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The Women of Pemberley (The Pemberley Chronicles #2)

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The Women of Pemberley follows the lives of five women, some from the beloved works of Jane Austen, some new from the author's imagination, into a new era of post industrial revolution England, at the start of the Victorian Age. Vast changes are in motion, as they were throughout this dynamic century.
The women, like many of Jane Austen's heroines, are strong, intelligent
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Nov 02, 2008 bookyeti rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed
Yet another wonderful work by Ms. Collins. The story continues on, from her first masterpiece, The Pemberley Chronicles, as we read yet more about our favorite characters' changing lives.

Collins, in her own unique style, weaves a convincing tale of Pemberley's families and friends, as the years roll by.

Keeping to the theme of Austen's Pride and Prejudice novel, subtle humour and romance are the order of the day -- but also great detail is placed on the political and social aspects of the time.
Apr 06, 2010 Sally rated it it was ok
How tedious this book was! It was written in passive tense which really irritates me. I prefer to live the story than be told what happened. In addition, Collins included over 50 characters. That's way too many to keep track of. It didn't take long before I didn't care about any of them. I kept reading (gotta be a reason for it) because the author had done extensive research. I learned a lot about the early Victorian Age with the Poor Laws and changes from conservative to liberal and back in the ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Sherry rated it liked it
Bk two of series, has five stories of five of the P&P characters' offspring.

Emma - daughter of Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley, unhappily married to the ambitious, jealous and domineering Mr. David Wilson, a member of Parliament. His older brother James, a lawyer, looks after Emma and her two young daughters, Victoria and Stephanie.

Emily Gardiner, widow of young Frenchman, Paul Antoine, married to James Courtney, theological scholar at Pemberly, now rector at Kympton. Children: Elizabeth,
Mar 03, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
I bought this the same time as Pemberley Chronicles. After trudging through that tedious book, I was ever so reluctant to open the second in the series. I regret that I have had it for over a month and have made it less than half way through. This is a failing indeed, as I am a voracious reader who tends to read a book through in one sitting. Again this novel is strongly set in a political vent, with the Darcy's intermixing with the lower circles more and more. The families all seem to marry wit ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok
While I find I love the characters that represent the Bennet sisters' progeny, there are too many of them. This book was much like a collection of tied short stories ... I would have preferred fewer characters with more detailed stories. In addition, all of the characters are social reformers, which I find a little credulous, and even though I appreciate a political and socioeconomical background context in British history, it became tedious quickly. Lastly, as much as I love Elizabeth and Jane, ...more
Jess Swann
Oct 26, 2014 Jess Swann rated it did not like it
Pffff quel ennui, mais quel ennui... Déjà, il y a tellement de personnages (entre les enfants des héros, les enfants des enfants, les enfants de la tante et de l'oncle) qu'on y comprend rien. Ensuite, l'auteure réussit le tour de force de me rendre absolument imbuvables des personnages que j'adore pourtant en temps normal... Tout ça à force de "matronage bien pensant" tout le monde est perfect, amazing !! Mention spéciale à Emily Gardiner qui frise la béatification tellement elle est bonne ( le ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
The Women of Pemberley by Rebecca Ann Collins

This second book in a series of Pride and Prejudice sequels by Rebecca Ann Collins follows the lives of five women of Pemberley, all descendants of the original Jane Austen characters. Each of the five chapters is a story in itself, devoted to the life of one of these strong, independent and "accomplished" female characters in her search for fulfillment through career, love and marriage. The men in their lives are every woman's ideal image of a husban
Jun 23, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
My biggest complaint about this book is how many characters there are & that so many of their names are close or the same. However, the book deals with a different female character in each chapter. That makes things alittle bit easier to keep straight. It is hardto believe that Lizzie, Darcy, Jane & Bingley are grandparents. While this may not be my favorite spin-off of Pride and Prejudice, I will continue to read it.
Dec 18, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Good lord, what a mixed up family tree - cousins marrying second cousins, granddaughters marrying sons. I also have to agree with another review that the whole family seems to be very forward thinking, which I find unusually. Certainly, my circle of friends is forward thinking as well, but not every single person I'm friends with. I have plenty of people I'm friends with who don't share my opinions. That being said, I felt that Rebecca's reaction to an aspect Josie's story was completely out of ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Bron rated it did not like it
Every time I try reading a Jane Austen follow on story I try so hard to be open, but the reading styles never seem right. In this case each sentence felt stilted, and in my head I sounded like someone learning to read. The story couldn't flow very well because the writing was all wrong!! I read through 1/3rd of the book, because I was a little interested in what would happen, but when I found the story wrapped up and someone else's story was just beginning, I gave up.

Although I didn't think it r
Jan 15, 2015 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenland
Fantastic! Just as engrossing and as enjoyable as the first book in the series (The Pemberley Chronicles.) Ms. Collins weaves such an incredible story, using Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" as her sound building block. Her continuation of everyone's lives and their stories is magnificent. Truth be told, I found myself laughing, gasping in shock, and cheering at several different times while reading. I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, the series, or of Ms. Collins her ...more
May 19, 2016 Arlene rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Another good read about the Women of Pemberley...focusing mainly on the daughters of the characters of Pride and Prejudice. I look forward to reading book three in this series.
Sandra R. Barnes

Reading the series in order so far not disappointed but wish that Georgina was around more is all I find missing
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the chapters were divided up between five of the women characters. I liked reading about all five of the women: Emma, Emily, Cassandra, Isabella and Josie. My only compliant is that sometimes the chapters weren't focused on the character they were named after. I enjoyed them anyway, but in the case of Cassy's chapter, it didn't seem to be about her at all. Also why are the Wickham always dog-piled on? I know the parents made mistakes, but couldn't they hav ...more
I love Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice. This is not more of the same. It's a taste, but doesn't have the magic.
May 01, 2013 Aditi rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandonned
I just couldn't get into this book. I tried to read through the first chapter, but everything from the weak writing - I don't think I've read the words "her husband" and "Mr. Darcy" so many times on the same page referring to the same person - to the surplus of characters that aren't properly introduced just makes this a very difficult read.

This might be good read if you haven't actually read Austen and don't love her prose. It sort of reads like a teenage YA book, to be honest. But if you have
Becca Jane
Jan 17, 2009 Becca Jane rated it it was ok
I would not have purchased this book after reading the first, however I bought the books at the same time so I didn't know I would be wasting my money. Since I already own the book I decided to go ahead and read it. It was more of the same, "Oh Darcy if it wasn't for my Aunt and Uncle Gardiner taking me along on Holiday we may never have married!" This book was the same as the other, only it tells in more detail about a different female character with each chapter. The book does reference a lot ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
This is still a very well-written series, probably one of the best Jane Austen ones I've come across so far. The reasons I liked it less were because it's increasingly about the next generation who just don't hold my interest as well and because I find it hard to believe that anyone can be that good and knowledgeable about the best course of action to take. It's obvious that the writer is making them model citizens who take the best course since, of course, she knows history. It's still a very i ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
This is a companion novel to Pride and Prejudice. I will tell you I am not as big a fan of Pride and Prejudice as most people seem to be, and think I would have liked this novel better if I had reread Pride and Prejudice first to refresh myself. It is still a good story in itself, however, and you don't have to read original novel to enjoy it. Also, I mistakenly thought this was the only companion book to Pride and Prejudice, but instead it is one of several. I do think I will eventually read th ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Jane Austen's books always had a direction and purpose to the narrative, in order to elaborate the theme, but this book, while having a definite plot, does not focus on one purpose to the exclusion of others. In other words, Austen used an entire book to look at one issue from different angles, while Collins' book is more plot-oriented. That's OK with me--pseudo-Austen is better than no Austen at all! (and it's a good pseudo-Austen)
Jun 11, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, austenesque, own
Continuing on from The Pemberley Chronicles, Collins continues to write about the lifes of the familes associated with the the Pemberley estate.

As years go on, love blooms, children are born and major events happen in the lifes of Elizabeth and Jane, their children, granchildren and friends.

Entwining polictical and social happenings with the lifes of the Pemberley estate and its people, Collins' work, once again is superb.
Dec 24, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Too many characters for me to really bond with any of them.
Nov 06, 2012 Supanora rated it it was ok
I was really not a fan of this book. To be honest, I only managed to get through the first story about 'Emma' and then I could take any more. For me, it read to much like a "modern day writer trying to mimic Jane Austen" or just a poorly done fan-fiction. The story was predictable and dry. Perhaps my expectations were too high but sorry I didn't like it. I'd love to hear what other people thought though.
Nov 11, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it
I like this series, and will continue reading it. This book was better than the first one, but they both move at a rather slow and even pace, and I expect the next ones to be about the same. That being said, I did enjoy this book and will look forward to reading the others. I think the author tries to combine too much history into the lives of the Darcy's and it gets lost in her Austen writing style.
Mikaela Power
Nov 18, 2012 Mikaela Power rated it liked it
Liked this much better than I expected to. It's one of many written by this author - thought this is the only one i've read- that imagine the future lives of the 'Pride and Prejudice' characters and their descendants. Historical elements were neat, some of the characters memorable and the story elements not very taxing for a tired brain. Some repetitive language tics were a bit annoying.
Feb 09, 2010 Jaylene rated it liked it
I liked this better than the first book in the series, because she focused on fewer characters so I got a little better sense of who was who. It annoys me a little how every character seems to be so focused on politics - it seems to drift pretty far from the original Austen novels - although the flip side to this helps me realize the things that were happening in England at the time.
Feb 28, 2015 Barb rated it it was ok
The premise was interesting but the storytelling really didn't do it for me. I really wanted to smack many of the characters. It was an interesting perspective on the things that bring couples to adoption and their fears, but not enough to recommend the book.
C.M. Chakrabarti
Mar 18, 2012 C.M. Chakrabarti rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
There is a continuation of the main characters of Pride and Prejudice and their offspring. The story is well chronicled and most enjoyable. You can see some of the difficulties women faced during that era, and measure that against what we possess as free and equals in our world today (at least in the West).
Shannon Dunn
Mar 14, 2012 Shannon Dunn rated it did not like it
This book was so not worth my time. There was NO plot, just a series of characters finding their perfect partner without any difficulty or obstacles and without allowing the reader to discover their story! It's like a report-out.
Dec 04, 2009 Sumi rated it it was ok
With so many characters invented by the author it was tough to keep track of who was who. It was also more like reading the fleshed out outline of a book. It never seemed to get in depth enough to get me 'involved' in what was going on.
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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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