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Letters from Pemberley: The First Year

Letters from Pemberley The First Year In this continuation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice one of the best loved novels in the English language Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege now

  • Title: Letters from Pemberley: The First Year
  • Author: Jane Dawkins
  • ISBN: 9781402209062
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this continuation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, one of the best loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege, now as Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life Her fIn this continuation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, one of the best loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege, now as Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life Her first year at Pemberley is sometimes bewildering, but Lizzy s spirited sense of humor and satirical eye never desert her Incorporating Jane Austen s own words and characters from her other works, the book is a literary patchwork quilt piecing together the story of Lizzy s first eventful year as Mrs Darcy.

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    1. Such a quick, lovely little read for all Pride and Prejudice lovers. It is truly uncomplicated. A comfort read, at its finest. Nothing hurts about this book. It made me smile. I flew through it in half an hour, no, really. That's how sweet, and fast, and uncomplicated it was. I didn't think. I didn't hate.I read. I enjoyed. I smiled. Half an hour, really. I read fast :)This book is in epistolary form, meaning it is presented in letters. More specifically, letters written from Elizabeth to her si [...]

    2. As described in the title this is a book in epistolary form, thanks to reading Simply Austen I learned that First Impressions was written in this style and that 20 letters are mentioned or shown in P&P. I have read other P&P Variations in this form and enjoyed them a great deal. This was rather dry and dull. The reason I like letters is because things can be said in a personal letter that could never be said in a drawing room. But these aren't those letters. These are chatty letters from [...]

    3. Letters From Pemberley is an epistolary continuation of Pride and Prejudice that is a pure comfort read. It contains the letters written by Elizabeth Darcy to her sister Jane Bingley during her first year as Mistress of Pemberley, from February to December 1813. I read the book in just a couple of hours, and it was a pleasant way to spend an evening.The novel basically is a one-sided conversation, as only Elizabeth’s letters are featured, but Dawkins does a good job showing how Mr. Darcy has c [...]

    4. I bought and read this book several years ago as it is an epislatory novel which I thought would be a different view of my favourite characters. Namely, letters written by Elizabeth Darcy during her first year of marriage to her sister Jane Bingley. It was delightful and to me a personal look at Elizabeth's life from her point of view. Her insecurities, daily life and meeting new neighbours. Speaking of new neighbours, the author has used characters from other Jane Austen novels. It was fun gett [...]

    5. Another continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Jane Dawkins's Letters From Pemberley is a series of 25 letters all written by Elizabeth Darcy to her older sister Jane Bingley. While many of the P&P continations take place years after the Darcys have been married, Dawkins's novel takes place immediately following the double wedding. Through Elizabeth's correspondence, we learn about her apprehension at being the new mistress of Pemberley, the goings on of the rest of the Bennet fa [...]

    6. As a huge Jane Austin fan, I can’t help but feel like authors who try to “continue” great stories are simply delusional hacks with arrogance to spare. Dawkins’s interpretation of P&P and its characters is completely opposed to my own, which may account the low rating. I always viewed Lizzie as eloquent, plainspoken and quick-witted, fully ignorant of society’s ridiculous rules but fully dedicated to her family at all times. These letters make her appear dull, overly concerned with [...]

    7. I thought this was a pretty good continuation of Pride and Prejudice. I wish I could have had a more intimate look at the character's lives, instead of the step outside (just reading Elizabeth's letters to Jane). I do think that this was the best way for the book to be written. I have read that Jane Austen would answer questions about the continuing lives of her characters. These letters give us a little peek in without the author trying to be Jane Austen herself. It wasn't the greatest book I h [...]

    8. This book was justce and warm, if you know what I mean. It's written well, it's an easy read and I appreciate the research behind the book. There is a list of "sources" at the end and I might actually go and read some of the books.The "story" follows Elizabeth's first year as Mrs. Darcy through letters she writes mostly to Jane, but also to Mrs. Gardiner and other people. She writes about her new life, about missing her old one in a way, about her new friends The book really feels like a warm hu [...]

    9. Being a Jane Austin fan! I am up for just about anything that has to do with Lizzy and Darcy! So I very willingly read this book! It was entertainingbut nothing more. It is a bunch of letters from Lizzy to Jane and they are cute and fun to read. Its fun to imagine what life for the Darcy's would of been like after the wedding. In the introduction the author admits to just wanting to entertain Austen fans, and that is what she did.

    10. It was not a bad book but it was not very entertaining either. The way the description read it gave you the impression there would be some mishaps similar to those when Lizzy and Darcy first met. I expected more so was a little disappointed and felt the story to be a little dull. Nothing unexpected happened, just the things we all expected.

    11. 3.5A really quick enjoyable read. Nothing eventful really happened - a story about the everyday lives of the Darcy's in their first year of marriage.

    12. The truth is that if you really like Jane Austen, it is better to read her books over again than to read Jane Austen-esqe books. A light, fluffy sort of read, not terrible, not great.

    13. Letters from Pemberley and More Letters from Pemberley, both by Jane Dawkins, were lovely reads, very much in keeping with the tone, language, and sentiments of Austen’s original. They made me reflect on the difference between my life and the life of a gentlewoman in the early 19th century. While I carom from activity to activity and then fall exhausted into bed at the end of every long day, Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy reads poetry in front of the fire, embroiders for pleasure, and takes long walks i [...]

    14. I was soooo impressed with the writing of this novel. I found it to be extremely authentic in feel and in literal semantics. It seemed to be a very accurate picture of what life would probably have been like for Mrs. Darcy in the first year. It was very believable. However saying that - I can understand that a less appreciative fan of the period, someone who doesn't read for the subtle nuances of JA's writing would have demanded more "action" or "drama". The story was not terribly exciting. Thou [...]

    15. People are haters and far too fussy when it comes to Jane Austen variations. There are such strict rules dictating how everyone's allowed to behave or be described and I'm shocked that anyone's brave enough to post anything in the genre. Seems like you'd only be fodder for sticklers to tear you apart. Anyway, I loved this. The language felt realistic and highly authentic to the time period; no modern sayings crept in. I thought she nailed the phrasings. The author had also clearly done her resea [...]

    16. It was OK. For so small a book, I think the author could have done a bit more work on creating the secondary characters. Every person was a carbon copy of other Jane Austen characters. I actually created a "cheat sheet" so I wouldn't be asking myself "who is Mr. Daley, again? Oh right, Mr. Daley = Mr. Knightly". There was really nothing original in the book at all.

    17. pride and prejudice is one of my favorite novels. so I am wary of books attempting to continue it or give a new perspective. but I did enjoy this book. the author did a good job telling of lizzies first year at pemberley. this book is written in the form of letter to jane, and this is a quick read, not very long. I recommend this book for the jane austen lovers.

    18. Well written and truly seemed to match the nature of the beloved Jane Austen characters. This book is a series of letters Elizabeth writes to Jane in the year following her marriage. Because of the nature of the book, it is not overly exciting or engaging. However it is very sweet and gives a nice glimpse into how life might have been for Elizabeth after marrying Darcy.

    19. A gently entertaining read. I suspect its creation was probably far more entertaining for its author, who captures the voice of Elizabeth very well, than its digestion proved to this reader, who enjoyed it mildly.

    20. Just okay. Slow and took forever to read, kind of boring. Geogiana's story line, did not like. Kissing cousins, grosses me out.

    21. Letters from Pemberley does not follow the usual flow of stories. It’s told entirely from Elizabeth’s perspective, without indicating any other characters’ lines. There is a flow to the story line, in that it begins a little after Elizabeth’s marriage and progresses over a few weeks and months, but despite this progression, it does not really create an atmosphere that feels as if time is progressing within the novel. Because of this one person POV, it becomes difficult to see how Elizabe [...]

    22. Jane Austen is now such a huge industry that even authors who write poorly, cannot present decently interesting characters, and have no original ideas of their own get published. As proven by Jane Dawkins.The idea behind the book was pretty good; who wouldn't want to read Elizabeth's letters to her family? But her letters as written by Dawkins are not like her at all. They sound like something written like Maria Lucas most of the time, and in the rare instances that she says something funny, it' [...]

    23. Letters from PemberleyLetter writing is a lost art in this age of computers, smartphones, Facebook, and/or Twitter, but in Jane Austen's time this was the only form of communication. The daily feelings of the inhabitants of Pemberley and the people known to them, are related to Jane by lengthy letters. Darcy's idea to invite the family for Christmas was set in place to hopefully offset the wailing of Mrs. Bennet when she finds out that the Bingleys are not returning to Netherfield. Elizabeth is [...]

    24. This continuation to Pride and Prejudice imagines the letters Elizabeth might have written to her sister Jane about her first year at Pemberley as Darcy's wife.Of all the continuations and sequels I have read to Pride and Prejudice, I enjoyed this one the most. I enjoyed the focus on Darcy and Elizabeth, and felt the author held true to the characters and style of the original. An interesting aspect to this story is the inclusion of the Darcy's neighbors who, in fact, are characters from Austen' [...]

    25. I will most freely and humbly admit that I did enjoy this book much more than I originally thought that I would. I purchased it at a used bookstore for a bargain price, thinking it would be one of those quick emergency reads used strictly for the doctor's waiting room or a traffic jam. At first glance it didn't seem as though it would be something which I would enjoy thoroughly. I was very uncertain of the potential of a book constructed strictly of one-sided letters. Of course, I have been wron [...]

    26. I liked this book, I didn't love it. I should have been able to read it in one setting as it's short enough, but it didn't completely capture my attention. As far as sequels go, it was better than some. The premise is that after Elizabeth moves to Pemberley, she and Jane write to each other, sharing news and details of their lives. The problem is that we get Elizabeth's letters, but not Jane's. And while they were interesting, they were somewhat normal and mundane.Jane Dawkins does a fair job of [...]

    27. A very charming read that does a good job emulating the tone of Jane Austen. I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and Darcy's life right after their marriage when Elizabeth is adjusting to life at Pemberley. My one complaint is that the author added other Austen characters as minor side characters, which I actually enjoyed. The thing that confused me is that she changed around their names, which ended up making it a little confusing. It would have been one thing if they were entirely new nam [...]

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