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

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

by Shannon Winslow

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The Continuing Story of Jane Austen’s 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 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011433368
Publisher: Shannon Winslow
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 164,122
File size: 433 KB

About 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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The Darcys of Pemberley 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
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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JoJo1980 More than 1 year ago
For purists. This is a good interpretation and reads quite like the original story.  This is one of the (much) better attempts.
hairallovermyhead More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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JediGirl18 More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really like her style and wording, more my comfort zone for my choice of story. She complements her main characters and respects Jane austen
Uzuri More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. Reads like Austen. Could have a little more fire to the drama.
lovesJA More than 1 year ago
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!
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Great Book for all P&P fans I enjoyed the story. It brought all the characters together. Unfortunately, Mr. Collin dies, but Charlotte continues her life. When I read a story, I want to feel the anguish, or other emotions the characters go through in the story. I didn't feel the deep love Georgiana was feelng,the torture she suffered, or Darcy's agony when Elizabeth was hurt. The feelings both Darcy and Elizabeth felt when each thought they were hiding something. When Wickham takes Elizabeth in the gig, he assaults her, she stabs him, his clings to the runway carriage, he tries to overtake Elizabeth, the carriage overturns, Elizabeth is thrown. There were no words to convey the true horror felt by Elizabeth to make me feel as she must have felt. It was just a story.
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BSargent More than 1 year ago
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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Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
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.