- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (December 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402224397
- ISBN-13: 978-1402224393
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Searching for Pemberley Paperback – December 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Using a literary mystery rooted in Jane Austen's inspiration for Pride and Prejudice, Simonsen's debut novel brings resonance to the story of a love-torn American girl in post-WWII London. Young and eager for adventure, Maggie Joyce has left her jobless Pennsylvania coal-mining town for a typist position overseas. In London, she discovers two love interests as well as connections to the real-life Londoners rumored to have been the basis for Pride's Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Learning to disregard her prim and proper instincts, Maggie becomes closer to her very own version of Darcy, as well as the families of the original Darcy and Bennet, from whom she receives old diary entries and letters. Simonsen is clever and evenhanded, maintaining an unhurried pace in both the Austen adventure and Maggie's love life. Fans of historical fiction and Austen should savor this leisurely read. (Dec.)
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"In this sweet and nostalgic novel, Simonsen borrows from Pride and Prejudice to create her own post-World War II love story. " - The Romantic Times
"This was such a sweet, lovely read, with such rich characters and it was with much regret that it had to end. " - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf
"An exceptional Austen-Inspired novel that combines history, romance, war, and "Pride and Prejudice." " - Austenesque Reviews
"A story that brings new insight, meaning, and possibilities to an old favorite that is sure to fascinate Austen fans." - Everything Victorian and More
"Unlike any other Jane Austen sequel I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it." - Books Like Breathing
"Searching for Pemberley is without a doubt a must read for any fan of Pride and Prejudice or simply a fan of people finding one another, beating the odds, and falling in love." - The Long and Short of It
"Well done and rich in emotional and physical detail, showing Simonsen's deft research and keen eye." - Savvy Verse & Wit
" It delves into a world where every reader can get excited about the possibilities of what might have been." - The Book Tree
"A great historical debut. This novel is rich in history. " - Once Upon a Romance
"A wonderful mystery, a nice heap of romance... a book well worth any Jane Austen fans' time." - Chicks with Books
"Searching for Pemberley grabbed me from the first pag... Simonsen did an admirable job moving between the Regency, Great War, and World War II settings. " - Diary of an Eccentric
"Filled with historical details, and packed with everything that Austen fans are looking for... Jane would be proud!" - Libby's Library News
"I lost myself reading this story, and empathized with each and every character, along with their trials and tribulations. I just wanted to make them all a cup of tea. " - Jenny Loves to Read
"Written with respect for Jane Austen and a passion for history, Simonsen has combined two genres into a bittersweet war-time drama . " - AustenProse
"Fascinating... an amazing book." - This Book For Free
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Top customer reviews
I'm ever so glad to have recently found Mary Lydon Simonsen. I bought this book for a penny ( used...great shape) and thoroughly love it. It is a keeper. Maggie is a very special lady with a flare for adventure and a deep love of P&P. Can't help but love her, don't you think so Mike?
Read Searching for Pemberley again this week LOVED it again. It had been long enough that I had forgotten most of the events until I saw them again. In increased my rating from a 4 to a 5. It is definitely a very good read.
The basic premise of this novel is fascinating -- I love the idea that one of my favorite fictional couples could've been real individuals, and the idea promises rich fodder for a devotee of Pride and Prejudice. While I have no doubt that Elizabeth and Darcy were wholly products of Austen's considerable talents and imaginative genius, the idea of a real-life Pride and Prejudice "treasure hunt" is an appealing fiction, and as such I found myself relating to Maggie's enthusiasm in her quest to discover the real Elizabeth and Darcy -- a literary archaelogical expedition of the highest order. The problems come in the execution of this premise -- the storytelling format consists mainly of large "information dumps," with pages of dialogue where a character shares research with Maggie, or pages of prose where she details her latest discoveries. The result is a lengthy tome that reads more like research thesis notes than a novel. There is very little character development, Simonsen opting instead to showcase research and history -- and the only reason this works to some degree for me is because I appreciate the basic premise of her story.
I didn't expect this novel to provide a not uneffective analysis of the cost of war on those who survive combat to return to civilian life. Through Jack and Beth's reminscences and the stories of Maggie's love interests, Simonsen explores the terrible toll both world wars took on society as a whole, particularly those who survived to return home to "normal" life. At first blush the juxtaposition of a late 18th-century love story and life in postwar Britain seems most unlikely, but in some weird way it works -- Maggie's research into the Laceys' past helps her find her footing in a postwar society, torn between the wounds of war and hope of peacetime. The "upstairs/downstairs" dynamic of Beth and Jack's love story is particularly timely, given the resurgence of interest in the pre-World War I time period thanks to shows like Downton Abbey.
Simonsen clearly has a passion for history and her love of research, both Georgian and World War II era, shines in this reimagining of Austen's inspiration for Pride and Prejudice. This novel is ALL telling and little to no showing, but despite the novel's often awkward and stilted narrative style, there was a spark within that kept me turning pages -- perhaps it was recognizing in Simonsen a fellow Austen aficionada. With more attention to character development and action instead of packing in every single bit of research in pages-long information dumps, Searching for Pemberley reveals the potential of an author whose passion for history and the classics can't help but be appreciated.