by Jane Dawkins
Paperback - 216 pages
Author's Choice Press;
Paperback - 216 pages
(April 29, 2003)
Paperback - 216 pages
Author's Choice Press;
by Linda Waldemar, April 17, 1999
I like this book, starting with the dedication:
Dedicated with humility to the memory of Jane Austen in
for countless hours of reading pleasure.
This is a sentiment with which we all can identify, I think.
This book is quite short, simple and pleasant. It consists of
25 letters written by Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy to Mrs Charles
from 3 February 1813 to 8 December 1813. Our Elizabeth is quite
character throughout; in good humour, witty and observant. While
happy and enthusiastic about her new home, she is also a little anxious
about this new experience. Her Dear Husband is frequently busy
estate and other business matters, but he is unfailingly devoted and
to Elizabeth. And, of course, she and Georgiana develop a close
The language of the letters is quite good. At every
it appears that Ms Dawkins borrows phrases from Miss Austen. One
can hardly go wrong using those illustrious words!
During the course of the year, there are visits from Mr Bennet,
Mary, Mr Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam and many letters from Lydia
financial help. I found none of the descriptions of these
to be in conflict with those of Jane Austen.
We also hear about several people who live near Pemberley; and these
characters are quite familiar. For example, Sir Richard
a gregarious gentleman, recently provided a home on his estate for his
widowed cousin, Mrs Norland, and her daughters. Sir John
a Baronet, and his quiet, melancholy daughter, Eleanor, are soon moving
to Bath because Sir John can no longer maintain the upkeep of Oakley
Eleanor becomes quite friendly with Georgiana and Kitty. They
for further acquaintance through her visits to Lady Ashton
Then there are Mr and Mrs Daley, who invite the Pemberley residents to
pick strawberries at Weldon Abbey although they are, at present,
with Mrs Daley's father. Plus, there are others.
If you would like a quick and non-stressful read, you may want to
this little book a try.
Comment by Maria
Shattoon April 19, 1999
I ended up ordering the book and did enjoy it. The book is in
letter form; letters from Elizabeth to her sister Jane.
April 22, 1999
Letters from Pemberley was a good book. I
enjoyed the letter format. The letters were just from
Elizabeth to Jane. Some of the new characters were taken from
characters from other Jane Austen books, but the names were
I thought the new characters were brought in very well. The
original characters were kept and didn't change from Jane Austen's
of them, which I was pleased to read. I only wish the author
have had a bit more about Darcy. Overall I would recommend the
to any Jane Austen fan.
by AJLaban (6/6/99 1:51 p.m.)
Letters from Pemberley, The First Year by Jane Dawkins is also
good in my opinion. The book is a collection of the letters Elizabeth
writes to Jane about her experiences at Pemberley.
I just finished Letters from Pemberley and I liked it. There's
no major movement or action, but it gives us a peek at the Darcy's
year. The characters don't do anything out of character.
C.(7/14/99 12:14 a.m.)
Well rendered, very true to the spirit and the prose of JA. Delightful
by Nancy S(7/16/99 2:18 p.m.)
I really enjoyed this one too!
Written by Bhearni
The author is Jane Dawkins and the book is quite good.
August 9, 1999
Letters From Pemberley is an exquisitely structured epistolary
which engages the reader, through
delightment, in the possibility that Jane Austen is not only alive,
but penning another essentially English tale. Jane Dawkins, as author,
has a gentle sense of humour which pervades the entire storyline.
will enjoy the familiarity of descriptions, characters and dialogue
have been interwoven as a part of a new context.
Dawkins' premise is that the Pride and Prejudice heroine
Bennet, now Mrs. Darcy, is in her first year of marriage becoming
of Pemberley. Each letter sees Elizabeth gain in confidence as a wife
Mr. Darcy should become. She is faced with the concerns that would
have presented themselves to a lady of her station. A never ending
with Jane Austen is not only happily acknowledged in the introduction,
but confirmed by this avid reader of all things not only English, but
and definitely captured by Dawkins in Letters From Pemberley.
Collette on Sat, 11 Sep 1999
Our library system bought a copy of Letters From Pemberley,
at my request. I checked it out yesterday. I enjoyed the book very
I loved the author's premise and statement of purpose with the book. On
a 1-10 scale, I give it a 9 because nothing is perfect.
My favourites are Letters from Pemberley (about Elizabeth's
feelings and thoughts) and Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy (not
actually a sequel, but it gives an interesting picture of Mr Darcy).
November 4, 1999
Elizabeth was completely in character, and the letters were
All that was missing were the "Letters from Netherfield."
by Gayle Suggs, January 29, 2000
Here's the only question that really matters: Do we really need another
sequel to Pride and Prejudice? I, for one, enjoyed this
one--a short, epistolary excursion by Jane Dawkins. We're offered
letters from Mrs.Fitzwilliam Darcy, new mistress of Pemberley, to her
Mrs. Charles Bingley. Most Janeites will be pleased to discover that
Dawkins is true to the canonical characterizations. As for the prose
let's be clear: no one, but no one, is Jane Austen. But Ms. Dawkins
that fine line between, on the one hand, lifeless pastiche; and on the
other, jarring modernization. This author seems to capture that elusive
and unique personality and wit that draws so many of us to Lizzy's
And that's no small task.
Elizabeth's first letter is written on February 3, 1813, "only a few
tearful weeks since our joyful nuptials and tearful farewells." We find
a dizzy Miss Lizzy; she's awed by the massive reality of Pemberley and
the daunting task of taking on its daily care. She rises to the
needless to say. The progression of her letters to Jane shows a growing
self-assurance. She is coming to accept that Pemberley is truly her new
home--not that she doesn't suffer the occasional bout of homesickness,
or a yearning to be near her best friend and sister. On the other hand,
there's a new sister and friend, Georgiana. There are also new
among the young women in Derbyshire.
And what of Darcy? Her love and respect for her new husband is
though his business takes him away from Pemberley too often. By her
letter to Jane (dated December 8, 1813), Elizabeth has become in every
way the Mistress of Pemberley. She has won the respect of the
and seen some changes in her new home as well. Does it sound as if
a general lack of action, twists, and surprises? There's not, but I
spoil your fun.
I found Letters from Pemberley to be a quick and diverting
Given its epistolary style, the book lends itself to brief and
readings without losing one's grip on the plot--which is kept simple
without becoming dull or bland. Fans of Jane Austen will probably be
by Ms. Dawkins' introduction of other characters in
from other Austen novels with slight changes of names.
The book comes with a few pleasant surprises. The author, who
in New York but grew up in Wiltshire, a stone's throw from Jane
Hampshire, offers a selection of resources--including Web sites, though
not www.pemberley.com, sad to say. The author feels that since
come and go, she shouldn't be too specific. But there's a fine list
of recommended books to help the reader get further into Austen's work.
A helpful directory of Jane Austen societies is given, too. It's clear
that this book arises from a lifelong love of Miss Austen's work.
To answer my question, do we need another P&P extension?
Why not, I say, when it can be done well. Some of us finish another
of the original and find we can't quite bear to release our grip on its
unforgettable characters. We yearn for another Lizzy-fix, and if Miss
is providentially hindered from providing it for us, here's the
thing. I commend Letters from Pemberley to you with enthusiasm.
Written by Stella(2/23/2000
I recently read Dawkins' book, Letters from Pemberley. IMHO,
(Thursday, 10 August 2000, at 9:38 p.m.)
I just finished reading Letters From Pemberley by Jane Dawkins.
It was highly enjoyable. It is letters from Lizzie written to Jane
her first year with Mr.Darcy. I highly recommend this book to you
Written by MichelleW
(Monday, 14 August 2000, at 10:49 p.m.) This is also my favorite sequel
to P&P. One of my favorite letters is the one towards the end when
Lizzy informs Darcy that she is expecting. The part where Lizzy writes
she had not seen such discomposure since Mr.Darcy's first
Margaret BS (2/22/2001 6:29 p.m.)
I am in a process of reading "Letters from Pemberley" and I'm not fully
convinced that I like it after all. Maybe when I get to the end... So
I find the book to be a big charade. Even though the renamed characters
are easily recognizable , I think I would have much preferred to
have them named as at JA works. I'll keep reading though...
Written by Lisa
(5/6/2001 3:44 p.m.)
finished Letters from Pemberley by J. Hawkins (I think) and was
delighted with the easy read and continuation of P&P but although
my sentimental heart liked the ending when Col. Fitzwilliam ends up
falling in love with Georgiana I have to wonder....It was a little
"icky" too. But then it is really no different than Mr Knightley and
Emma is it? They both watched the girl grow up and then fell in love
when they were of age
(3/9/2002 9:39 a.m.)
I have read Letters from Pemberley. Very nice. Quick
It focuses mainly on letters from Jane and Lizzy to each other.
both are very happy in married life.
Overall a nice sequel.
(4/2/2003 9:00 p.m.)
My favorite is Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins. It's an
novel and covers the first 12 months of Jane and Lizzie's marriages and
Lizzie's letters to Jane. Unfortunately, we do not see Jane's letters
Lizzie, but Lizzie imparts some of the things she writes. It's well
keeping the style of Lizzie's character. I recommend it.
Lynne Robson (6/12/2003 4:20 p.m.)
I have just finished reading the Letters from Pemberley and
thought it was and excellent book. I felt it was a little short and
be developed into a proper story rather than being just letters. I was
sorry to see that she did not include reply's from Jane as it would
made the story even more enjoyable.
I have recommended this book to many of my friends
Jo Keenan (6/13/2003 9:52 a.m.)
I didn't mind the brevity of the book too much - mind you, it is the
letters from just the first year - but I did mind not seeing Lizzy's
to Jane's letter after her last letter. I would have like to know
their babies were boys or girls, etc, but I guess that was left up to
Hadas (June 3, 2003 )
About sequels to P&P: There's Letters from Pemberley,
which somewhat plotless, and features a host of "crossover" characters,
which was in my opinion a little extraneous.
Written by abdullyne
(October 9, 2003 )
Try Letters from Pemberley by
Jane Dawkins. It's letters that Jane & Lizzie write each other
during their first years of marriage. Characters from other JA novels
appear in their letters with different names; there's also word-play on
some other names.
Written by Louise Barada
(November 24, 2004 )
Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins. It is about the first
year of the Darcys as married couple. all the book is the letters from
Elizabeth to Jane expressing her insecurities about her new role as
mistress of Pemberley.
It is a very sweet and rather short story. You shoud give a try to this
one. I believe she wrote another book after this one More Letters from Pemberley.
(November 24, 2004 )
I have read them both. I agree that they are sweet
and most enjoyable!
Written by Kathi (November
28, 2004 )
I have read them both as well. I thought Letters
from Pemberley was rather fun, but not really outstanding, and that
More Letters from Pemberley was a big improvement on it, much
Written by Kathi (2/13/2005
I liked Letters from Pemberley
fairly well, though it was a little too "light and bright and
sparkling." More Letters from
Pemberley was better, I thought.
Written by Jo Lynn (4/7/2007 9:13 p.m.)
Letters From Pemberley: I thought this a delightful what if. Indeed she could have written more in this volume to
cover more time to make it more satisfying.
Written by Rike (May 3, 2007 )
I really enjoyed Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins. ...may be hard to get,
but ... well-written and the characters fit to how Jane Austen described them.