcastic, but intelligent with a heart of gold, party guest? Will you become an officer’s wife? Will you end up alone because you refuse to marry for any reason other than love? This is one of those games that you can play over and over again, changing your answers to get a different outcome. According to a reply on the studio’s facebook page, there are over 50 different paragraphs you could get as part of the epilogue!

The game isn’t just about romance, though. You also interact with two close friends, giving one advice on her love life. You choose how to treat your mother and various family friends. There is even a little girl character and a cat as a character!

You can choose between different response options when talking to characters.
You can choose between different response options when talking to characters.

Book lovers may love it because it reads like a “choose your own adventure” book. In addition to that, though, you also have to take quizzes about the regency period to advance forward in the game, including questions about literature written at the time (lots of Jane Austen questions)! You can also discuss certain books with at least one character in the game. After all, reading was one of the skills regency ladies needed to learn!

I would give this app the highest rating possible! It was absolutely worth the money to download it. I have had hours of fun ending up with different bachelors or cutting all my ties and ending up alone. They recently added a new character as part of an in-app purchase and I bought it without hesitation! The studio has plans to continue expanding the game. Book and gaming lovers, purchase this app!

*This review is my honest option and I got nothing for writing it and I will get nothing if you purchase the game. The pictures are my personal screenshots from my game play.*

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Fab Five Friday – Book Quotes on Love

I just love love, don’t you?

 

Sweet words, holding hands, thoughtful gestures, swoony kisses… *sigh*

 

Today, I’m sharing my Fab Five Favorite Book Quotes on Love! Happy Valentine’s Day Eve, everyone!

 

anne

“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” – L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

 

the little prince

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de St. Exupery (The Little Prince)

 

pride and prejudice

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” – Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

 

winnie the pooh

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

 

anna and the french kiss

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” – Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss)

 

What are your favorite literary quotes on love? Share in the comments below!

 

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pride and prejudice

Throwback Thursday – Pride and Prejudice

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

Now, we can’t talk classic love stories without highlighting one of the most romantic tales of all time, the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitz William Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

 

So epically quotable, so hilarious, so angsty, and so swoony, this is a love story at its finest!

 

I want to be Elizabeth Bennett when I grow up.

 

I love her sense of humor; her deep love for her sister, Jane; her conviction on what constitutes proper behavior in her younger sisters; her feistiness when confronted by the Dowager; and her desire to marry for love.

 

She is beautiful, but known more for her cleverness than for her good looks.

 

She is a good friend to Charlotte. (Let’s be honest, would ANY of us have been willing to visit her after she married the appalling Mr. Collins? I, for one, would not have been able to endure his insufferable presence!)

 

Basically, Miss Elizabeth Bennett is the bestest.

 

Now, let’s not forget Mr. Darcy!

 

*sigh* Mr. Darcy…

 

At first glance, he appears proud, cold, and condescending. And maybe he is all of those things.

 

But then we learn that he is a fiercely protective brother, a loyal friend, and a kind master to his people.

 

When confronted with the truth of his character, one’s earlier impressions of the man are forced to change.

 

He is abrupt but decisive. Domineering yet sexy. Arrogant but smart.

 

You can’t help but love the guy!

 

When these two fabulous characters interact, magic happens. I love, love, LOVE their love story. You will, too. Check out the brief description below, and get your copy RIGHT NOW. You need to read it!

 

pride and prejudice

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

 

Purchase this classic love story HERE!

 

**Cover image and description obtained from Goodreads**
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Mansfield Park

Throwback Thursday – Mansfield Park

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

First up, Fanny and Edmund from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park!

 

Some haters claim that Fanny Price is an annoying character, because she is just too perfect. Some even go so far as to call her the most boring heroine Austen ever penned!

 

You know what I say to these critics and curmudgeons?

 

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate… Shake it off!”

 

Yes. Yes I did just quote Taylor Swift as a valid argument on why Fanny Price nay-sayers are, as Sheldon Cooper describes, POOPY HEADS!

 

Fanny Price is a good girl. She is pious, polite, compassionate, and always willing to serve. Is she a bit of a doormat at times? Perhaps it seems that way. But growing up in the church, I have always been taught that those character qualities are something to aspire to and be proud of. I firmly believe that one can display all of those assets without becoming a push over.

 

In fact, Fanny displays that she does have a spine on a few occasions. She discusses Maria Crawford’s flaws with Edmund in a kind way, but the talk DOES occur. Maybe not as soon, or as colorful as I would have liked, but it happens nonetheless!

 

Fanny also vehemently opposes the drama the band of young people put together, despite all kinds of pressure to give in. She knew that it would only lead to trouble, and that her uncle would not approve. Even Edmund gives in, disappointing her greatly, but Fanny always disliked the whole acting scheme.

 

She rejects Mr. Crawford, even though he would be a fine catch by society’s standards, because she knew he was not a man of integrity. She had witnessed him dally with both of her cousins’ emotions, and knew his upbringing had made him a worldly, rogue of a man. No amount of presents or pretty compliments could convince her to look beyond his character flaws to accept a position of money and status. To Fanny, a man’s moral fiber was more important.

 

I’m sure there are many other occasions where Fanny stood her ground and was her own kind of fierce, but honestly, it has been so long since I have read the book that I cannot recall more details!

 

Do you remember any other instances where Fanny showed she was not a doormat after all? Please comment below! I need someone to refresh my memory!

 

So, no matter what the haters say, I still believe that Fanny and Edmund’s love story is one of my favorites. Be sure to check out the description below, and order your copy today!

 

Mansfield Park

 

‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

 

Purchase this classic love story HERE!

 

**Cover image and description obtained from Goodreads**
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Fab Five Free Books

Fab Five Free Books

I love ebooks! I love physical books as well, but something awesome about ebooks is that you can get a lot of public domain books for free! So listed here are the fab five free public domain books, in my opinion.

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Although I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I must say it can be difficult to get through his full-length novels. However, I’m a huge proponent of his short story collections! The mysteries move quickly and the cunning plan is revealed more quickly. Get your free eVersion here:

2. Emma by Jane Austen: As I have shared with you all before here,Emma is the best Jane Austen book I have read. She is a flawed heroine, but her escapades make for an interesting read. The love interest in the story is the only one who sees her for who she really is. Not only can you get it for free for your eReader, you can also download on audio version at librivox.org. Get your free Kindle version here:

3. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe: Poe is the genius behind such tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This particular collection includes 19 short stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.” I listed only the stories I myself have read. :) Beware, there are many eBook versions of Poe’s stories that are not free (don’t know why!). However, they are in the public domain and I scoured the internet to find a free version for you here:

4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Speaking of short stories, The Gift of the Magi is the classic Christmas story of two newlyweds. It’s O. Henry’s best-known short story and one of the few I could find free. If you end up enjoying this free tale, I suggest you read The Last Leaf and The Ransom of Red Chief.

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: The Gift of the Magi made me think of Christmas tales, which led me to this classic! Everyone knows the classic story and it has been re-done in various TV shows and movies, but that doesn’t make the original any less fun to read. It’s truly a story that warms your heart and puts you in the Christmas mood! The free version is here:

Bonus book: You can also read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott free on Kindle! Read it here:

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