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The Pemberley Chronicles (Pemberley Chronicles, Bk 1)
The Pemberley Chronicles - Pemberley Chronicles, Bk 1 Author:Rebecca Ann Collins 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, only two things are certain: Elizabeth and Darcy are to be the happiest couple in the world, while Jane and Bingley will want for nothing! — Rebecca Ann Collins follows them in i... more »magination, observing and chronicling their passage through the landscape of nineteenth century England, noting how they cope with change, triumph, and tragedy in their lives.
Their personal stories -- the usual concerns of love, marriage, money, and children -- are woven together with the threads of social and political history.
Those with a taste for the balance and humour of Austen will find a worthy companion volume. --Book News
A lovely complimentary novel to Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice. Austen would surely give her smile of approval.-Beverly Wong, author of Pride & Prejudice Prudence« less
I also had a really hard time with this book. I did finish it, but it was a challenge. At first it's interesting to see where charachters, old and new, are headed. But it really doesn't take long to realize that you don't care anymore because it's just *dull* going. I normally love Austen continuations, but this one was a major disappointment.
This book was HUGELY disappointing. I've been a devoted fan of PRIDE & PREJUDICE for many years, and usually love some of the more recent books that are written as "sequels", or companion pieces, or whatever you want to call them. This book lacked the fun and excitement of the original. It picks up after the weddings, when Lizzie and Mr. Darcy are happily married - after which, apparently, not much happens. Except that they both get involved in the plight of the workers that live on their land. And they have a baby or two. And a lot of your favorite characters reappear in this, but every one of them is as dry and dull as can be. There's no real excitement, and even the few conflicts in the book are rather dull. To be honest, I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the book before I gave up on it, and a book has to be pretty bad (or pretty boring) for me to do that. I really wouldn't bother with this book, even if you're a fan of PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
This book was interesting at first, but after a while it was like a history book, and not a very interesting one. Kind of a list of events, primarily the marrying off of all unattached characters. It didn't make me angry like some of the other P&P sequels in which the characters resemble Jane Austen's originals in name only. But I was pretty disappointed.
I must admit that I did not read more than two chapters, and Im afraid I found very little to recommend The Pemberley Chronicles. Im not sure which is the bigger sin the dull, turgid writing or the characters that were not true to Austens. I put the book down when Elizabeth and Darcy traveled to London and stayed with Jane and Bingley at Bingley townhouse because (Im assuming here) Darcy did not possess his own and then Bingley took Darcy to his club (again Im assuming because Darcy was not a member of a gentlemans club). I found it impossible to accept that Darcy, with twice the income of Bingley, did not have a family home in London and also did not belong to a club. This boded so ill for the rest of the book, which was a bit tedious to begin with, that I gave up.