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"Ms Kerr has written a book that reads as if it were penned in the time of Austen herself."
-Margaret-Mary Jaeger, Reviewer
"This book is an easy reading and it revolves mostly around Georgiana Darcy, which was one of my favorite character in the original Austen's book, so in a way I was not disappointed and I got my happy ending."
-Maria Christina Nardini, Reviewer athttp: //libritudine.blogspot.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B073TM5CVV
- Publisher : Prism Publishers; 1st edition (July 8, 2017)
- Publication date : July 8, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1898 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 230 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1535138254
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,215 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(BTW: I dug out my paperback copy of Experience and plan to reread it very soon.)
The main character in this story is Georgiana. She is portrayed as having not really learned anything...repented anything...from her experience with George Wickham. Thus it seems she is doomed to repeat her own history. SPOILER: Wickham, while dying from wounds from Waterloo writes entreating Georgiana to come to him, stating that he did truly love her. The letter finds its way into Mrs. Younge's hands who encloses it in a letter to Georgiana. They meet in London and take off to France, planning to visit Wickham's grave.
Now the story's main premise comes about. Mrs. Younge notices a John Amaury's interest in Georgiana as they pass at times casually. She finds a way to speak with him privately and sets up much the same plan with him as with Wickham. For a cut of G.'s dowry she will facilitate a meeting and encourage the relationship. Much of the rest of this story has to do with that man, his background and his relationship with Georgiana...and others in this story.
There are too many facets in all of that for me to delve into here. However, it has many interesting twists and the author was very creative in how she wove together many of the other characters and their background with John's. The Gardiners play a big part in nudging him to make the right choices...for both Georgiana's sake as well as his own.
(I have to add that how Darcy found his sister in France was never clear to me.)
Mrs. Bennet, who has married off all her own daughters decides to take an interest in one of her neighbors, a Pen Harrington, who lives on an estate called Bewley. Mrs. Bennet knows nothing about the man she pushes Pen towards, except that he has a title and appears to be rich. He, too, has connections to others in this story. (It was difficult at times to remember who is connected to who and their backgrounds as sometimes titles were used and at other times Christian names.) Pen has been left impoverished and struggles to even keep up the house in which she lives. At times she rolls up her sleeves and acts the housemaid. Her guardians pay little attention to her other than sending letters, as they do not live nearby.
We don't read much about Darcy and Elizabeth other than their involvement with Georgiana, their reactions to her choices and the follow-through on those. They do have two children, but they are only mentioned in passing. Jane and Bingley are also a small part. Lady Catherine shows up to make known her opinion more than once as she has made other arrangements for Anne and brooks no interference when that "secret" engagement seems to be threatened.
If you like sequels to P&P I am sure you will find this one interesting. The story surrounding Mr. Amaury, alone, kept me turning pages. Thus, I recommend this story.
The primary plot involves 20-year-old Georgiana Darcy. As the book begins, Mr. William Brooke, from a prestigious family, has petitioned Darcy for his sister's hand in marriage. However, Georgiana secretly harbours continued love for George Wickham despite his marriage to Lydia Bennet and his death in the Battle of Waterloo. Her unresolved feelings demand the closure she believes she will find in Brussels, and she sneaks away from Pemberley and heads there with the assistance of Mrs. Younge.
Naturally, Mrs. Younge does NOT have a purely altruistic motive. As a result, Georgiana finds heartbreak of a different kind. You'd think the girl would have learned more discernment over the past 5 years, but it's deja vu all over again with John Amaury in place of George Wickham. His character turns out to be a cross between Professor Harold Hill (The Music Man) and Tom Jones (The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling). (No, I'm not going to explain why, so you'll have to read this book to understand the comparisons.)
Lady Catherine has another husband lined up for her daughter Anne. This time it's Lord Thomas Marlowe. It's a poorly concealed "secret" betrothal, at his insistence. Meanwhile, Mrs. Bennet has run out of daughters to marry off, so a young lady at a rundown neighboring estate called Bewley, Miss Penelope Harrington, is the lucky beneficiary of her current efforts. Mrs. B. is just as humorously inept at the business as ever and pushes Pen toward gentlemen that she (Mrs. B.) deems desirable, despite Pen's own wishes. The result is that Lady Catherine again finds it necessary to come to Hertfordshire for a very humorous confrontation.
The former Caroline Bingley, now Lady Mallinger, continues to interact regularly with her sister. Interestingly, Louisa Hurst is painted as a bigger snob than Caroline. Although Lady Mallinger now enjoys all the social connections due to her by virtue of her title, her relationship with her husband is barely more than civil. Unsurprisingly, John Thorn (introduced in the previous book as a possible love interest) is at odds with her, too.
The Gardiners are very involved in Georgiana's storyline as trusted advisors to Elizabeth and Darcy as well as Georgiana. Kitty and her husband make one brief but significant appearance when Elizabeth and Darcy are frantically searching for Georgiana. Mr. Edmund Delaford, his mother Mrs. Delaford, and his younger siblings, Frank and Fanny (twins), are the new denizens of Netherfield and Lord Marlowe's reluctant hosts. Lord and Lady Metcalf make a splash during the London season, and they serve as conduits to link the storyline involving Lady Mallinger/Mrs. Hurst, the one involving Georgiana, and the one involving Lord Hawthorne. It's worth noting that you also will find cameo appearances by notable characters from Austen's other books sprinkled throughout London society.
The writing generally is just as beautiful as the previous book, though I note that my kindle version has more editing errors. There are a lot of places where spaces were omitted between words. I was pleased that fewer plots are juggled than in Experience, though I would have liked just a little more information about Kitty, Mary and Lydia. There's as much Charles Dickens as Jane Austen here, with coincidental twists to bring the various disconnected storylines together.
Most of the characters are nicely defined. I love the way Lady Catherine manages to rewrite history in such a way that she is "right," even when she's clearly wrong. Mrs. Bennet gets on my nerves (ha!), but she does in the original P&P, too, so I can't really complain about that. Lord Marlowe makes for a good antagonist, and John Amaury is just fascinating - it takes a while to figure out whether or not you should root for him. Gotta love the Gardiners, of course, who once again prove their value and good sense. Darcy and Elizabeth are mostly relegated to the sidelines but are believably involved when they do appear.
Overall, I enjoyed this, though not as much as Experience. It is not exactly a stand-alone. Summaries of the previous storylines are included, but it's a lot to try to absorb in such a brief synopsis. For maximum enjoyment, I'd recommend that you read both books.
This book retains attributes of Austen's characters. Lady Catherine De Bourgh is just as annoyingly superior as ever, Mrs. Bennet is still match making even though all her daughters are now married, but well, there are other girls who can benefit from her experience. And most importantly Georgiana is just as easily influenced by others as ever... but in this case it might be for the better.
I quite enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to my friends.
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"Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then."
For Georgiana definitely feels she has been 'crossed in love'. When a letter is delivered to her from Mrs. Selina Young, her former unscrupulous governess, that includes a letter from George Wickham, Georgiana is determined to visit his final resting place. Even with his last breath, he blames others and Georgiana fails to see this. I do wish this point had been further developed. With the assistance of Mrs. Young, she slips away from Darcy House in London and embarks on a journey that leads her into the path of a handsome rogue, Mr. John Amaury. And what a charming one he is!
There are two other side stories taking place within this book. We have Lady Mallinger (aka Caroline Bingley) waiting for her husband to return from Italy. I felt her fate in 'Experience' was the saddest of all, but she deceives herself otherwise. John Thorn is still a 'thorn' in her side.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh, in the meantime, is trying to get her daughter, Anne married off to Lord Marlowe...a rather interesting member of the 'ton'. Mrs. Bennet is busy trying to marry off Lydia's good friend, Pen Harrington who is in dire straits. How these individuals converge was definitely interesting!
"Pity for Lady Catherine de Bourgh? The heavens fall, the universal order returns to chaos!"
The writing style is just as pleasing as in 'Experience' and I did enjoy the story. Mr. Collins is still writing letters to Mr. Darcy and has further delusions of grandeur...Mrs. Collins is even encouraging him! We only get a snippet of Lord and Lady Tyrconnell though Lady Tyrconnell (Kitty) solves a significant problem! I would have loved more of them, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy and Mr. and Mrs. Bingley. We are, however, compensated with the ever delightful Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. They were of significant importance in this journey. I will say that my one quibble with the story was Mr. Darcy. He 'has carefully selected her future husband' (this is not a spoiler as it is part of the book description) and for me, Elizabeth would have talked him out of it!