Darcys Give a Ball Paperback – 26 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Elizabeth Newark was born in London and now lives in San Francisco. She is the author of seven children's books under the pen name Betty Dinneen, and has written poetry, essays on Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as a sequel to Jane Eyre. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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!).