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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Women of Pemberley by Rebecca Ann Collins

The Women of Pemberley: A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (The Pemberley Chronicles)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402211554
Pages: 320 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/Pride and Prejudice
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Publisher’s Description:

The Women of Pemberley follows the lives of five women, some from the beloved works of Jane Austen, some new from the author's imagination, into a new era of post industrial revolution England, at the start of the Victorian Age. Vast changes are in motion, as they were throughout this dynamic century.

The women, like many of Jane Austen's heroines, are strong, intelligent individuals, and the depth and variety of the original characters develop into a series of episodes linked together by their relationship to each other and to Pemberley, which is the heart of their community.

The central themes of love, friendship, marriage, and a sense of social obligation remain as do the great political and social issues of the age.

My Review:

I really liked this one a lot even though Darcy and Elizabeth have faded to the background in this novel. The non-canon characters were great. The next generation of Pemberley was just as interesting as the previous one. Each couple’s story is broken up into it’s own chapter which creates a nice continuum in the story. I was particularly attached to the story of Julian and Josie. They were the cutest couple and they had the best chemistry (apart from Lizzy and Darcy of couse).

I love the continuing importance of history in this series. The Darcys and their friends and family were apart of the history happening around them and I find it comforting to see them a part of it. I commend the amount of research that must have gone into this series. You can tell that Collins really immersed herself in the history. The history in no way, however, overwhelms the story.

The only problem for me was the character jumping. Again, the characters were only prominent in the story long enough to find their perfect partner and faded out once that goal was met. It was not too big of a problem for me with this one because I felt that the quality of the story and the characters were enough to make this issue seem superfluous.
*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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