More Letters from Pemberley
1814 - 1819

A further continuation of
Jane Austen's
Pride and Prejudice

Jane Dawkins
More Letters from Pemberley
Paperback - 210 pages; (July 1, 2003)
iUniverse;  ISBN: 059528372

          Written by Lynne Robson (9/7/2003 3:54 p.m.)
More Letters from Pemberley (spoilers)
I have just finished reading the above new sequel, I really enjoyed the first Letters From Pemberley the first year, but felt that this book was a bit of a let down in some ways I suppose it was because I had looked forward to it so much.

The letters are to a mixture of people, it gives a good insight to how happy Darcy and Elizabeth are with their children until tragedy strikes and one of their daughters dies of fever,  Lizzy then a year later has to cope with the fact she may lose her husband after a bad accident but all ends well and she has another child a son towards the end of the book.

It is a good read if you read both books together as you don't loose the thread from the last book as it does follow on. So read and enjoy both books together.
        Written by Vania (9/9/2003 6:07 p.m.)
I read Letters from Pemberley and More Letters.. one after the other. I actually liked both of them.

It was interesting to read Mrs. Darcy's letters in her early years of marriage. My only problem with this first book was that Mrs. Bingley's letters to her sister weren't shown. It would have been better to see Jane's own words and how Lizzy responded to them.

 In "More Letters from Pemberley" Mrs. Darcy writes to more people: Mrs. Bingley, Mr. Darcy, Mrs.Bennet, Kitty, Humphry Repton, etc. The second book had its "realistic" tragedies for that period, but somehow the author was able to deal with these without subjecting the Darcys to too much melodrama. The situations were sad and frightening (loss of a child, an accident), but none of the throw-myself-off-the-balcony/draw-out-my-sword type of stories. Nothing wrong with those, just a little too  flaming sometimes.

There was a play of names, too: the Mansfields, Norlands, Eleanor Steventon, Weldon Abbey, all that. =) 
        Written by Lynne Robson (1/29/2004
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one, for me there was too much angst for Lizzy and Darcy I shall not spoil the book for you. It has letters from Jane, Darcy, Lizzy, and Mrs Gardener. The letters are not just one year they cover about five years of the marriage of Lizzy and Darcy, Jane and Bingley. I found that some of the letters were quite upsetting as you could feel the pain in them. All in All it was a good read and I enjoyed it but not as much as the first one.
        Written by Vania
I liked it, but not as much as Letters from Pemberley. One source of the angst was realistic for the time, but difficult to read about the couple.

        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 more substantial. I don't want to give anything away, but there was one incident that came as a big shock that was handled very well and realistically, I thought, and another that came out of the blue and that I could never understand the point of. But overall, I recommend it more than the first one (although it might help to read the first one).  
       Review by Linda Waldemar, 15 March 2005
This author's first book, Letters from Pemberley covers only letters from Elizabeth to her sister, Jane, during the first year of the marriage of the Darcys and Bingleys. This continuation covers 1814 through 1819 and has letters written to others, as well; Aunt Gardiner, Sir Humphrey Repton, Mr Darcy, when he is away from Pemberley, Charlotte, Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine, Lady Mansfield, Eleanor Steventon and her sister, Kitty. The events chronicled are happy, sad, tragic, as well as commonplace.

As in the previous book, a number of characters from Jane Austen's other novels appear with different names: Sir Richard and Lady Mansfield; Mrs Norland and her daughters, Anna and Fanny; Mr and Mrs Daley of Weldon Abbey; and others. It is slightly amusing to identify them.

The only character whose personality we can judge is Elizabeth since she is the author of all the correspondence. I found nothing in the letters that was inconsistent is Jane Austen's character; she is very plausible. Her accounts of Mr. Darcy also sound reasonable.

This book is a very pleasant read. I recommend it.