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The true Darcy spirit haunts Pemberley Manor
We now know what Lady Catherine de Bourgh meant when she bragged about the true Darcy spirit. There is an oppressive presence haunting Pemberley Manor. Mr. Darcy's deceased mother Lady Anne is not the elegant, proper and gracious woman that one would suspect as the Mistress of Pemberley. It is her influence more than his gentle father that has shaped Darcy's adult personality. As Darcy gradually reveals his troubled past to his new bride Elizabeth, she is not only challenged with the demands of becoming the new Mistress of a grand estate, but in helping him discover the missing pieces to his parent's story that will free him from the past and allow him to find peace and happiness in their new life together.
Even though this deep psychological subtext may sound omnipresent, there are other intriguing elements to his novel that lighten it up. The evolving relationship of Darcy and Elizabeth as newlyweds is fascinating to watch. If there were ever two souls of opposite temperaments destined to be better as a team, it was Lizzy and Darcy. Their conversations run hot and cold to downright hilarious. We also see familiar characters such as Caroline Bingley evolve beyond her bitterness and spite, shy Georgina Darcy bloom and catch the heart of a new beau, Jane as angelic as ever, her husband Charles Bingley finally have a revelation, and new characters introduced that blend in and add interesting depth.
Nelson's skill with language is respectfully reminiscent of Austen, but not mimicy. The story is compelling, with a haunting mystery suggestive of du Maurier's Rebecca. However, Pemberley Manor does have its faults. After she starts off well presenting one of the villains as Caroline Bingley, she delivers an unsatisfying thud to the resolution of her character. Though I understood exactly there she was going in showing us the dark side of Darcy, he was a bit too tearful at times for my ideal romantic hero taste. As the novel moved along, I found it becoming more modern in style and progressive in thinking. When more than a ghost comes out of the closet, I was a bit taken aback by the characters 21st-century response to it.
Because Nelson was taken a risk and presented a side of Darcy and Lizzy that we have not yet explored to this depth, there will be those ready to throw a few disapproving bricks through Pemberley Manor's elegantly glazed windows. Regardless, I found her tale charming, intelligent and engaging; uniquely one of the most thought provoking and satisfying Austen sequels that I have ever read.
Laurel Ann, Austenprose
posted by Laurel_Ann on April 6, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A lover of Darcy
posted by LoveofDarcy on June 30, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2012
I have read many variations and continuations of the P&P sto
I have read many variations and continuations of the P&P story. Some I've liked, some I've loved and some have been pretty awful. This one started out so great that I thought I was actually reading a work by Jane Austen. Then Darcy becomes unstable, moody and one of the biggest cry babies I have had the displeasure to read. In fact, most of the men were very sensitive and weak. Tears came to them too often for my liking. I'm sorry I wasted my time on what had the potential to be a great book....not P&P (Darcy as Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2013
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