The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 stars)
How do the Darcys and Lady Catherine de Bourgh react to the steady stream of shocking allegations concerning Her Ladyship’s fiancé, Hubert, as revealed by the letters arriving almost daily at Pemberley House? Will the heavily pregnant Elizabeth give birth to a healthy baby? Is happiness in store for our favourite couple?
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Elizabeth shook her head, smiling a little as she said in the gentlest of accents, “I can only conclude that, somehow, Hubert de Bourgh has managed to win the heart of Lady Catherine. It would seem to me that this is a feat that must have taken more than mere good manners and flattering words.”
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 “News Comes to Pemberley”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another 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. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of “Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly 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’ aptly written fan fiction.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (3 stars)|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 stars)|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 stars)|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 stars)|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Language|| (decent, no swearwords)
|Sexual content|| (none)
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’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty 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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What about you? What did you think about “News Comes to Pemberley”? Or – if you did not yet read “News Comes to Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂