All Hallow's Eve

Romance - Historical
382 Pages
Reviewed on 10/23/2012
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Author Biography

Wendi Sotis, the author of PROMISES, DREAMS AND EXPECTATIONS, and ALL HALLOW'S EVE, holds a degree in psychology. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband, son, and two daughters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

"All Hallow’s Eve" is an imaginative, highly original reworking of the Darcy-Elizabeth Bennett love affair from Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice". Characters absent from the original book are introduced to us, such as Darcy’s parents and Elizabeth’s grandparents, and all the familiar ones have some new, sometimes magical characteristics. Who’d have guessed that the prickly Mr Bennet was an Immun, an expert weapons instructor, although I think we’d have guessed that our hero and heroine were destined to be Soul Mates. You have to concentrate quite hard during the first chapter to grasp everyone’s new roles but it all falls into place in the following events. The action begins at Halloween with the ceremony of Sanun, when the dead return to interact with the living. It is crucial that the High Priestess stays in control of the happenings, but at the end of this novel there is real tension at the next Sanun when the priestess is involved in a rather life-changing event at the same time!

"All Hallow’s Eve" is a hugely successful paranormal take on the famous "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Sotis is something of an expert on the story, having written several novels based on this wonderful classic. You could call this novel fanfic but that is rather a dismissive term. Staying generally true to the language and mannerisms of the era in which it is set, Regency England, this is a fitting tribute to Jane Austen. She was known for her humor and would probably love to see how her characters have been tweaked in a fantastic direction. Entertaining and ingenious reading.