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Echoes of Pemberley

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A tragic plane crash eight years earlier has left Catherine Elizabeth Darcy orphaned and in the custody of her overly protective brother, Bennet. Since then, her life at Pemberley Estate - the Darcy's ancestral home in Derbyshire, England - has been sheltered and lacking adventure of any kind. When 16-year-old Catie arrives home for her school holiday, she is expecting ...more
Paperback, First, 285 pages
Published February 2012 by Meryton Press
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I believe this falls in the "Austenesque" category. The main characters are current day descendants of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, and there is a definite parallel. Bennet Darcy is 14 years older than his almost-17-year-old sister Catherine, or Catie. Their mother died right after giving birth to Catie, and their father died in an airplane crash 5 years ago. Ben, and to a lesser degree Catie, demonstrates a good chunk of the age-old Darcy pride. Ben's wife, Sarah, is a bit more down to ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok. It's true that I am not really one for the modern re-imaginings of Austen's stories - why bring such wonderful stories which are so heavily impacted by the traditions, manners and decorum of the regency era into today's world, which, to me, is a lot less appealing! However, when the lovely Cynthia Hensley contacted me to ask if I would review her book, Echoes of Pemberley, a modern Pride and Prejudice inspired tale I was a little dubious. But then I read the blurb and it sounded very ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
In the year 1986, when people speak of “The Darcys of Pemberley” they are not referring to Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth, and Georgiana who lived so long ago. They are instead referring to Bennet Darcy and his younger sister Catie; who like their ancestors, are separated in age by many years and experienced tragedy with the very premature loss of both their parents. With his reserved demeanor, sometimes officious treatment, and overly protective guardianship of his sister, it is easy to see that Bennet ...more
Sheila Majczan
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this story over a three day period and while it was not one which I would describe as a page-turner it was interesting and sweet at times. There are a few mentions of sex but not with the two young protagonists. With them I felt we were left somewhat short. Keeping in mind that Catie Darcy is 16 and Sean Kelly 19, it was amusing yet tense reading of the sexual chemistry waiting to burst into flames between them. Sean was certainly much more of a gentleman than many others his age, ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
A modern day Pride and Prejudice
This story would make Jane Austen proud. What a fun story to read about Mr. Darcy’s descendants who now occupy the famous Pemberley, where Elizabeth Bennet first fell in love with her Mr. Darcy.
Bennet and Catie Darcy were orphaned eight years ago by their father. Catie never knew her mother who died during childbirth. They now live with Bennet’s wife Sarah and twin boys George and Geoffrey. Catie has lived a sheltered life and Bennet became like a Dad to her. She
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone but especially those who love Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
I love, love, **LOVED** this book! It caught me from page one and held me to the end!

I thoroughly enjoyed all the references to Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Being a modern day sequel there were many of such references! LOL! ;-)

A delightful read and one I highly recommend to anyone but especially to young Austen lovers! :-)

Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story is a classic story of love and life, loss and betrayal, pride and prejudice. The characters are enjoyable to follow. I found it entertaining to the end.
Catherine and Bennet Darcy, are descendants of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. It is now the 1980's and they are both orphans. Bennet is married to Sarah with a set of twins, while Catherine at 16 is just about to discover her first love.
A straightforward romance novel, enjoyable enough to finish.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

Echoes of Pemberley by debut author Cynthia Ingram Hensley, is a Pride and Prejudice spin-off for Young Adults. The modern day residents of Pemberley Estate are the descendants of Jane Austen’s very own Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. A fatal plane crash eight years previous orphaned Catherine Elizabeth Darcy and left her in the guardianship of her older brother, Bennet. Returning home from boarding school for summer vacation, sixteen year old Catie, having lived a sheltered life since
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year-old Catie Darcy is looking forward to spending her summer riding her bike about her ancestral estate and escaping into the romantic world provided through her novels. However, when she arrives home, Catie quickly learns her brother, Ben, has other plans for her summer, which include riding lessons, rather than reading those “rubbish romance novels.”

Catie soon finds herself amidst a challenging summer. Not only is her brother stressed about an imminent scandal that could reach
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
I really enjoyed Echoes of Pemberley! This Austen inspired story is set some 200 years after Pride and Prejudice! Where Elizabeth and Darcy’s descendants are facing similar problems as their ancestors! And some new problems too.

Similar to their ancestors, Fitzwilliam and Georgiana Darcy, Ben and Catie are orphaned, and Ben is the legal guardian of Catie. Ben is fourteen years older and a bit overprotective of his young charge. But unlike the shy and quiet Georgiana, Catie is a bit more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Echoes of Pemberley" is a wonderful story it's about the future generation of Darcy's. Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth are long gone. They had 2 sons,the older son getting Pemberley and the younger son inheriting Rosings because Anne Debourge took a fancy to him. Now fast forward to the present and Pemberley's inhabitants are a brother Bennet Darcy and his wife Sarah and his sister Catherine(Catie). There is 14 years difference in brother and sister. Their mother died in child birth and their father ...more
Heidi Peltier
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really really loved this book! I read almost all of it yesterday and was very sad to come to the end! It was a sweet love story, with 2 historic love stories interwoven as well as a mystery that had to be solved. I loved the innocence of the main character Catie as she wrestled with the angst associated with having her first crush and falling in love as well as the confusion she felt being torn between being the baby sister to her over-protective brother and growing into a young woman. I ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Surprisingly, I liked this book. Most modern Jane Austen adaptations are so cheesy, but this one is actually decent. It's modern day Pemberley and the Darcy family is still living in the home, trying to carry on the traditions of their ancestors. The story surrounds Katie Darcy, a young angsty teen dealing with the pressures of upholding tradition and wanting to live a carefree teenage life. She gets a little crush on her riding instructor, which, I mean, who couldn't? The guy is hot, knows his ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a Young Adult and modern story of the Darcy family. While it is not a prequel, sequel or version of Pride and Prejudice, it is a charming novel for young readers about the Darcys in the 21st century.
The young Catie Darcy and her older brother Bennet lost their parents and Bennet keeps a very close watch on his 16-year old sister. This is a
very nice coming-of-age tale, a romance and an update on the family all
combined and I am definitely going to recommend it to the preteen I tutor in
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is not a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, but it does contain, as the title suggests, echoes of that familiar story. This time, it is the Darcy character who gets the main focus, and you can just get it out of your head that this is some typical young adult novel. Yes, the main character is 16, but the narrative follows several characters, many of whom are adults. I haven't read a book quite like this in a long time. It was a portrait of life at Pemberley rather than a study of one ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
I loved this modern day follow up to Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's descendants share many characteristics, but live out their own stories at Pemberley. The characters are loveable, faults and all, and the plot, though perhaps a bit predictable at times, was enjoyable, and I wasn't quite sure of the outcome of the unlikely romance till the end. I loved following daily life with these modern Darcys!
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it

A Jane Austen inspired tale.

I did enjoy this one, but as I've said before, for me my liking of a book is often influenced by my relationship to the main character, and for some reason, I did not really care for Catie Darcy-- although she did grow on me by the end.

Perhaps, as I kept thinking of her as 'Georgiana', I wasn't fully able to attach to the story.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone but especially those who love Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
I love, love, **LOVED** this book! It caught me from page one and held me to the end!

I thoroughly enjoyed all the references to Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Being a modern day sequel there were many of such references! LOL! ;-)

A delightful read and one I highly recommend to anyone but especially to young Austen lovers! :-)

Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book about the ancestors of my favorite all time fictional couple...Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. This book was well written and is a must read for any fan of Jane Austen's most famous couple!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It had a wonderful assortment of characters that were easily relatable. I recommend this to anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice! It nice to see their love story through different I eyes!
What did I think of this? I think that it was beating a dead horse. Jane Austen wrote the most incredible book, and it had a great ending, even an epilogue. I think it is over now.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a good book, but took me a whole to get through for some reason. Some parts were very predictable but it was still fun:)
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a romance, its a mystery, its a contemporary story......I loved it.
Michelle Nelson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Was a quick read for me......pulls you into the world of the modern Darcy's....loved the main characters of Catie Darcy and Sean sex, but still a very romantic read...
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