The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 stars)
As her wedding day approaches, Miss Juliette Darcy’s days are filled with delight as she sees her dreams evolving into reality. What devastating news, though, will soon arrive, threatening to shatter her future? Will her father be able to salvage the situation? Will Elizabeth and Darcy at length see smiles of true felicity return to their daughter’s face?
This is a compelling chapter in the life of our favourite couple and their extended family, written by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.
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One morning, as Elizabeth was taking a stroll in the sunshine outside Pemberley House, Juliette rushed to her in great agitation.
“Mama, Mama,” she cried, almost in tears, “I have news from Stephen. It is bad – so bad that he believes we must cancel our wedding.”
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 “Heartbreak at 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, has become a man who is gentle and caring – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of “Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley and Elizabeth and Darcy’s daughter Juliette – whose wedding to her beloved Stephen is approaching fast – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. 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; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.
“Heartbreak at Pemberley” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.
This is a book for you if you like “Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short instalments.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 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 “Heartbreak at Pemberley“? Or – if you did not yet read “Heartbreak at Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂