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Pemberley Manor

Pemberley Manor

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by Kathryn Nelson

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How does "happily ever after" really work?

With such different personalities, Darcy and Elizabeth surely need to work on their communication skills! Unlike Jane and Bingley, both of whom are easygoing and friendly, the Darcys are definitely a case where opposites attract.

Through their dramatic courtship, Lizzy finally saw through Darcy's rigid


How does "happily ever after" really work?

With such different personalities, Darcy and Elizabeth surely need to work on their communication skills! Unlike Jane and Bingley, both of whom are easygoing and friendly, the Darcys are definitely a case where opposites attract.

Through their dramatic courtship, Lizzy finally saw through Darcy's rigid pride and sense of duty, and Darcy fell in love with Lizzy's sunny optimism and independence of spirit. Now that they're married, what will happen when their fundamentally different personalities reassert themselves? Uncover the true feelings of one of the world's most famous couples during their first year of marriage.


"A talented writer with a wonderful feel for Regency."
Mary Bracho, Loft Literary Center

"An absorbing read from the very first page."
Alison Aldridge, BBC Worldwide

"One to treasure. What a sumptuous book!"
Jane Odiwe, author of Lydia Bennet's Story

Editorial Reviews

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"Nelson has created an excellent backstory for Darcy, and re-creates the feel of Jane Austen's witty dialogue and deep characters with great success." - Armchair Interviews

"This book was thoroughly, thoroughly engrossing from page 1... Kathryn Nelson was incredibly successful in importing the Regency era into my mind and then whisking me away into the world of the Darcy's new marriage. " - Reading Romance Books

"Quite an excellent book! Very engrossing." - Love Romance Passion

"[O]ne of the most thought provoking and satisfying Austen sequels that I have ever read." - AustenProse

"The tension she injects into Lizzy and Darcy's relationship is palpable and can be felt throughout the novel." - Grace's Book Blog

"Nelson took me back to a world and characters that I love. I found her back story very believable, the characters' motivations true to Austen's classic, and the setting close to perfect" - Kittling

"Nelson "gets it." She can write in a Regency style... Her prose is smooth and her tone is confident, much like Austen's. " - AustenBlog

"I really enjoyed reading Pemberley Manor... Kathryn L. Nelson stays true to Austen's characters while inserting a few new characters into the storyline.

" - The Bookworm 07

"Pemberley Manor is an enjoyable read. " - Once Upon a Romance

"Kathryn Nelson's Pemberley Manor is one of the good ones, sympathetic to the writing style of Jane Austen, not changing any of the characters significantly, and adding a few of her own characters to enliven the story." - Curled Up With a Good Book

"Pemberley Manor is a well written piece of literature... She captures the same spirit of Jane Austen's book. The language, characters, and the story plot are all reminiscent of the prior book. " - A Romance Review

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The morning that Jane and Elizabeth Bennet married Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy might be seen by some as the end of a story of faltering and reviving passions, a tale of petty prides and prejudices solved and resolved into a loving state of eternal bliss for all. As for the eldest sister Jane and her Mr Bingley, this was almost certain to be the case, as it was evident that their kindly hearts and mutual affection rather assured them a calm and contented domestic life with a household ordered and cheerful by any standard. Mr Bingley's social standing and fortune exceeded even Mrs Bennet's hope for her eldest daughter, and his character was such that he considered himself honoured to be loved by such a beautiful and agreeable woman as Jane. To the opinions of some—that he had married beneath him—Mr Bingley appeared oblivious. Jane likewise felt herself the most fortunate of women, and she bore herself with a charming modesty that disarmed all but the most mean-spirited among those assembled. The only want that the Bingleys might be feared to suffer was the liveliness that occasional disagreement may supply in a marriage.

Of the second couple, a vast deal more must be said, and indeed, in Meryton that morning, a vast deal more was being said. That they were a beautiful couple could not be gainsaid, for their dark curls and comely good looks complemented an elegant bearing. Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, however, had long since acquired the unfortunate reputation in that town of being an arrogant man with little inclination towards social delicacy; his kinder, gentler side, so recently uncovered by Miss Elizabeth Bennet, had heretofore been well disguised.

If Jane was generally considered the most beautiful of the five Bennet sisters, it was only that her sweet, complacent nature augmented a lovely but rather conventional beauty. Elizabeth was far the more interesting to lively minds. Alas for her, Meryton had more than its share of lively tongues, but a paucity of lively minds.

That her early encounters with Fitzwilliam Darcy had stirred her to anger rather than admiration was not forgotten. It is widely recognized, however, that passionate anger and passionate love are often found to run hand in hand, and Elizabeth Bennet, aided by a most extraordinary improvement in Mr Darcy's manners, had soon awakened to an earnest adoration of him that rivalled his love for her.

For the guests who wearied of the topic of the Bennet sisters, a slightly more malicious diversion offered itself in the forms of Charles Bingley's sisters: Miss Caroline Bingley and Mrs Louisa Hurst. They were admired, to be sure, as their wedding finery reflected all of the benefits that superior birth and prodigious wealth may bring to a lady's wardrobe. It required only a passing glance to understand that these conceited women found nothing to their taste in Meryton.

And while some observers argued that their vanity befitted their rank, it is well known that in general, country ladies do not care to be found wanting in matters of dress or manners.

Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst were engaged in their own ruminations, which had very little reference to the opinions of those around them. As the sound of Mrs Bennet's prattling reached into the crowded church, Miss Bingley seethed, rolling her eyes.

'It is more than I can bear to be allied to that woman,' she muttered. Louisa concurred, but being slightly more prudent than her sister, laid a warning hand on her arm.

Miss Bingley was not entirely unreasonable in her censure, for Mrs Bennet was indeed a rather silly woman and, with the exception of Jane and Elizabeth, her daughters bore testimony to a careless and frivolous upbringing, benefiting little from their father's kindly good sense. As she fluttered under the good wishes of her neighbours, she whispered much too loudly, 'Oh, Mr Bennet! I knew that Jane's beauty could not be for nothing. Think of it! Who could have imagined a year ago that our daughters should marry so well?'

Mrs Bennet must be given credit for her diligence in the pursuit of Mr Bingley for Jane, but she found Mr Darcy so formidable that she scarcely dared utter his name.

Nonetheless, she found comfort in the fact that she was relieved of the difficult chore of finding a husband for Elizabeth, a daughter who often vexed and baffled her, and she was, in the end, prepared to celebrate both marriages.

Mr Bennet, as he paced about the narthex waiting for the brides to appear, was so engrossed in his own contemplation that he scarcely heard his wife's nervous chatter. He confided to his sister-in-law, an eminently more sensible and intelligent woman than his wife, 'I am worried about our Lizzy, Mrs Gardiner, that she is not totally sensible of the difficulty of a temperament such as Mr Darcy's. Although she has assured me that he is a kind and good man, I confess I see only his pride. And she has not the easy nature of her sister Jane to allow her to overlook the faults of others.'

Mrs Gardiner smiled complacently and patted his arm. 'Lizzy has undoubtedly chosen the more difficult path of the two, but I daresay, knowing her energetic spirit, that she is equal to the task. My acquaintance with Mr Darcy leads me to hope that he only wants a bit of levity to make him an excellent husband, and who better than Lizzy to supply that deficit?' Mr Bennet nodded thoughtfully and hoped that she was right.

Meet the Author

Kathryn L. Nelson's romance with the language and characters of Jane Austen was reawakened in 1995 by the BBC/A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. This, her first novel, finaled in the sequel contest at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England Nelson. Kathryn Nelson lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Pemberley Manor 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
In Pemberley Manor author Kathryn Nelson offers a new twist on the continuation of Pride and Prejudice. The blissful life that Jane Austen alluded to at the conclusion of her novel with the marriage of her characters is quickly shattered on the first day of the honeymoon. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the proud and arrogant man that Elizabeth Bennet married has a troubled past, confirming for me much of his actions in the original novel and why I have never thought that their happily-ever-after could just instantly happen because they declared their love and took vows. Hold on to your bonnets! If you thought that the Bennet family was dysfunctional, just wait until you meet the Darcy's. 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
LoveofDarcy More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of all "Austen" books. I have read or devoured many, many sequels and "what if" stories on Pride and Prejudice. This particular novel didn't do a whole lot for me. I didn't appreciate my "hero" to be made out as a "cry baby". This disturbed me greatly. Darcy was sensitive but not pouting like a small child and crying constantly. At least not the Darcy I have adored and read about and I'm sure not the Darcy Austen created and depicted. I forced myself to finish this book. I enjoyed the writing however it did not keep "Austen-isk". She held me for most of the book. Let's try another Ms. Nelson!
kj10 More than 1 year ago
Calling all Jane Austen fans! Read all about the first year of married life for the beloved characters Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Just when you thought their story ended and they lived happily ever after, a novel comes along to show you that relationships take work. Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy are no exception. If you liked Pride and Prejudice, you'll enjoy Pemberley Manor by Kathryn L. Nelson as much as I did. The story begins on the wedding day of Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennett. Trouble ensues when some rather "high and mighty" guests make casual, but insensitive comments about the happy couple. Unexpected turns and misunderstandings plague the wedding night, and a year of ups and downs visits the newlyweds. The novel's rich dialogue and masterful descriptions make Pemberley Manor a delightful read. Unexpected transformations will cause the reader to smile with joy. Readers will also be happy to run into old friends - Charles and Jane Bingley and Georgiana Darcy - and meet new ones - the Alexander family and Mr. Trevor Handley. However, ghosts of the past, as well as the meddling ways of the Hursts and Miss Caroline Bingley, will haunt the Pemberley household. A grave mistake of pride will also threaten to destroy the Darcy's young love. After reading various novels where writers tried to give us a glimpse of what Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's life might be like after Pride and Prejudice, I discovered none have been so wonderfully told as Kathryn L. Nelson's Pemberley Manor.
izadora More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few of the Pride & Prejudice follow up books & this was one of the best because the characters didn't stray too far outside Austen's comfort zone. I would like to see another sequel to this offering with a bit less crying by Mr. Darcey & laughing by Elizabeth. They were in some state of hysterics most of the book. Not sure why all the crying by Darcey was necessary. The Elizabeth character also took on way too much of the blame for everything but overlooking these flaws - the read was still enjoyable. I like the characters - especially Edward & Trevor - who was about 200 years ahead of social change. (more 2013 than 1813)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was not a bad read, somewhat predictable but entertaining, especially if you've wished to witness Caroline Bingley's comeuppance. I read the entire book in one dreary weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
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i enjoyed the story
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Lekster More than 1 year ago
As a voracious reader with a special love for all things Austen, it is always with a guarded enthusiasm that I pick up any of the many sequels and variations available. Pemberley Manor was easily one of my favorites. I read it in a single night and was very sorry to have finished it. I sincerely hope Ms. Nelson will reward us with a continuation of her lovely story. And soon, please!
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Lauren_Voorhies More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and Pride and Predjudice. I thought that this book was incredibly well written. This book has everything; drama, romance, action, and of course, those "aww!" moments. I believe that Katheryn Nelson did a fantastic job of bringing Elizabeth, Mr. Dacy, and the rest of the characters to life, and that Jane Austen would be very pround of this rendition of her classic tale.
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Uzuri More than 1 year ago
It's as if Jane Austin picked up her quill and continued the tale of the Darcys herself. A very good read for old and young. Regarding the cover, it would be nice to see Fitzwilliam's eyes.
ABAR More than 1 year ago
This book is written somewhat in the style of Jane Austen and prvides a seamless follow-up to the book. My only real criticism is that the agony is piled on somewhat heavily, but otherwise I enjoyed it.
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breedlover More than 1 year ago
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).