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This review is from: Darcys Give a Ball (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.
There are several unexpected developments during the weekend, but as an earlier British writer once said, "all's well that end's well" and you will surely be enchanted with the outcome.
The chapter in which Eliza rescues Juliet will cause most unladylike laughter, but is easily forgiven, for its sheer audacity and enjoyment!
A weekend at Pemberley? Irresistible. Entirely.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2011 15:34:01 GMT
All that is missing are 2 non-Austen characters from the same time period- namely Captain Horatio Hornblower and Major Richard Sharp!!
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