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The Pemberley Chronicles (Pemberley Chronicles #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Shout Out to P&P Sequel Fans ¿ This is a ¿must own¿ for your collection!

This is not a book to be placed on the shelf, but one to be read and enjoyed again and again. Meet the next generation of Darcy¿s, Bingley¿s, Fitzwilliam¿s, and Gardiner¿s in The Pemberley Chronicles. History comes to life through the eyes, ears, and experiences of ...
This is not a book to be placed on the shelf, but one to be read and enjoyed again and again. Meet the next generation of Darcy¿s, Bingley¿s, Fitzwilliam¿s, and Gardiner¿s in The Pemberley Chronicles. History comes to life through the eyes, ears, and experiences of our favorite Jane Austen characters and some new friends as well. Through ¿the Chronicles,¿ Rebecca Collins brings readers into one of the most socially turbulent times in English history. We are swept up not only in the private lives of the characters as they journey through good times and bad, but also into a vortex of the political unrest and even violence which is beginning to creep onto the pastoral scenes so well-known to Austen fans. We see our friends grow and adapt to meet the challenges of their time. Set against a backdrop of the Industrial Revolution with all of its social impacts, who could have foreseen that our dear friends would show their strength and character through political activism, pamphleteering, and even as suffragists? If you love Jane Austen and her characters¿ If you love your novels peppered with history or subtle social commentary¿ Even if you simply love a really good read¿ pick up Rebecca Collins¿ Pemberley Chronicles. You¿ll be glad you did.

posted by Anonymous on May 9, 2008

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Sad Disappointment

I rarely write reviews, but I couldnt help myself. I bought this book with high expectations! I LOVE any continuations to Pride and Prejudice almost as much as I love the original. This book was so repetative I could not read past the first chapter. Every line repeated...
I rarely write reviews, but I couldnt help myself. I bought this book with high expectations! I LOVE any continuations to Pride and Prejudice almost as much as I love the original. This book was so repetative I could not read past the first chapter. Every line repeated the preceeding line: they are happy, blissfully and their eyes are glowing and they are smiling and they are happy and their family knows they are happy and Mr.Darcy is happy and they are ALL perfectly HAPPY, we get it....move on!!! The first chapter and prologue just kept reinforcing and reinforcing these few words in different sentence combinations. It got annoying to the point where I had to force myself to finish the first chapter, this is not what a reading experience should be like.

posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    The third reviewer had it spot on. This is a terribly written book and is excruciating to read. Austen's appeal is that she couples wonderful writing with protagonist characters of great sensibility and intellectual poise. Well, the prime characters of this book would never be recognized as a furtherance of characters she conceived, let alone two of her best known characters. Great paragraphs are spent with Lizzie writing to anyone who will listen about her amazement at Mr. Darcy's generosity and kind heart and on her never ending deliberation of her mean-spirited rejection of Darcy's proposal. ... and of her constant happiness and amazement at getting 'one of the most eligible young men of her day'. Elizabeth and Darcy went from being interesting well-developed characters in Pride and Prejudice, to two silly, juvenile soap opera characters. I couldn't finish the book and am going to have to go back and read Pride and Prejudice to get the flavour of this book out of my mind.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    Numbingly dull

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the main point of this book seems to be to describe each precious second of happiness between Darcy and Elizabeth. No plot whatsoever, and the writing- partly due to the content- seems like it came from the pages of an overly romantic 14-year-old fanfic writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    They are so happy. We get it.

    I couldn't finish this one. I tried but how many pages of how deliriously happy everyone is can one stand? I thought I would keep chugging along until there was a plot. I never found one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    do NOT even bother.

    I just finished this book FINALLY, it took me forever because reading it was PAINFULLY boring. Most of it is just talking about how happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy everyone is with their marriage and how TRAGIC is was for them to ever go through that hard time where Elizabeth thought Darcy to be unbearable.... Also the Author states about 10000000 times "how highly Elizabeth and Darcy esteem the Gardiners." Take those parts out and the book would have been 200 pages shorter. Also the little parts about politics that went nowhere? UGH!!!

    The author turns Elizabeth from an intellectual young girl into a gossip monger OBSESSED with who is going to marry who, and who's in love with who, and thinks it's her business to insert herself into everyone's love lives. She essentially turns into her mother. Which leaves me disappointed and wondering how the heck this book got published.

    There was absolutely NO climax until the second to last chapter in which the author creates a tragedy and then kills off a few of Austen's main characters with one sentence and marries about 5 other couples who had little or no part in the story. This I think is a last ditch failed attempt into tempting the reader to read the other books in this series... I for one will NOT be doing that, it would be more painful than young William being thrown off his horse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Couldn't finish :(

    I couldn't finish this book. If Jane Austen were alive she would have been offended. The characters were too perfect...not her characters at all! The marriage of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth would have been romantic...passionate...and never have a dull moment. Why not it's fantasy right? The bringing together of the Bennet and Darcy familys should be entertaining, funny, and dramatic...not perfect! Sorry I cannot recommend this book, which is unfair since I couldn't finish the whole novel, but my opinion anyway...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Skip it

    I found this and "The Women of Pemberly" disappointing. The writing was immature and the editing almost completely missing. She used some very 21st century words & phrases.
    I read the whole book hoping that it would get better but it never did. There were entire paragraphs that were repeated. She rambles on and on, frequently, about how wonderfully happy Lizzy & Jane are in their fabulous marriages.
    The plot bounced around quite a bit and though not hard to follow.. it was just annoying.
    There are a lot of really good Austen sequels out there... this just isn't one of them.

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