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Pemberley Manor Paperback – 28 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (28 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402218524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402218521
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that one of the most romantic stories of all times must be in want of a sequel. And so, Pride and Prejudice gains another completion, this time in the form of Pemberley Manor, by first time author, Kathryn Nelson. Unabashedly inspired by A&E's Miniseries, Pemberley Manor gives new life to familiar characters as they seek their individual Happily Ever Afters.

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.
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There are a great number of Pride & Prejudice sequels that have been published and they vary much in terms of quality. Fortunately Kathryn Nelson's 'Pemberley Manor' is one of the good ones, sympathetic to the writing style of Jane Austen, not changing any of the characters significantly and adding a few of her own characters to enliven the story.

'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.
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What a sumptuous book! I loved Ms Nelson's story of what happened to Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy after their marriage. The writing is witty and insightful and the seemingly effortless plot kept me guessing till the end. The characters we know so well are completely recognisable and believable, and the new ones just as entertaining. A real tribute to Jane Austen, a sequel to re-read and treasure. This is a lovely big read, I laughed and cried - a tale which will stay with me for a long time.
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What a brilliantly written book. The characters and their interactions attest to the authors impeccable ability to continue the love story after the marriage. Nothing is left wanting in this version of events. I hope she has written more about the continuing love story and misunderstandings of the Darcy and Elizabeth.
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What happens after the end of Pride and Prejudice? Will Elizabeth continue to have to deal with Darcy's reticence and lack of emotion? What on earth could have made him the way he is? The dark secrets of Darcy's childhood and his parents' marriage continue to overshadow the early days of their marriage, starting with their wedding night.

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!
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