Monday, September 20, 2010
Author: Jennifer Becton
Publisher: Whiteley Press
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2010
paperback, 248 pages
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence.
As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband’s simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, she must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen.
But when an unprincipled gentleman compromises Charlotte’s reputation, her romantic thoughts disappear at the prospect of losing her independence. As she struggles to extricate herself from her slander, her situation reveals both the nature of each gentleman and of true love.
I know I have mentioned this before but I will repeat it again: I love Jane Austen sequels. I picked this one because I have never read or seen a sequel dedicated to Charlotte Collins before. For those of you who don't know, Charlotte marries the odious Mr. Collins after Elizabeth Bennett refuses to marry him. I don't know how other people view this union, but to me Charlotte sentenced herself to a life of tediousness and boredom. Jennifer Becton picks up Charlotte's story after the death of Mr. Collins. She longs to live out her days in peace and quiet but life and Maria have other plans for her. I really like this book! The story line was fantastic. It has twists and turns, heartache and humor. I loved the new characters that Jennifer introduced us to. Mr. Ben Basford is now a favorite of mine. I hope everyone loves him as much as I do. This is a great romantic read. You will fall in love with Charlotte as she learns to follow her heart. I sincerely hope that Jennifer Becton will write more books about Jane Austen beloved characters.
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*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
** book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Marcie at 7:01 AM