Trust And Triumph:
The Sequel To Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice
Norma Gatje-Smith
Paperback - 184 pages; (September 2004)
Authorhouse; ISBN: 1418426598

       Written by LynneRobson (10/31/2004 11:21 a.m.)
have just finished reading the above sequel and I must say that I am still confused as to which century it is supposed to be in. Some of the things it mentions would have happened in the early 1900's the Edwardian times others would have happened in the regency times.

I cannot see Mr Darcy allowing his sisters Georgiana and Kitty not to be chaperoned when she went anywhere. I couldn't see Mr Darcy allowing them to go to a dog show either. I also couldn't see Georgiana going swimming in a pond with Kitty only in her undergarments. Another thing I couldn't see either was Mrs Reynolds telling Georgiana that her brother and his new wife were in bed trying for a baby all day and would see her at dinner time if they decide to get up. I could not see Lady Catherine allowing her daughter Anne to marry the son of a Blacksmith even though he trained to be an accountant.

She has both Kitty and Georgiana kidnapped by Gypsies but then returned because Mr Darcy gets the best detective on the job a Mr Strand who falls in love with Mrs Reynolds and trys to persuade her to leave the Darcy's and marry him but she isn't interested in him and diverts his attentions to Tily one of the maids. The Doctor who Georgiana falls in love with after being bitten badly at a dog show is very off hand with her and does not like her cause she is a poor little rich girl but also falls in love with her sending her flowers which she burns confusing isn't it. Kitty falls in love with a Prince and eventually marries him.

Towards the end of the book the go to Savannah to see Mr Darcy's partner over there and his plantation. While travelling Lizzy finds out she is pregnant and ends up spending the whole journey in bed again with Darcy of course.

All in all I found it to be a crazy mixed up read, which was very confusing in places.

       Written by Kathleen Glancy (November 23, 2004 ) 
For Heaven's sake, do NOT read a ghastly book called Trust and Triumph by a woman called Norma Gatje-Smith. Unless of course you are in need of an emetic. This woman's opus makes Marjorie Fasman, who up till then held the palm for monumental ignorance in my league table, look really good by comparison - she has references to the Eiffel Tower (built in 1889) when the newlywed Darcys and Bingleys go to Paris (WHAT Napoleonic Wars?)and Sherlock Holmes, who made his first appearance in print in the 1880s too though his first adventure was said to havbe happened 10 years ago. As for the depth of characterisiation and fidelity to the book, had she not put a photograph of herself and spouse on the back cover I would have assumed the author to be about 12 years old, which would have been some excuse for her desperately silly story, and probably unable to read, having dictated her tale to an amanuensis.

Written by LynneRobson (November 24, 2004 ) 
I couldn't make mind up if she had set the era of the edwardian times, victorian times or georgian times it was such a miss matched book and did not make sense. I couldn't see Darcy allowing his sister to go swimming with Kitty on their own without a chaperone. Also I couldn't imagine Mrs Reynolds saying to Miss Georgiana 'Sorry you cannot speak to your brother he and his wife are busy trying to consieve a baby' IMHO, she had not even read the original book at all or would have had more idea's about how Darcy felt about his sister. I could not see him alowing all the pets she had in her bedroom either. The dog show, this did not start until the 1890's either and Darcy who adored his sister would not have allowed her to be left alone with the doctor he would have insisted that either Kitty or Lizzy stay with her as a chaperone. He would have also insisted on the dog being distroyed as he was very protective of her. The book for me had too many inconsistancies and was very hard to read as it jumped about all over the place.

       Review by Linda Waldemar (June 25, 2008)
Bad! Bad! Bad! This book must be self published because no self-respecting publisher would have its name associated with it. I am not usually so harsh; maybe because I have not read a sequel in several weeks and have read well-written books in the meantime. Whatever the reason, I cannot recommend that anyone even spend the time to read it much less money to buy it. The bio of the author states that she has written numerous articles for decorating magazines. I suggest that she stick to those and forget writing fiction. This is not only not a good sequel, it is not a good book. The copyright disclaimer says, "This book is a work of fiction. ... Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is coincidental." I would add "or any resemblance to Jane Austen characters" is purely coincidental. I do not think that the author has seen an adaptation, much less read Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps someone gave her a general synopsis of the story. And, she knows nothing about the customs and traditions of the Regency period.

This book (I cannot call it a novel, or even a story) has no plot. It is a series of anecdotes most of which are implausible and some are downright ridiculous. An example: Anne de Bourgh is sent to Pemberley by her mother, Lady de Bourgh, to spy on the newlywed Darcys. As soon as Anne leaves her mother, she becomes pretty and lively. She goes into town, flirts with and marries the blacksmith. Her mother accepts this without complaint! Georgianna (Georgie) and Kitty decide to disrobe to their pantaloons and take a swim in the pond. They are kidnapped by gypsies. Fitz William Darcy calls in a detective. The gypsies decide they had better return the girls without the ransom. However, the detective enjoys the meal that "Mrs. Reynolds" has prepared so much that he stays around for awhile to enjoy the good food and try to entice Mrs. Reynolds away. Since the "castle" is overrun with detectives, Georgie and Kitty go to help out in the kitchen; washing and drying dishes.

These are only two of the poorly written incidents that the author tells. She provides parenthetical explanations of what is going on. An excerpt. Goergianna has been injured by a mad dog at a dog show. She says the following to the doctor who is treating her. The sentence is parentheses is the author's comment. The punctuation and spelling errors are not mine.

You see, I live with my brother and sister-in-law. It is hard to find them sometimes, our housekeeper thinks they are often in bed. They want to start a family. I can hardly wiat for some neices and nephews. There is a pond way in the back of our property and they go there to swim without their clothes. They do not suspect I know. We can see for miles from our third floor windows! (Remember, she was high on narcotics.)

You know, this book does not even deserve the amount of effort it has taken to write this review so I will stop now.