Rebecca Ann Collins
The Pemberley Chronicles Series
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Review - The Women of Pemberley
Review from Book News /1999
Unlike the Pemberley Chronicles, this book is in five separate parts, each devoted to one of five young women- Emma Bingley, Cassandra Darcy, Emily Gardiner , Isabella Fitzwilliam and Josie Tate. The girls are all related or are friends- and their stories deal with their lives as the second generation of characters in the Pemberley families takes over from the first. Each is an individual and their lives follow completely different paths . As she tells their stories Ms Collins also explores some of the common myths of Victorian society……. the Pemberley women do not all fit into a convenient mould- each achieves her goals according to her own set of values.
While romance and intrigue are essential ingredients, Ms Collins does not rely on shock and scandal to interest the reader; a vein of gentle humour prevents one falling into sentimentality and details of historical and social background provide interesting insights into the lives of the women and their families. The best one can say about this companion volume to The Pemberley Chronicles is that the stories are so well told, one would enjoy them even if they were not sequels to any other novel.
Reader Jessica of Queensland writes-
Having read The Pemberley Chronicles and The Women of Pemberley – I am an avid fan of Jane Austen and have read all of her novels and many sequels but it is rarely that I have found a sequel as honest and true to the original as yours.
Reader Sarah J. comments-
Having read and enjoyed The Pemberley Chronicles, I proceeded to read The Women of Pemberley and Netherfield Park; the characters of the second generation are, if anything, more fascinating than the first. Jonathan Bingley is a far more complex and interesting character than his father, while Emma Bingley and Cassy Darcy are every bit as good as Jane Austen’s own Jane and Lizzy Bennet.
The use of appropriate language and manners to suit the period is excellent and best of all the stories are so believable in the context of the period and the characters involved.