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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: (18 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435752295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435752290
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CT on 8 Feb. 2014
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It should be a truth universally acknowledged that no-one, just no-one, can write Jane Austen like Jane Austen did!
This book (individual stories, but set chronologically through a year) started off well, and I enjoyed it, but sadly became more and more unlikely and unbelievable as the book went on. Quite simply, I couldn't imagine Darcy and Lizzy (or Lady Catherine) behaving in some of the ways that they do in this book.
Maybe I should give up looking for a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, then I wouldn't keep being disappointed.
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Predictable in a pleasant way. I found the book did not have the power to be a page turner, but the author has managed to make the characters believable and the story flows gently to its predictable conclusion.
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By Lynne Robson on 2 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed the first year of the Darcy's marriage. The Christmas was Magical and so was the rest of the year. I really wanted more as the book ended too soon for me
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the BEST P&P continuation I've read! 4 Dec. 2011
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I love Kara Louise's books - they never disappoint and this one was no exception. I loved it because it is a good read all the way through. It is referred to as a compilation of short stories and yet I didn't think of it that way as the story flows in a nice way and keeps your interest. I hated for it to end. This book is just how I'd hope the first year of marriage would be for Darcy and Lizzie. It shows how they are learning about each other, how their family fits it, and most importantly to me - shows in the Jane Austen fashion just how much they love and adore each other without being tawdry. So many of the other P&P continuation sagas seem to contain an inordinate amount of descriptive bedroom scenes. Jane Austen did not go there and neither does Kara Louise. Instead Ms. Louise holds true to the fact that Darcy and Lizzie is one of the best love stories ever and keeps it in Austen's tradition of continually showing that with warmth and humor. My daughter is getting this book for Christmas. There's not another P&P continuation book I'd pass on to her but this one. Job well done Kara Louise!! I so hope to see more books from you.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Darcy and Elizabeth as Newlyweds! 17 Dec. 2011
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As most married couples will tell you, the first year of marriage is not only a time of love, happiness, and romance, but also a time of adjustment, discovery, and compromise. For some people, the first year of marriage is challenging, for others it is like being on an extended honeymoon. For Darcy and Elizabeth, it is a time of establishing traditions, making memories, and melding their two diverse lives into one.

In Kara Louise's lovely Pride and Prejudice sequel Pemberley Celebrations readers will find thirteen short stories that illustrate how Darcy and Elizabeth celebrate their first year together. We witness familiar celebrations, such as: Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Easter, All Hallows' Eve, and their Anniversary, and some not so familiar, such as May Day, Midsummer's Day, and Michaelmas, (which looked like fun, I think I should initiate a Midsummer's Day celebration in my town!)

I absolutely love reading novels by Kara Louise! Darcy's Voyage and Only Mr. Darcy Will Do are amongst my favorite Austenesque novels! I adore her writing style, accurate renderings of characters, clever plot twists, and ability to create intriguing and romantic stories about Darcy and Elizabeth! I love that through the midst of celebrations and festivities Darcy and Elizabeth still had their misunderstandings, disputes, and battle of wits. The journey through their first year of marriage was plausibly filled with highs and lows, differences and compromises. In addition, I took great pleasure in the inclusion of Elizabeth's and Darcy's family in their festivities and holidays. I was so happy to see more of the Bennets, Bingleys, Collins, and the de Bourghs!

What I love about this compilation is that you can read it all at once (like I did) or read it in concurrence with each holiday (like I plan on doing). For example, on Valentine's Day you can read the Valentine's Day story, on Easter, the Easter story, etc. I'm really looking forward to rereading Kara Louise's charming novelettes throughout the year, what a great way to incorporate some Jane Austen into my holiday celebrations!

With so many remarkable stories to chose from, it's hard to pick a favorite! But I must mention that I found the "Valentine's Day" and "A First Anniversary" to be the most romantic and "All Hallow's Eve" to be the most imaginative. However, to put it simply, I loved each and every one of these beautiful, meaningful, and heartwarming tales! I highly recommend Pemberley Celebrations to all readers who want to witness Darcy and Elizabeth as newlyweds!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Darcy and Elizabeth's 1st Year Celebrations 16 Nov. 2011
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I really rated this book a 31/2 stars. This book is a compilations of the milestone celebrations of Darcy and Elizabeth. There 1st Xmas, Valentines day, Easter and so on. It starts out with there preparation of there 1st Xmas and a little miss communication which easily is resolved. Through out the book you see how they start to jell as a couple through misunderstandings and there love for each other. I did feel that the beginning was a little flat for me but as the story progressed it was more involved and there was the meeting back at Rosings and Lady Catherine. It was wonderful to see this confrontation and how Lizzy and Darcy handled it. Each milestone is met with different circumstances and was diverting to read. Definitely worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dull and insipid. 14 Jan. 2013
By Elizabeth Stokesberry - Published on
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Yes, this book is just as described,with all the holidays, etc., but it is entirely lifeless. Everything gets resolved a little too neatly and sweetly, with no conflict. The turnaround by Lady Catherine is particularly unbelievable, as is the former love-interest of Darcy's. Both Darcy and Lizzy are TOO perfect. There's no spark between them and by the end of the story, you feel "my dear"'d to death. And for heaven's sake, can someone else describe another way of Lizzy smiling, other than "archly".
Adorable and Sweet Austenesque Sequel 17 May 2014
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This was absolutely adorable. It was tender, fun, poignant, and gently passionate as it tells what happens after the Happily Ever After for Darcy, Elizabeth and their families of Pride & Prejudice fame. I loved these snap shot stories that were centered around the holidays throughout a one year time frame.

Each story uses Darcy and Elizabeth as the focal point, but also manages to bring out family both of the past like in the Christmas story and Valentine's story when there is more of Darcy's deceased parents and of the present as the Bennets, Gardiners, Bingleys, Collinses, deBoughs, Wickhams and even Col. Fitz are encountered during the holidays as one is likely to do with family and friends. Besides family reunions, there are details of the couples' life and private events that I'll save as a surprise. There are mentions of adjustments and issues that are present in every relationship, but the positive is built up and the negative diminished so there is a delightful rose-tinted hue to things.

My favorite story was the engaging New Year's Eve tale because of the originality of the story by giving Darcy and Lizzy a new setting and plot that isn't associated with previous storyline from P&P. And then I have to give a shout out for the Michaelmas story because it includes my favorite, Col. Fitz, and a poignant vignette of Georgiana's secret crush.

Are the characters perfectly true to the originals? No. Is this the book to pick up if you're looking for action and angst or strong passion? Again, no. This is one for when you're in the mood to curl up with something light and sweet that will gently engage the senses.

All in all, this was a delightful Austenesque sequel that I can recommend to those who just can't get enough of Darcy and Lizzy and the rest of the Pride & Prejudice gang.
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