Honour and Humility
by Genevieve Rose Wimer

Hardcover - 591 pages (2002)
Sutter House; ISBN: 0-915010-46-1



      Written by Joyce Buckley (June 4, 2003 )
When I saw this thread a few days ago, I of course was all alertness. Upon checking out the web site address, my eagerness almost instantly disappeared. There is an extract posted for interested persons and thank goodness. The writing it quite dreadful - far too may convoluted sentences that do not properly tie up subjects and objects. Maybe there is a good story lurking under the messy prose, but I suspect it will be difficult to unearth from all the dross.
        Written by Lynne Robson (7/26/2003 1:51 p.m.)
If you want to read a really good sequel get Honour and Humility by Genevieve R Wimer I have read nearly all the sequels that are on the sequel page and plus a few which are not mentioned and I can highly recommend this book as it keeps the characters in character and developes them a lot better than some other books
        Review by Linda Waldemar, 8 August 2003
I do not expect much from sequels, so I am fairly easy to please, but, I am afraid that I did not enjoy this book very much.

First, I was never able to adjust to the author's ponderous writing style. It appeared to me as though she felt that using a lot of big words in odd combinations, would mimic the Regency style of writing and speaking. I am afraid that she failed; at least with me. Many of the big words were used in the wrong context and I found her language to be very unnatural. For example, from page 209: "I have no opinion of my aunt's reaction. I am at a deprivation to venture a notion." Or from page 336: "As every attempt to converse with you became a provocatin in his presence, he became bewildered indeed. I believe you went so far as to challengingly embarrass me at the pianoforte; you did indeed indulge in taunting me exceedingly."

Next, this novel is extremely repetitious. There are many chapters, 71, and most are very short. In almost every chapter, Elizabeth is either thinking of how wonderful, honourable, generous her husband is, or she is telling him how wonderful, honourable, generous he is. Whenever an incident occurs, a description of it is repeated by each set of characters. For example, Elizabeth with tell Mrs. Gardiner, then she will tell Jane, then she will tell Georgiana, etc. And the author does not say that the conversation takes place, but writes out the dialogue each time. The Darcys also repeatedly marvel at the splendid forms of their partner in thought or words.

This story is populated with strangers who bear the names of the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is a saint! He always generous to a fault and perfectly honourable in every situation. He is able to be so because of his deep faith and close relationship with God. Elizabeth is not light-hearted and rarely teases, she is often judgemental and cold-hearted. In fact, Mr. Darcy teases more than she does. I cannot describe Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine or Colonel Fitzwilliam without giving away the plot, but take my word for it, they are nothing like JA's characters.

I must say at least one thing I liked; the author's treatment of Mr. Bennet. Wimer's Mr. Bennet is nothing at all like Jane Austen's, but he is not offensive he is treated in a most pleasant manner. I cannot say more without including spoilers.

Then, there are the numerous minor  (to some, maybe) things that bother me a lot. Spelling changes: "Ann" without the "e"; "Mariah" with an ending "h". Kitty decides that she wants to be called by her full name, but it is spelled here as "Kathryn" rather than "Catherine". Mr. Darcy's parents are given the names, Deborah and Joseph. Although in one chapter only, the Earl of Matlock mentions his sister, Lady Anne Darcy.

I always feel that everyone should form her/his own opinion, but I cannot recommend that you buy this book. Sorry, but there it is.


        Written by Lynne Robson (October 26, 2003 )
Spoilers
I have just read some of the reviews on the above book and I must say that I think that they must have read a different book to myself and my friends. As I mentioned before when I reviewed the book at the beginning my friends and I thought it to be a wonderful read. Elizabeth shows the respect to her husband and I felt as a new wife she had changed (dont we all when we get married, we dont act the same as when we are single), but not so much as to be too different from the character in JA's book, Darcy too has changed and this could be because of his marriage to Lizzy or that he was a bit of tease in private to family and close friends,and had a good sense of humour which he hid behind a proud demenor.

The story line I found to be very good as it starts from the wedding journey to approx 3 or 4 years after the marriage. I also liked the new characters that she created as they were interesting and not too over the top. She also gave the Darcy's twins in the first year named after Darcy's parents. I know that in P&P his mother is called Lady Anne and that it is mentioned in this book that she was called Anne by Lord Matlock but the daughter is called Debora perhaps as people then had more than one name that Debora was one of his mothers names, I had a bit of a problem with Darcy being religious but that is how most people were back then.

I was also glad to see that Mr Bennet marries again after the death of a silly wife and that he has his title restored to him even though the lands that at one time belonged to the family had gone. I also thought that Charlotte would eventually turn on Elizabeth and act like she did in the book through jelousy, I also liked the way that Lady Catherine and Anne DeBourgh were reunited with Lizzy and Darcy and how the character of Anne was developed.

The best bit in the book was what happened to the Bingley Sisters at the end of book they sure got put in there place.(heh heh) I was saddened by what happened to Lydia but felt that is how Wickham would treat her and was glad to read about his death.

Altogether,the six friends that I have lent this book to and myself felt that this was one of the better sequels out there, as it was well thought out and the storyline was not far from Jane Austens book. As for the grammar as someone mentioned I am not an English teacher and I was not bothered about the grammar myself and I was more interested in the story and how it developed.

I would recommend to anyone who is interested in buying this book to read it with an open mind and make there own minds up as to whether they like it, my friends and I would like to recommend it to everyone out there who is interested.

        Written by Kathleen Glancy (January 22, 2007 ) (Spoiler)
Honour and Humility by Genevieve Rose Wimer does have quite a lot about Mr Bennet, who loses his wife, remarries someone who might technically be said to be mentioned in P&P, but only as an apparently unfounded rumour, and experiences what I have to say I find a rather improbable elevation. Be warned that the language of this book is so very strange it is a little hard to read. (I have wondered whether English is perhaps not the author's first language. It can't be because she is American, as I have never heard or read any American put "I must tell my sister about this" as "I must educate my sister of this". However, a person who thought in French you might do so.) There is also a very strong religious theme, which I only mention to ensure you don't embark on this book unless you are comfortable with that.