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Letters from Pemberley: the First Year [Paperback]

Jane Dawkins
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Book Description

31 Mar 2003
A delightful continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In writing a series of letters to her beloved sister, Jane, Elizabeth Darcy describes her first year as mistress of Pemberley with all its anxieties and joys, but never losing her sense of humor and sparkling wit.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup Press (31 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893337006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893337008
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,943,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane Dawkins was born in Palestine and grew up in Wilton, a small English country town in Wiltshire, neighbouring county to Jane Austen's Hampshire. She now resides in Key West, Florida, with her husband and the three most wonderful Golden Retrievers in the whole wide world.

Before moving to Key West Jane lived and worked in Germany, London, New York City, and New York's Hudson Valley. From her early days as an executive secretary in businesses as varied as records, opera management and international oil, not to mention happy days at the top of the World Trade Center in NYC at Windows on the World, she struck out on her own as a gourmet food producer, then as a graphic/book designer, editor, author, painter, and lately, ceramicist.

Her interests are wide ranging, including Jane Austen and the English Regency period, theatre, music (all kinds, from heavy metal to opera and classical), human and animal rights, ceramics, writing and the endlessly stimulating environment of people and events that she encounters daily in Key West.

Thanks to all who continue to contribute to this wonderful journey.

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"Very charming... in the mood and style of Jane Austen." -- Patricia Latkin, Jane Austen Books

"[A] pleasant and believable story... The plot was convincing and there is nothing jarringly 20th century about the style. An enjoyable read." -- Susannah Fullerton, President, The Jane Austen Society of Australia

"[D]elightful... it is great fun. Well done, Jane Dawkins." -- Susan Watkins, author, Jane Austen in Style

Letters from Pemberley is better than most of the sequels... a pleasant and believable story." -- Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia

From the Back Cover

Incorporating Jane Austen's own words and characters from her other works (who appear here with different names, either associated with Austen's life, borrowed from another of her novels, or a word-play on their original name), Jane Dawkins pieces together a literary patchwork quilt to tell the story of Lizzy's first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy. The result is an entertaining and satisfying tale which will surely delight Jane Austen fans everywhere.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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'A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice' the title says... this statement probably immediately misleads readers like myself of what to expect. It suggested a sequel to the classic romance- a brand new love story.
If you start the book with this assumption, I can tell you, you may instantly feel deceived. For when I read the first two letters of the book, I was bored, I felt nothing really happens, and the author was just repeating and worning out what was in the original storyline from the novel. At one point, I even felt I was tricked into buying the book.
It was not until I read Jane Dawkins' introduction at the beginning of the book that I started to appreciate this book. I realised what she was trying to achieve was a small 'patchwork' of writings that enhanced the original 'frock' (Pride & Prejudice), and she was not aiming to embark on a 'sequel' as it will be 'a brand new frock' altogether. With this new prospective in mind, I read on and found the book much more enjoyable and felt that Dawkins have fulfilled fully what she intended to do.
The book is split into a series of short but detailed letters, which is very handy, this makes it a very light, leisurely and pleasing read. Good for less mature readers as well as regular readers. Rather than being a 'sequel', it is like a collection of additional little extras, which makes the original book more appreciable.
Throughout the book, Dawkins had made a great effort to use Jane Austen's language. Her attempts were very successful, and sometimes created the illusion that this book had actually come from Austen's own pen.
She also stayed true to each of the original characters' natures and personalities. Elizabeth, as always, was sparking with immense intelligence and liveliness.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating discovery 10 Jun 2000
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Reviewer: Allison from Chicago, IL I just discovered this book after searching many Jane Austen sites. I immediately ordered it and have found it so delightful, that I want to tell you all. Ms. Dawkins' writing is the closest to Austen that I've seen in a long time. Of course, no one can be Jane herself, but this is almost as good. I always wondered what happens to Lizzy and Darcy, Jane and Bingley and, of course, dear Lydia. What a delight to read further into their lives, without any jarring 20th century interruptions. This is a fascinating read and I heartily recommend it to one and all!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Moments! 24 April 2002
By A Customer
A very sweet book, not Jane Austen, of course, but nevertheless, entertaining and light. Austen is, as the author states in her introduction, a never-ending fascination. We readers are hungry to learn more about Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane and the irrepressible Lydia. I would like to have seen letters written back to Lizzy, from Jane, Lydia and the others, but in spite of that I found the book lovely in every way. In dedicating her book to Austen, author Dawkins acknowledges the "countless hours of reading pleasure" she attained from our most famous Jane.
Letters from Pemberley adds more than a few wonderful moments from that charming time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive sequel 30 Oct 1999
An impressive Jane Austen sequel I loved this sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and as always I want to know what happens after the book ends!! I found Letters From Pemberley to be very true to Jane Austen's style of writing. I also enjoyed the story, everything that I had ever hoped would happen for Lizzy and Mr. Darcy happened and there was a very happy ending!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rendition! 4 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Jane Dawkins has done herself proud in this continuation of Austen's wonderful novel, Pride and Prejudice. She tells us about Elizabeth Bennet Darcy's first year as mistress of Pemberley through a series of letters to her sister, Jane. Enjoyable reading which captures the essence of Austen. One of the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth a read! 12 Jun 2001
By A Customer
I read this book on the heels of Jane Austen's masterly work and feel that it suffered somewhat as a consequence. It is a good book, nicely written and the story is very pleasing. What is lacks is depth. The characterisation is sparce and Mr Darcy comes across as somewhat two dimensional. As for Lizzy, she lacks some of the spirit we all love her for - despite heavy references to her 'satirical eye' there is not much evidence of her satirical tongue! However, nothing could come close to the original and this is perhaps about as close as it is possible to get. I would recommend the book but - Jane Austen it isn't!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative! 7 Feb 2000
By A Customer
What better way to spend an afternoon than reading this continuation of Pride and Prejudice. Jane Dawkins has done a superlative job of capturing the essence of Austen in her portrayal of Lizzy Darcy (nee Bennet). I would not hesitate to recommend it to all Austen fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tell a friend 1 Sep 1999
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A perfectly charming continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. "If you enjoy Letters From Pemberley, pray tell a friend," and that's what I'm doing. Austen lovers will delight in this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More on the Bennet girls
I have read several "sequels" to Pride and prejudice which were truly dreadful, but this is excellent, very much is the Austen style and great fun working out the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Adair
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - really disappointed...
I knew that nothing could be like Austen, but I expected something far better . Never mind what the author states: I didn't liked the use of the language, I didn't like the other... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tatiana
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable collection of letters
I really enjoyed reading Elizabeth's letters to her beloved Jane in this volume. It was also fun to spot all the 'Austenian' characters and phrases borrowed by the author in this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maxxe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I really enjoyed catching up with my favourite characters. I loved this book, and thought the author captures Lizzy's personality perfectly!
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by A. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sequel
This is a great follow-up to Pride & Prejudice. It is the letters that Elizabeth wrote to Jane after they married and shows all their joy, insecurities and the dramas that they... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by Ms. N. J. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
This book was very enjoyable, I love jane austen's pride and prejudice, This book is a great read and I'd always wanted to know what would of happened to the characters I had... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2009 by Claire Louise Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely sequel
Letters from Pemberley is a beautiful series of letters from the newly-wed Mrs Elizabeth Darcy to her beloved sister Mrs Jane Bingley, focusing on Elizabeth's first year of... Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Samantha McNulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
This is a delightful modern take on the incomparable Jane Austen's Pride & Predjudice. It deals with the year after Lizzzie became Mrs Darcy and has an easy to read charming... Read more
Published on 19 July 2007 by Anne Herries
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters from Pemberley:the First Year
I received my copy of the above book yesterday and already I have read it through twice! I could not put it down once I had started. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2002 by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
I bought this book after reading through the comments by other reviewers, and I am back to say that I found this book very enjoyable, although fairly lightweight. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2002
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