Pemberley Manor ...Darcy and Elizabeth, for Better or for Worse

Pemberley Manor Darcy and Elizabeth for Better or for Worse How does happily ever after really work As marriage brings an end to a romantic tale it begins a new story how does happily ever after really work While Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley might be expec

  • Title: Pemberley Manor ...Darcy and Elizabeth, for Better or for Worse
  • Author: Kathryn L. Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781402218521
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • How does happily ever after really work As marriage brings an end to a romantic tale, it begins a new story how does happily ever after really work While Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley might be expected to get on famously, Mr and Mrs Darcy will surely need to work on their communication skills What forces in Darcy s past would give such a good man so difficult aHow does happily ever after really work As marriage brings an end to a romantic tale, it begins a new story how does happily ever after really work While Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley might be expected to get on famously, Mr and Mrs Darcy will surely need to work on their communication skills What forces in Darcy s past would give such a good man so difficult a public demeanor The author posits an imaginative family background for Darcy from which he would have inherited his sense of social superiority and duty to the family name When Darcy reverts to type, will Elizabeth s stubborn optimism win the day after the honeymoon is over While they say that opposites attract, how long can Lizzy and Darcy s fundamentally different personalities get along without friction Can they learn to understand each other Can their love prevail over the inevitable clashes

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    1. Laughter is the best medicine…at least it’s better than a bitter pill.This was not a quick read, not canon, not our beloved Austen fest. I salute the author’s attempt to mimic the language of the Austen/Regency period; however, it slowed it down a bit for me. Plus, I felt this story leaned more toward the Gothic than to Austen. There was a dark brooding presence that pushed the story. The atmosphere around Pemberley was not friendly at all. Even though we did not have an actual ghost, the [...]

    2. I bought this book on Pearl harbor day 2013. (an omen perhaps) I struggle to give it three stars.This is a P&P sequel; that starts with the wedding of Mrs. Bennet's two most deserving daughters. And goes far a field from canon. It introduces some new characters, alters some familiar characters and generally filled with so much distress, suspicion, perturbation, melancholia and unhappiness that it was really painful to read. The remainder of my review will be hidden because it will contain ba [...]

    3. Pemberley Manor was well written, but a little too much emotional overload for me. I found myself annoyed and hoping it was almost over, not a good sign. Elizabeth is always laughing and Mr. Darcy is continually crying. Emotion is touching, but it was somewhat ridiculous. This book should only credit two stars, however, the author is a superb writer. I would read a second attempt from her and hope that her imagination and interpretation would be expressed more to my enjoyment.

    4. In some ways this story was a refreshing change from the typical P&P sequels. Elizabeth and Darcy's early married life isn't all rainbows & unicorns. There are plenty of quarrels, and I find that Elizabeth's characterization is fairly well done. Darcy, while improved from the overly affectionate Darcy often seen, does has room for improvement. His constant crying was rather off-putting. With that being said, it was a much better read than most offerings.

    5. Written by a friend of ours in the Longfellow neighborhood. She was nominated for an award by a Jane Austen society and went to England for the awards ceremony. She didn't win, but she said she was pleased because it was properly Minnesotan to be proud to be nominated but then not to have one.

    6. This was given to me by a friend. It was somewhat interesting. She did a good job imitating Jane Austen's writing style, but the story was ponderous and covered the same ground over and over.

    7. A 'Pride and Prejudice' sequel that Jane Austen might actually have written (or at least enjoyed!). I've read a variety of Jane Austen sequels/spin-offs and this is by far the best I've found. This is no sleazy romance masquerading as an Austenesque novel (outside of dancing and being handed in and out of carriages, Miss Austen hardly mentions any form of male/female physical contact, what would she think of our modern obsession of peeking in at the bedroom window on the wedding night?!) There i [...]

    8. I think I picked up this paperback at a library sale. I'm glad I read enough of the reviews before starting the book to see that many Jane Austen fans did not care for this novel. Being fore-warned helped me get past the upsetting first chapters until it settled into a tolerable read. I will grant three stars since I believe this to be a "labor of love" by the author, meaning to celebrate both the Austen original and (too obviously) the BBC/Colin Firth adaptation. Like many other reviewers, I di [...]

    9. At times I had to stop and remind myself that this book was NOT written by Jane Austin. The author captured her style, her characterizations and observations so consistently. I was hoping that this would only be the first in a series but no such luck. I cannot find another book by this author. I'm so disappointed; I hope nothing bad happened to her.

    10. You have got to be kidding me. I was actually indifferent to this. Usually an Austen sequel is so bad by plot or writing or abuse of source that it's risable, but this one, despite its flaws, was just eh. That's not fair: I want my snark.In Elizabeth's letter to Aunt Gardiner to tell her she's engaged, she says, "You must all come to Pemberley at Christmas." Violating the first principle of the Austen sequel, that it must be faithful to the text, this visit doesn't happen. Instead Elizabeth, Dar [...]

    11. This book was OKAY. It was a very slow read for me and although fairly engaging when I read it I just wasn't that keen to ever pick it back up. I enjoyed the Caroline Bingley aspect to this story which I found entertaining. I loved the way Elizabeth dealt with criticism from certain characters and how she was still really close with Jane amongst other people in the book.Some things however annoyed me. Mr Darcy just cried TOO much and by crying I mean sobbing more than once in basically every cha [...]

    12. This book was not bad for a sequel. There were a couple of things in the book that I didn't like. The author really gets off track in some instances in keeping with the original story. She brings in a character that is portrayed as homosexual which I felt was far from where Jane Austen would have gone. Adding a homosexual character felt even more out of place than the in-depth bedroom scenes you find in so many other sequels. Also, while we all enjoy a sensitive man, Mr. Darcy cried way too much [...]

    13. I love Austen "sequels," but this one was disappointing. Darcy obviously hasn't learned enough to temper his prejudices, or how to read Elizabeth. He spends the majority of the book hurting Elizabeth emotionally, then getting all huffy because she gets upset and he doesn't understand why. Then he runs away for a few hours, finally realizes he's in the wrong and returns to tell Elizabeth how sorry he is that he's such a cad and he'll try to behave better next time. I really got sick of his snivel [...]

    14. There are so many 'sequels' to Pride and Prejudice that are so awful it makes me cringe. Thankfully, this one isn't one of those. While there are some 'hmm, that's odd' momentsI'll get to those latere main body of this book is well done. The writing style is very similar to Jane Austen's and the dialogue seems to work. There's a bit more dialogue than typical Austen works, but that's ok, Nelson at least makes the characters sound like they are supposed to sound. And the banter between Darcy and [...]

    15. Well, who could really match Jane Austen anyway? Gotta hand to to Nelson for audacity, and she doesn't write all that poorly, so we might look for a future, non fanfic sort of book. I couldn't help but read thiswho doesn't want to hear more about Darcy and Elizabeth?--but the book doesn't come close to its model. And who would be surprised by that?This is not Darcy as we know him (really, he is constantly sniveling). Lizzie fares a little better. The final plot twists are reallyum, not true to t [...]

    16. This book was different . . . I picked it because it promised turmoil in the Darcy marriage and I thought that would be more realistic than the ones that are "happily ever afters". This book certainly delivered, but it was way off the mark for my tastes. I had to remind myself that I wasn't reading a Jane Eyre sequel, but had it been, it would have been perfect for it. Actually, if this book had been a stand alone with unknown characters I would have loved it. I thought the struggle and growth t [...]

    17. The good: something of Austen's tone in bits of the dialogue and the more biting of the descriptions; captures the salient aspects of Elizabeth's character; plot isn't completely beyond the realm of belief as often is the case.The meh: far too much melodrama; pacing drags a bit in places; too many sappy conversations between the principals; Georgiana's rapid-fire courtship.The bad: characterization of Darcy. The family backstory created for him was plausible enough but I just can't buy that he's [...]

    18. I liked it, and I will keep it on my shelf. Read it start to finish in a few days because the story drove me on. It's a lot more psychological than Austen's original work. I had trouble reconciling the way Darcy's character was played out with my perceptions of him from the first book; however I love what the author did with the character of Caroline Bingley. I was sad that the James Fitzwilliam storyline dropped off the radar; I liked what the author did with him to begin with. It's well writt [...]

    19. I have to say that I found the beginning boring I know that the story is supposed to begin somehow but the pace was so slow. I loved the different pov's, but it didn't mind that Caroline Bingley's pov was left out. But the reason for buying this book was because of Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship, but there wasn't enough of them in this book in my opinion, not until the last 100 or so pages, which also were the part where I began to like Caroline or should I say the new Caroline. I would howe [...]

    20. This is one of my least favorite Jane Austen inspired books. Darcy is full of remorse and angst. His boyhood friend Trevor returns. In this one, Darcy thinks Trevor could be Georgiana's father. Then he thinks he has a relationship with Elizabeth. Darcy leaves Elizabeth alone while she loses their child. He fights the "ghosts" of Pemberley - basically his over sexed mother's memory. Finally, he learns Trevor couldn't be Georgiana's father because Trevor is a homosexual. Of course, everyone embrac [...]

    21. I loved this book! I definitely found it hard to put down. I was also very happy with the way the characters were kept true to what Jane Austen wrote. There was another review that said Mr.Darcy was a bit of a cry baby. I did kind of agree with that. Although since I am a huge fan of these characters I will find a way to justify it! haha Without giving anything away I'd like to think the tears are just from going through such an emotional change. Anyway I won't continue to ramble on. In my opini [...]

    22. For those of us who love Pride and Prejudice, are always wondering what happens to Elizabeth and Darcy next, and are hopeless romantics, this the book. Nelson writes in Austen's style so much so it would be difficult to distinguish them. But alas, Darcy's strong character changes so much that he is no longer believeable, I don't think Austen would have permitted him to lose his identity so quickly.

    23. Another fabulous entry in the Austen canon. This author has a beautiful style, extremely reminiscent of Austen (perhaps a bit more spoken dialog). She is beautifully true to the original characters and introduces new characters and back-story seamlessly. A beautiful portrayal of the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy without descending into tawdry territory. Definitely tops my list of sequels.

    24. I've given up trying to find a perfect Austen sequel. All are by necessity written from a vantage point of some two hundred years and nobody can copy Austen's wit anyways. Quibbles aside (and they bothered me much less than I thought they would) Pemberley Manor was an absorbing read. Darcy has some mommy problems; they make up most of the plot, which I enjoyed more than I thougt I would. Not perfect, but well-written, compelling book.

    25. This was an excellent sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It was written in a similar enough style that I didn't think it was a totally impossible continuation. The story made sense and it picks up pretty much where P&P leaves off. Caroline Bingley is a bitch, Darcy is moody, Lizzy is thoughtful and intelligent with a huge heart, and Georgiana and Jane are faithful friends till the end. A wonderful sequel. Smooth read. I hope that I see more from this author.

    26. Solid 3 1/2 star book, but enough flaws to drag it down to 3. First, Col. Fitzwilliam is called James???? Um, no. His name is Richard. Second, Darcy cries too much. Third, kind of a slow section in the middle, but it picks up again at the end. Fortunately it has some redeeming qualities as well. Very well written in terms of matching the tone of Austen's era. It's also an interesting idea for a story, a departure from the standard romance-fest that most P&P fanfics are.

    27. It has some interesting moments. This continuation makes Darcy far more complex and in some ways the darkness of his past is a bit much. Sometimes Darcy is an emotional wreck, which is not very attractive. I wanted him to just get over it and move on. However, if you are interested in something original, with a mixture of new characters and an emotionally troubled Darcy you may like this.

    28. It's disappointing to give this book a low rating since if it hadn't been fixed on presenting Darcy and Georgiana's mother as an evil, capricious enchantress who spent her time ensnaring and bewitching good men and ruining their lives with her wiles it would have been good.But it was fixed on that. So fuck it.

    29. Oh my! If Mr Darcy had been this prone to crying in P & P I would not have liked him half as much. While the writting style stayed true to Jane Austen's style I dont think the story was executed well.

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