The Legacy of Pemberley, the latest novel from Rebecca Ann Collins, begins fifty years after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were married within the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
This novel is the tenth in Collins’ The Legacy of Pemberley series, in which a number of new characters and tales of intrigue have emerged. The first part of the book begins with the last days of Elizabeth’s beloved cousin, Emily Courtney. For the remainder of the first portion of the novel, Emily’s children and extended family are discussed in great detail. Her son, Jude Courtney, is given her entire estate, which proves to enrage the rest of the family. But when Jude’s financial well-being is threatened, an unsuspected savior steps in to protect him.
In the second part, we are re-introduced to Georgiana, whose husband, Dr. Grantley, recently passed away. Georgiana and her self-absorbed daughter Virginia, move in to Pemberley until they can recover from their loss. Virginia visits Caroline Fitzwilliam, who has recently lost her husband, Colonel Fitzwilliam, as well. During this trip, Virginia and Caroline’s daughter Rachel encounter Daniel Faulkner and Adam Fraser, two men who lived in the colony of Victoria, Australia. Though Rachel suddenly finds herself developing feelings for the older Mr. Faulkner, Virginia throws herself into a romance with Mr. Fraser, who is soon revealed to me a man of duplicitous nature. Will Caroline and Rachel be able to prevent a disastrous union between the two?
[amazonify]1402224524[/amazonify]And in part three of the novel, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy accompany Mr. and Mrs. Bingley to Italy for the winter when it is announced that it would be best for Bingley’s health. In this portion, we are introduced to Laura Ann, the Darcys’ beautiful granddaughter. When she becomes captivated by the handsome, but not at all wealthy Thomas O’Connor, will she marry for love or submit instead to the expectation that she should marry a man of wealth?
The Legacy of Pemberley is an enjoyable narrative that explores the possibilities for characters that we’ve known and loved since Austen created them over 200 years ago. Collins expands upon this by adding delightful characters to the mix, along with the occasional devious man or woman we’ve all come expect in an Austen tale. And though I wish I would have read the rest of Collins’ Pemberley Chronicles series before reading this novel, after acquainting myself with the new characters, I very much enjoyed this book, which stays true to the witty and romantic attributes of Austen’s original.
Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog, Morning Cup With Meg.
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