Anyone who has spent any time on this blog knows just how I feel about Pride and Prejudice. It has been unwaveringly in my Top 5 (or 2) ever since I read it for the first time in middle school. I have seen many of the film and TV series adaptations, and I reread it once a year. So it is only natural, then, to want to know what happened next. Happily enough, there are no shortage of books written that continue the tale or write about some of the side characters. Sadly, some are so off of the mark that I cannot even fathom finishing them.
It’s always a concern that a continuation of a book written in a different time period won’t have the same voice. And while the appropriately named Ms. Elliott states that she suffers no delusions about comparing her writing style to Jane Austen’s, it is clear that she absolutely tries her best to write in a similar manner, using the verbiage and cadence of the time. Not once while (or should I say “whilst”) reading did I catch myself grumping over a modern word usage. Also, the subjects and characters all fit in nicely with what I considered to be a proper representation of the times.
Our story begins a year or so after Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are wed. Written as a diary from the point of view of Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, she expresses her love of one man in particular while expecting to never wed because of her shy nature. That doesn’t keep her formidable aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, from thrusting any number of eligible bachelors her way (much to her embarrassment).
Included are many of the characters we know and love/hate from the original, plus many new ones to enjoy/boo. We get to know Georgiana’s cousin, Anne de Bourgh, much better, seeing her more as real person than just a slightly ailing and pale girl who says nothing. All of the propriety, wickedness, longing and dancing that you would expect from Ms. Austen are present. Though I cannot speak for the original authoress, I deem this volume to be “delightful and entertaining.”
Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott was published April 20, 2011, by Wilton Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Historical Romance Companion Series
Ages: 12 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #15: Read a book set in the Regency era (1788-1830). (1 point)