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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins

The Pemberley Chronicles: A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: Book 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402211538
Pages: 384 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/Pride and Prejudice
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Publisher’s Description:

The weddings are over.

The guests (including millions of readers and viewers) wish the two happy couples health and happiness. As the music swells and the credits roll, two things are certain: Jane and Bingley will want for nothing, while Elizabeth and Darcy are to be the happiest couple in the world!

The couples' personal stories of love, marriage, money, and children are woven together with the threads of social and political history of nineteenth century England. As changes in industry and agriculture affect the people of Pemberley and the neighboring countryside, the Darcys strive to be progressive and forward-looking while upholding beloved traditions.

Rebecca Ann Collins follows them in imagination, observing and chronicling their passage through the landscape of their surroundings, noting how they cope with change, triumph, and tragedy in their lives.

My Review:

I am rereading this series because I have the new sixth book for review and I have this compulsion where I cannot not read the previous books in a series. It is a problem I have. I wanted to reread anyway. And this time through the series I get to review them all.

The characters (both canon and non-canon) were great. Lizzy and Darcy were completely in character and the chapters about the beginning of their marriage were wonderful. I especially loved the Gardiners and Mr. Bennet in this one. I loved that they had such a big role. The non-canon characters were great and fit well into the story. I usually prefer sequels focusing on Lizzy and Darcy themselves but the new characters worked well. I only wish there had been more of Lizzy and Darcy. I read Jane Austen sequels for Lizzy and Darcy and I think this one is not so much about them but the other people around them. The story jumps from one couple to the next and I just wish that, for the first book at least, the focus would have been solely on Lizzy and Darcy and their marriage. The characters also only stay in frame long enough for them to get married. I would have liked to get to know them a bit better. I was also disappointed in Collins' use of Kitty and Georgiana but especially Kitty. She became such a great character and reformed. I wanted to see more of her but as soon as she was married off, she disappeared.

The bright spot for me was the history. I love how Collins follows the history of the times. To some readers it might be a bit oppressive but to see these characters in relation to the society in which they live is a true gift. Collins takes us beyond Austen’s world and I absolutely love that. She also weaves the history into the story perfectly. I always wondered about Darcy’s political views. Would he have been conservative or more liberal? Who knows but I did love seeing him looking out for his tenants.

Overall, this is a great Austen sequel. I would have liked it more if the story had focused more on Darcy and Lizzy but it is still worth a read because it is a very rich and well-drawn sequel.

*This book was bought by me for me. I am not making any profit from my review of this book other than my enjoyment.


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  3. Sounds like a fun series! Thanks for your review.

  4. It is a great series. I should have the review up for the second book tomorrow.

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  6. I'm glad you liked this sequel. I've never heard of it before, but I'll have to peruse it now. Great review!

  7. Celia: I would definitely check it out. It has been one of my favorite Austen sequels as a whole.

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  9. I never even knew these books were out there and I am a huge Austen fan, so this is way cool.

  10. There are so many sequels to Pride and Prejudice out right now and I haven't even read P&P itself yet! Interesting review, though not glowing. After I finally read P&P though, I may give this series a go!

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  11. Thank you for your honest review. I'm happy to here that the author weaves the history of the times into the book. I was hoping it would be a part of the story.




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