by Kathryn L. Nelson

May 2009
ISBN: 978-1402217579
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It is almost scary how beautifully written this story is. Pemberley Manor was written as a continuation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It documents the wedding ceremonies of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and those of her sister, Jane Bennett and Charles Bingley.

The Bingleys have a well-suited marriage of peace and harmony. Charles is easy-going and pleasant. His wife, Jane, continues to be the epitome of sainthood in her disposition. The only real problem that exists is the barely veiled hostility of his sisters, Caroline and Louisa, toward Jane's inferior birth. However, that is a problem they are more than willing and able to ignore.

The real problems are with the Darcys. Fitzwilliam is battling the past ghosts of his parents tumultuous relationship and Elizabeth with her ever present optimism is willing to aid him in the fight. The reappearance of two people from his parents' past causes Mr and Mrs. Darcy to face the truth and hopefully have enough courage for the future.

Pemberley Manor is a well written piece of literature. What I loved about this book is it answered a lot of questions and filled in the gaps left in Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Nelson has really written something special here. She captures the same spirit of Jane Austen's book. The language, characters, and the story plot are all reminiscent of the prior book. As an English teacher I would recommend this book to be read in addition to Pride and Prejudice. Most of the time sequels are bad, but this story tells of how a couple who love each other fight the demons of the past and dare to hope for a future.

Reviewed in April 2009 by Lakisha.

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