Pemberley Place
by Anne Hampson

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(November 1, 1998)
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        Review by Myretta Robens, February 27, 1998
This is a continuation of Pride and Prejudice.   I could not figure out why, exactly, the author called the book and Pemberley itself, Pemberley Place.  I guess we must write it off to literary license.  I suppose we must also write off the fact that she has renamed Darcy  "Robert George Fitzwilliam Darcy" and proceeds to refer to him as "Robert" throughout the book.  I found it a little disconcerting.  Maybe she doesn't think "Fitzwilliam" is romantic enough.  She ought to read Ann Rydberg's perspective on P&P to see just how romantic "Fitzwilliam" can be.  Everyone and every place else seems to have retained their original names.

The action takes place during Elizabeth's first Christmas at Pemberley. The Darcys are giving a ball and the Bennets, the Collinses, the Bingleys and some assorted neighbors are invited.  Eventually, Lady Catherine and Anne arrive uninvited.

The plot revolves around Charlotte Collins' flirtation with a widower who is a neighbor of the Darcys.  It is kind of a thin plot, but allows for a lot of interaction among characters we know and love.

Anne Hampson does a fair job with most of the characters.  They certainly seem more real than those in Desire and Duty and (God forbid) Pemberley.  However, they are all a little off.  Lizzy is much too strident and nasty about Lady Catherine and takes much too much satisfaction in seeing Darcy throw her out of the house.  She is also a little too submissive to Darcy.  Darcy, on the other hand, seesaws madly between steely and charming.  I think he may be bipolar.

I certainly preferred it Desire and Duty and Pemberley.  The plot is not as outlandish as Presumption and, but the writing is more Harlequin than Regency.  However, to one who always longs for more Pride and Prejudice, it was a quick and fun read.


        Review by Linda Waldemar, May 21, 2000
This story starts at Christmas after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet to Robert George Fitzwilliam Darcy (Elizabeth calls him Robert throughout).  Georgiana is there and the guests include  the Bingleys (Jane, Charles and Caroline), the Hursts, the Bennets, the Collins and Mr Phillip Ashton. Mrs Bennet has her eye on Mr Ashton for Kitty, who remains as silly as flighty as ever.

Mrs Bennet is exceedingly annoying, though her husband tries to curb her somewhat.  Throughout, Mr Darcy is only coldly polite to Mrs Bennet and expresses his disdain for her openly to his wife.  In fact, Elizabeth shows little affection for her mother.

Mr Collins is ill during the entire visit.  It seems that his illnes is the result of wading into thigh high water to plant bullrushes for Lady Catherine at a time when the water and weather are not warm enough.  When Lady Catherine comes to pick up the Colllins for the return trip, she is even more rude to Elizabeth than she was during the famous visit at Longbourn.  And, Elizabeth gives as good as she gets.  As to be expected, their exchange is not nearly so entertaining, however.

I found Anne Hampson's Darcy to be a little overbearing; her Elizabeth to be too quick to express her ill opinions. All JA's characters that are present in this story, often do things that seem out of character to me.  However, they are still quite recognizable.

This book is a pretty quick and pleasant read.  It is not one of the best sequels that I have read, but it is worth a look see.


        Review by Nadine Mendoza, 15 May 2003
 While there are other "sequels" preferable to this one, it's certainly fine for the Austen fan who simply cannot get enough of the delightful characters. This story offers up a suppositional look at Elizabeth's first Christmas at Pemberley and Charlotte Collins' flirtation and attraction to a gentleman guest. Charlotte is one of P&P's sweetest and dogmatic characters and Hampson seems to want something better for her than Mr. Collins. (And yes, it may grate purists that she's renamed Darcy "Robert.") This isn't the most memorable of sequels, but an earnest effort.

       Review by Lynn Lamy, 21 August, 2003
Pemberley Place is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, dealing mainly with the Darcys and Bingleys. It begins at Pemberley at Christmas, with the Darcys welcoming their friends and family for several days of celebration. Included in the party are the Bingleys, the Bennet family, the Gardiners, the Collinses and the Darcys unmarried friend Mr. Philip Ashton.

The Collinses arrive, being brought by Lady Catherine, who is going to stay with some friends who live nearby. Mr. Collins is ill and must be confined to his room for the majority of his stay at Pemberley, and his absence leaves Charlotte somewhat freer than she would normally be. She and Mr. Ashton quickly make friends and begin to spend quite a lot of time together. This is the basis for the major conflict of the novel, for Mr. Ashton and Charlotte have fallen in love. For fear of giving away the rest of the plot, I will say no more on that particular part of the story.

There are several small flaws in the book. The first and most irksome is the changing of Darcy's name to George Robert Fitzwilliam Darcy; throughout the book, Elizabeth calls him Robert. The author begins her story at Christmas, but then says the Darcys have been married five months, the Bingleys even longer, which does not quite match up with the timing (or with the double wedding) we are given in Pride and Prejudice. The detail of Lady Catherine bringing the Collinses to Pemberley then going on to stay with friends, then coming back to pick them up again bothered me because it seemed so out of character for Lady Catherine. But what bothered me even more was the way Elizabeth spoke to Lady Catherine, and how she afterwards expressed (to Jane, I think) how glad she would be if Lady Catherine did something which would make Darcy decide never to speak to Lady Catherine again. This is in direct contrast to what we're told in Pride and Prejudice, which is that it was at Elizabeth's urging that Darcy attempted to repair the rift with Lady Catherine in the first place.

All that having been said, I did find Pemberley Place a fun book to read. Darcy is stern, but with Elizabeth he is loving. The interest Elizabeth takes in renovating the cottages for their tenants is, I believe, true to character. The only other minor annoyances are that I don't think Mary would ever have giggled with Kitty and that a few of the plot problems are resolved without any description of the actual action. It was a quick and enjoyable read, and while not a prize-worthy work of fiction, it is certainly one of the less irritating of the sequels. If you can find it, by all means give it a try!


        Written by Lynne Robson (9/14/2003 5:00 p.m.)
I have just finished reading the above sequel and thought it was enjoyable. The story is mainly about Darcy and Elizabeth and Charlotte Collins though the other characters of P & P are mentioned, at first I had to get used the fact that Lizzy calls Darcy by the name of Robert rather than Fitzwilliam.

I enjoyed what happens with Mr Collins he arrives at Pemberley with a terrible chill and is confind to bed for the whole of christmas and new year so Charlotte makes friends with Phillip Aston a widower friend of Darcy's. We learn later on that Mr Collins due to his illness has put on weight and Lady Catherine makes him ware stays ones that squeak as well, which I found most entertaining imagining Mr Collins dancing with them on and squeaking at the same time it would be hilarious fun.

Lady Catherine is as obnoxious as usual but in the end gets her due because she gets cast off by Darcy for trying to interfer with his marriage. Towards the end of the book Mr Collins dies of consumption and Charlotte is free to marry again. Due to not being a purist for JA I found this book to be a excellent read and extreamly funny in places. As this book can now not be bought at amazon I have had to get this through my Library.