Recollections of Rosings Author:Rebecca Ann Collins If it had been written at the end of the 19th century, this book may well have been titled A Tale of Two Sisters. The story of two remarkable women, it recalls Jane Austen's own Elizabeth and Jane Bennet or Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. — It is also a moving love story, exploring both young love and mature emotion with understanding and compassio... more »n. Daughters of Charlotte Lucas and the lugubrious Mr. Collins- the stories of Catherine Harrison and Becky Tate begin at opposite ends of the spectrum. As they play out their divergent roles and cope with complex loyalties throughout the Pemberley series, we have been given glimpses of their characters. One, a modest parson's wife, the other a woman of wealth and influence- their adult lives could not have been more different. In Recollections of Rosings, their paths converge and as each woman struggles to find some deeper meaning in her life, tensions emerge and new bonds of warmth and intimacy are forged.
In this, her eighth novel in the popular Pemberley Series, Ms. Collins shifts the scene to Rosings Park- the domain of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but all is not as simple as it used to be. Following a catastrophe at Rosings, matters from the past emerge disturbing the even tenor of their lives. When a former employee of Lady Catherine- a Mr. Frank Burnett returns to Rosings, Catherine Harrison has to confront her feelings as well as the long-forgotten reality of Lady Catherine's conduct towards her. Meanwhile, changed circumstances compel Becky Tate to reassess the direction of her own life as she contemplates the future.
Recollections of Rosings has all the hallmarks of Ms. Collin's best work- her strong, credible characters, believable plot, crisp dialogue and unpretentious narrative style make of a good story, well told.« less