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Sketching Character

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  34 reviews
What if a tragic event involving a beloved sister shatters Elizabeth Bennet‘s confidence in her ability to accurately judge a person’s character? When she leaves Longbourn for Kent, Elizabeth’s heart is full of worry for those she left behind. She carries a secret that would ruin her family if exposed and she must deceive the ones closest to her to conceal the truth.

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published September 25th 2015)
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Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Ever since I reread "Pride & Prejudice" last year, I have longed to read more about those three mysterious times during Elizabeth's and Darcy's visits to Rosings, where Darcy happened to meet Elizabeth during her early morning rambles… It was a part of P&P that I wished Austen would have written for us with more details in regards to their time spent together. How did Elizabeth not see Darcy's admiration for her after meeting her there "accidentally" three times? I have pondered that que ...more
I was fortunate to have won an ebook from a contest on Austenesque Reviews.

So the premise is that there is a significantly tragic event after the Netherfield Ball that alters Elizabeth's understanding of human nature and of her judgement. She is forced to reconsider her opinions and character sketches on almost everyone.

Things stay initially in canon where the Netherfield party high-tails it to London after the ball. Jane with her heart broken, goes to London with the Gardiners. And Elizabeth g
J. W. Garrett
“…Families are Forever, and wondered if the slogan was meant as a promise or a threat.” –Brady Udall, The Lonely Polygamist

Rating: MA: mature audience: crude descriptions of sexual behavior and language, vague descriptions of sexual assault

I have tried to write this review a half-dozen times. I took so long that I had to reread parts of the story in order to refresh my memory. I was so caught up in the story [again] that I couldn’t put it down. I am still not certain how to review this. I loved
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What If A Bennet Sister Got Herself In Trouble?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Netherfield Ball through the summer + epilogue

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Lydia Bennet, Jane Bennet, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner

SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth and one of her sisters carry some heavy and secret burdens in this variation. They face harsh realities, disappointment in those they thought they could depend on
Sheila Majczan
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I, too, won this book through a drawing on a blog. I read it over the last three days and found that at times, I just had to put it down and take a break. NOW don’t take that in a negative way but realize that sometimes one has to take a break from tension and suspense. There were times I wasn’t sure where things were going…although I do depend on a HEA for our dear couple. But I had just finished another book with much angst and with one following the other, I needed a respite.

Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans
I loved this book so much I stayed up until 5:45 am reading it.

Now let me say that this is a P&P what if that is a bit dark and some of your favorite characters will behave badly. It also features much more of the Darcy family than the Bennets.

Beginning immediately following the Bingley's departure for London, many at Longbourn are depressed. But things can and do get worse. We see the unpleasant side of the London Ton. When they arrive at Hunsford Lizzy is already aware of Wickham's fault
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Lydia storyline. This one is a keeper!
James S
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite scene

My favorite time in the book is when Lydia is found on the road, very close to death. The care she receives from the Darcys is very moving.

A superb book.
Carol Perrin
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sketching Character: A Jane Austen Inspired Novel

Excellent story about the tragic affair that dealt with Wickham's treachery, and her father's reaction to what happened. Only he and Elizabeth know what happened and she's made up her mind to help her sister. Several months after the London group leaves Netherfield, Jane, Elizabeth, and one of her younger sisters leave for London. Her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner have found somewhere for the younger sister in Lambton, Derbyshire. In fact, the lady is h
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
A very clever storyline encompassing a secret with a twist,a very understanding, sweetly endearing Darcy,a brave, fiercely independent and strong Elizabeth,a naive and all too-trusting Lydia and a very different Colonel Fitzwilliam all add the necessary spice to this compelling story.

I must admit that I loved it -I couldn't put it down in my eagerness to discover how ODC would overcome the many difficulties that lay in their path.

Ms Lynne has a unique way with words, her very clever plot,quick
Caitlin Williams
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I never like to see Mr Bennet as truly bad and I did have trouble with his characterization at the beginning, but then I was swept along with the story and it no longer mattered. In fact, I could see why he was portrayed the way he was, as it allowed Elizabeth to compare Darcy favourably against him - and part of maturing and growing is seeing our parents as human and fallible.
The dialogue was great, the love story between Darcy and Elizabeth was very romantic. All the little
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Had to read this one again since I reread Dearest Friends and then Family Portraits. Still in love! Le sigh!

Reread: Loved this book! Still do.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while I read a book that leaves me with a sense of complete satisfaction…a warm fulfilled feeling that the book was everything and more than what I had hoped for. Sketching Character by Pamela Lynne is that kind of book. That’s not to say that it contains no misunderstandings or angst because it does but all is resolved in such a way that everything felt perfect and as it should be, a truly feel-good novel.

The story begins with a prologue of much importance. The incident that occurred
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
What if what you thought was a person character just was a show that was put on for the benefit of others? How would you feel if everything you thought was true became more or less a mask easily removed?

Here in this inspired novel we find that those you love and trust with the world are not exactly what you thought and those you thought to be one way in fact were the opposite. Elizabeth finds her trust, respect, and perhaps love shattered, crushed, concealed. This was very concerning for her. It
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
This Pride and Prejudice variation begins after the Netherfield Ball and Lydia's life changes forever, she has been seduced by Wickham and now bears the consequences. Can Elizabeth's visit to Rosings bring her happiness, and what of Lady Catherine de Bough, Anne, Darcy and the Colonel, a different Colonel then what I have usually read, a gentleman who is not happy with his situation.
A delightful read, a lovely flowing writing style, and I have loved all three of this writer's works. I hope there
I had a difficult time putting this book down.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The weather is dismal outside. For the past week we've fluctuated between severe weather (flooding and storms) or just humid and miserable. So the only thing to do is read (or in my case re-read) a book about a couple of fictional characters I can't get enough of--Elizabeth and Darcy.

In Sketching Character: A Jane Austen Inspired Novel

, Elizabeth is having doubts about Darcy's character. She can't quite decide if he's honorable or a jerk. Because le
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
I was totally unprepared for the tragedy that befalls Elizabeth's dear sister!
Elizabeth is dealing with some things when we meet her again in the beginning of this book!
She is playing nursemaid for a certain person and is worried what will happen. She goes with this person to London to her
aAunt and Uncle Gardiner's home in Gracechurch Street. There she will travel on with Sir William Lucas and his daughter Maria to visit Charlotte Collins (nee Lucas)
She is worried for her sisters and her father
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff, favorites
This is a very interesting book. Wickham is still the scum of the earth and I wish Darcy was even harsher. This book focuses on Elizabeth and her relationships with her sisters, family. It also focuses on Darcy's family issues, especially the troublesome Fitzwilliams. Not a lot of "action" but lots of sweet and heart-wrenching moments. I really enjoyed the flow and writing of this book. A few grammatical errors but they were not overly distracting. I enjoyed this jealous Richard and wished he ha ...more
Hui Ting
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting plotline. For me, it only picked up around half way through the book and I was really into it after that. The romance between Darcy and Elizabeth was really romantic and his proposal was simply swooning. Everyone ended up happy even for Lydia. Overall a good read.
Wow. If you love JAFF, you should read this. Loved the epilogues, too.
pamela k cronister

Sometimes hearing from the original plot is a good thing and in this case it was. I found Lydia most interesting this time. usually she's almost a throwaway character a pain but little more . In this one you see her grow finally into an adult I would definitely recommend this book to others .
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
This is my favourite Pride and Prejudice adaptation so far. I was close to giving it 5 stars but I think I must be the book judge equivalent of Craig Revel Horwood, reserving top marks for nothing short of absolute perfection.

This book was so good, I wonder if Jane Austen herself might have changed Lydia and Wickham's story in just the same way if she had been writing in a less critical time.
I doubt readers in the 1800s would have appreciated having the seduction and rape of a 15 year
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely a darker take on Pride and Prejudice that went in a very different direction with the characters. I enjoyed the romance of Elizabeth and Darcy as usual, but I wasn't as satisfied with many of the supporting characters, namely Colonel Fitzwilliam and Jane. Colonel Fitzwilliam is not an admirable man at all in this version, and I didn't care for how Jane's storyline resolved. I suppose it was somewhat believable, but I think this book has shown me that I prefer retellings in which the m ...more
Rachel Collins
I can't say that its one of my best reads of the year, but its a solid contribution to the genre. Darcy is still hard to read, but Lizzy is more contemplative and more willing to extend him some benefits of the doubt. It also seems so natural that our two main characters get to know each other and fall in love during walks in the woods. I also love that this author allows for some freedom in how some characters are interpreted. Lydia especially gets a wonderful redemption in this book that is we ...more
E. Davidson
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly good

This variation was mostly entertaining with some plot twists that work well (no spoilers here). I found it slow at points though (especially the rambling Victorian-tinged kisses) and feel as though some of the best material was saved for the overly-long epilogue(s). Trim 100 pages for an excellent story.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!! It was lovely.
This book satisfied both my love of all things Jane Austen and my romantic tendencies. But the bonus was the thoughtful look at the way women were treated at the time and I really appreciated that view.
I wasn’t a big fan of the Colonel Fitzwillam character flaws, but it was well done.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nice romance with lots of ups and downs. My favourite part was undoubtably Lydia's story which is a definite first for a P&P story for me.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! Elizabeth and Darcy portray a much sweeter side at Kent due to Elizabeth learning early on about what a cad Wickham is and the banter/dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth was extremely enjoyable with both characters at their most clever. Lydia gets a big limelight in this book and we get to see her learn from her mistakes and turn into a character you actually enjoy reading about. Her jab at Caroline is the absolute best! For those who love Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Bennet, nei ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I really hated Colonel Fitzwilliams character in this novel - his jealously, and what he tries to do to Darcy just do not fit in with his character which made it difficult for me to thoroughly enjoy this novel. I already struggled with seeing Lydia go through ostracism from her father and inner turmoil and anguish over her pregnancy while only Elizabeth's bore the burden. Darcy was the protective figure Elizabeth and Lydia needed but he was still a man with a strong desire for Elizabeth which ov ...more
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Pamela Lynne grew up in the American South, surrounded by Southern Gothic works by Faulkner, O'Connor and the like. These authors helped shape her evolving mind and continue to influence everything she produces as an adult. It was a Regency-era wit from across the Atlantic, however, who lit a life-long interest in 19th Century England.

Pamela cites Jane Austen as her primary literary influence and
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