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Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  803 ratings  ·  128 reviews
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence. As the years of her m ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Whiteley Press (first published August 25th 2010)
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Kate  Maxwell
Feb 03, 2011 Kate Maxwell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen enthuiasts
What a wonderful story for Charlotte Collins! I was constantly drawn away from my chores, trying to sneak a few more lines of this delightful story. Mrs. Becton did a wonderful job in detailing the scenes, with an economy of words, that made the reader feel as if she were near Charlotte - or was Charlotte - and experienced them personally.
The twists were also very nice, and helped to flesh out the story. There were those characters you wanted to smack, for being so odious, and there were times y
Poor Mr. Collins has met his maker in a horse and wagon accident leaving Mrs. Collins to fend for herself as best she can. Because her parents are in poor health and strapped for funds, Charlotte's lively young sister Maria had come to live with her and Charlotte attempts to launch her into polite society.

This is a quiet story, much in the style of Jane Austen, that accentuates the relationships between men and women of that era and especially the fragile behavior that women were subject to reg
Skylar Burris
I was glad to see another continuation of Charlotte Collins’s story. My own,
An Unlikely Missionary, was published in 2009, and I wondered at the time if anyone but me would care about the fate of this plain friend of Elizabeth Bennett. I realized that Charlotte may never be of as much interest to general Pride and Prejudice fans as she is to me: I have observed that my earlier novel Conviction: a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, which focused on Georgiana Darcy, continues to outse
Jess Swann
J'ai été désolée dès le début... on ne lit rien de la vie de Charlotte et de Collins, hormis la mort de leur fille :( . Cependant, j'avoue que Collins n'a jamais été très glamour et que l'auteure n'aurait sans doute pas eu grand chose à dire sur leur mariage. Et j'ai trouvé l'enterrement de Mr Collins très réussi, j'ai aimé aussi les remarques sur Darcy et la réplique d'Elizabeth à Charlotte... Après le prologue, on a une ellipse de deux ans ... qu'a fait Charlotte pendant tout ce temps ? Mis à ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.” - Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice

What a bleak and unromantic view of marriage Charlott
Rebecca Zimmerman
The cover touts the book as "a continuation of Pride and Prejudice". This is not really true. The main character is Charlotte Colin and that is where the comparison ends. The characters are not well developed. Jane Austin's wit and unique observations of people and the culture of her time period are totally missing from this book.

After saying this, I will say that this book was a pleasant read for a raining Sunday afternoon.
An excellent book. True to the time period and very engrossing. Elizabeth Bennett Darcy's best friend Charlotte had married, as a majority of the women of this society had, for position and security rather than for love. When Mr. Collins died and left her a widow she was prepared to live the rest of her life without a partner, not believing that she would ever find true love; indeed, not quite sure whether she even believed there were such a thing, in spite of the example of the Darcy's relation ...more
Marcy Waldenville
Jennifer Becton has a new fan. This was a lovely, well thought out, beautifully written book. A noble addition to Miss Austen's characters.
This was a fun read. Odious Mr. Collins departs this mortal coil and Charlotte (finally) gets a life. Well written. I enjoyed it!
Feb 13, 2012 Elise marked it as to-read
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It was fine. No, really, just plain okay. It somewhat models after the plot of the original P&P, which is partially clever and partially boring (after all you know precisely where it is going, but didn't you know that anyway?). Charlotte's behavior is occasionally obnoxious, and the scandal plot is plot is silly and mishandled, but it wraps up to a sweet little ending.

Soooo...just meh.


I got this for a steal, free + 1.99 Whispersync. I adore cheap audiobooks and P&P variations (t
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
by Jennifer Becton (Goodreads Author)
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 · rating details · 134 ratings · 49 reviews
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not
Thanks to so many 5 star reviews of “Charlotte Collins” by author Jennifer Becton, I decided to give it a try.

Charlotte Collins is a minor, but still important, character in my forever favorite, “Pride & Prejudice”. This spin-off takes Charlotte into a new adventure of life after the untimely death of her rather silly husband, Mr. Collins. Charlotte never believed that love was a necessary, or important component in marriage and she followed that personal philosophy by marrying Mr. Collins
We all know about Mr. Darcy and Lizzie lived happily ever after, but what about Charlotte Collins? Does her life end in tears after the death of Mr. Collins or is it just the beginning? [return][return]Mrs. Collins planned to live a quiet, simple life now that she is a widow but that all changes when her sister Maria comes to live with her. Settled in a quiant cottage on Lady De Bourghs land, Charlotte enters back into society for the sake of finding her sister a husband but her plan to remain a ...more
Charlotte Collins has always been prudent and proper. Marrying Mr. Collins may not have led to a life of love and passion, but it was the careful thing to do. Now that Mr. Collins has died in an accident she would like to live a simple, quiet life in the cottage she’s renting from Lady Catherine de Bourgh. When her impulsive, marriage-obsessed sister Maria moves in with her, however, Charlotte must act as a chaperone and she finds herself attending all manner of social functions, including balls ...more
Jessica Grey
I have always had a special place in my heart for Charlotte Collins (formerly Lucas) from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is so easy to compare her to Elizabeth, to applaud Elizabeth’s rejection of Mr. Collins, and lament Charlotte’s pursuit of him. After all, who would want to be married to someone like Mr. Collins? The reader often feels disappointed in Charlotte, and that her weakness highlights Elizabeth’s strength. I have never felt disappointed in Charlotte, but I have felt desperately so ...more
I know I have mentioned this before but I will repeat it again: I love Jane Austen sequels. I picked this one because I have never read or seen a sequel dedicated to Charlotte Collins before. For those of you who don't know, Charlotte marries the odious Mr. Collins after Elizabeth Bennett refuses to marry him. I don't know how other people view this union, but to me Charlotte sentenced herself to a life of tediousness and boredom. Jennifer Becton picks up Charlotte's story after the death of Mr. ...more
This story rests more at a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed Charlotte and Maria's story, seperately and together. The juxaposition of the sisters minds/hearts was interesting to watch. Such as when Maria says that Charlotte worries too much, Charlotte retorts Maria worries too little, to which Maria replies, "Then together we shall worry just enough." I thought that explained them well and how they both started to change.

I liked how the story didn't take the conventional route in regards to to how to hand
I have always had a special place in my heart for Charlotte Collins (formerly Lucas) from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is so easy to compare her to Elizabeth, to applaud Elizabeth’s rejection of Mr. Collins, and lament Charlotte’s persuing of him. After all, who would want to be married to someone like Mr. Collins? The reader often feels dissapointed in Charlotte, and that her weakness highlights Elizabeth’s strength. I have never felt dissapointed in Charlotte, but I have felt desperately s ...more
The Sunday Book Review
In Charlotte Collins, Jennifer Becton tries to tackle a subject few others have tried. She wrote a continuation of Pride and Prejudice without using the main characters as the topic. Many have asked “What ever happens to Charlotte Collins?” Well now you have one author’s brilliant interpretation.

Through this story, Jennifer brings forth emotions that every woman goes through, no matter what time period she is in. Do we marry for love or convenience? Once Charlotte finds herself as a widow, she g
Jennifer Becton réalise l'un de nos voeux: Mr Collins est mort! Voilà un livre qui commence plutôt bien! Par la suite, il y a eu quelques petites déceptions, de bonnes surprises, de l'émotion, de petites incohérences...

Commençons par ce qui m'a un peu moins plu. Nous retrouvons Charlotte et sa soeur Maria, deux ans après la mort de Monsieur Collins. Les autres personnages austeniens n'apparaîtront pas ou seulement dans un éclair, autant dire que si on nous avait parlé de deux soeurs sans lien
Colleen Helme
I was intrigued by the premise of this book as I have read Pride and Prejudice many times and own several movie versions. I enjoyed the continuation Charlotte's story, and found the writing and language to fit perfectly with that of Jane Austin. The beginning of the book was a little slow and took me awhile to get into, but about halfway through, things picked up. I never realized how easily a Lady's reputation could be sullied in that time period. Even the appearance of wrong-doing could create ...more
Deborah Hughes
This book was well written. The style stayed close to that of Austen's. I wasn't sure if I was interested in Charlotte's story but decided to give it a try. I found her a bit irritating throughout most of it and thought her a little too negative and critical for so demure a figure. She's supposed to be self-sacrificing to some extent yet she had strong opinions and a biting voice quite often. I did like her digs at her worthless husband though! Despite the irritations, I stayed with the story an ...more
Miguelina Perez
Pride and Prejudice could be called Jane Austen’s flagship novel. Its themes focus on issues of manners, morality, marriage, and love. Charlotte Lucas, a minor character in Pride and Prejudice, is the close friend of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the story’s heroine. Charlotte is older and more practical than her younger friend.

When Mr. Collins, a distant relation to the Bennets, is rejected by Elizabeth, Charlotte seizes the opportunity to accept Mr. Collins’ proposal of marriage in order to acquire s
Claire Saim
Les fans du roman de Jane Austen s’accordent volontiers sur le fait que Charlotte Collins est un personnage très attachant, malgré son regrettable mariage avec le Révérend Collins. Mariage de raison par nécessité financière, cette union la meilleure amie d’Elizabeth Bennet l’a cependant voulue de toutes ses forces.

Nous la retrouvons alors que son mari est mort depuis près de deux ans, elle n’en est pas malheureuse, puisqu’elle a ainsi gagné sa liberté, une petite pension, une petite maison (loué
Charlotte Collins is a recent widow. She's suddenly out in society again when she starts to play chaperon to her younger sister. Soon she attracts the attention of two gentleman, Mr. Basford and Mr. Edgington. Who will win her heart?

I really enjoyed this book. It was unexpectedly thrilling. There is a threat of scandal and that led to breathless, pensive moments.

Through it all, I admired Charlotte's character. She's a strong, independent woman. Charlotte also possessed a will to survive in that
Charlotte Collins is one of my favorite characters from the novel Pride and Prejudice. Charlotte is a plain woman that is considered an “old maid” at age 27. Realizing that she has few options in life, she decides to put reason over love and marries the odious Mr. Collins for financial security.

In the novel Charlotte Collins, Mr. Collins has met with an unfortunate accident and Charlotte finds herself a widow at age 35. She settles down in a small cottage that she rents at a reduced rate from La
I was enchanted by the idea of reading the story of one of Pride and Prejudice's most prosaic and practical secondary characters. What would it be like for Charlotte Lucas Collins to set aside her notions and follow the path of love? More fascinating still, who would induce her to pursue love?

Not that I am a purist by any means when it comes to my enjoyment of Austenesque stories, but I did find the writing style, adherence to the characters that Jane Austen wrote, and the authentic feel of the
Maria Grazia
“…Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune,and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, chapter 22)

This is how we knew Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet’s
A pleasant enough read. I'm not sure I agree with the direction the author took with the characters of Charlotte or her sister; and if the reader is looking forward to reading more about Elizabeth & Darcy, they are barely mentioned at all. The drama ends suddenly and somewhat... well... un-dramatically. Still I enjoyed it enough to finish it and was satisfied with the ultimate ending. A good way to while away a day on the sofa in front of a fire with a cup of tea.
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