Postscript from Pemberley (Pemberley Chronicles #7)
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Postscript from Pemberley (Pemberley Chronicles #7)

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by Rebecca Ann Collins
     
 

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"A lovely complementary novel... Austen would surely give her smile of approval."
—Beverly Wong, author of PRIDE & PREJUDICE PRUDENCE

An unconventional newcomer brings the threat of scandal to Pemberley

Kate O'Hare is not a typical Victorian woman. Her intelligence, vivacity, and beauty captivate all those around her,

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"A lovely complementary novel... Austen would surely give her smile of approval."
—Beverly Wong, author of PRIDE & PREJUDICE PRUDENCE

An unconventional newcomer brings the threat of scandal to Pemberley

Kate O'Hare is not a typical Victorian woman. Her intelligence, vivacity, and beauty captivate all those around her, including the young and handsome Darcy Gardiner. But she cares more about science than about dresses, and her unusual behavior makes her a fresh and interesting addition to the Pemberley estate.

Until her association with scientific controversies of the day and dark secrets from her past put her and all her newfound friends in harm's way. Will Kate's involvement in the public world, where many believe a woman doesn't belong, bring scandal to Pemberley? Or will her charm and wit be enough to banish the shadows of her past and hold on to Darcy Gardiner?

"Inventive plot lines, credible characters, and an engaging style. Add to this an enviable knowledge of the history and culture of the period and a sensitive appreciation of the values and traditions that underlie the novels of Jane Austen, and it is not difficult to understand the popularity of her work."
Book News

"Truly a masterpiece that any Austen fan would enjoy."
Beverly Wong, author of Pride & Prejudice Prudence

This is the seventh in the bestselling Jane Austen sequel series The Pemberley Chronicles from Rebecca Ann Collins.

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""Inventive plot lines, credible characters and an engaging style. Add to this an enviable knowledge of the history and culture of the period and a sensitive appreciation of the values and traditions that underlie the novels of Jane Austen, and it is not difficult to understand the popularity of her work."" - Book News

"I love the way that Rebecca Ann Collins has taken the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and weaves new storylines and characters so seamlessly." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"A fantastic installment in this series, it offered love, mystery, a little action as well as some twists and turns I didn't expect." - My Reading Spot

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the two couples, their families and assorted friends. " - Kylee's Journal

"A marvelous book to curl up with on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea, to sink into a time and place so different from our own and visit people who seem so familiar." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"This series is not simply a Jane Austen sequel. It is so much better. It is historical fiction, romance, social history, and comedy all mixed into one. " - Books Like Breathing

"A thoroughly satisfying reading experience for an Austen fan like me." -

"For lover's of Jane Austen or any other historical fiction, this is truly a book well worth reading! " - My Ever Expanding Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402224324
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Pemberley Chronicles Series, #7
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
688,613
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Excerpt from the Prologue:

Jessica Courtney could recall very clearly the moment that had changed her life. It had come upon her quite without warning and had caused her to regard very differently the course that her life might take in the following years.

While it did not bring either immediate or unalloyed happiness, Jessica realized that it could have been much worse, and she could have been drawn into a period of self-indulgent depression and complaint about the vicissitudes of life. But, despite her youth, for she was only eighteen years old, being possessed of both sense and sensibility, Jessica determined not to allow herself that dubious luxury.

It was all very well for heroines in popular novels to spend hours, days, months even, surrendering themselves to the melancholy contemplation of what might have been, she thought-they did not have a school to run.

The previous year, 1865, had not been an easy one for any of them, more particularly for members of the family of Mr and Mrs Darcy at Pemberley. Since the beginning of the year, news of the problems, which beset the marriage of their son Julian Darcy and his wife, Josie, had been filtering through to them in letters and whispered conversations. Not everyone was agreed upon who was to blame in the matter, but almost everyone had claimed to know something was amiss.

Jessica's mother, Mrs Emily Courtney, was too deeply involved in her commitments to the hospital at Littleford and her charitable work for the poor of the parish of Kympton to participate in such gossip, but whenever her aunt Caroline Fitzwilliam or their young cousin Lizzie Gardiner visited, they would share their news with her. They had no doubt at all that Julian and Josie were not happy. Jessica had not wished to ask too many questions, lest they thought she was prying. Which was why she had been wholly unprepared for the dramatic news when it came, late one afternoon, that Julian Darcy had arrived from Cambridge at the home of his sister Cassy and Doctor Richard Gardiner, bringing with him his son Anthony and young Lizzie Gardiner, who had been staying with them in Cambridge at the time.

As her aunt Caroline told it, it seemed his wife, Josie, had left their home and had gone to live with a Mr Barrett, who had supposedly promised to publish her book! Incredible as it seemed, that was what Caroline had learned from her brother Richard Gardiner.

"It must be true, Dr Gardiner would not repeat such a story if it were not," thought Jessica. So appalled was she, that she had spent the rest of the evening in a state of shock, unable to speak of the disastrous news to anyone, while the rest of family had expressed consternation and grief.

On the following day, Jessica had gone into the village and met young Lizzie Gardiner at Mrs Hardy's bookshop, whither they had both gone in search of copies of a new novel by Mr Dickens. After making their purchases, they had repaired to a tea shop, where, as they took tea and sampled the shortbread, Lizzie was more forthcoming than Caroline had been.

Her aunt Caroline had been quite critical of Josie, especially of her decision to desert her little boy.

"It is beyond belief that a woman would leave a kind husband and her young child in this way," she had said, but Lizzie, with the advantage of having spent most of Spring in Cambridge with Julian and Josie, seemed to have more understanding of the reasons for her conduct. She knew more also about Mr Barrett, who had been a frequent visitor to the couple's home.

"I do not believe that Josie has done this lightly and only because of wanting to have her book published," she had said, adding, "I could not help feeling that Josie had been lonely and rather neglected by my uncle Julian, whose concentration upon his research work, almost to the exclusion of every other interest, may have left her open to deception by Mr Barrett and his friend Mr Jones, who are both guilty of great duplicity."

Jessica found it easier to ask her cousin the questions that had occupied her mind for some hours.

"And Julian, do you believe he still loves her, Lizzie? Will he have her back, do you think?" she asked.

Lizzie's answer had been unambiguous. "I am certain of it-he never looks at anyone else. He does love her, but is so completely wedded to his work, he has little time to tell her so or to pay any attention to her interests. Poor Josie, she cares little about the strange microscopic creatures he examines in his laboratory and I am convinced she felt she was no longer loved, when the opposite is probably true."

Though Lizzie's explanation would have been more painful for Mr and Mrs Darcy to bear, it made more sense than the notion that Josie, who only a year ago had appeared to be a loving wife and mother, could have been so altered in character as to behave in such an outrageous fashion. Lizzie had also revealed that Josie had left a note for her husband, in which she had declared that she did not love Mr Barrett, but needed the freedom he had offered her from her unhappy marriage.

Jessica had expressed disbelief at this, but this time Lizzie had been sympathetic to her uncle. "I have never seen anyone so distraught as my uncle Julian, when he read it. It was as though he had been struck dumb. He did not say a word against her-it was so sad to see him accept it, as though he believed he deserved it," Lizzie had said as they walked home, leaving Jessica wondering at the reasons behind it all.

Writing in her diary, to which alone she confided her innermost thoughts, she mused:

Poor Josie, what could she have wanted? How much unhappiness must she have suffered to leave her husband and son for a man she did not love? I cannot even begin to comprehend her mind. As for Julian, how wretched must he feel to accept without protest such a situation, and yet he still loves her and would have her back! Love seems such a complicated emotion; I wonder if I shall ever understand it.

The shock and pain this unfortunate episode had inflicted upon Mr and Mrs Darcy, Jessica had seen firsthand. She had gone to Pemberley, to the church where she had promised to help the rector with the choir, and there she had met Mrs Darcy coming away from the rectory, a veil concealing her tear-stained face.

They had embraced without saying a word, but Jessica's warmth and sympathy had drawn Elizabeth out, and she had told her as much as she had learned from her son.

Meet the Author

Rebecca Ann Collins is the pen name of an Australian lady who has written a series of 10 sequels to Pride and Prejudice, introducing new characters and bringing them into a new historical era. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this series has been extremely successful in Australia with over 80,000 books sold.

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Postscript from Pemberley 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Orla More than 1 year ago
In this book we read more of Julian Darcy's life as well as Darcy Gardiner. A new family is introduced, which adds more characters and much more drama to the storyline. I enjoyed this book very much. I don't want to spoil too much but I will say that there is a birth and weddings. ( Yeah, more than one wedding; can you believe it!!)
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Amy_D_Z More than 1 year ago
I can't quite believe it, but I think I have a new favorite! Postscript from Pemberley, Book 7 in the Pemberley Chronicles series, takes a departure from its predecessors -- delving less frequently and less deeply into the socio-political and economic realities of late 19th century England. Instead, Postscript moves at a very fast pace, from attraction to affection to love and then marriage, with a bit of tension and a hint of mystery, just for good measure. The story focuses mainly on two young couples. Julian Darcy is the tragic youngest son of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam. Having grown up in the shadow of his elder brother's memory, Julian's first marriage ended with the death of his unhappy wife Josie. Guilt and grief over her demise lead Julian to renounce his claim to Pemberley in favor of his very young son Anthony. But Julian does come to Pemberley to heal his aching soul. There he meets his younger cousin Jessica Courtney, daughter of Rev. James Courtney and Emily Gardiner Courtney (and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gardiner of Gracechurch Street and later Lambton). The two develop a close friendship which gradually turns to love, and eventually leads to a very happy marriage. Supported by all of their friends, the perfectly couple set-off together for Africa - he in pursuit of his professional dreams and she with the desire to support her husband and experience new adventures of her own. Meanwhile, Darcy Gardiner, son of Cassandra Darcy Gardiner and Dr. Richard Gardiner, and grandson of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, is looking for a love interest of his own. He's left London and politics behind to help manage Pemberley while young Anthony grows to adulthood. Loved by all in the neighborhood, Darcy Gardiner is still recovering from his disappointment at failing to secure the hand of Jessica Courtney, when he meets a newcomer - Kathryn O'Hare, a charming and accomplished young lady from the neighborhood who becomes a close friend of Jessica's. But, it turns out that Kathryn has a bit of a "past." While serving in the household of a powerful titled family, Kathryn is swept up in the illicit affairs of the Lady of the house. Her own reputation is on the verge of ruin, because she's decided she will not be a party to the aberrant activities taking place in the household. She returns to Derbyshire, but trouble soon follows. Her knight in shining armor takes the form of Darcy Gardiner, who uses his fierce loyalty, clever mind, and rolodex of powerful allies to ensure Kathryn's well-being. Who would not be swept away by this dashing hero? The book brings back many favorites including the Bingleys and Darcys and their children, and Mr. Michael Carr, the charming Irish-American husband of Darcy Gardiner's sister Lizzie. It also brings back a few not-so-favorites like Robert and Rose Gardiner who continue to suffer from a chronic case of supercilious sour grapes, and Lydia Wickham, who hasn't changed a bit. At one point, a very clever and scheme is devised to keep Lydia from attending (and ruining) a family wedding. The story ends on a happy note, but with a bit of a "cliff hanger" in the form of a mysterious letter from an unknown sender delivered to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The reader cannot mistake the importance of this letter, but to what??? I sincerely hope that our esteemed authoress will resolve this mystery in Book 8. Hurry Ms. Ms. Collins! This reader is longing to know. What's in that letter?