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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Darcys Give A Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style...Review

About the book:
The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels, where all the young people come together for a surprising and altogether satisfying ending

A charming little book. The subtitle is, "A gentle joke, Jane Austen style" and it is very much a delightful read.

The Darcy's second son, Henry, returns home from college and mentions that he is in love with Eliza Collins, the youngest daughter of Charlotte and Mr. Collins. Upon hearing this and discussing the issue, Elizabeth and Jane decide to plan a ball at Pemberley. The pretense of the ball is to celebrate their daughter Juliet's 18th birthday and Henry's entrance into society, but Elizabeth uses it as a chance to meet this young Eliza. She proceeds to bring many young people together. Young people with the familiar names of Brandon, Ferrars, Knightley, Wentworth and Elliot.

It's a light-hearted take on Pemberley, 25 years later. Miss Bingley still meddles, Jane and Elizabeth are still lovely, Mr. Collins finally inherits Longbourn, and hearts are broken and mischievousness abounds.

It's no secret that I don't normally like attempted Austen sequels. I have, of late though, been lucky in my wannabe-Austen reading. Elizabeth Newark captured a taste of Austen's language, without attempted to be her, and she has presented a unique and entertaining story.

The ball itself makes a lot more sense if you're familiar with Austen's other works...

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/08

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I don't usually like these types of sequels either. Thanks for the review.