As the bodies pile up, Elizabeth Bennet evolves from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead in this prequel to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. North by Northanger, or, The Shades of Pemberley by Carrie Bebris Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy find their situation compromised by challenges to the family fortune, the arrival of Darcy's imperial-minded aunt, and the discovery of a family heirloom that holds the key to a secret conspiracy. Every woman wants to be Elizabeth Bennet Darcy-beautiful, gracious, universally admired, strong, daring and outspoken-a thoroughly modern woman in crinolines.
And every woman will fall madly in love with Mr. Darcy-tall, dark and handsome, a nobleman and a heart-throb whose virility is matched only by his utter devotion to his wife. Their passion is consuming and idyllic through a sweeping tale of adventure and misadventure, human folly and numerous mysteries of parentage. Suspense and Sensibility, or, First Impressions, Revisited by Carrie Bebris Newlyweds Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy take on the responsibility of shepherding her sister Kitty through the London season, but Elizabeth's hopes that she has found a perfect match for Kitty are dashed when seemingly upstanding Harry Dashwood begins behaving in a totally mystifying and unacceptable manner.
Darcy's Daughters begins in the year Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla—levelheaded and independent—discovers what joys and sorrows the city has to offer an intelligent young woman.
Readers will delight in the return of such beloved Austen creations as Elizabeth's old nemesis Caroline Bingley now Lady Warren , the ever-reliable Gardiners and wayward Aunt Lydia. So why write a story about her? Why indeed! Jennifer Becton did a marvelous job writing this story. We see Caroline for who she really is. We see her struggle to get back what she lost or what she had hoped to gain, without having to admit doing anything wrong….
Pickersgill and Mr. Rushton were my favorites! I think the author did a fantastic job of portraying the hardships for women in regency times. I also like the new characters that the author introduces. Bingley personality wise and was a joy to read about. Rushton is swoon worthy. Which personally, I like. This is another fantastic book by Jennifer Becton. What's so hard about building bridges?
Newton is always kind and welcoming to her though. Newton's business partner, Mr. Patrick Rushton, is the opposite of Mr. Rushton is from a landed gentry family fallen on hard times.
Since his father sold as much of their estate as possible, Mr. Rushton used his brains to find some way to make money. Caroline can not comprehend this.
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I have mixed feelings about Mr. I would not like the way he teases if I were Caroline but he has a pure heart and understands Caroline better than anyone else. I grew to appreciate his sincerity and warmth. Caroline's childhood friend, Mrs. Ralph Winton, formerly The Honorable Miss Lavinia Charlton, has also returned to her childhood home for very different reasons. She has been mourning her late eldest brother and running her father's estate for her wayward younger brother.
Lavinia is everything Caroline aspires to be and admires.
Caroline counts on her friendship and support to carry off her grand plan. Lavinia is just like Caroline. It is obvious what she is up to but yet she is more subtle than Caroline. Lavinia's brother William was raised as a second son. He has heretofore enjoyed a life of pleasure and indulged in his rakish habits. Now, as the heir, he must sober up and become a true gentleman. William chafes as the restrictions his new role brings and longs for his old life.
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Can Caroline reform him? William is just as obvious as his sister.
The question is, whether Caroline can see that and if she is willing to accept it? I truly appreciate how the author has taken a closer look at the questions Jane Austen raises in Pride and Prejudice. These Pride and Prejudice spin-offs will really give readers a better insight into the life and times of a Regency woman more than the fun, frothy novels of Georgette Heyer.
Janeites should read this novel and fans of the Regency period who want to know more about the lives of more ordinary women than those Heyer writes about will enjoy the social commentary. Oct 07, Jessica Grey rated it it was amazing. Caroline Bingley. For Austen fans, even hearing the name can bring up feelings varying from annoyance to revulsion. For me, the feeling I get is kind of the same as the one that shimmies up your spine when someone scrapes their nails down a chalkboard.
You love to hate Caroline.
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So what is Jennifer Becton thinking centering a whole entire Pride and Prejudice continuation on this smack-able, nails-down-the-chalkboard, crazy girl? I have been wondering that every since I heard Caroline Bingley was coming out. I really, really loved it. I also really enjoyed her thriller Absolute Liability. I mean the woman can write. Surely, you jest.
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I sympathize with her. I want her to succeed. I want her to be happy. Up is down. To Caroline, who wants only to help further her families connections in society and to find her own home, this is a truly harsh punishment. While in the north Caroline continues to try to advance her standing in society, but her best-laid plans seem to come to naught. To make matters worse for Caroline, her brother has saddled her with a paid companion, Rosemary, a woman she cannot stand. Rushton, has the audacity not only to not be ashamed of his trade, but to find Caroline and her machinations amusing.
Can Caroline let go of her fear long enough to find her own home? Could it be be possible that Caroline will find a true friend where she least expects? Could Mr. Rushton be any more hot?
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The answer to that last one is no. Becton wants that on her conscious, so she wisely went with an appropriate level of hotness. We often forget that Caroline is so very young, that was one of the first things that struck me while I was reading this book.
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