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Darcy and Anne

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  496 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband for Anne...

When a fortuitous accident draws Anne away from Rosings and her overbearing mother's direct influence, she is able to think and act for herself for the first time ever. In the society of her cousins Darcy and Georgiana, and, of course, the lively Mrs. Darcy, Anne reveals a talen
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published July 9th 2007)
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Debbie Brown
Nov 08, 2015 Debbie Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this with low expectations and was delightfully surprised. The entire book is from Anne's point of view and begins after Darcy and Elizabeth are married. Those who only want their JAFF centered around Darcy (and Elizabeth) may be misled by the title. Our favorite couple are among many supporting characters in this imagining, but Darcy is the one who is pivotal in the resolution of Anne's situation; hence the logic for his name in the title (I would assume). The heart of this book is the d ...more
Leslie
Nov 19, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque, ku
I had had this book languishing on wishlists forever and now I really regret my hesitation. This is a wonderful, imaginative P&P sequel. Set two years after the Darcy's marriage it features most prominently Anne de Bourgh. Lady Catherine determines Anne must marry and failing to find a prospective husband in Kent she decides that the Darcys MUST assist her and they set off for Pemberley. An accident fifteen miles short leaves them stranded in a nearby spa town where Anne meets some friends o ...more
Laurel
Anne De Bourgh gets out from Lady Catherine's thumb - and has an adventure!

Originally self published in 2007 as A Letter to Lady Catherine, this Pride and Prejudice spinoff has a surprising new heroine – Anne De Bourgh! Yes, I heard that collective gasp of astonishment. A whole novel devoted to Mr. Darcy’s sickly, unaccomplished, and henpecked cousin? Indeed! Judith Brocklehurst’s novel may have been given a grand makeover with a new title and prettyish new cover by its publisher Sourcebooks, bu
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Darcy and Anne,” originally self-published as “A Letter from Lady Catherine” in 2007, is a “Pride and Prejudice” sequel that takes place two years after the Darcy's marriage and identifies Mr. Darcy's sickly and unmarried cousin, Anne de Bourgh, as our heroine. Many readers have often wondered whatever became of Anne de Bourgh after “Pride and Prejudice.” Did she find happiness? Did she ever marry? How did she survive living with Lady Catherine after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Dar ...more
Meagan
May 15, 2010 Meagan rated it really liked it
Judith Brocklehurst made an excellent choice in writing her Pride & Prejudice sequel about one of the most minor characters, Mr. Darcy's cousin, and "intended", Anne de Bourgh. It was smart because, while Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Georgiana, etc. all make appearances, the story really does focus on Anne. (And thus none of the original story can truly be ruined.)

In Brocklehurst's hands, Anne is a remarkably sympathetic character. She's lonely, supremely lacking in confidence, ill, and domi
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Daph L
Jun 22, 2017 Daph L rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice sequel. If you ever wondered what became of Darcy's "sickly and plain" cousin Anne or just have some time to pass, you should definitely pick up this book. I loved "seeing" Anne blossom in the story until she became a fully realized character and not a caricature. The only reason I am not giving this delightful book 5 stars is because I thought the twist at the end with Anne's mother Lady Catherine was not very plausible given what we know of her staunch ...more
Madenna U
This Pride and Prejudice variation is the story of Anne after Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding. She is able to leave Rosings and get out from under her Mom's influence due to Lady Catherine's illness. She is welcomed with open arms into the family at Pemberly and meets some of her father's friends. She become healthy in both body and spirit while learning just how evil her mother is. She finds her own happily ever after.
Georgiana 1792
Jul 14, 2011 Georgiana 1792 rated it it was amazing
L’indipendenza di Miss Anne de Bourgh

Lady Catherine è decisa a condividere con Mr Darcy l’onere di trovare un marito per Anne: convinta che avrebbe sposato il cugino, la dispotica madre non si è preoccupata di farla debuttare in società, né di presentarla a Corte, come il suo rango le avrebbe consentito. Non le ha permesso di curare il suo aspetto, sebbene il padre, Sir Lewis, le avesse lasciato una bella somma da cui attingere annualmente, proprio in previsione del suo debutto in società. Inol
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Courtney
This book is a DNF, though I did skim the last few chapters.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I don’t drop books lightly. Because I have an obsessive need to finish a book once it’s started, there are only four, this one included, that I’ve shelved as DNFs. Last year it was The Night Circus , the year before Under the Never Sky and, before that, it was The Time Traveler’s Wife . I’ve trudged through some pretty dreadful books just to be able to mark them as completely read. The common factor between a
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Marnie Cannon
Apr 11, 2016 Marnie Cannon rated it it was amazing
There is nothing bad that I can say about this book. The moment I learned it was a continuation of the novel Pride and Prejudice, and focused on the character Ann de Bourgh, the sickly daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, I knew that I could not return it to the shelf. Also the fact that I could once more enter into the world of Austen and Victorian British language didn't hurt in helping me decide. Anne was a character, like Mary, that I was always interested in and curious as to what possibly ...more
Debbie
Aug 18, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This novel is a historical romance set in the world of Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice." It's a "sequel" focusing on Anne de Bourgh's fate now that Darcy is no longer her intended.

The story was not written in quite the same tone as "Pride and Prejudice," but the author stays very true to the characters and timeline of that book. She does occasionally have the characters act in ways I don't think they would, but that's more a difference in opinion about certain character's never-discussed moti
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Katherine
Mar 28, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
What a cute continuation of P&P where the focus is on a character we haven't grown fond of yet - Anne De Bourgh. I loved seeing her transform into an independant woman who knew what she wanted out of life instead of being a frail sickly sort of girl. It all starts on their way to Pemberley. Lady Catherine gets violently ill (sounds like food poisoning) and for once in her life Anne must make her own decisions. First off, the doctor that cares for his patient tells Anne she must stop all the ...more
Marie
Jul 22, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own



I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen immediately before this read, and I was glad to have the delightful story continue for me. Judith Brocklehurst picks up the story a few years later, after the Darcy's have settled into their new life. This is not focused on Darcy and Lizzy, though, and is actually about the domineering Lady Catherine's daughter, Anne. We were introduced to Anne in P&P, but we only got to know her as the sickly frail one who was destined to marry Mr. Darcy. Of course,
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Christine
Jan 26, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
This was a nice light read. I blew through it in about 3 hours. For those of you who don’t know, Pride and Prejudice “sequels” are all just fanfictions that happened to get published. (Thanks, expired copyright and fair use!) There were no big surprises (especially for a reader of fanfiction), but there were also no big problems.

The basic premise is that Lady Catherine de Bourgh has decided that since Mr. Darcy was a bust, Anne now needs to marry. Since none of the local eligible bachelors will
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Lyta Venn
Oct 05, 2016 Lyta Venn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and delightfully inventive.

Perfect and a great read. Great as stand alone or imaginative sequel. From Anne's perspective building on the original premise.
Cinnamon
Sep 01, 2009 Cinnamon rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Judith Brocklehurst has brought us a lovely and humorous tale with DARCY AND ANNE. In this Jane Austen “sequel”, Brocklehurst shows us what happened with dear Anne de Bourgh now that her intended, Darcy is no longer available. This was a lovely story and I was quickly drawn in. Fans of Austen’s will most likely adore DARCY AND ANNE.

Now alone and without even a female companion to help pass the time, Anne is at the whim of her overbearing mother. What’s a girl to do when the woman providing you
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QNPoohBear
When Mr. Darcy takes Elizabeth Bennet to be his wife, his formidable aunt Lady Catherine deBurgh refuses to speak to him ever again. That promises lasts only a few short months. Unable to find a husband for her daughter Anne in their limited country society, Lady Catherine is determined that Darcy and Elizabeth be responsible for finding a husband for Anne. During the journey calamity strikes and Lady Catherine is stuck ill and injured. Anne must make decisions for herself for the first time in ...more
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 Carol Perrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy and Anne: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband for Anne......

Delightful story. Lady Catherine sets out for Pemberley with her daughter. Along the way, the inn they stopped at served meat that had gone bad. Her coach driver and footmen were all taken ill. She hired a coach and again set off for Pemberley. Fifteen miles out, Lady Catherine takes ill, stumbles out of the coach and falls in the ditch. Everyone thinks she's dead until she speaks.
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Teresa
3 Stars

I am a certifiable Jane junkie. I first read P&P when I was 13, almost 35 years ago, and I have read it at least once every year since. It is by far and away my favorite novel by my favorite authoress. In as much as I love Lizzy, I have always wondered about Miss Anne de Bourgh. Anne is never a full fledged character in P&P, she shows no personality or intelligence, she voices no opinions or thoughts, she influences the plot not at all.

Her father died when she was fairly young s
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Sarah
Nov 02, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Darcy & Anne is a "sequel" to Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, with a focus on Darcy's cousin, Anne de Bourgh.

After Darcy's marriage to the lovely Elizabeth Bennet, Catherine de Bourgh is anxious to find her daughter, Anne, a suitable husband - "suitable" being a gentleman who would not only raise Anne's status in society, but also that of her elitist mother. When no suitors can be found in their locality, Catherine de Bourgh makes the decision to take Anne to Pemberley and have
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Marcia
Nov 13, 2013 Marcia rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way Anne developed into someone who could stand up for herself and got well. The book also covered a few of the other characters which was good as well such as Geogiana. It was nice to see an interpretation of how her life turned out as well.

Not sure if I liked the way Lady Catherine went though. I would have thought she would be content to stay at Roseings. Pride and Prejudice gave the impression that she was very proud of that house and her position the
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Debbie
Aug 21, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasure to read. It’s short but a cute story and was the first I sequel to Pride and Prejudice I read that did not focus on Lizzie and Darcy. Anne was a delightful character and it was wonderful seeing her work to free herself from her mother, Lady Catherine. Lady Catherine herself stayed true to her characterization in the original Pride and Prejudice and was not likeable in any sense.

The only odd thing for me was in the last few chapters after watching the story unfold the aut
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Becky R.
Aug 13, 2009 Becky R. rated it really liked it
This is an extremely short little novel, and one that is easy to fall into. I have read several other books that have included Anne and who she became after Darcy's marriage, but I really enjoyed reading a book with her as the focus. In a way, it was another side story that rather than tread on any details about Darcy and Elizabeth, focused on Anne and her desires. The one drawback for me, and this could really be seen as quite a positive note to the writer's story, I felt that the ending was a ...more
Jolene
Jun 22, 2014 Jolene rated it really liked it
We never really learn much about Anne de Bourgh in "Pride and Prejudice," beyond hearing of her ill health. Thanks to her mother (Lady Catherine), Anne is effectively silenced as a character. We never know her feelings about her mother's plan to wed her to Mr. Darcy or her true thoughts about the obsequious Mr. Collins. I rather like the idea, therefore, of Anne being presented with hidden depths and capabilities which Lady Catherine has not been allowed to manipulate or override. I also like th ...more
Phossdey
Aug 15, 2013 Phossdey rated it liked it
Any book should not be read here and there, for obviously the reader would not fully appreciate the book's truth quality. I failed for that. Not that, I did not enjoy this new sequel of Pride and Prejudice ... but to my own disadvantage I should have enjoyed it better if I happened to give one full day without interruption to incept each line and verse.

No, don't get me wrong. I still enjoyed picturing how Mr. Darcy and Mrs. Darcy interacted after their happily marriage. And for Anne, surely, Bro
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Kendra
Aug 01, 2010 Kendra rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice continuation that focuses on Anne de Bourgh. I like how Anne becomes a stronger, more independent woman here, rather than the sickly character we saw in P&P. Who would want to read about a woman so completely controlled by an opinionated and hateful woman?

Lady Catherine was a complete fool in this story and I can't believe that she would be so deceived by others as portrayed in this book. It WAS a neat and tidy way to eliminate her from Anne's world
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Kayllisti
Feb 09, 2016 Kayllisti rated it did not like it
I picked this up for a quick and easy read to help with the comedown from a long series I has just finished. Though it was so short, I had a hard time finishing it. Well, I had a hard time wanting to finish it.
It lacked so much of the charm I expect from an Austen novel (I know it's not Austen, but still), and I found characters making decisions that seemed utterly against their established personalities. Anne is also difficult to like, because she's too perfect but totally misunderstood...yawn
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Kimberly
Apr 12, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
Well, a story about Anne! And quite enjoyable, I might add.

I'm not sure why the story was called "Darcy & Anne" - I was expecting more insight or delving into their family relationship, but it wasn't really there.

This story focuses on Anne. When Lady Catherine becomes ill and Anne must fend for herself, she finds strength in an unlikely place. Elizabeth, Georgiana and Darcy take her to Pemberley until her Aunt recovers, and Anne absolutely flourishes.

A light and fluffy story, but still touch
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Leslie
Jan 03, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books-read
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Sarah Adamson
Oct 22, 2016 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, romance
Here are many "sequels" to Pride and Prejudice and they either hit or miss. This hit.
I had low expectations as Anne de Bourgh is such a minor character in P&P yet we know quite a bit about her.
I absolutely loved the chance this author gave Anne - the chance to get out from under her mother and from her physician and her maidservant. What a great opportunity and what wonderful twists followed!
I absolutely loved this book - there is one minor twist which brought it down to 4.5* for me inste
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