Lady Catherine's disapproval of her daughter's choice of a partner is clear. Artist David King had apparently taken a liking to Anne, although there are whispers it was more about her fortune than any other reason. Anne is not beautiful, and her health is not the best. She makes an easy target and Lady Catherine is concerned she has become just that. Although the rumours seem six of one and half a dozen of the other, for all the slander there are also whispers of a loyal and honourable man. She forbids their interaction and seeks a distraction to hopefully pair her daughter with a more appropriate suitor. How better to do that than with a social event, and so Lady Catherine throws a ball, a splendid affair. Georgina's birthday proved the opportune moment. But Anne has issued her own warning. If her mother refuses to accept the man she loves, and allow them to be married, she will force a scandal, the likes of which their family has never seen.
After the Pemberley Ball by Margaret Sharpe is a period drama written in appropriate speech. Interaction is very much what you would expect from such an undertaking; eloquent and formal, much like the tone of the book itself. It is a short read exploring a few weeks in the life of the characters, centering mainly on Elizabeth's viewpoint as she learns of events surrounding those closest to her. There is little in the way of action as it is a tale based more on subtleties and romance, as one would perhaps expect.