Clare Cannon's Reviews > The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style

The Darcys Give a Ball by Elizabeth Newark
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Jun 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
Recommended for: 10-16 years (girls)
Read in June, 2008

Austen lovers will enjoy this light-hearted visit to Austen country where the characters ring true, the situation is perfect, and the conclusion is everything you hope for.

While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels. Sons and daughters share the physical and personality traits of their parents, but of course have minds of their own.

Amidst an abundance of dubious ‘follow-up’ novels it’s nice to find one that reflects the tone and depth of Austen’s world.

One note of warning: the author's sequel to Jane Eyre is very disappointing.

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