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Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Paperback – August 25, 2010
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Jennifer Becton has created a whole person out of a very underdeveloped Pride and Prejudice character. She developed a character that was realistic based on what we know of Charlotte from P&P. This Charlotte could plausibly marry for security and be pious and proper throughout a marriage to a parson, but she wanted more out of life and envied her friends' loving marriages. This story explores how that could happen for her. Interestingly, Charlotte values her judgement of character only to have it all challenged similar to Elizabeth in P&P.
The character of Maria was also sketched out in more detail than in P&P, and I liked what the author did with her, including the improvement of her character throughout the novel. The original characters in this book were enjoyable, the villain truly nasty. There was a nod to Mansfield Park with the elopement. The romantic ending was predictable but the scenes leading up to it were pleasingly surprising.
This book is well-written technically, with a few sections of language reminiscent of Jane Austen herself, for example, the letter from Miss Farmington regarding the picnic. The vocabulary is not intending to be overly impressive like some Regency romances can be; the author sticks to mostly words of less than four syllables. She is Regency-correct in many areas where other authors make mistakes particularly in length of mourning, mourning attire, and language appropriate to the period.Read more ›
What a bleak and unromantic view of marriage Charlotte Lucas had! Did marriage to Mr. Collins refute or support her conviction? Did seeing the blissful and affectionate marriages of her dear friends Jane and Elizabeth Bennet alter Charlotte's opinion on marital felicity? Is love and happiness in marriage more important than financial security and a home of your own?
In Jennifer Becton's beautiful Pride and Prejudice sequel, Charlotte Collins receives the opportunity for a second chance in love. After seven exasperating and tedious years of marriage, Mr. Collins passes away in an unfortunate carriage accident. Charlotte, now in her mid-thirties, enjoys a life of independence and solitude as she lives off the jointure Mr. Collins begrudgingly set up for her. Charlotte's peace and quiet is soon interrupted when her younger sister Maria becomes a permanent house guest and coerces Charlotte into being her chaperone. Charlotte finds herself revisiting the world of balls, beaus, and romance as she assists Maria in finding a felicitous match. It soon becomes apparent though, that Maria is not the only one who has romance on the mind...
We don't encounter all our old friends from Pride and Prejudice since the story focuses extensively on the lives of Charlotte and Maria, but Elizabeth, Mr.Read more ›
I urge other contemporary fiction readers, as well as those fans of Jane Austen, to read this novel. I don't think you will be disappointed. I am waiting for the sequel of a full length book on Maria and (???) Well...I guess you'll have to read the book to figure it out.
Hey Jen, has anyone secured the movie rights yet???
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At least as far as Charlotte and Maria, but I do have a bit if trouble imagining the jolly Sir Lucas huddling under a blanket afraid of a draft but I do understand it's necessity... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ROXANE WOLFF
I put off reading this one as the character Charlotte Lucas Collins wasn't a favorite of mine. Please don't follow my example! This is a good story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kshrop
The author seems to have seized upon the use of familiar characters from a beloved novel with little understanding of whom and when she is writing about. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ronnie Clay
I chose this story because I really wanted to see Charlotte fall in love. The author wrote about Charlotte's sister, Maria, and I was very disappointed to see less wooing from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very well written. I think even Jane Austen would appreciate this book about one of her characters, who always followed the rules, but still deserved happiness in the end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by tdog
I love Jane Austen and always wonder what happen to her characters later in life, this book answers my question. Very well written, loved ready itPublished 12 months ago by Beth Dean
The plot is a reworking of Pride and Prejudice, something with which I have no quarrel. What did interfere with my enjoyment, causing me to stumble in my reading, is the author's... Read morePublished 13 months ago by H. Johnson
Charlotte Collins did not get the man of her dreams in Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, and I am glade that she found what she was looking for in life after all this time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sally Quilford