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review: Charlotte Collins

Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton Mr. Collins has suddenly passed away in an unfortunate riding accident, leaving Charlotte a widow in her mid-30’s. She invites her sister, Miss Maria Lucas, to live with her and use her as chaperone on outings within their group of acquaintances. Both Charlotte and Maria end up with two interested gentlemen—though Charlotte has made it quite clear she’s not looking for love—and the webs of intrigue begin. Becton’s Charlotte is a sober, though fallible character, and makes an easily admired protagonist. Maria takes a bit of warming up to, as she begins much like the younger Bennett sisters, flighty and silly. However, she grows up within the pages and by the end is well-regarded. The story line is not quite…

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review: Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton This continuation concentrates on the character of Caroline Bingley, who is sent by her brother back to their mother’s home in the north when she refused to apologize for her part in separating Charles and Jane. Along with a mysterious hired companion, Caroline’s journey took her many miles from London society and placed her in the household of her mother’s second husband, a tradesman. Though a respected bridge architect and very wealthy, his rough manners are a stark reminder of Caroline’s own non-gentile roots, especially when she finds a school acquaintance in town, along with an eligible titled brother. With yet another potential suitor on the horizon–Caroline’s step-father’s business partner–she begins her…

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