Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued: Volume 1 Paperback – 17 May 2012
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About the Author
A long time devotee of historical fiction and fantasy, Anna Elliott lives in the DC Metro area with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of "Twilight of Avalon" and "Dark Moon of Avalon", the first two books in the Twilight of Avalon trilogy. Visit her at www.annaelliottbooks.com.
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Georgiana is grown into a likeable and strongwilled heroine, not unlike Elizabeth in the original (who also gets sympathetic treatment here) and other characters get enhanced characterisation.
I'll be reading the next volume for sure.
Obviously not as good as the original - follow ups never are, but it was a nice story about more minor characters and it allowed you to continue your thoughts on Lizzy and Darcy as well as looking at other characters in a more central way. Nothing beats the original but a nice tie in.
I suppose I should start with my (very few) caveats before I gush about how much I loved this!
So: There are a few slips into American spellings/phraseology - nothing painfully bad, but a few spots where the author would have benefited from a British proofreader to weed out the odd sentence which doesn't fit. Overall though, despite Anna Elliott's disclaimer that she does not consider herself able to match Austen, she does a very creditable job of writing in a way that feels (to this Austen aficionado at least) like it could almost have flowed from Austen herself.
The ending is predictable - which in and of itself is not a bad thing, but on just one or two occasions I did want to bash certain characters' heads together! There is a fine line between dramatic and romantic tension, and characters being idiots, and a couple of times Elliott _almost_ topples over it. One never doubts that the endgame will play out as one wishes, and that can be a little too sweet at times for some people.
However, the good stuff far outweighs the minor niggles:
There is such a lot to enjoy here. The pairing up of characters is great, with a few unexpected twists and turns. Not only does the author portray characters we know well in a way that is absolutely recognisable (for instance, when writing Darcy and Lizzy), but she also breathes new life into characters who don't play a huge role in the original.Read more ›
As this was free I thought I'd give it a go, and I wasn't disappointed. Anna Elliott is obviously a fan of Austen. She treats all the characters with respect. I always like the character of Georgiana, but we didn't get to know her very well in P&P. In this book you can fall in love with her.
You believe the diary has been written by an 18 year old girl who has scared of the world and doesn't quite know her place in it. Throughout the book Georgiana grows into a more self confident young woman, and you want her to achieve her dreams.
Elizabeth is my favourite character in English literature, I always wanted to know what happened after P&P finished. She meant so much to me, as did Darcy. I think most women are in love with Darcy. In this book we get to learn more about Elizabeth and Darcy's life together but it is Georgiana's story.
Elliott also explores some of the other characters including Lady Catherine and Anne DeBurgh. Some opinions of the characters may be altered after reading this book. Other characters you loathe just as much. I am looking forward to the next installment and I am thinking about downloading Kitty's diary too.
However, that being said, I wouldn't recommend it for the pureist!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a keen Jane Austen fan and have enjoyed reading the finished versions of Sanditon & The Watsons, both written by Austen experts. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Pat McCulloch
This really feels like a Jane Austen book. So much so that I identified with the characters straight away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Campbell
Really good take on the P & P theme. Well written, and quite different to Death comes to Pemberley. Looking forward to reading the next book.Published 3 months ago by shortjoker
A good sweet little story, well written in the style of Austen, an interesting tale of Darcys sister Georgiana.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, loved the continuation of pride and prejudice story! Enjoyable and fun!! Recommend for any Jane Austen fan :)Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer