by Rebecca Ann Collins
Paperback - 243 pages
Snap Printing Dot Com
Review by Claudia Taylor, April 2, 2001
Rebecca Ann Collins could not let the 225th anniversary of Jane Austen's
birth (December 1, 2000) pass without a personal tribute to her favourite
It comes in the form of a fifth novel in the popular Pemberley Series-
titled- Mr. Darcy's Daughter.
Instead of doing as many sequel writers have done, and producing yet
another bizarre tale of melodrama and intrigue, with increasingly improbable
sexual adventures thrown in for good measure, Ms. Collins uses accurate
historical material and he thorough understanding of Jane Austen-s characters
and values to weave an interesting, credible story with an authentic 19th
The novel develops the character and tells the story of Cassandra Darcy,
daughter of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a very Austenian young woman,
with a personality not unlike her mother.
Married to Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, she has a family
and problems of her own. How she deals with them and maintains the warmth
and strength of her own relationships is the heart of the story.
Ms. Collins makes us realise that life was not necessarily a bed of
roses, even for the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. Darcy.
A crisp style, lively dialogue and a seasoning of gentle humour should
keep her readers well satisfied.
by Mary Anne Jones, April, 2001
Austen enthusiast and teacher of English literature.
Dear Rebecca Collins,
When one of my pupils brought in a copy of Mr. Darcy's Daughter, I
thought, "Oh, dear God, NO! Not another rotten sequel to one of poor Jane
You can imagine, that having seen some of the very worst pieces of plagiarism
and pastiche, passed of as sequels, I could not bear the thought of another.
However, my 17 year old high school student persuaded me to try it.
I started to read it on the train going home and could not put it down
till I had finished it at 2 am in the morning! Since then I have borrowed
and read and later purchased my own copies of all five books and am re-reading
Mr. Darcy's Daughter this week. It remains my favourite, but I love them
Thank you very much for your Pemberley Series.