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Mrs Darcy's Dilemma by Diana Birchall
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bookshelves: austen-spinoffs
Read in August, 2009

Another reviewer said that she thought this was a respectable effort, and I'd agree with that. (And I appreciate that it sounds a little condescending, but I mean it in a good way.) The book doesn't pander to horny Regency obsessives, nor does it come up with anything too out of the realm of Austen's reality. I really liked that. I liked that it didn't resort to gimmicks, and that Birchall managed to capture some of the liveliness of Elizabeth's wit and charm.

Elizabeth's children are growing up, and out of the goodness of her heart, she invites two of her sister Lydia's oldest children to come and stay at Pemberly. Hijinks ensue. It's a good story, with smart moments of commentary, and I think most Austen lovers/purists would dig it.
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