BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN
There have been numerous twists on Austen’s works and these multitalented authors cleverly twist the classics into delightful, scary, funny and original paranormal romances that only original, witty and wise authors could pull off.
Balogh takes her cue for “Almost Persuaded” from Persuasion, but this time Robert and Jane must not only rekindle a past love, but recognize each other from a past life. The beautiful unfolding of their love story enchants. Gleason adds touches of her vampire series to “Northanger Castle” with a heroine who loves gothic novels and meets an arrogant lord who fights vampires. Bringing Austen to present-day New York City takes Krinard’s imagination and adds a little “Blood and Prejudice” as Lizzie Bennet and the man she initially hates, Mr. Darcy, hunt down vampires. Matchmaking witch Emma is caught between her job and her passions and turns to the wizard, Mr. Knightley, for help in Mullany’s humorous “Little to Hex Her.” (HQN, Oct., 384 pp., $14.95)