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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read it twice now. I think the author has been sensible in leaving the major P&P characters in the background and imagining how the children of Darcy and Elizabeth might have turned out. Camilla - the second child - is very like her mother and Letitia - the oldest - reminded me of Mary - Elizabeth's blue stocking sister. The plot and its ramifications grows out of the characters of the main protagonists and the scrapes they get themselves into. What the book does highlight well are the changes in morals and the treatment and behaviour of women by 1818 - 3 years after Waterloo. The eighteenth century ways are disappearing and people are becoming more prudish and less tolerant. These shifts in themselves account for the changes in behaviour of Mr & Mrs Gardiner and the former Colonel Fitzwilliam. I think other reviewers have forgotten that the events of this book take place at least 21 years later than the events described in P&P. The book is well written and the characters believable. Jane Austen it isn't and nor is it meant to be but I think it comes close to being similar to the book Jane Austen might have written if she had been writing today.
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