The Darcys of Pemberley: A Faithful Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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A sequel faithful to Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple's idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by the secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and ...

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Overview

A sequel faithful to Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple's idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by the secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and the threat of a villain in their midst.

Layers of seemingly innocent deception are building between Darcy and Elizabeth, threatening their relationship. He is conducting some covert business dealings that he's unwilling to share with his wife, and she likewise begins keeping things from him against her own better judgment. The couple also becomes embroiled in the tribulations of Mr. Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana, and his friend and cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Fitzwilliam falls victim to their aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as the object of her latest scheme to make a noble match for her daughter. The arrangement satisfies the ambitions of the couple's parents, but appears to hold little prospect of happiness for Anne and Fitzwilliam, who each harbor other romantic interests.

During this same period, Georgiana runs the gamut of emotions as she comes of age. Her elation at her birthday ball soon crumbles when she learns the man she secretly admires is engaged to another. The excitement of a London season and the attention of two other eligible suitors cannot make her forget her disappointment over her lost first love.

As the story progresses, the menacing shadow of Mr. Darcy's life-long nemesis looms ever-larger. By carelessness and design, Mr. Wickham and Lydia painfully intrude into the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, with disastrous results.

The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth's story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana. For those of us who didn't want Pride and Prejudice to end, this charming novel gives the opportunity to learn what happens after the wedding, to revisit all our old friends and foes, and to share the next chapter of their lives. Ms. Winslow carries on the saga much as Jane Austen herself might have - true to her style, her sensibilities, and the delightful characters she created.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615517155
  • Publisher: Heather Ridge Arts
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 425,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Winslow is a passionate appreciator of the arts and a creative person in her own right. With her two sons grown, she now finds more time to devote to her diverse interests in music, literature, and the visual arts - writing claiming the lion's share of her creative energies in recent years.

In addition to several short stories, Ms. Winslow has authored three novels to date. The Darcys of Pemberley, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is her debut. For Myself Alone, a stand-alone Austenesque story, is soon to follow. Her most recent project is a contemporary "what if" novel entitled First of Second Chances.

Shannon is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest. She and her husband live in the log home they built in the countryside thirty-five miles south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

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    A must read for Austen purists

    Winslow takes us on another exciting post-Pride and Prejudice trip as we follow Lizzy and Darcy after their marriage through trials and tribulations that ultimately bring them closer together. The honeymoon phase shortly after their wedding is typical of any couple that has been recently married, full of happiness and lacking in arguments. It can’t last forever, however, as Darcy soon begins making business deals on the side that he doesn’t inform Lizzy of, and she herself begins to hide things from him in reaction to his lack of trust. Adding to this, the Darcys learn that Col. Fitzwilliam has fallen prey to Lady Catherine’s conquest to find a suitable match for her daughter, Anne. Although amicable towards each other, their romantic inclinations lie elsewhere and there is little hope for the match to stick. At the same time, we begin to follow in the footsteps of Georgiana as she comes of age. Excited about her birthday ball, she is soon heartbroken to find that her secret love, none other than Col. Fitzwilliam, is engaged to his cousin Anne. What a depressing love triangle! Although she is in time excited by new prospects in the upcoming London season and the new male suitors it brings, she still harbors deep sadness over the loss of Fitzwilliam, her first love. As we travel further through the lives of the Darcys and Bingleys, it is soon evident that Wickham and Lydia will unfortunately reappear and wreck havoc on their previously tranquil lives. Will Darcy and Lizzy be able to restore order to this confusion? Will they be able to trust again? What will become of Georgiana?

    I have to first congratulate Winslow on a job well done. Austen purists will love this novel, as it sticks closely with the characters and language that Austen herself created. I think writing a book in the style of Jane Austen is incredibly challenging. That style of language isn’t really utilized anymore, so I think my biggest piece of praise to Winslow has to be that she succeeded in making me feel like I was reading a long-lost work of Austen’s.

    As I’ve said in previous reviews, I love when authors enhance the roles of the supporting characters. I was so pleased to see Georgiana and the Bingleys receive such attention. Their storylines were wonderful and a joy to read. Georgiana’s especially – I felt her despair and desperation when she found Fitzwilliam to be engaged to Anne. I felt her sadness and feelings of rejection when Fitzwilliam treated her like his younger, little cousin. Winslow definitely has a talent for connecting the reader with the characters through her descriptions of their inner emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    My one small piece of disappointment was in how fast the ending conflict was resolved. I won’t tell you what the conflict is, just that it has to do with Wickham. The whole novel leads up to this major conflict, and I felt that in just 20 pages the entire thing was over and done with. I would have liked just a little bit more there.

    Kimberly (Austenprose)

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

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    For purists. This is a good interpretation and reads quite like

    For purists.
    This is a good interpretation and reads quite like the original story.  This is one of the (much) better attempts.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Even a Janeite would love this book and that's saying something.

    Even a Janeite would love this book and that's saying something. Ms. Winslow has created that rarest of takeoffs on a classic--it is true to the original while also true to our time and our sensibilities. Her syntax is close enough to Austen's to read like a "what-if" Jane had written more on Darcy and Elizabeth, yet it tracks with the way we read today, in a less wordily convoluted way. Terrific read and I'd recommend this even those who don't know a fig about Jane Austen. More, Shannon, more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Enjoyable option for Pride & Prejudice fans

    There are lots of Jane Austen sequels out there. This is one of the better ones I have read recently. Recommended if you are one of those readers who can't get enough of the characters and settings from the original novels.

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    I loved this book. It took me right to where I thought Jane Aust

    I loved this book. It took me right to where I thought Jane Austen would have went. It was a great read and I hope she writes more continuing the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    This is an excellent sequel to P&P and a thoroughly enjoyabl

    This is an excellent sequel to P&P and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It had the charm of the original and aged the characters in a believable way. I also read the James sequel which was awful. So if you are looking for a good read in the original spirit of Austen's characters - read this one. I would have given this 5 stars but I felt the end of the book was somewhat condensed. I think she could have done a better - less abrupt - wrapping up the pieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good Book

    Good Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Hoe enjoyable!

    I have read many books that attemt to continue the story and though several are well done this one sounds so much like Austen herself wrote it it is truly a treasure! So happy I found this book for my Nooktablet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Good book

    Good book! I have seen the movie numerous times. Finally read the book.. the Barnes and Noble free ebook. This book is easier to read and gives me a more complete ending. I would definitely recommend this to Jane Austen fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    highly recommended

    really like her style and wording, more my comfort zone for my choice of story. She complements her main characters and respects Jane austen

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Enjoyable. Reads like Austen.

    Enjoyable. Reads like Austen. Could have a little more fire to the drama.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

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    Since "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite novel, I've

    Since "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite novel, I've read other sequels to it before. But this one is by far my favorite. It just felt like Jane Austen picked up where she left off, telling us what happens next for the Bennets and Darcys. It starts out a little slow, but I didn't mind that. I actually liked getting to enjoy that "honeymoon" period before complications set in for the Darcys. One of the best things about this book is that the author remained true to the original characters (unlike some of the others I've read), and I think she does a beautiful job mimicing Jane Austen's style too. What I want now is a "Darcys of Pemberley" movie to add to my collection. Please?!? PS - I've now read Ms. Winslow's second book ("For Myself Alone") and it's just as good!

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    'Pride & Prejudice" Part 2

    I really enjoyed this book! I didn't hold very high expectations with it being a sequel written so many years from the original, and by a different author, but it was good. Ms. Winslow has written an enjoyable sequel and I would be interested in any other book she writes. I would recommend 'The Darcys of Pemberley' to other readers who are fans of Jane Austen!

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    A good followup to the orginal P&P

    I like the contining story Elizabeth and Darcy after their wedding. All of the orginial characters from the book are here and they have a chance to grow into more complete people. Yes, Wickham is just as evil as he is goodlooking and Lydia is just as silly and maybe, a very good forger. In many ways, Lydia will be a very silly woman all of her life.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Excellent sequel to Pride and Prejudice

    What fan of Pride and Prejudice hasn't wondered how Elizabeth and Darcy fared in their first few years of marriage? What kind of adventures would they share, what misfortunes would they encounter? Judging by the percentage of Austenesque novels that are Pride and Prejudice sequels, it's fair to say these thoughts occupy the minds of many. In The Darcys of Pemberley, Shannon Winslow takes the brief outline Jane gave us in the last chapter of her masterpiece and fills in the blank spaces.

    When we hear of "The Darcys of Pemberley" our minds automatically think of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. However, we should not forget there was a third Darcy living at Pemberley. Georgiana is not glossed over in Winslow's book. She is 17, nearly 18, and becoming a woman in her own right. She has suitors-yes, more than one-but a gentleman has already won her heart.

    I don't think it will spoil anything if I tell you the identity of this man. She is in love with her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. However, there are several roadblocks in their way, not the least of which is familial obligation on his side.

    Georgiana's story was only one thread woven together in The Darcys of Pemberley. No Pride and Prejudice sequel would be complete without an exploration of Lizzy and Darcy's continuing romance, and Winslow does not disappoint. They are every bit as much in love as you could wish them to be, and it was delightful to read the interchanges between them.

    However, secrets and lies are creeping their way into the fabric of Pemberley. Darcy knows something he isn't telling Elizabeth, and she meanwhile has been sworn to secrecy regarding Georgiana's confusing romantic situation. The growing unease between them was one of the major catalysts of the story-and it is also one of my few quibbles with the book.

    Without giving away a major plot point, I will say I found it hard to believe Darcy would harbor such doubts about his wife, regardless of the evidence. Even if he did wonder, I feel he would have confronted her right away and asked her to explain what he had seen, rather than keep the information a secret.

    That aside, The Darcys of Pemberley gives an excellent view of what life might have been like at Pemberley. Winslow knows Pride and Prejudice inside and out, and this shows in the ease with which she guides the characters through the story. Her writing style is impeccable, with enough echoes of Austen's style for the dialogue to sound right, and enough of her own habits to not feel like an imitation.

    Georgiana's story and the intrigues between Elizabeth and Darcy entwined in some interesting and unexpected ways. At times, I wished she had chosen to focus on one for this book and left the other for a second sequel, but that was simply from a desire to see more of the people and situations I enjoyed, rather than any true fault with the storytelling.

    I heartily recommend The Darcys of Pemberley to anyone looking for a solid sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Well done, Shannon, on your debut novel.

    FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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