(10 April 2004)
The story revolves around someone who claims to be the firstborn but illegitimate son of Mr Darcy the elder, and demands that Pemberley should therefore be handed over to him. Now if anything like this actually happened in Jane Austen's world the conversation would run:
Claimant: I am your father's firstborn natural son. Resign Pemberley to me.
Darcy: I am my father's only legitimate son. Take yourself and your absurd pretensions out of my house.
Because a natural child had absolutely no right of inheritance unless specifically provided for in the father's will, which obviously this character couldn't have been. Darcy would know that - any educated person would. Good God, any uneducated person would. Yet Morgan has him actually ready to leave until Lady Catherine gives him a true history.
It does not appear that the author read Jane Austen's novel or she
would not have gotten the spellings of so many of the names wrong;
Bennett, Lizzie, Gardner, Huntsford, Longbourne, de Burgh,. And the
relationships: she says that the elder Mr Darcy's brother was the
guilty party in an incident. Soon after, Lady Catherine says that the
elder Mr Darcy's brother is her
brother! She names JA's Mr Darcy's father, Fitzwilliam Darcy; unlikely
since the family name of his mother, Lady Anne, is Fitzwilliam. Mr
Collins leaves "Huntsford" one evening and arrives at Pemberley the
Besides these inconsistencies, the book is riddled with errors in
grammar, punctuation and spelling. She also used a lot of strange,
awkward phrases; perhaps in a failed attempt to imitate JA's style, or
Regency language. And if that is not enough, the plot
is as thin as the characters are not at all like JA's, the dialogue is
repetitve and stilted; I lost count of the times that Jane tells
Elizabeth that she is "unkind". Although our Lizzy can be judgmental
and not always ready to believe the best in people, I cannot believe
that she is mean-spirited. Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet would not
take pleasure in the adversities of others, even those people of whom
she is not fond.
This book is a sequel to Darcy
and Elizabeth. Luckily, it is an easy, if not
pleasant, read so it did not take long to get through it. Though, I
must admit, I could not finish it soon enough. What is more, the ending
smells of a sequel to this :-(
I always hesitate to tell others to stay away from a sequel because
we all have such differing tastes. I will say, however, that, IMHO, you
this one at your own risk.
I think that the names and places should be spelled as JA spelled them; not Lizzie, Longbourne, Gardner, de Burgh, and more. Besides these, there are a multitude of grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors.
All in all it completed in many ways the book Elizabeth and Darcy and yes I also agree with Linda it does seem to say that their maybe another sequel to it coming our way sometime. To me it was a pleasant read, but you do need to read Elizabeth and Darcy to follow this book first.