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The Pemberley Chronicles (The Pemberley Chronicles #1)

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,139 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Elizabeth and Darcy's personal stories of love, marriage, money and children are woven together with the threads of social and political history of England in the 19th century. As changes in industry and agriculture affect the people of Pemberley, the Darcys strive to be progressive and forward-looking while upholding beloved traditions.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Shala Howell
This book exemplifies Jane Austen's wisdom in ending the original P&P with the weddings and merely sketching in a few pages what happens after. If, in fact, you want a beloved character to have a happy ever after, it's best to leave it to the imagination, for all that eternal happiness makes for dull reading. In this book, everyone acts with the noblest of intentions, speaks with admirable directness and honesty, and should the author allow a bad thing to happen, their love and kindness and ...more
Christina
{Would have given it a zero if possible.}

I purchased The Pemberley Chronicles yesterday with high hopes for enjoyment, especially since there were five other books in the series sitting next to it one the shelf. While Collins does state in the preface she makes no attempt to mimic Austen’s style, I felt she tried. For me, a “sequel” that does not try to be Jane is much better than one that is.

But it’s the actual plot that makes The Pemberley Chronicles unbearable to read. Collins can't bear to
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Mary Lou
It started out good and I really was excited to read it but by about page 150 I was beginning to lose track of who married who and which kids belonged to which couples. The further I read the less I heard about Darcy and Elizabeth and the more I was reading about other people I didn't care about as much. I found it quite funny that she states when there 1st child is born that she was the center of her parents universe - and then we don't hear anything of her again (except in mention of cousins g ...more
Adrienne
The entire book can be summed up in nine words made into three sentences.

I'm so happy. You're so happy. We're so happy.

It couldn't be less interesting if it tried. Oh. Wait. Maybe it did.
Muphyn
This enormously sugar-coated companion volume has made me physically blood sugar sick and shake with such insulin spikes that I fear I will never be able to read another 'Pride & Prejudice' companion novel again. And perhaps that's a good thing.

I'm not sure I can find a lot of good to say about this other than, finally!, after 280 odd pages, tragedy strikes and we're spared yet another 'oh so happy, isn't life just truly wonderful' year of Darcy and Elizabeth. I was quite glad that life wasn
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Shannon
The introduction in the book goes on to say how so many of the sequels have Elizabeth and Darcy acting like characters out of Dynasty. How true! That right there intrigued me, along with the fact that she admits to not trying to imitate Jane Austen's style but tries to place the characters in the changing times that they would have seen.

I think she does very well at that and showing how their lives might have changed over time. I had a few complaints, namely the environmentalism Darcy shows seem
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Jazmin
Dull with an overabundance of hugging, praise, and endless description. So many encomiums that I'm encomatose.
Thomas Kramer
I had great hopes for this book since I read Pride and Prejudice and watched the 1995 BBC adaptation of the book. Both are at the top of my list for great books and movie adaptations. It started out pretty promising. But I feel as if the author would rather have us focus on the new characters she created rather then the great characters, Jane Austen, created in the original. I am none too happy that some of the best characters from the original were killed off and the remaining characters are ag ...more
Bry
I purchased this book with high hopes considering there are already 3 books in the series. Thus I somewhat expected a somewhat in depth chronicling of the characters lives.

It started off promising and I was very much hooked for the first part of the book, but the entire second half completely lost me. Mainly because the first half only spanned 5 years and the second half about 15-20 years. From one chapter the next 7 years would pass and you would be left wondering what happened during that gap
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Mandy
Ugh. I started out with such high hopes for this book! A few months ago I read one of the later books in the series and really enjoyed it, so I thought i should start at the beginning. Unfortunately, this book manages to take everything that made P&P wonderful and obliterate it in less than 100 pages. For me, the most difficult thing to swallow was the sappy romance of Darcy and Elizabeth (and for me to say something is too sappy you KNOW it's bad). Their personalities and their flaws were c ...more
Sarah
In this Pride & Prejudice spin-off, Rebecca Ann Collins has picked up Elizabeth’s story directly after the wedding day. Elizabeth and Darcy have headed on their honeymoon tour and are now returning to visit Jane and Bingley before they travel home to Pemberley. From there, we watch as the Darcy family grows and expands, as Elizabeth adapts to her new home and faces the challenges of being a wife, a mother, and head of a prominent family. Along the way, Pemberley is challenged with the rest o ...more
Tracey
What started out to be a very good and well thought-out sequel to Pride & Prejudice turned out to be a great disappointment! For one thing, I noticed the writer chose to kill off four important characters, much to my surprise and shock, that were instrumental in the previous book in making the book truly interesting. Even though Mr. Collins had his faults, I literally cried when I read what happened to him. Mr. Collins brought such humor to the story and he is sadly missed. I will not mentio ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
In a Pride and Prejudice sequel I think everybody looks for the same thing: recapturing the wonderful feelings and experiences we had when reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Whether it is the characters we like, the wit of Jane Austen, or the romance between Lizzy and Darcy; we all want it to be continued and that is why we read the many, many sequels we do.

I was eager to read Ms. Collin's works because there are so many and they looked very intriguing. I have to say I was disappointe
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Debbie
Rebecca Ann Collins is my very favorite Pride and Prejudice fan fiction writer.

She does an excellent job of expanding upon the lives of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and all those associated with them, post Pride and Prejudice. Collins successfully manages to maintain Austen's "voice" throughout her Pemberley series, and the new characters introduced into the lives of the Darcy's are believable and generally very well fleshed out. I never finished one of the Pemberley books without anxiously
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Anna
Ok, I really didn't read it. I only read the first 5 chapters, and it was so bad that I couldn't waste my time finishing the rest of the almost 400-page book. Sometimes Jane Austen "fanfic" types of sequels are interesting and fun. And sometimes they try so hard to use flowery language and witticisms to mimic Austen, that they just end up flowery and false. This book fell into the latter category. Too much copying of phrases from Pride and Prejudice, too many of the same adjectives thrown in for ...more
Christina
I was elated upon receipt of this book to feel it's heft. A few hundred pages of post Pride and Prejudice, what could be better?! Unfortunately by page 12, I caught myself rolling my eyes at the unbelievable situation that Lady Catherine would entertain Caroline Bingley et al at Rosings for Easter, as Bingley's money derived from trade, albeit a generation or two back. And whyever would the illustrious Lady Catherine be pushing an alliance with Colonel Fitzwilliam's elder brother and Caroline Bi ...more
Alice
Specifically 3 1/2 stars. ;)
This was a really nice sequel if you are wanting to know what happened to everyone, but there was no plot, it was simply informative and sweet. The number of marriages in each chapter got a little repetitive and Lizzie cried too much for her personality, but I really did enjoy it as a nice lazy summer read, and it was interesting to find out what happened to some of the characters. :) I would consider reading the rest of the series.
Kristen
There are many Pride & Prejudice continuations, homages and expansions. I have read a majority of them, and feel justified in saying this is one of the better offerings out there.

This book combines both the original characters and many new ones, continuing as it does telling the life stories of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet [and their sisters] following their marriages to Darcy and Bingley.

The author does an extremely good job of reflecting both the original book's style and feel, and is extreme
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Danise
While I am very glad that Darcy and Elizabeth have a wonderful life after almost not getting together at all, the number of times we were reminded of both of these details got more than a little annoying. As did the fact that marriage seemed to immediately make them perfect and in agreement on everything. Unrealistic.

I also had trouble keeping all the offspring of everyone separate because they would be introduced and then most not really developed as a character, until they were suddenly being
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Valerie
Mostly weddings and births of the Bennet, Darcy, Collins, Fitzwilliam, and Gardinar clans. I wouldn't say this book had a plot, but it is one way of telling what happened to most of the characters in P & P, especially the offspring. Most of the time, the characters were pretty content with their lives, until near the very end when tragedy strikes. Some of the Amazon reviews spoke of being annoyed about the political angle the book took, I thought it was interesting. I was glad that the Gardi ...more
Jess Swann
Un catalogue... J'ai eu dès le début l'impression de lire le catalogue de la Redoute. Ici, pas de risque de tomber sur une scène intime ou sexuelle ! Pas d'âme non plus.... Lizzie a fait ci, Darcy a dit ça... Le temps passe très très lentement dans ces chroniques de vie qui sont tout sauf vivantes ! Les femmes pleurent sans cesse en se retrouvant et sont "delightées" (oui je sais mais ce mot revient si souvent dans le texte que je n'arrive même plus à lui trouver un équivalent français, émerveil ...more
Rebecca
I always wince a little when I see another Jane Austen spin off, and although I have heard that this series is the best one, I was a little skeptical when I began. Transitioning from one author's voice and characters to another is difficult to do seamlessly, and there is the added challenge of writing a follow-up to a romance, since Jane Austen's favorite theme of boy meets girl won't wash once the wedding is over.

Ms. Collins takes her time to transition from Jane Austen's characters to hers, a
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Kim
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Leslie
Pemberley Chronicles: A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a "What happens next?" sort of novel by Rebecca Collins. Now, Rebecca Collins is a pen name, chosen from one of her characters, a "scribbling" child of Charlotte Collins. I found my Kindle copy of this book on Sourcebooks.com on Jane Austen's birthday. They were handing out free Jane Austen sequels and I, as I sometimes do, was feeling a sort of longing for something romantic, pretty and well, Regency inspired. I di ...more
Diana Sandberg
Nh. Fan fiction, and hardly the best of that genre. It is the continuation of the story of Pride and Prejudice, focussing on Elizabeth and Darcy and taking us through to her 50s. It isn’t terrible, but rather anemic. In the introduction, the author states that she “at no time presumes to imitate the literary style of the original author….” Yes, well. There is in fact no evidence that she is in any way equipped to do so. The most interesting part of the book, and, mind you, this would only raise ...more
Katherine
I was torn between a 3 star and a 4 star rating because of how I felt after completing this novel.. let me explain... I found the novel had the essence of Jane Austen - mature content, clean, tasteful & building on the relationships we love in the original P&P of Lizzy and Darcy, Lizzy with Jane, the Darcys with the Gardiners along with some new characters and new happy marriages between characters we love and wish much happiness like Kitty, Coronel Fitzwilliam & Georgiana (though we ...more
Readitnweep
I did not finish the first chapter before putting the book down for the final time. It's impossible to read something like this and not compare it to the source material, which, granted, sets the author up with near-impossible expectations, but this was not a faithful attempt.

The Prologue and first chapter are filled with telling us what the characters did, in very mechanical fashion, without the zest and emotion Austen conveyed. I would have had more affection for the story if there were eviden
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Stacey
Mar 17, 2009 Stacey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction readers
Recommended to Stacey by: no one
I am almost done reading this book. I bought it last year. I am a Jane Austen addict!! I own about 20 sequels to Pride and Prejudice. I am somewhat disappointed with this book. I found her treatment of the charcter clinical at times. She is keeping her distance too much from these charcters. I also don't like how she is speeding too quickly through these charcters lives. I know this author has written a number of books in this series of hers but she is rushing through too quickly the natural liv ...more
Dylan

I am not a "sequel enthusiast"- when it comes to the classics of English Literature- but over the last ten years there has been an oversupply of Jane Austen sequels and as a teacher of Literature I felt compelled to read some of them. Sadly, I found many repetitive and based more on the TV and Film versions rather than the original novel.

The Pemberley Chronicles Series by Rebecca Ann Collins is different- in many ways.
Thankfully, the author does not pretend to write like Jane Austen - a sure wa
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Melissa Mitchell
I've read many an Austen spin-off, hoping to somehow follow the Darcy and Bingley families while still feeling I'm reading something of which Miss Austen would have approved. This is perhaps the first I've found that comes close.

The first half of the book is lovely, covering the first 5 years. We get to see glimpses into the affairs of Jane and Elizabeth's sisters, parents and her favourite Aunt and Uncle, the Gardiners. Appearances by Charlotte and Mr Collins, Lady Catherine and Caroline Bingl
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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 sequels to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, following Austen’s beloved characters, introducing new ones and bringing the characters into a new historical era.
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The Pemberley Chronicles (10 books)
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  • Netherfield Park Revisited (The Pemberley Chronicles, #3)
  • The Ladies of Longbourn (The Pemberley Chronicles, #4)
  • Mr. Darcy's Daughter (The Pemberley Chronicles, #5)
  • My Cousin Caroline (The Pemberley Chronicles #6)
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  • The Legacy of Pemberley
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