Category Archives: Austen

review: Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman

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Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton Imagine Pride & Prejudice from the point in the book where Elizabeth Bennet declines Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal at Hunsford, as he takes his leave and begins to wonder where he went wrong. This is the basis for this Austen variation, in which the characters come to the… Read more »

review: Wickham’s Diary

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Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange This Pride and Prejudice novella focuses on George Wickham, infamous bad boy from Jane Austen’s original. As the son of Pemberley’s steward, George was never treated with the same respect as Fitzwilliam Darcy, though he possessed more graceful manners and a pleasant countenance. At first he thought this, along with his Pemberley connections, would be… Read more »

review: Henry Tilney’s Diary

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Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange A retelling of Northanger Abbey through the perspective of Henry Tilney and his sister, Eleanor, this story begins with the younger years of the Tilney siblings. Frederic, at eighteen, has recently been disappointed by a young lady and as a result has sworn off women—at least in the proper sense. He still wishes to… Read more »

review: Behind Jane Austen’s Door

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Behind Jane Austen’s Door by Jennifer Forest You can read scores of Regency novels and never quite know the proper etiquette for visiting, or the hierarchy of social classes and what is expected of each. You see the romantic and gentlemanly side of the characters, but never the societal rules governing who can speak to whom, and who you should… Read more »

review: Kitty Bennett’s Diary

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Kitty Bennet’s Dairy Pride & Prejudice Chronicles, Volume 3 by Anna Elliott Catherine “Kitty” Bennet may be Austen’s nondescript sister, but has been reinvented in this continuation as a heroine both witty and brave, and on a mission to find a husband for Mary. In Elliott’s previous novel (Volume 2) Kitty had lost her fiance in the Battle of Warterloo,… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Longbourn by Jo Baker Pride and Prejudice through the servants’ eyes—this is the story of the life of Sarah, the maid in charge of the laundry and other various chores of the Bennet household, coinciding with the events from Austen’s original. Sarah began as an orphan from the ‘poorhouse’, taken under Mrs. Hill’s wing and raised at Longbourn. Of an… Read more »

review: Darcy’s Story

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Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer This is the story of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice as related by the character of Mr. Darcy—nothing new to the incredibly prolific sub-genre of Austen variations, but possibly one of the first printed, as it came out in 1996, shortly after the popular mini-series featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. True to Austen’s characters… Read more »