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The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride and Prejudice Novel

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For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice—and legions of historical fiction lovers—an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world.


Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and
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Published December 3rd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and The Clergyman’s Wife was so much fun!

Charlotte is the wife of a vicar, and as such, she has prescribed duties, including those typical of a lady at the time, but also involving visits to parishioners. She also attends the lectures by her husband and his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Charlotte is not the typical vicar’s wife, though. She chose this life rather than that of a spinster. She chose it but that doesn’t mean she’s not dying of boredom
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Dale Harcombe
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte married Mr Collins, not out of love but out of a need for security. This story picks up on these characters from Pride and Prejudice and tells us what happened next. I never usually pick up book written by another author that features an established author’s characters like Jane Austen, but something about this one called to me. I was not disappointed. I quickly settled into the tenor of the story and became absorbed in the story. I enjoyed catching up with the characters. I enjoyed ge ...more
Marianne
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He was not an attractive young man; he was heavy of cheek and jowl, with slightly irregular features and thinning hair, and his manners were so awkward that it was hard, at times, to keep my countenance as he veered from unaccountable pomposity to slavish compliments.”

The Clergyman’s Wife is the first novel by American author, Molly Greeley. After her friend Lizzie Bennet rejected Mr Collins, twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Lucas made sure to put herself in his path “when his pride was hurt and
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Abigail Bok
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How I loved this sensitive, sophisticated novel that dives into the life of Charlotte Collins with empathy and affection!

The character of Charlotte Lucas Collins in Pride and Prejudice has always touched me strongly. Whereas Elizabeth and Jane Bennet enjoy charmed fates, Charlotte is a reminder to the reader that reality is different for most women, who must chart a more problematic course to fashion a life that deserves the label. Not pretty, well educated, or wealthy, Charlotte faces a spinste
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Brenda
2.5s

Quite obviously I’m not the right audience for The Clergyman’s Wife as I found it a passionless and bland story. I’m sorry to those who’ve loved it – and there are a lot of you – but as someone else has said, Probably loving Pride and Prejudice is a prerequisite to enjoying this book. (Thanks Kim) And as I don’t, I guess that’s why this didn’t fit me.

Charlotte Lucas married William Collins, clergyman, for security not love. He had previously asked for the hand of two others before Charlotte
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Laurel
When spinster Charlotte Lucas, Jane Austen’s most unromantic, pragmatic character, settled for the odious Mr. Collins, we were quite certain of her connubial un-bliss. Molly Greeley’s continuation of her story after the conclusion of Pride and Prejudice sensitively reveals her wedded life with heartbreak and humor. Austen fans will revel in her lyrical prose and reverence to the canon, while historical fiction readers will appreciate her atmospheric Regency world and historical accuracy. The Cle ...more
Gloria Arthur
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookshelf
The Clergyman's Wife by Molly Greeley

This was a light and charmingly delightful read. It’s a story inspired by the Pride and Prejudice novel.

Respectable spinster Charlotte Lucus marries Hunsford’s vicar, the awkward Mr. William Collins. Charlotte doesn’t love him but she bows to the social expectation and security of marriage. She knows she’s not an attractive woman and cannot wait for love to find her.

The story has perfectly captured Charlotte’s loveless marriage, she’s forfeited her dreams of
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Kylie H
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a huge Jane Austen fan (sheer blasphemy!!) but I really did enjoy this book which explores the character of Charlotte (Lucas) Collins from Pride and Prejudice.
This is quite a gently told story of Charlotte's 'acceptance' of her marriage and her husband. Her observations of his manner, speech and personality reveal her tolerance of her situation. She is content in her role of parsons wife but not in love. As she notes the love between other couples in her life she finds herself becoming
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Louise Wilson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1800's. Charlotte Lucas had married clergyman, William Collins who was heir to the Bennett Estate. It's been several years now since they were married. She's given birth to Louisa and made a new friend Mr Travis, a local farmer. Charlotte had married out of necessity, not wanting to be a burden o her brothers.

The author has did a fantastic job with Charlotte's character development. It's a heartwrenching and bittersweet read. There is some domestic abuse and the death of an baby. Will
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Sharah McConville
The Clergyman's Wife is a beautiful tribute to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed reading about Charlotte Lucas, best friend of Lizzy Bennett, and her new husband Mr Collins. As a teenager I couldn't get enough of the BBC Pride and Prejudice and I feel like this book picked up right from where the show (and book) ended. It was enjoyable to read about the other characters from Austen's book. Thanks to Allen & Unwin for my ARC copy. ...more
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‘I LONG AGO determined to live my life not in noisy discontentment but in quiet acceptance.’

Since Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, this classic novel has seen many remakes and spin offs. Author Molly Greeley has released her debut novel about Charlotte Lucas, a secondary character in Pride and Prejudice. The Clergyman’s Wife is a story of love, life choices, pride, security, duty, family and entitlement. It is a gentle side accompanim
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Sahitya
The only classics I really loved are Jane Austen’s books and I’ve read them many many times, so these days it’s much more exciting for me to find contemporary authors reimagining her books or characters. And this book fascinated me right from the time I saw it on Edelweiss, because when have we ever thought more about Charlotte’s life after her marriage to Mr. Collins. I was very happy when I received this advance copy and I devoured this in just a few hours.

This is the author’s debut novel but
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Anna
Jan 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: austenesque
The Clergyman's Wife is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that follows Pride and Prejudice's Charlotte Lucas as she builds her life in Kent after marrying Mr. Collins. Molly Greeley tells Charlotte's story from the first person point of view, so readers really get to know her and understand why she was willing to marry a laughingstock of a man who had been rejected by her best friend. Charlotte has given up any foolish notions of romance and love in exchange for security, but she finds happiness ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Charlotte Collins Contemplates Her Contentment and Choices

TYPE OF NOVEL: Secondary Character, Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: Begins 3 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

SYNOPSIS: What happens to Charlotte after the close of Pride and Prejudice? Does she find tolerable contentment with Mr. Collins? Does she have any regrets? Or do motherhood, being in charge of her own establishment, and her role as a clergyman’s wife provide such sources of happiness that she has “no cause to rep
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Natalie Jenner
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucky to receive an advance reading copy of THE CLERGYMAN'S WIFE (forthcoming from William Morrow, December 2019), I was both very entertained and moved by Molly Greeley's debut novel about one of Jane Austen's more relatable and enigmatic characters, Charlotte Lucas from "Pride and Prejudice." Having always enjoyed both Charlotte's pragmatism and her friendship with Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet, it was particularly satisfying to read this wholly new and creative work of fiction. Greeley's ...more
Louise Wilson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in the 1800's. Charlotte Lucas had married clergyman William Collins heir to the Bennett Estate. It's been several years now since they were married. She's given birth to Louisa and has a new friend, Mr Travis a local farmer. Charlotte had married out of necessity, not wanting to be a burden on her brothers.

The author has done a fantastic job with Cahrlotte's character development. It's a heartwrenching and bittersweet read. There is some domestic abuse and thr death of a baby. William Coll
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wosedwew
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
… my heart is a ceaseless sermon of loneliness. ~ Terri Guillemets

Elizabeth Darcy is still a close friend to Charlotte Collins. Why, then, does Charlotte find it so very difficult to respond to a letter from Elizabeth? What can she reply to tales of marital happiness? Other than her daughter, Louisa, Charlotte’s life has little joy.

Charlotte certainly never expected much happiness from her marriage. Her obtuse husband sees no viewpoint except his own which, of course, comes directly from his bel
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Carole (in Canada)
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque, P&P

"For a moment, I am held immobile by the weight of all the ways in which my life has changed." (quote from the book)

This poignant debut novel by Molly Greeley is hauntingly beautiful. I always wondered what Charlotte's life would be like married to Mr. Collins. I believe this author has delved deep into Charlotte's character. With reverence and sensitivity, she has poured Charlotte's soul upon us.

"Later, when I have time to reflect, I will perhaps wonder how it is possible to simultaneously wan
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Renee Hermansen
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Allen&Unwin for this Advanced reading copy.
I had great pleasure in reading this book. It is written from the one characters perspective throughout which I quite enjoyed as it was simple to follow.
Charlotte Collins marries a vicar, not for love but to ensure her position in society and her future. In this role she meets a farmer who she becomes very fond of and he of her and she discovers what could of been for her had she not chosen the path she has.
Being a respectable lady she
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Jennifer
If Molly Greeley's other foray into the world of Pride and Prejudice was a coming of age story, this one is a tragedy. A quiet, female tragedy of making what seemed like clear-eyed choices and learning too late that the cost was too high. And then living with those choices anyway.

Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, chose Mr. Collins over a probable alternative of spinsterhood and poverty - while her friend Elizabeth, prettier and livelier, snagged the wealthy, handsome, and intelligent Mr. Darcy. Mr.
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Rebecca
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a pleasant, enjoyable book, notable for its lovely writing and its consideration of the real financial challenges facing women in Jane Austen’s day, as well as by its empathy for its characters (especially, and perhaps surprisingly, Mr. Collins). In Molly Greeley’s hands Mr. Collins’s flaws are not softened – not in the least – but possible explanations are provided and he is made into a more human and nuanced character than he appears in Pride and Prejudice. Overall, it is a pleasure th ...more
Debbie
5+ stars!

This is just a beautiful, beautiful novel in every respect. It's a very realistic character study of Charlotte Collins, told in her own words in the present tense, just as everything is happening. She may be a practical young woman, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have strong feelings - she's just learned how to hide them.

She's especially adept at accepting disappointment and frustration which, as the wife of the slow-witted Mr. Collins, her life is filled with. Obviously, Lady Cather
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Mellie Antoinette
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The closest to Jane Austen’s original, I’ve had the pleasure of reading. And that’s saying something given Mr. Collins might be the most annoying character ever envisioned in ink. But Charlotte Lucas, his wife, is described with such warmth, such heart that I instantly loved her! Shelve this one right next to Pride and Prejudice as it has earned pride of place in my book!
Kirk
Bittersweet!
Stina
Quite obviously I am not the right audience for THE CLERGYMAN'S WIFE as I found it bland and rather boring. And found myself counting the minutes until I finished it...though I hardly know why I bothered. Absolutely nothing happened in this story and I kind of felt what was the point of it? A friend quite cheekily answered "Just to p*** you off!" Admittedly, I have never read an Austen novel because, although I love the screen adaptions of her books, the writing vernacular is too old style for m ...more
Bree T
When I read the description of this, I had to request it for review. I have read a lot of Austen-inspired work, adaptations, modern day depictions, and of course, books that deal with the same characters after Pride & Prejudice ends. I’ve read books about Darcy and Elizabeth, a book about Bingley and Jane, books about Mary Bennet and Georgiana Darcy as well. But I’ve never read a book about Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas and I thought that would be really, really interesting.

Charlotte is of course
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Bruna (bruandthebooks)
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book is a must read for Pride and Prejudice fans! It has the same atmosphere, it’s beautifully written and I really enjoyed that the author decided not focusing so much on the Bennet family. I’ve always liked Charlotte, she’s a good friend to Elizabeth and I enjoyed that the author focused the story on her.
In Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte ends up marrying Mr. Collins, the awkward cousin that got rejected by Elizabeth Bennet. The story takes place a few years after Pride and Prejudice. Char
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Teresa
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book and discover that Charlotte Lucas is the true heroine of Pride and Prejudice.

I spent the past 12 hours absorbed in the quiet desperation and resignation of Mrs. Collins and the aftermath of the choice she made, and I really didn't want it to end. Charlotte Lucas has always gotten the short shift in fandom and scholarship and I'm so glad she finally gets a chance to tell her story.

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" indeed!
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Barbara K.
I just noticed that this is my first 5-star read of 2020.

This is a Pride and Prejudice sequel, and while it isn't a conventional romance, it is romantic. It's a gentle, gradual story, and gives a lot of background about the main character, Charlotte Collins (nee Lucas), and her family. It explains why she decided to marry Mr. Collins, and it presents Mr. Collins as a somewhat unconscious, vacant, stupid, yet not unkind, only sort of oblivious person. He doesn't seem to notice or appreciate anyon
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Katie Long
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so much better than I was expecting. I’ve read lots of Pride and Prejudice inspired novels and this is by far the best I’ve found. Greeley manages to give additional depth to these characters while maintaining the spirit in which Austen created them. A delightful way to start the year.
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