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The Darcys Give a Ball by Elizabeth Newark
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Sep 26, 2008

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Read in September, 2008

This really should be titled, "Charlotte Collins' Life," since it is more about her and her family than the Darcy's story. Elizabeth Darcy and her children seem more a backdrop to focus on Charlotte and her daughter, Juliet.

It's a sympathetically written, short book. I remember feeling like I understood Charlotte much better, and it added to Pride and Prejudice instead of so many of the spin-offs that irritate and get under the skin. I remember even feeling bad for Mr. Collins that he never overcomes his own failings and shows Charlotte how much she really means to him. I enjoyed it more, in retrospect, after having read some other books that made me disappointed in what passes for Austen fan fiction.

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