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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Everybody thinks that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is twenty-seven years old, unmarried, plain, and seemingly without ambition. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is angry at her for undervaluing herself. Yet the decision is the only way Charlotte knows to provide for her futu ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 14th 2020 by Manilla Press
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 -4 stars

This continuation story of Charlotte’s character in a full book was surprising, it was unexpected in terms of the story direction and wholly enjoyable overall. Charlotte is a character who has always had my attention every time I’ve read or watched Pride & Prejudice. I think we’ve all struggled to understand her decision over Mr Collins, at least initially. This book explored her as a person but also their relationship as a couple. However this book is all Charlotte as a women in all
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I have to confess that Pride and Prejudice was always one of my least favourite Jane Austen novels, until that is I watched the 2005 movie adaptation, which I adore. Since then I’ve read only a few of what must be hundreds of retellings/sequels/reimaginings/modern adaptions of the novels, of which Charlotte is one.

Helen Moffett takes a unique approach to the canon by placing Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Darcy’s (née Bennett) friend, at the heart of her own story. It begins several years after Char
Nerine Dorman
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me will have a pretty good idea that Regency-era novels are possibly not quite on my radar, but I'm a firm believer of reading widely and reading outside of my chosen genres, so here goes. Charlotte by Helen Moffett is the sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice you didn't know you needed to read. But truth be told, I'd heard so much about darling Charlotte that I went and read Pride and Prejudice so that I'd be suitably prepared with all the back story in place.

I'll start b
The Charlotte who emerges from the book is loyal, honest, intelligent, an attentive, loving mother and wife. Above all, she’s a pragmatist, her aim being ‘to secure a future free of anxiety and material want’ for herself and her children. The author provides the reader with a different picture of the relationship between Charlotte and Mr Collins than might be imagined from Pride and Prejudice. Although a marriage of convenience initially, there is mutual affection and, at times, even desire betw ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read. Charlotte has always intrigued me. The introvert in me adores the way she puts aside the risks of romance and settles for the security and solitude of marriage to Mr Collins. I was so excited to read more about her.

Moffet is true to Pride and Prejudice in detail and fact but turns many assumptions and (dare I say it) prejudices about the characters that Austen has reduced to caricature. Charlotte, Mr Collins and even Elizabeth are seen through fresh eyes. But my f
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Lucas is plain, poor and unmarried at a time when all these things matter hugely to a woman, whose only security in the world resides on that of the matrimonial state.
Determined to change the course of her life Charlotte marries Mr. Collins, an affable clergyman.
It is not a love match but she derives pleasure from being a helpmeet to William and caring for their children until that is the death of her son Tom.
Grieving and unable to get over the loss she goes to stay with her best frien
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I always liked the character of Charlotte and to learn more about her after the events of Pride and Prejudice I knew would be intriguing to read about.

This book shows Charlotte to be a strong, kind and intelligent woman who only wants to ensure her daughters grow up happy and secure financially. Living in a time when society is a mans world and the women have an inferior status, Charlotte finds it very difficult to see why men should rule and she uses subtle manipulative ways to get what she wa
Angela Moore Garden Tea Cakes and Me
3.5 to 4 stars

I'm one of the many Jane Austen fans who particularly love Pride and Prejudice. So it is with excitement and nervousness I read Charlotte, I desperately want the world of Pride and Prejudice to live on but also I don't want to ruin my love for it. Don't worry this book will not disappoint.

We meet familiar characters and homes that we know well. We meet Charlotte after she has been married for a number of years. She has a family, is settled into the life of a cleryman's wife, she ea
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely continuation of the story of Charlotte Collins, the inimitable Austen character from Pride and Prejudice. Equally heartbreaking and hopeful, Moffett weaves an emotive and sweet tale where Charlotte comes into her own as a mother, a wife and a heroine.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered what happened after Pride and Prejudice ends, who was happy, who got married, who made waves in the world?
There is a good chance that even if you have, you have never given a thought to Charlotte Collins, and what became of her.
But this book is here to remind us that Charlotte was a strong, determined woman - as strong and determined as Lizzy Bennett in fact.

The author of Charlotte did a phenomenal job of recreating the Regency world of Jane Austen, and the writing is so d
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte's turn...

Bit of a confession to make...despite being a fan of the tv adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (particularly Colin Firth's Mr Darcy!), I've never finished the book. I've tried a couple of times, but I never seem to be entertained enough to get through it. Classics are just not my go to! Subsequently, this book is something I wouldn't normally gravitate towards, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it.

I was totally lost in the side-story of Charlotte's character and her l
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte explores the life of Elizabeth Bennet's closest friend after the events of Pride and Prejudice. Having married the generally disliked Mr Collins, whose proposal Elizabeth had previously rejected, Charlotte moved to a new life away from everything she knew. This book is set about seven years later, though it also takes some familiar turns back to events from the original novel. I enjoyed how these flashbacks were tied in, and known events from Austen's book were made part of Charlotte's ...more
Margot Doherty
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“You don’t have to be crazy to work here – but it helps.” Remember the stickers you could buy at Cardies, for gifting on a colleague’s birthday or sticking up on the microwave in the communal kitchen, back in a time when we had joke stickers, and offices in which to display them?
In a similar vein, and similarly going back to another era, you don’t have to have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to enjoy Helen Moffett’s Charlotte, but it helps.
The fact that there’s a whole genre of Jane Aust
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I love Jane Austen and books which are either modern re-tellings of her stories or which feature her characters. The eponymous Charlotte of this book is, of course, Charlotte Lucas from Pride & Prejudice, or Mrs Collins as she becomes. We follow what happens to Charlotte following her marriage to Elizabeth Bennet's cousin Mr Collins and on an extended visit to Pemberley with her daughters.

Helen Moffett has really captured the essence of t
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I usually avoid re-imaginings of books I love, but this was recommended by a friend and I reluctantly decided to give it a go.

Written quite faithfully in the style of Jane Austen, it tells the backstory of Charlotte Lucas, her marriage to Mr Collins and her life as a clergyman's wife. The familiar characters of Eliza and Mr Darcy, Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh at to the story, sometimes in surprising ways. Charlotte, although a dutiful wife and mother, develops feminist leanings as her narro
Egle (readingfreakquotes)
Thanks to the author, Readers First and publishers for a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Once I read the first short impression of the story on Readers First I was totally intrigued by it and jumped in for an opportunity to win a physical copy of it. But once I started reading an actual book, I was a bit thrown off and conflicted by Charlotte’s character and found events in places hard to believe and relate to. I have to be honest with you though and mention that this was
Penny Haw
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things that I loved about this book, many of which have been mentioned previously on this platform, so I’ll just list a few. I loved:

• being reminded of the wit, stylistic genius and relevance of Jane Austen, and being taken back in time;
• the richness of the language and imagery;
• how different Charlotte is from other excellent new literature;
• the descriptions of the countryside, seasons (with associated activities in the garden and kitchen), and the activities, particularly
May 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
LEAVE JANE AUSTEN ALONE. I'm a glutton for punishment, I've read too many of these weird Austen sequels. This one was... terrible. I realised that about 8% in when Charlotte has an orgasm after about ten seconds of Mr Collins (MR. COLLINS.) thrusting into her 🙄. The book then proceeds to tell a really, really, really boring story of Charlotte falling in love with some bland Austrian musician, interspersed with descriptions of Anne de Bourgh as Gentleman Jack. I'm still not over that bloody scene ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Lucas for me is the hero of P&P so I was eager to read this recommended feminist addition to the post-Austen canon. It was well written and mostly sympathetic to the characters of P&P but unsatisfying too - I could not imagine Charlotte, dear Charlotte, behaving quite like that.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight of a book, telling the ongoing story of some of the more peripheral characters of Pride and Prejudice. Charlotte always seemed to have made a poor choice, in my opinion, but that thought has been altered considerably after reading this book. Perhaps she was a lot more shrewd than I have previously given her credit for. I also enjoyed the way Anne de Bourgh's character was developed in this story, and she might have ended up being my favourite character of all. Read it - you w ...more
Jayne Bauling
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved getting to know Charlotte, the ordered busyness of the life she has made for herself, wife to Mr Collins and mother of his children. The changing seasons of the countryside and the round of domestic tasks that go with them draw you in to a quieter, slower time. Then there is the leisurely idyll of simple diversions when Charlotte and her daughters visit Pemberley, where Elizabeth Darcy has anxieties of her own.
In some ways this is a novel about grief and healing, but it is so much more t
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pride and Prejudice is such an iconic and important literary work that it sometimes feels books about the era in which it's set or are sequels are over done.
This is not the case with Helen Moffett's Charlotte. Charlotte is a refreshing, fun and interesting take on the life of Charlotte Lucas Elizabeth Bennet's best friend. If you are fan of the era and Pride and Prejudice then this a novel to add to your reading list.
Paige Nick
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word, I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and it’s finally in my library. This novel picks up where Austen’s Pride & Prejudice leaves off, only told from the perspective of Charlotte Lucas, Lizzy Bennet’s best friend.
Beautifully written and elegantly crafted and perfectly narrated.
Jun 10, 2020 added it
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I can’t leave any stars as didn’t finish this book. I read first two chapters and found it so bad I couldn’t read on. Lizzie came across really selfish and self centred - pouring out her own woes to Charlotte who had just lost a son!
Perhaps it improves as it finds its story but it wasn’t for me.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
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Natalie Bagshaw
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Charlotte is a work of historical fiction which is supposed to be a continuation of Pride and Prejudice. It follows the story of Charlotte Lucy's who married Mr Collins and carried on her life with him.

The opening to this book was excellent, the first chapter or so hooked me. Charlotte experiences such loss that I found myself empathising with her and feeling emotional. The author uses such beautiful language and has such a descriptive style of writing that often I felt like I was in the room wi
Gayle Noble
The story of Charlotte Lucas, a peripheral character in Pride & Prejudice, Lizzie's close friend who inexplicably marries Mr Collins. This book shows the world of P&P from Charlotte's view: one of an unmarried woman of no fortune who is all too aware of the fact that she lacks the requisite beauty and wit to dream of one day marrying someone like Mr Bingley or Mr Darcy.

This was (mostly) an engrossing read, seeing the events of P&P from a third party view was interesting. I liked how the author
Becca Ackrill
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really anxious about reading this book as I am such a fan of Pride and Prejudice and was worried that Moffett would change the characters too much. I was initially disappointed was the portrayal of Elizabeth however this changed towards the end of the book after the delightful scenes at Pemberley. I thought the character development of Charlotte was brilliant, she was in my opinion at bit of a one sided flat character in the original but this book really bought her out into a fully rounded ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
This was my first read of 2021 and it was a little disappointing. When I heard there was a novel detailing the life of Charlotte Lucas from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice I was intrigued. I always thought she would be an interesting character to explore a bit more.

This novel’s attempt to do just that falls short for me and it has nothing to do with whether or not it showed the life I envisioned for her. For a while I enjoyed it, but as it went on I simply enjoyed it less and less. I cannot re
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