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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (26 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402211317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402211317
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 15.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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As Jane and Lizzie make plans for a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls for the Collins's daughter, Juliet Darcy nearly elopes, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy becomes caught up in Caroline Bingley's meddlesome plans, in a story ofthe next generation of characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on 31 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
There may be a better sequel to Pride & Prejudice than this book, but if so, it has not yet made itself known to me. This one is pure and simple delight! It's a smallish book -- 156 pages, but not an excess of words on any page, and a fair share of these pages with almost no words at all, even if they are quotes from the goddess herself -- Jane Austen. Of course these are delightful, but not more so than those employed by the author in this cleverly crafted tale that includes the children of all the families created by Ms. Austen.

In addition to the Darcys, there are the Bingleys, and the Brandons and the Ferrars (both branches!) and the Wentworths and the Fitzwilliams and the Knightleys, plus two of the Collins family. For the most part, the story happens over a weekend. But what a weekend!

Juliet Darcy is turning nineteen, and Henry, the younger of her two older brothers has not yet been presented to Society, while the oldest brother, Fitzwilliam, is expected to ask for the hand of the beautiful Amabel Bingley, with which he will certainly be granted. Why not a celebratory party at Pemberley?

Although Mr. Collins is highly desirous of the visit to Pemberley, at the last moment, his gout flares up, leaving his wife Charlotte to shepherd their two youngest children, Jonathan and Eliza to the ball. Henry had, a bit earlier in the year, reacquainted himself with the inhabitants of Longbourne while on a cross-country trip home from Cambridge, and considering the long-standing friendship of his mother with Mrs. Collins, the invitation for the ball at Pemberley was a forgone conclusion. Fortunately, the acceptance was, as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Testa on 4 Aug. 2008
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Found this on a shelf by the pool while on holiday, so I thought I'd give this "Tour de Force" a go! Couldn't believe how poor this was. Having read a few Austen novels, a pale imitation with limited style or substance and the development of the characters, specifically Elizabeth was completely at odds with the characters created by Austen. On it's own merits it smacks of a school literature assignment (D minus). If you need a fix of corsettes and bonnets, try Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very light read 28 Mar. 2008
By M&M - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have to agree with the other reviewers of this book that it is not one of the more satisfying P&P sequels. However, having said that, I decided to take it as it was billed -- "a gentle joke"-- and on that basis, I enjoyed it. If you're looking for more insight into the characters, this isn't it. I did like what little was revealed about Charlotte but would have enjoyed more development of her relationship with Elizabeth. I do think it is pretty well written (somewhat in the Austen style without falling all over itself to try too hard) which I can't say for some of the other sequels I've read. As an avid P&P fan, I'm glad to have it in my collection. Again, I would agree with one of the reviewers that you should order it used to avoid paying full price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Should be titled "The Collins' Go to a Ball" 17 Mar. 2008
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the Darcy's do give a ball and that is the driving force of all the characters to convene at Pemberley, it really is about the Collins',in particular the two youngest grown children and Mrs. Charlotte Collins nee Lucas. I enjoy anything about the Darcy's, P&P, Jane Austen... and this is a harmless, light-hearted read of a short 156 pages. Contrary to the previous critique on this book, this to me was infinitely better written than the uninspiring "Darcy's Passions." Once at Pemberley, we meet more offspring of Jane Austen's original characters. Because there are sooooo many of them to keep track of, Elizabeth Newark obviously focused on the Darcy, Georgianna and Collins children... the rest are mere background... pairing anymore of them off would have been sadly contrived. I do wish that the author had moved what she wrote of Charlotte and Elizabeth Darcy's friendship to the front of the story, because when she finally explains Charlotte's motivations and the affection for her old friend, it is a bit anti-climactic from all the activity at the end of the ball. Mr. Darcy, Sr. sightings are fleeting but when he does appear, he is as he ever was. After 25 years of marriage, Elizabeth Darcy on the other hand, first appears to have become a bit of a snob and forgotten that she was at one time considered not an acceptable match for the illustrious Darcy; fortunatley she comes around. Still, I enjoyed it well enough. It's not my favorite but it's definitely not the worst I have read; more comparable to Darcy's Story. It's a good read;I'm glad to own it; but indifferent to if I will read it again any time soon. If you are an avid, or rather "rabid" P&P collector, like myself, this will make a fine addition to your library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very Collins-centric 24 April 2008
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A previous reviewer was correct. This is a newly republished and differently titled version of Consequence: Or Whatever Became of Charlotte Lucas. There are 15 reviews there currently so some of you may find those helpful as well.

I enjoyed this sweet and gentle little book as a continuation of Pride and Prejudice. It is a quick read and there are references to the offspring of other Jane Austen characters as well.

I most enjoyed the insight into Charlotte's character, however, and how her life ended up. I think that is where the "gentle joke" of the title comes in.

This may not be the most ground-breaking or original of all the Pride and Prejudice sequels out there, but it is certainly an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who cannot get enough Austen (and that includes me!).
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Didn't care for it 16 Mar. 2008
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There are a number of good Pride and Prejudice books out there, this was not one of them. I didn't see the "gentle joke." Ms. Newark pulled charaters from all of Austen's other books and made young people up from those characters - Knightly's, Ferris' Brandon's etc. for the Ball, but never really developed any charaters. In this book, Elizabeth seemed pretentious or snobbish which is hard to imagine. If you want great PP books try Darcy's Passion or the Pamela Aiden's series. If you want to read this, save your money and get it from the library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a book by any other name... 17 Mar. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I believe this is the same book published in Britain at "Consequence or, Whatever became of Charlette Lucas" On the original cover it reads: "A gentle Jane Austen-style joke." Keeping that is mind, it is wistful read and fune for an Austen enthusiast. Worth the lite read, but not worth the money...order it used and add it to your collection.
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