Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

by Jennifer Becton
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Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My very favorite book is Pride and Prejudice and so I often look at spin-offs or continuation stories based on it with a very critical eye. I am so glad that I gave this one a chance! Jennifer Becton captures the same feel of the beloved classic while simultaneously keeping it fresh and captivating.
AmyD65 More than 1 year ago
I read this right after re-reading "Pride and Prejudice"... I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story picks up a few years after the end of the original, and develops the character of Charlotte and her sister Maria very well. I was a little skeptical with a continuation of such a classic, but the author does not rely on the previous plot too much, instead creating her own good story. If you like "Pride and Prejudice" and other similar historical fiction, you won't be disappointed with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Becton does an exellent job of telling poor Charlotte's story. She holds true to Austen's style of writing and I couldn't put it down until I finished!
clay_nook More than 1 year ago
Ms Becton carried the style of Jane Austen throughout the book. It read like a true Austen novel. The continuation of the story line featuring Charlotte Lucas Collins was pure delight. Let's hope Ms Becton chooses to develop more of the Pride and Prejudice characters into feature novels.
AustenesqueReviews More than 1 year ago
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." - Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice What a bleak and unromantic view of marriage Charlotte Lucas had! Did marriage to Mr. Collins refute or support her conviction? Did seeing the blissful and affectionate marriages of her dear friends Jane and Elizabeth Bennet alter Charlotte's opinion on marital felicity? Is love and happiness in marriage more important than financial security and a home of your own? In Jennifer Becton's beautiful Pride and Prejudice sequel, Charlotte Collins receives the opportunity for a second chance in love. After seven exasperating and tedious years of marriage, Mr. Collins passes away in an unfortunate carriage accident. Charlotte, now in her mid-thirties, enjoys a life of independence and solitude as she lives off the jointure Mr. Collins begrudgingly set up for her. Charlotte's peace and quiet is soon interrupted when her younger sister Maria becomes a permanent house guest and coerces Charlotte into being her chaperone. Charlotte finds herself revisiting the world of balls, beaus, and romance as she assists Maria in finding a felicitous match. It soon becomes apparent though, that Maria is not the only one who has romance on the mind... To continue reading go to my blog, Austenesque Reviews!
Narnia_Mum More than 1 year ago
I have always had a special place in my heart for Charlotte Collins (formerly Lucas) from Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is so easy to compare her to Elizabeth, to applaud Elizabeth's rejection of Mr. Collins, and lament Charlotte's persuing of him. After all, who would want to be married to someone like Mr. Collins? The reader often feels dissapointed in Charlotte, and that her weakness highlights Elizabeth's strength. I have never felt dissapointed in Charlotte, but I have felt desperately sorry for her in many ways. To compare her, and her choices and options, to Elizabeth is unfair. As few choices as Lizzie has, Charlotte has even fewer. For one thing she is significantly older, with less family support, and probably an even more shaky financial future if she didn't marry. Charlotte is forced to make the realistic choice, and while we recognize it was realistic we have no real hope for her future happiness. Which is why I am so excited to see a continuation of Charlotte's story that gives her a chance at that happiness! Jennifer Becton's beautifully written novel is both believable and satisfying. While Darcy and Elizabeth make brief appearances, Becton remains focused on Charlotte's life and circumstances, turning her successfully into a true romantic heroine. After Mr. Collin's untimely demise Charlotte faces widowhood with the same seemingly unflappable calm that she faced her marriage. As Charlotte enters society again, this time as a chaperone to her younger, unmarried sister, she begins to realize that there might yet be a life for her beyond what she had imagined for herself. She even attracts the attention of two very different men . . . but are these men scoundrels or heroes? You will just have to read the book yourself to find out! And I highly suggest that you do! Becton's writing style is lovely, her novel is obviously very well researched, and, in my opinion, seamlessly weaves a new story strand into the rich tapestry of Austen's characters. The final scene rates high on the "tingle" factor, which is an important requirement for all romantic novels.
Rebecca17 More than 1 year ago
I've just finished Becton's wonderful continuation novel and absolutely loved it! It was entirely riveting and pulled me in to a world where all disbelief was suspended indeed! I love the transformation of both main heroines and i am officially in love with Mr...well, I don't want to be a spoiler. I can't wait for another one (or ten) from Ms. Becton!
Palominox1 More than 1 year ago
I had a tad few misgivings about reading a (boring) historical novel. I love novels...usually contemporary novels that I can relate to. But I knew Jennifer, and I knew her passion, and therefore, I knew I had to read this one. I felt a bit "lost at sea" since I have to admit (hanging my head in shame) that I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I wasn't sure that I could pick up on a continuation of a historical novel I had never read. Well...I was wrong!!! From the first couple of pages I was engrossed. Jen's research and historical correctness left me amazed; but bored? Not a chance!!! I was immediately taken up in the lives of Charlotte and her sister, Maria, and Jen did an excellent job describing their day to day lives and the period from which she was writing. As pages quickly turned, I was caught up in lives that I had never experienced or read about, but ones in which I was totally engrossed. I urge other contemporary fiction readers, as well as those fans of Jane Austen, to read this novel. I don't think you will be disappointed. I am waiting for the sequel of a full length book on Maria and (???) Well...I guess you'll have to read the book to figure it out. Hey Jen, has anyone secured the movie rights yet???
CKemp More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable and wonderful foray into the world created by Jane Austen, filled with some familiar characters as well as many new ones from the mind of Jennifer Becton. You fall in love with the characters and begin to feel a true affinity for them as you make your way through the book.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
I know I have mentioned this before but I will repeat it again: I love Jane Austen sequels. I picked this one because I have never read or seen a sequel dedicated to Charlotte Collins before. For those of you who don't know, Charlotte marries the odious Mr. Collins after Elizabeth Bennett refuses to marry him. I don't know how other people view this union, but to me Charlotte sentenced herself to a life of tediousness and boredom. Jennifer Becton picks up Charlotte's story after the death of Mr. Collins. She longs to live out her days in peace and quiet but life and Maria have other plans for her. I really like this book! The story line was fantastic. It has twists and turns, heartache and humor. I loved the new characters that Jennifer introduced us to. Mr. Ben Basford is now a favorite of mine. I hope everyone loves him as much as I do. This is a great romantic read. You will fall in love with Charlotte as she learns to follow her heart. I sincerely hope that Jennifer Becton will write more books about Jane Austen beloved characters.
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NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
There are a few dozen spin-offs to Jane Austen's great Pride and Prejudice, but far too many of them are not at all in the style of Austen and loaded with 20th and 21st century mores and political correctness. Becton does a very good job of staying in Austen's tone and morals, and she stays firmly out of the Darcys' bedroom and instead concentrates on Lizzy's friend Charlotte, who married the obnoxious Mr. Collins in P&P. He is mercifully dead when this novel opens, and Charlotte is a widow and living in a small cottage on Lady Catherine's grounds, but not obliged to see the snob very often. Her younger sister Maria comes to live with her, and both sisters' hearts are set aflutter by engaging males who come to the area. Maria fixes her interest on a wealthy young visitor from America, and Charlotte finds herself interested in an older lord, but is the object of the interest of the American's accompanying uncle. An elopement, blackmail, and character assassination by gossip ensue, very much in the Austen manner. The story does not drag, the characters behave in believably 19th century ways, and the reader is charmed to have an idea of how more P&P characters might have fared after Austen finished her narrative. I read this book and then promptly ordered the next one, Caroline Bingley.
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It is in the Austen genre and well done. Long suffering Charlotte deservedly now comes into her own, despite adversity and hypocrisy, and it makes us smile. Very entertaining and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so much enjoyed reading this story! Who would have thought that Charlotte Collins would have been a closet romantic? Her pursuit of Mr. Basford was very enjoyable to read about. All in all, a very enjoyable tale.
MegKMK More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Becton has continued the story of Charlotte and her younger sister Maria. the story line is very different from some of the other sequels to Pride and Prejudice. Both sisters suffer from gossip in a small community but they overcome the hurt and rejection .They both find love
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A very enjoyable read.
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Although the author didn't stay in period Jane Austen wrote in, the author did have a great story line and it was a fun concept. It makes you begin to wonder what happened to some of the other supporting characters from the original book. I enjoyed the story and it was fun to see a better outcome for Charlotte. Nice start to the book, I liked that we didn't have to rehash the awfulness of Mr. Collins, as the book begins with his funeral.
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