The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Elizabeth, Darcy and Georgiana have gathered at Longbourn to celebrate the 60th birthday of Mr Bennet. Enter the recently-widowed Mr Collins, now the father of a young daughter. He’s on a mission sanctioned by Lady Catherine – to find a new wife for himself. Will he choose one of the remaining Bennet girls? If so, would his offer be successful, or meet with the same outcome as his proposal to Elizabeth?
This, the third in the series by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp, looks set to provide readers with another intriguing and delightful look at life at Longbourn.
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“I am afraid that, whatever our feelings might be, we have no alternative other than to welcome him. I for one find his company to be quite diverting,” added Mr Bennet, smiling enigmatically.
“But Father,” interrupted Kitty, “what will Lizzy say? And Mr Darcy…? You must be aware of their deep disdain for Mr Collins. Perhaps they will refuse to come…”
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 A Party at Longbourn, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.
This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ fan fiction.
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About the author
My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.
My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’. To date, I have twenty-five published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.
I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.
I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about A Party at Longbourn? Or – if you did not yet read A Party at Longbourn – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂