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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Postscript from Pemberley by Rebecca Ann Collins

Postscript from Pemberley: The acclaimed Pride and Prejudice sequel series The Pemberley Chronicles Book 7
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 140222432X
Pages: 336 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/Pride and Prejudice
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Publisher’s Description:
Seventh in the bestselling Jane Austen sequel series from Australia

Young Darcy Gardiner has fallen for Kate O'Hare, a newcomer to Pemberley whose beauty and intellect fascinate him.

Kate is more interested in discussing the merits of Darwin's The Origin of Species than the latest fashion in gowns. Her unladylike involvement in the scientific controversies of the day invite malignant forces from her past that pose grave risks for her friends. But in her very difference lies her charm, especially for young Darcy Gardiner.

The original Jane Austen characters—Darcy, Elizabeth, Bingley, and Jane—provide the framework for new characters and unfolding events set against a backdrop of the social issues of the time. This next generation proves as lively and complex as Darcy and Elizabeth's own.

My Review:
This is one of my favorite series ever…excluding Sookie Stackhouse and Anne of Green Gables. Odd combination, I know. This series is not simply a Jane Austen sequel. It is so much better. It is historical fiction, romance, social history, and comedy all mixed into one.

This one was one of my favorites in the series. I loved that it focused a bit on Julian and gave him the happy ending he deserved. I thought that Jessica Courtney was the perfect match for him. I also enjoyed the story of Darcy Gardiner and Kate albeit not as much as Julian and Jessica’s but enough that the story maintained an interest level even when Julian and Jessica’s story was over and Darcy and Kate’s began.

My favorite part of the book is how historically rich the novel is (and by extension the whole series). I love how Collins expects something out of her readers. Yes, we do read Jane Austen sequels for the smushy romance but she never talks down to us. I really appreciate that because it would be very easy to just focus on the romance and nothing else.

I really love this series and I can’t wait to continue it with the next book.
*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. Andrea and JenniferDecember 11, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Dear Grace,
    How right you are! We wish other reviewers who like these beautiful novels would also mention the richness and variety of the experience.
    Most seem to love the historical background, romantic stories and the superb characters - but often fail to point out the humour in the novels. which lightens and varies the mood.
    We love the series too and cannot wait to read the next instalment

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