I am honestly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I usually stay off the spin-offs/continuations of classic books, but I think one of the things t...moreI am honestly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I usually stay off the spin-offs/continuations of classic books, but I think one of the things that made this book good was that it wasn't a spin-off/continuation of a major work. Lady Vernon and Her Daughter expands the story of Jane Austen's Lady Susan.
In Lady Susan we see her as a selfish, conniving widow. In Lady Vernon and Her Daughter we see that might not be the case. It goes to show how gossip and biasness plays into people's opinions of others.
The writing is incredibility crisp and the dialogue witty and refreshing. I just loved everything that came out of Sir James' mouth.
There are countless continuations of Pride and Prejudice out there, none of which I have read. Most of them follow eit...morePride and Prejudice continues...
There are countless continuations of Pride and Prejudice out there, none of which I have read. Most of them follow either Darcy and Elizabeth or any of the Bennetts. The Other Mr. Darcy follows the life of Caroline Bingley after the marriage of Darcy and Elizabeth. Who would have thought that Caroline Bingley could be redeemed? This book succeeded in that.
The story starts out with Caroline finding herself sobbing after the wedding and then discovering that someone had been observing her: Darcy's cousin from Boston: Robert Darcy. She is, of course, mortified, and hoped that she would never set eyes on him again. That does not happen. Where would the fun be in that?
The story was so original that I was sometimes forgetting that it was a continuation of the Pride and Prejudice story. Robert Darcy was a very droll, witty character and the exchanges between him and Caroline were utterly delightful. And the appearances of the well-known and well-loved characters from Pride and Prejudice struck true to each characters' personality that was established in the original novel.
The Other Mr. Darcy is a separate story of its own. It is a funny, touching and romantic tale and the redemption of a previously despised character.(less)
Another gem from Monica Fairview. I thoroughly enjoyed her previous Pride and Prejudice spin-off The Other Mr. Darcy, which told the story of Caroline...moreAnother gem from Monica Fairview. I thoroughly enjoyed her previous Pride and Prejudice spin-off The Other Mr. Darcy, which told the story of Caroline Bingley and Robert Darcy, Mr. Darcy's American cousin. Now in The Darcy Cousins, we meet another American Darcy – Clarissa Darcy. The Darcy Cousins tells the story of Georgiana Darcy and her new friendship with her vivacious cousin and the new people she meets – 'people' as in fashionable young gentlemen. Ahem.
The Darcys are spending Easter at Rosings and Clarissa spares no time in driving Lady Catherine up the wall. Clarissa and Georgiana also take pains in trying to free Anne, who has practically been a prisoner in her own home. However, things soon get out of hand when Anne is found missing and Lady Catherine immediately blames Clarissa. Everything is turned upside down as the Darcys are banished from Rosings and the hunt for Anne begins.
Georgiana quickly finds herself taken with a certain gentlemen named Mr. Channing, but unfortunately for her, he only has eyes for her cousin. Georgiana then finds her attention unwillingly taken up by Mr. Channing's cousin Mr. Gatley. Gatley is far different from his energetic, handsome, selfish cousin, but Georgiana soon finds herself gaining respect for him. However, an unfortunate misunderstanding threatens to ruin her new found feelings.
The Darcy Cousins is full of witty dialogue that I'm coming to expect from Fairview. The characters – new and old – are three dimensional in their personalities. And again, Fairview takes few liberties in the characters of Pride and Prejudice. Their characters are as true as they are in the original novel.
If you loved The Other Mr. Darcy, then you will for sure love The Darcy Cousins. Although, you don't need to have read the former to read and enjoy this novel.(less)
I'm comfortable in saying that Persuasion is my favorite Austen book and that Captain Wentworth is my favorite Austen hero. Of course, Pride and Pr...more3.5
I'm comfortable in saying that Persuasion is my favorite Austen book and that Captain Wentworth is my favorite Austen hero. Of course, Pride and Prejudice is just a step behind.
Seriously, I love Wentworth, so it was with wary expectations that I went into this book. Captain Wentworth's Diary isn't a continuation, but instead a book written in diary form that takes place during and before the events of Persuasion.
The first part of the book showed Wentworth and Anne's first meeting, the unexpected courtship, the short engagement, and the impending heartbreak. The second part of the book took place during the time period in Persuasion.
While some of the entires were a little run-on, this was a satisfactory view of Wentworth's views and feeling surrounding his love of Anne Elliot. I am pleased to say that it was nice to get one example of what was going on inside of Wentworth's head and seeing things from his perspective rather than Anne's.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fictional memoir. It does a great job at making you feel like it's a real memoir, with an 'Editor's Forward' at t...moreThe Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fictional memoir. It does a great job at making you feel like it's a real memoir, with an 'Editor's Forward' at the beginning explaining how an old chest was found bricked up behind a wall in the attic of Chawton Manor House – a home owned by Jane's brother Edward. There are also running footnotes throughout the book. All of this giving the impression that this is a long lost memoir written by Jane. Only at the very end is the spell broken.
I really love this. It almost read like an Austen novel. And even though this was fiction, I felt like it was entirely plausible to have happened.
The book focused on two things: Jane process in novel writing, and her feelings of love for a gentleman. I don't think I need to post spoiler warnings on how both of those ended. Throughout Jane's life, traveling here and there, she has experiences and meets people that she records later in her memoirs. Many of these are similar to events that happened in all of Jane's novels. It was a neat thing, thinking that events and people in Jane's life inspired the scenes and characters in her book.
I highly recommend this to Jane fans. I found it to be a highly refreshing novel.(less)
The first Jane Austen sequel/continuation, Old Friends and New Fancies was published in 1914 and is indeed a charming book.
It incorporates characters...moreThe first Jane Austen sequel/continuation, Old Friends and New Fancies was published in 1914 and is indeed a charming book.
It incorporates characters from all of Austen's major novels. Everyone knows everyone. However, as far as the main plot lines go, the true 'continuations' were only of Pride & Prejudice and Mansfield Park. Although, characters from all six novels with involved somehow, from the minor to the major.
I found the book to be just a bit long, and could have been cut in several places, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It read like an Austen novel and all the characters seemed to be true to their original creations.
A solid Austen sequel. And seeing as how it was the first of its kind, with no precedent, I recommend all Austen fans to give it a read. I believe Austen fans will enjoy Old Friends and New Fancies.(less)
I enjoyed this collection of short stories more than I anticipated. It had everything, really – continuations; spin-offs; stories about Jane; stories...moreI enjoyed this collection of short stories more than I anticipated. It had everything, really – continuations; spin-offs; stories about Jane; stories inspired by Jane; even a couple stories where Jane's ghost was involved.
I really liked the majority of the stories, so I'm not going to list every single story I liked, but here were some of the standouts, for me:
The opening story Jane Austen's Nightmare by Syrie James was a great story to open with. It involved Jane having a dream in which her characters let her know what they think of how she wrote them. This was a very clever idea. I found that the characters who complained made some good points.
Jane Austen, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! by Janet Mullany takes place in 1964 at a high school where Beatlemania is in full force. Teacher Julie is stuck watching three girls at after school detention. However, she finds herself discussing Sense and Sensibility with them, replacing the heroes of the book with the members of the Beatles. This event leads her make an important life decision.
When Only a Darcy Will Do by Beth Pattillo was a sweet story, I thought. Elizabeth has created a Jane Austen tour in London to bring in extra cash, she's even gone all out in Regency garb. Soon, Mr. Darcy shows up. At least, that's what he's calling himself, and he too is decked out in Regency garb. I was tickled at how he maintained his identity, and found the ending to be very nice.
A Night at Northanger by Lauren Willig is about a woman named Cate who is involved in a ghost hunting show. This particular haunted house is none other than Northanger Abbey, and Cate comes across her very own ghost.
And, of course, there were others that I loved. This was also a good opportunity to read authors I've heard about, but have not explored their work yet.
Every Austen fan will find something they will love in Jane Austen Made Me Do It.(less)