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Rebecca Ann Collins

The Pemberley Chronicles Series

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Review - Postscript From Pemberley

Book News, August 2002 -

In this, the seventh volume of the Pemberley series , Rebecca Ann Collins demonstrates once more that she is much more than a writer of sequels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

 

She successfully stakes her claim to be a storyteller in her own right, with inventive plotlines, credible dynamic characters and an engaging “period style”. Add to this, an enviable knowledge of the history and culture of the period and a sensitive appreciation of the values and morés that underlie the novels of Miss Austen and it is not difficult to understand the popularity of her work.

 

In Postscript from Pemberley, it is not Mr and Mrs Darcy who occupy centre stage, but their pervasive presence and influence upon the lives of the younger generation of characters- Julian Darcy, Jessica Courtney, Darcy Gardiner are cleverly used to lend authenticity to the novel. Mr Darcy’s mature judgement and Elizabeth’s still mischievous wit are in evidence , while the more youthful characters add a delightful new dimension- energy and vitality to the scene. Kate O’Hare- an attractive new face brings both excitement and danger to Pemberley.

 

It is surely the true legacy of Austen that new and interesting characters, who reflect her world view, can so fascinate modern readers.  That they do so convincingly, in the Pemberley novels, is a tribute to the creative skill of Ms Collins.

 

 

 

Averil Rose.UK August 2003 -

In Postscript from Pemberley,  Ms Collins takes her readers right back to the gracious groves and lawns of Pemberley, where on a fine summer’s day, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet meet again and begin at last to see one another clearly  rather than through the prism of each other’s Pride and Prejudice.

 

In Postscript- ( volume seven in the Pemberley Series)-  the setting is the same, but the characters  are from another generation- Darcy Gardiner, Julian Darcy and Jessica Courtney, whom we have met in earlier novels,

together with a fascinating new comer to the area- Kathryn O’Hare.  Their lives and loves are linked together in a dramatic yet completely believable tale of romance and intrigue, spiced with a little scandal and plenty

of humour. Every one is a character in his or her own right – with remarkably strong links to their parents and grandparents. Passionate and strong, or gentle and loving, they are all invested also with some honest humanity, that lifts them out of the realm of one dimensional fantasy to a genuine reality compatible with the period.

 

The circumstances of the story are so true to 19th century England  and the tale is so well told, that it is impossible for the reader not to be drawn right into the lives of these attractive young people as they work out their destinies against the familiar Austen background of Pemberley and its elegant environs.

 

Like many of the Pemberley novels, I found this one difficult to put down.

 

 

 

Amy Zelenka, amazon .com, 2009 -

Not quite ready for the saga to end? Me neither. Read on!

 

I can’t quite believe it, but I think I have a new favorite! Postscript from Pemberley, Book 7 in the Pemberley Chronicles series, takes a departure from its predecessors – delving less frequently and less deeply into the socio-political and economic realities of late 19th century England. Instead, Postscripts moves at a very fast pace, from attraction to affection to love and then marriage., with a bit of tension and a hint of mystery, just for good measure.

 

The story focuses mainly on two young couples. Julian Darcy is the tragic youngest son of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Having grown up in the shadow of his elder brother’s memory, Julian’s first marriage ended with the death of his unhappy wife- Josie. His guilt and his grief over her demise led him to renounce his claim to Pemberley in favor of his very young son Anthony. But Julian does come to Pemberley to heal his aching soul. And there he meets up with his younger cousin Jessica Courtney, daughter of Rev. James Courtney and Emily Gardiner Courtney (and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gardiner of Gracechurch Street and later Lambton). The two develop a close friendship which gradually turns to love, and eventually leads to a very happy marriage. Supported by all of their family and loved ones, the perfectly suited Julian and Jessica set off together for Africa – he in pursuit of his professional dreams and she with the desire to support her husband and experience a few adventures of her own.  

 

Meanwhile, Darcy Gardiner, son of Cassandra Darcy Gardiner and Dr. Richard Gardiner, and grandson of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, is looking for a love interest of his own.  Darcy Gardiner has left London and politics behind to help manage Pemberley while young Anthony grows to adulthood. Loved by all in the neighborhood, Following an initial disappointment , when he fails to secure the hand of Jessica Courtney, he meets a newcomer- Kathryn O’Hare, a charming and accomplished young lady from the neighborhood who,  becomes a close friend of Jessica.  But, it turns out, she has  a bit of a “past.”

 

While serving in the household of a powerful titled family, Kathryn is swept up in the illicit affairs of the Lady of the house. Kathryn’s own reputation is on the verge of ruin, because she’s decided that she will not be a party to the aberrant activities taking place in the household. She leaves and returns to her family, but trouble follows her-even to  Derbyshire. Her knight in shining armor takes the form of Darcy Gardiner, who uses his fierce loyalty, clever mind, and rolodex of powerful allies to ensure Kathryn’s well-being. Who would not be swept away by this dashing hero?

 

The book brings back many favorites including the Bingleys and Darcys and their wonderful children, and the charming Irish-American husband of Darcy’s sister- Lizzie.  It also brings back a few not-so-favorites like Robert and Rose Gardiner who continue to suffer from a chronic case of sour grapes; and Lydia Wickham, who hasn’t  changed a bit. At one point, a very clever and humorous scheme is devised to keep Lydia from attending (and ruining) a family wedding.

 

I am happy to report that with the exception of Mrs. Gardiner’s passing, the story ends on a happy note, but with a bit of a “cliff hanger” in the form of a mysterious letter from an unknown sender delivered to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The reader cannot mistake the importance of this letter, but to what???

I sincerely hope that Ms. Collins will resolve this mystery in Book 8. Hurry Ms. Collins… This reader is longing to know what’s in that letter!

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