Longbourn Revisited (Longbourn, #1) by Margaret Lynette Sharp



The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

When news of Mr Bennet’s illness arrives at Pemberley, Elizabeth finds that she must set off for Longbourn without the company of her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, who has business in London requiring his urgent attention. What unexpected events will further disrupt the apparent harmony of Elizabeth’s life? Will Hodges – the young physician of Mr Bennet – be captivated by Catherine Bennet, thus fulfilling the desires of Mrs Bennet? Will Mary be left behind to attend to her mother’s selfish wishes?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction; Literature & Fiction > Classics > Short Stories
Series: Longbourn, #1
Length: 48 pages
Release date: 2016-08-22



“Mary,” said Elizabeth in a half-whisper, “Oh, it pains me to see Father so ill, and you so pale and exhausted.”

“Elizabeth! I’m glad you’ve come. Father still has chills and fever, and such wheezing as you’ve never heard… Sometimes, I’m afraid that he will slip away before my very eyes.”

My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

With Longbourn Revisited, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or watched the TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn and Pemberly to extend your Pride and Prejudice experience. Margaret Lynette Sharp took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways.

This is a book for you if you like fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp is an award-winning writer, and the author of twenty-three titles, including #1 Amazon Best Seller, ‘Longbourn Revisited’. Her work was highly commended during the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and published by Hurstville Council in an anthology entitled ‘Write Out Loud’. In November 2015 she won a Second Prize, again in the short story section of this same competition, and her title, ‘More Than a Mere Bagatelle’, has been selected for inclusion in another anthology, ‘The Art of Writing’.

She spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.

A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.

Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator. Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited much of her work.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Longbourn Revisited? Or – if you did not yet read Longbourn Revisited – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






6 thoughts on “Longbourn Revisited (Longbourn, #1) by Margaret Lynette Sharp

  1. I liked this summary and nice review, Karen’s. It is hard to continue a well known story. Challenging to carry out the language and atmosphere of a beloved classic. The “teaser” wasn’t written at the same level of the book. You didn’t say this, being fair to the author. I would have liked to hear of the country setting intermingled with her arrival and even more personal details of the bedside conversation.

    I liked whoever wrote an “imagining” of a murder on Darcy’s property, portrayed on PBS. It had Elizabeth with two children, boy and girl. The accused murderer is her sister’s nev’r do well husband. Darcy defends him since although he is fickle, he doesn’t appear to be a killer. I liked this screenplay or scripts once it filled in the characters, continuing the story in depth. There had been distance between Elizabeth and Darcy, which is realistic in a marriage.
    Hope I didn’t ramble on too much. I don’t mind if you delete or edit this, Karen.
    Happy and healthy new year to you!

    • You didn’t ramble too much, Robin. It is always hard to select an adequate teaser. Perhaps I chose wrong. Had the story been a little longer, it would have been easier.
      Happy New Year to you, too, Robin!

    • My pleasure, Margaret. Elizabeth Bennet is a great character and I am looking forward to reading more of your fan fiction. 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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