Pemberley Manor Paperback – 28 Aug 2009
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"An absorbing read from the very first page." - Alison Aldridge, BBC Worldwide. "One to treasure. What a sumptuous book!" - --Jane Odiwe, author of Lydia Bennet's Story.
About the Author
Kathryn L. Nelson's romance with the language and characters of Jane Austen was reawakened in 1995 by the BBC/A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. This, her first novel, finaled in the sequel contest at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England Nelson. Kathryn Nelson lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
The story begins on "the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters" and as one might expect from the title, follows the Darcy's as they adjust to married life and a deeper knowledge of each other. Other characters are portrayed in varying degrees of domesticity, including the Bingley's, both Charles and Jane as well as his sisters, Colonel Fitzwilliam and of course, Georgiana Darcy.
Jane Austen gives us only a glimpse into the future awaiting the new couples and Ms. Nelson expands on that theme with surprises at every turn. New and interesting characters are introduced even as Pemberley's ghosts begin to materialize.
Family history is revealed showing how Darcy, who claims to "have been a selfish being all [his] life, in practice, though not in principle" and "was taught what was right, but...not taught to correct [his] temper...was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit" came to be the man found at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. These same family forces will not be easily erased. Elizabeth soon discovers that it will take all her love and a family tragedy to ultimately free him from this dark past.
As much as one would like to think of the senior Darcys as models of propriety and manner, Ms. Nelson chooses a path of more realism.Read more ›
'Pemberly Manor' begins the day of the double wedding between Lizzy and Darcy and Jane and Bingley. We follow Lizzy and Darcy's first months together as they learn about each other and as their different temperaments adjust to one another. The author writes with real affection for the characters, showing their love for each other on each page, and yet also giving them some privacy from the reader in terms of bedroom scenes (a welcome aspect of this book when I compare it with some of the others I have read which have detailed the sex lives of these much-loved literary creations; too much information for me!)
The central theme of this book is understanding why Darcy seemed so proud and unfriendly at Meryton when the servants at Pemberley described him so positively to Lizzy when she visited during P&P. Kathryn Nelson has looked to Darcy's parents for the explanation of this side of his nature and the book is a gradual unfurling of the history of the elder Mr Darcy and his wife and how their individual behaviour reflected on their son and, to some extent, on Georgiana. This theme was quite heavy throughout the book and it felt very much focused on Darcy rather than Elizabeth, although of course she is there throughout the pages. We are also reacquainted with Bingley, Jane, Caroline Bingley, Mr & Mrs Hurst and some Pemberley servants such as Mrs Reynolds.Read more ›
The arrival of Trevor Handley, a mysterious man out of Darcy's past, and the malicious animosity of Caroline Bingley, compound matters. Trevor had disappeared quite suddenly when Darcy was in his teens. They had been great friends, ever since Trevor had been taken in by Darcy's parents when his father died. Darcy could never understand why Trevor had left so suddenly and had never been in touch.
The true nature of Darcy's mother and her relationship with Trevor is hinted at, and Darcy's mistrust of that situation clouds his relationship with Elizabeth. Darcy's anger and resentment of his father was never settled before his death, and Darcy regrets it terribly. Finally he becomes friends with a man who was close to his father, Mr. Alexander, and this helps him come to a better understanding of his father and his torments. Caroline visits with Jane and Charles, and she decides to set into play events make the Darcys miserable, using suspicion and mistrust as her weapons. Will she succeed in driving a permanent wedge between Darcy and Elizabeth? Will Darcy ever overcome his feelings about his father and mother? Will Caroline ever be forgiven?
Nelson has created an excellent backstory for Darcy, and re-creates the feel of Jane Austen's witty dialogue and deep characters with great success. If you love Austen, you will most certainly love this story!
Armchair Interviews gives this book a "fun-read" label!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a good representation of the true characters that jane austen wrote both seemed to have taken on a new character with darcy particularly now having a teasing Sence of humour... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Did not enjoy this book at all. I bought it as it had so many good reviews on Amazon but I found it very dull, too wordy and boring. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by Michelle Hall
This book follows on from the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy and shows how two very different personalities can come together as one! Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2012 by Ms. N. J. Parker