Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Letters From Pemberley by Jane Dawkins
I did say at the end of the last book I read (Mr Darcys Great Escape by Marsha Altan) that the next book would seem pretty dull.
Well, may be but Letters from Pemberley is rescued by it’s charm.
It is written in the form of letters from Elizabeth Darcy the new mistress of Pemberley Manor, to her dearly beloved and newly wed Sister, Jane Bingley.
Sisters used to sharing their daily insights and inner feelings with each other I am sure, would keep in touch regularly wi regarding each others gossip of the day.
The author has moved characters from several of the other Jane Austen books and changed their names and moved then to Derbyshire, hence the Knightlys from Emma become the Daleys, it is easy to see which characters have been used even with the changed names and is a nice touch.
Mention is given to Mr Darcys schemes to up date his home and farming methods in keeping with the times, well researched and in character.
This book is calm charming and in no way racy, I feel it could have had a little more of Elizabeths cutting tone to it.
But pleasant none the less the letters from all the sisters to each other especially Lydias would be quite fun to read. May be that could be another book?