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Monday, August 17, 2009

Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst

Darcy and Anne: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband for Anne... (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402224389
Pages: 208 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/Pride and Prejudice
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

Publisher’s Description:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband or Anne…

When a fortuitous accident draws Anne away from Rosings and her overbearing mother's direct influence, she is able to think and act for herself for the first time ever. In the society of her cousins Darcy and Georgiana, and, of course, the lively Mrs. Darcy, Anne reveals a talent for writing and a zest for life.

Meanwhile, Lady Catherine is determined to choose a husband for Anne. But now that Anne has found her courage, she may not be so easy to rule.

Anne de Bourgh is a sympathetic character whose obedience and meekness were expected of women in her day. As she frees herself from these expectations, Anne discovers strength, independence, and even true love in a wonderfully satisfying coming-of-age story.

My Review:

Lady Catherine’s daughter Anne was never a character I paid any form of attention to. She was not as witty and intelligent as Lizzy, as haughty and obnoxious as Caroline Bingley or as nervous and loud as Mrs. Bennet. When I picked up this book, I was unsure if a character like Anne could carry a book. She was so weak and sickly in Pride and Prejudice and I really couldn’t see how a character of such a weak mentality could keep me interested in a book, however short.

I have always found myself quite a bit curious about the sickly daughter of Lady Catherine. It seemed as if there was a story there and a story that should be told. I am so glad that I got the chance to read this book because Brocklehurst really brings Anne to life. Away from her mother and in an environment where she is cared for, Anne becomes a independent and intelligent woman. I love that she became a writer. It is something that I could see Anne doing. The other characters were treated very well by Brocklehurst. Lizzy was excellent and just as lovely as we would expect her to be. The friendship, bordering on sibling affection, between Darcy and Anne was so sweet. This book, above most of the others, made me love Darcy more and as more than a hunky, hunky hero. All of the new characters were also great, especially Edmund Caldwell. He was the perfect man for Anne.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is Lady Catherine. She was just as obnoxious, controlling and haughty as you would expect her to be. The constant friction between her and Anne was really great. This book really delves into their toxic relationship. It is almost like Lady Catherine is sucking the life from Anne. Anne only started to truly blossom when she was away from Lady Catherine. I think this dynamic was one of the best parts of the book and Brocklehurst really portrays it well.

The only flaw that I can think of about Darcy and Anne is that I wish it had been a bit longer and that is really not a flaw at all, is it?
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


  1. I've always wondered what happened to Anne :) great review, I'm going to add this book to my wishlist. I'm starting to get into these Jane Austen "sequels" myself.

  2. I enjoyed this one as well. Great review!

  3. Karoline: Anne was always one of my favorite P&P characters along with Mary. I like reading books about them. I have one coming up about Mary that I am really looking forward to. I hope you enjoy the book!

    Marie: Thanks!

  4. I really enjoyed this one, too! It was so fun to see Anne away from Lady Catherine and to learn about her dreams and ambitions. I enjoyed reconnecting with Darcy and Elizabeth, too! Definitely a fun book. :)

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