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Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton
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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 goes into hermit mode, wearing mourning colors for two years after the passing of her non-loving husband and not keeping up to date with society. It is only after her sister comes to live with her that she is forced to present herself to the world again and answer all those questions circulating in her head.

This book is well written and can speak to any woman who reads it’s pages. Age, race and income do not matter. You begin on this journey with Charlotte where she questions whether marriage really can be about love or if it’s just a way to earn ranking, and just as you begin to see her point of you, everything changes. She is met with a man who turns her life around. Could this be what love is like? Could she finally marry out of feelings and not just convenience?

By this point, Jennifer Becton has the reader at a high. Love exists! Women can be happy after having been in a bad marriage. You want to cheer for Charlotte! And then the author rips the rug from under you in such a way you are left in shock, awe, disgust and amazed. This is what Charlotte has been dreaming for…isn’t it?

While the writing is crisp and true to the time period, you in no way feel out of touch with the issues presented or how they are reacted to. Jennifer has a great book in her hands and I hope to see much more from her. Charlotte Collins A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton

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October 20, 2010 – Shelved

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