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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453740473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453740477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Charlotte Collins...Becton mines the rich vein of literary characters who've vanished into the mists of history.... Charming, witty, and grounded in period detail, Becton's debut novel will make Jane Austen fans rejoice. --Beverle Graves Myers

About the Author

Jennifer Becton works as a freelance editor and writer and is a lover of many genres of books, including historical novels, mysteries, and literary fiction. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband Bert and her cat Puttytat. She is also an avid equestrienne and owns a horse appropriately named Darcy.

More About the Author

Jennifer worked in the traditional publishing industry for twelve years as a proofreader, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 2010, she accepted the challenge to self-publish her first novel Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, LLC, an independent publishing house.

Jennifer also writes thrillers under the pseudo-pseudonym J. W. Becton (http://www.jwbecton.com). Absolute Liability, the first in the six-book Southern Fraud Thriller Series, spent eight weeks on the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list and three nonconsecutive weeks on the Indie Reader Best Sellers list. Death Benefits, At Fault, and Moral Hazard are available now!

Customer Reviews

Well...I guess you'll have to read the book to figure it out.
Goldilocks
The characters were very human, the plot believable, and the love story was beautifully done.
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Jennifer Becton's beautifully written novel is both believable and satisfying.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Marcella on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I know I have mentioned this before but I will repeat it again: I love Jane Austen sequels. I picked this one because I have never read or seen a sequel dedicated to Charlotte Collins before. For those of you who don't know, Charlotte marries the odious Mr. Collins after Elizabeth Bennett refuses to marry him. I don't know how other people view this union, but to me Charlotte sentenced herself to a life of tediousness and boredom. Jennifer Becton picks up Charlotte's story after the death of Mr. Collins. She longs to live out her days in peace and quiet but life and Maria have other plans for her. I really like this book! The story line was fantastic. It has twists and turns, heartache and humor. I loved the new characters that Jennifer introduced us to. Mr. Ben Basford is now a favorite of mine. I hope everyone loves him as much as I do. This is a great romantic read. You will fall in love with Charlotte as she learns to follow her heart. I sincerely hope that Jennifer Becton will write more books about Jane Austen beloved characters.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By C.S.R. Amazon Reviewer on May 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book starts out so slowly that it was hard to keep on reading. I almost abandoned it several times, but I saw that it got really good reviews on Amazon, so I kept saying 'one more chapter' until the story picked up. It kept on improving right to the end.

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.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." - Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Goldilocks on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I had a tad few misgivings about reading a (boring) historical novel. I love novels...usually contemporary novels that I can relate to. But I knew Jennifer, and I knew her passion, and therefore, I knew I had to read this one. I felt a bit "lost at sea" since I have to admit (hanging my head in shame) that I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I wasn't sure that I could pick up on a continuation of a historical novel I had never read. Well...I was wrong!!! From the first couple of pages I was engrossed. Jen's research and historical correctness left me amazed; but bored? Not a chance!!! I was immediately taken up in the lives of Charlotte and her sister, Maria, and Jen did an excellent job describing their day to day lives and the period from which she was writing. As pages quickly turned, I was caught up in lives that I had never experienced or read about, but ones in which I was totally engrossed.

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???
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