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Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,186 ratings  ·  159 reviews
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence. As the years of her m ...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Whiteley Press (first published August 25th 2010)
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SheriC (PM)
This is my first Jane Austen fan-fiction, or whatever you call it when an author writes a new story with a new plot, but using the characters and setting created by another author, and sells it for money. Is it only fan-fic when it's posted on the internet for free with the standard disclaimers about not owning the imagined world or characters?

As a conventional romance, it was mildly entertaining. However, the characters of Charlotte and Maria were not at all consistent with the original charact
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J. W. Garrett
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.” William Shakespeare

Poor Charlotte, married a fool and then he died on her.

“Never, ladies, marry a fool. Any husband rather than a fool. With some other husband, you may be unhappy, but with a fool you will be miserable.” Daniel Defoe

Thank goodness, Charlotte requested/demanded a jointure in her marriage settlements, otherwise she wouldn’t have an income. She was always smart like that. She was
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Kate  Maxwell
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen enthuiasts
What a wonderful story for Charlotte Collins! I was constantly drawn away from my chores, trying to sneak a few more lines of this delightful story. Mrs. Becton did a wonderful job in detailing the scenes, with an economy of words, that made the reader feel as if she were near Charlotte - or was Charlotte - and experienced them personally.
The twists were also very nice, and helped to flesh out the story. There were those characters you wanted to smack, for being so odious, and there were times y
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QNPoohBear
3.5 stars rounded up

Charlotte Lucas Collins is now a widow after only 8 years of an unhappy marriage. She should feel free and happy, yet straightened circumstances and the ill health of her parents mean she must be content with what she has. Charlotte makes the most of her life in the village of Westerham living in a small cottage generously leased from Lady Catherine. Charlotte has her garden to keep her occupied and dutifully observes mourning for two years before the arrival of her younger s
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always contrive to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.” - Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice

What a bleak and unromantic view of marriage Charlott
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Jeffrey
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Poor Mr. Collins has met his maker in a horse and wagon accident leaving Mrs. Collins to fend for herself as best she can. Because her parents are in poor health and strapped for funds, Charlotte's lively young sister Maria had come to live with her and Charlotte attempts to launch her into polite society.

This is a quiet story, much in the style of Jane Austen, that accentuates the relationships between men and women of that era and especially the fragile behavior that women were subject to reg
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Teresita
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life gave her another chance

I always thought that Charlotte deserved a shot at happiness, and this interesting story gives it to her. Highly recommended!
Sophia
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was enchanted by the idea of reading the story of one of Pride and Prejudice's most prosaic and practical secondary characters. What would it be like for Charlotte Lucas Collins to set aside her notions and follow the path of love? More fascinating still, who would induce her to pursue love?

Not that I am a purist by any means when it comes to my enjoyment of Austenesque stories, but I did find the writing style, adherence to the characters that Jane Austen wrote, and the authentic feel of the
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Melissa
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Skylar Burris
I was glad to see another continuation of Charlotte Collins’s story. My own,
An Unlikely Missionary, was published in 2009, and I wondered at the time if anyone but me would care about the fate of this plain friend of Elizabeth Bennett. I realized that Charlotte may never be of as much interest to general Pride and Prejudice fans as she is to me: I have observed that my earlier novel Conviction: a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, which focused on Georgiana Darcy, continues to outse
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Rebecca Zimmerman
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-jane-austin
The cover touts the book as "a continuation of Pride and Prejudice". This is not really true. The main character is Charlotte Colin and that is where the comparison ends. The characters are not well developed. Jane Austin's wit and unique observations of people and the culture of her time period are totally missing from this book.

After saying this, I will say that this book was a pleasant read for a raining Sunday afternoon.
Megan
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Odious Mr. Collins departs this mortal coil and Charlotte (finally) gets a life. Well written. I enjoyed it!
Elise
Feb 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
Currently free on Amazon! (Kindle edition)
Marcy Waldenville
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Becton has a new fan. This was a lovely, well thought out, beautifully written book. A noble addition to Miss Austen's characters.
Kaitlin Moore-Morley
I've been rewarding myself when I exercise by letting myself listen to light fluffy books. This was a light fluffy book, fo sho.

First... the name pronunciation in regency England is Mar-I-ah not Mar-ee-ah. There was a vowel shift in the late 19th century. Good god, people.

Second... why are there no strong female characters? Everybody is either a gossip, a prude, malicious, or stupid. I get that Jane Austen wasn't always kind to her sex, but Pride and Prejudice had it's fair share of strong women
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Rachel
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a sweet and entertaining romance in an extended Pride & Prejudice universe. This novella actually makes me sympathetic to Charlotte, a character I never really cared about before, but I still didn't like this story as much as the other two in the series.
Rachel
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring
Agathe
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jo
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
never really sure about follow-ons to classic novels but this wasn't bad.
Maria Grazia
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
“…Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune,and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, chapter 22)


This is how we knew Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet’s
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Justine
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cosy read that surprised me - not because of the originality of the plot - but because of the pleasure I took in reading Charlotte Collins' story!

I'm not a great fan of romances, except when they are in classics, because they seem more authentic to me. It feels superficial in contemporary books, and I can't bear insta love. So I stay away from romances. But my cousin lent me Charlotte Collins, and told me she thought I would enjoy it. I trusted her, and took it back home. But I let it wait o
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Miguelina Perez
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pride and Prejudice could be called Jane Austen’s flagship novel. Its themes focus on issues of manners, morality, marriage, and love. Charlotte Lucas, a minor character in Pride and Prejudice, is the close friend of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the story’s heroine. Charlotte is older and more practical than her younger friend.

When Mr. Collins, a distant relation to the Bennets, is rejected by Elizabeth, Charlotte seizes the opportunity to accept Mr. Collins’ proposal of marriage in order to acquire s
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IndieJane
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have always had a special place in my heart for Charlotte Collins (formerly Lucas) from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is so easy to compare her to Elizabeth, to applaud Elizabeth’s rejection of Mr. Collins, and lament Charlotte’s persuing of him. After all, who would want to be married to someone like Mr. Collins? The reader often feels dissapointed in Charlotte, and that her weakness highlights Elizabeth’s strength. I have never felt dissapointed in Charlotte, but I have felt desperately s ...more
Jessica Grey
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have always had a special place in my heart for Charlotte Collins (formerly Lucas) from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is so easy to compare her to Elizabeth, to applaud Elizabeth’s rejection of Mr. Collins, and lament Charlotte’s pursuit of him. After all, who would want to be married to someone like Mr. Collins? The reader often feels disappointed in Charlotte, and that her weakness highlights Elizabeth’s strength. I have never felt disappointed in Charlotte, but I have felt desperately so ...more
Barbara
I've read a few alternate Jane Austen fan-fic type stories lately, and this is the best one to date. Although I think it's difficult for many people alive today to be able to emulate perfectly an author who lived in the Regency period, this story was entertaining and plausible. If not precisely the language, the feeling and tone of Jane Austen's stories is captured here, as well as the manners of the period in question, a time when propriety and social skills, even for a woman lucky enough to be ...more
The Sunday Book Review
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In Charlotte Collins, Jennifer Becton tries to tackle a subject few others have tried. She wrote a continuation of Pride and Prejudice without using the main characters as the topic. Many have asked “What ever happens to Charlotte Collins?” Well now you have one author’s brilliant interpretation.

Through this story, Jennifer brings forth emotions that every woman goes through, no matter what time period she is in. Do we marry for love or convenience? Once Charlotte finds herself as a widow, she g
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Betty
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
by Jennifer Becton (Goodreads Author)
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 · rating details · 134 ratings · 49 reviews
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not
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Patti
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to so many 5 star reviews of “Charlotte Collins” by author Jennifer Becton, I decided to give it a try.

Charlotte Collins is a minor, but still important, character in my forever favorite, “Pride & Prejudice”. This spin-off takes Charlotte into a new adventure of life after the untimely death of her rather silly husband, Mr. Collins. Charlotte never believed that love was a necessary, or important component in marriage and she followed that personal philosophy by marrying Mr. Collins
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Laura
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Collins is one of my favorite characters from the novel Pride and Prejudice. Charlotte is a plain woman that is considered an “old maid” at age 27. Realizing that she has few options in life, she decides to put reason over love and marries the odious Mr. Collins for financial security.

In the novel Charlotte Collins, Mr. Collins has met with an unfortunate accident and Charlotte finds herself a widow at age 35. She settles down in a small cottage that she rents at a reduced rate from La
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Jaylia3
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Collins has always been prudent and proper. Marrying Mr. Collins may not have led to a life of love and passion, but it was the careful thing to do. Now that Mr. Collins has died in an accident she would like to live a simple, quiet life in the cottage she’s renting from Lady Catherine de Bourgh. When her impulsive, marriage-obsessed sister Maria moves in with her, however, Charlotte must act as a chaperone and she finds herself attending all manner of social functions, including balls ...more
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