"A masterpiece that reaches the heart."— Beverley Wong, author of Pride & Prejudice Prudence
The bestselling Pemberley Chronicles series continues the saga of the Darcys and Bingleys from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and introduces imaginative new characters.
Anne-Marie Bradshaw is the granddaughter of Charles and Jane Bingley. Her father now owns Longbourn, the Bennet's estate in Hertfordshire. A young widow after a loveless marriage, Anne-Marie and her stepmother Anna, together with Charlotte Collins, widow of the unctuous Mr. Collins, are the Ladies of Longbourn. These smart, independent women challenge the conventional roles of women in the Victorian era, while they search for ways to build their own lasting legacies in an ever-changing world.
The ladies find strength, companionship, and friendship together as they work to build a children's hospital, deal with a deadly outbreak of influenza, and help a gentle lady flee a violent and destructive marriage.
Jane Austen's original characters - Darcy, Elizabeth, Bingley, and Jane - provide a framework of solid values and commentary to anchor a dramatic story full of wit and compassion.
"Interesting stories, enduring themes, gentle humour, and lively dialogue."— Book News
|Series:||Pemberley Chronicles Series , #4|
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About the Author
Rebecca Ann Collins is the pen name of a lady in Australia who loves Jane Austen's work so much that she has written a series of 10 sequels to Pride and Prejudice, following Austen's beloved characters, introducing new ones and bringing the characters into a new historical era.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ladies of Longbourn, the fourth book in the acclaimed Pemberley Chronicles series brings us inside the lives of the third generation of Darcys, Bingleys, Fitzwilliams, et al. These are the now grown-up grandchildren of our favorites. And once again, we readers are introduced to a number of interesting new characters, who provide additional layers of richness to an already complex story-line. Anne-Marie Bingley is the granddaughter of Jane and Charles. A strong, independent, and seemingly unsinkable young woman, Anne-Marie [deeply impacted by the tragic death of her mother and the odd circumstances surrounding it] is drawn by a number of social and peer pressures into a loveless marriage. Her family and friends are stunned and dismayed but can do nothing other than accept her decision. Being an honorable and deeply principled person [like her father and grandfather], Anne-Marie recognizes her mistake, agonizes over its implications, but remains determined to live with her decision. And for a while, outward appearances suggest that Anne-Marie is content. Events transpire which enable her to escape her loveless marriage, but Anne-Marie¿s honor will not allow her to shake the feelings of guilt and mortification which remain it its wake. She turns for support to the strong Austen-inspired women of her family and receives it in full measure. Determined to move on with her life, Anne-Marie turns her passion toward community service. She begins lobbying for the building of a public children¿s hospital. Unfortunately, the political leaders of the time see these institutions as the purview of the church or of private funding. And so despite the full support of her family, it appears that a political champion will be needed to make Anne-Marie¿s dream come true. Her white knight appears in the form of a young, idealistic new MP [appropriately named Colin] who becomes not only her champion in the halls of Parliament, but also the one who would rescue her from a life of loneliness and self-reproach. As in her previous books, Ms. Collins adds a dose of humor to the Ladies of Longbourn. This time it takes the form of Lydia Wickham in a cameo appearance. 'Lydia was Lydia still untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy, and fearless...' In her later years, she has also become thoughtless and greedy. Elizabeth¿s long-ago wish of 'meeting with another Mr. Collins' is also fulfilled in this book, through the introduction of Mr. Griffin, the lugubrious rector of Netherfield. Ladies of Longbourn is a wonderful continuation of the Pemberley series. It expertly brings the reader along the continuum of changing English society, economics, and politics. And all the while, we remain comfortably ensconced in the rose-colored sitting room with north-facing windows in what could be Pemberley, Netherfield or Longbourn.
The tales of the descendants of Jane and Elizabeth Bennet continue in this 4th installment by Rebecca Ann Collins. Here we follow the story of Anne-Marie Bingley, Jane's oldest grand-daughter. She has suffered the loss of her husband (we find that it was just a marriage of convenience) and see her struggle to open a new Children's hospital in the Netherfield Area. The story is worry Austen's characters but lacks Austen's style. (
Rebecca Ann incorporated so many emotions and events into this one book that it is truly captivating, yet never leaves your head spinning. I cannot sing enough praises for this series or it's author. I shall think someone a simpleton who doesn't enjoy these chronicles.