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The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride and Prejudice Novel

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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
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
Bruna Looby
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.
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 ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is a very nicely written, very light and enjoyable little historical novel. Nestled within the Jane Austin cast of characters it would still be very accessible (I believe) to people who have not read Austin.

Charlotte Collins married Mr Collins because it was a sensible, prudent thing to do. She was never a romantic and was not troubled that she did not love Mr Collins, that his regard for her "must be imaginary" nor that she knew nothing of being a clergyman's wife.

Three years after their
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely read by Ms. Greeley. Thank you to William Morrow books as I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own.

I adored Charlotte and found her character so relatable. In a time when women obeyed their husbands and upheld their societal roles, Charlotte was the wife of the local vicar. She escaped the life of becoming a spinster by choosing this life - even though she yearns for more. Mr. Collins is an awkward husband and Charlotte is often
Kristin Davison
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank Edelwiess and William Morrow Paperbacks for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is as quiet as Charlotte, but it's also as brave as she is. It picks up three years after Charlotte marries Mr Collins and shows how life has changed for her.

The love story is so sweet and cleverly done. I loved the fact that Lizzie turns up and that her and Charlotte's friendship is repaired. I also enjoyed the flashbacks and seeing Charlotte's pov to some of the
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in The Clergyman's Wife was so well done that I found myself completely absorbed in the era and characters of the story. I loved reading Charlotte's inner thoughts and finding what happened after she married Mr. Collins. I wish though, that the story had more of an arc. It ended as it began, a quiet tale of Austen's smaller characters. Lovely to read, but not quite fully satisfying. I would happily read A Clergyman's Daughter/Son if it ever came to be.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The reimagined life of Charlotte Lucas, Lizzie’s best friend is a real treat! Charlotte is married to Mr. Collins and has resigned herself to a life of mediocrity and a life of joyless duty until she meets Mr. Travis. Great feel, pace and characterization.

Thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had crossed my mind more than once, what could have happened to Charlotte. Thanks to Molly, she in a way answered my question, by writing the Clergyman's Wife.
I really enjoyed reading the Clergyman's Wife.
Molly did a great job pulling you into 1800's, she was so descriptive with the details of the people, settings and things.
My heart went out Charlotte, she had to deal with a lot.
If a sequel came out for Clergyman's Wife, I would buy it in a nano second. I'm definitely anticipating Molly
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Clergyman's Wife is the story of what Charlotte Collins (nee Lucas) married life might have been like after their removal to Hunsford. Charlotte experiences mixed emotions about her choices. She knows she did the right thing to ensure her comfort and security in marrying Mr Collins, but she finds something lacking in her life. She has no one with whom she can speak freely or confide her feelings. But then she meets Mr Travis, a local farmer, and they fall into an easy friendship.
This was a
Hannah • So Obsessed With
3.5 stars
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
In The Clergyman’s Wife we find ourselves intruding upon the lives of William and Charlotte Collins. This Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel begins a few years after Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennett’s cherished friend, marries awkward, harried Mr. Collins and settles down in the quaintly comfortable Hunsford parsonage in Kent. Charlotte, having hastily recommended herself for marriage to Mr. Collins when Elizabeth adamantly rejected him, has resigned herself to her melancholy
Jessica M
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley is a debut fiction novel and retelling of Pride and Prejudice, shining the spotlight on Charlotte Lucas and what her life becomes after she chooses to marry Elizabeth’s cousin, Mr. Collins.

Though this work is entirely fictional, there are so many elements that ring true to the original work — the characters, relationships, atmosphere and setting. In Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte married Mr Collins not because she was in love with him
The Lit Bitch
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Lucas always seemed like the least interesting character in Pride and Prejudice to me.

We barely saw her in most of the story and though she was a good friend to Lizzy, the last we saw of her she was basically walking away with Elizabeth’s best hope of a husband (at that point any way).

So when I saw that this one was coming out, I was eager to see how the author would portray Charlotte in this reimagining. It sounded so promising and after I read the pitch, I found myself wondering—what
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Lucas made a prudent decision when she accepted the Reverend Mr. William Collins’s proposal of marriage. She knows her best friend Elizabeth Bennet does not approve, but having security and a life of her own is worth not marrying for love.

Now a young wife and mother of a young daughter, Louisa, Charlotte meets Mr. Travis, a local farmer who Lady Catherine de Bourgh has asked to plant roses at the parsonage. As their friendship develops over time, Charlotte begins to wonder, was she
Sigrid A
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some recent Austen adaptations have reimagined Pride and Prejudice from different racial, ethnic, or national perspectives (e.g., Ibi Zoboi's Pride, Corrie Garrett's Pride and Prejudice and Passports, and Soniah Kamal's Unmarriageable). These adaptations illustrate how questions of class, economics, and female independence continue to resonate beyond nineteenth-century drawing rooms.

Molly Greeley's new novel, The Clergyman's Wife (coming out Dec. 3, 2019), functions in a different way. This
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
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Annie McDonnell
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“The Clergyman’s Wife” by Molly Greeley really walks in the path alongside Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”. I felt the same tempo, magic and slow passage of time as when I read Jane Austen. There is nothing better than a book that makes you want to stop time!

I loved Charlotte Lucas, so it was wonderful to revisit with her.

Often these Austen retellings feel forced, and definitely not taken in stride; but that does not happen here. I truly felt taken away....Taken away in the beautiful use
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sad and gentle book. I always felt that Charlotte was one of the more substantial characters in Pride and Prejudice, but also quite ambivalent. There were times I felt Austen felt compassion for her predicament and other times I thought she was disdainful of her lack of courage. This was a nice rounding out of the character and a playing out of the consequences of her choice. The character the author fleshes out is no less worthy of our compassion and in some ways she is still an ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes it is fan fiction and yes it is a total pleasure to read! Charlotte Lucas married William Collins knowing that she did not love him and did not expect to love him. This delightful novel picks up where Austen left off and imagines Charlotte's life as William's wife, living in the parsonage. William remains totally entranced with Lady Catherine's pronouncements and totally oblivious to Charlotte (even, sadly, after the death of their first born). Charlotte, on the other hand, begins to blossom ...more
Rana Z
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
ARC for Novel Neighbor

Wonderful spin off to the Pride & Prejudice novel. I'm not usually a fan of reading the spin offs because I love the original so well. But this one was so well done. The ending did have me in a huff but when I thought about it some more it just couldn't have ended any other way.

Marriage, love, and class are themes. The worth of women during that time period and the importance of a good marriage match would determine the course of difficulty for her life. Would you
Mikaela (Booklover1974)
4,5 stars rounded up to 5

Finally a Pride and Prejudice spin-off I like!
The Clergyman's wife by Molly Greely is a debut and what a great one!

In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Charlotte Lucas is Elizabeth Bennetts best friend that marries William Collins, whom Elizabeth turned down when proposed to. This story is about Charlotte, now Collins, and her life after she got married. The author has done a fantastic job with developing Charlotte and her thoughts and feelings. The other characters
Stacey Houllis
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Allen and Urwin for my ARC copy of The Clergyman's Wife a Jane Austen Novel by Molly Greeley. This the first book I have read that follows characters from a Jane Austen Novel Pride and Prejudice . It is about Charlotte Lucas who marrys Clergyman William Collins and she talks of daily life with him. Given birth a daughter Louisa and a friendship she makes with Mr Travis. It goes through about the man woman relationships whether they marry for love or necessity for it as woman to be ...more
Tanya Hunter-Robinson
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the old-timey feel of the writing and the description of the characters surroundings, but I couldn’t quite get invested in the lead character, Charlotte. I know many women in those days had to view marriage as a strategic, practical move as opposed to love, where they may have to remove their personalities and wants in life, but for some reason... it really frustrated me of her seemingly feel helpless in her marriage and her life. Maybe I was after a ...more
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Molly Greeley was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where her addiction to books was spurred by her parents' floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. A graduate of Michigan State University, she began as an Education major, but switched to English and Creative Writing after deciding that gainful employment was not as important to her as being able to spend several years reading books and writing stories and ...more