Monday, August 3, 2009
Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst
"Everyone had a voice. Everyone had an opinion."
Judith Brocklehurst, the author of "Darcy And Anne" is a wonderful writer. While reading this sequel, I had to keep shaking myself and telling myself that Jane Austen had not written this book. Judith Brocklehurst smoothly writes about the Regency Period and the characters of "Pride and Prejudice" just as, I think, Jane Austen would have done it herself.
Visiting Pemberley all over again was wonderful. At Pemberley, Darcy and Anne are extremely happy. Truly, this is a marriage made in heaven. I think Anne, Darcy's cousin, wants the same situation for herself. Sadly, during this period a woman saying she wants to marry for more than rank and money mystifies other people. Why marry for love and romance? If it comes along later during the marriage, fine. If it never comes, fine. After all, you have a man to take care of you, a home and friends.
This book is mainly about Anne. Anne proves to be a very interesting character. We see her grow from dependence to independence. Lady Catherine is her mother. In my eyes, a very controlling woman. With the support of friends, Anne speaks out and speaks out again.
Guess who else makes an appearance? Mr. Bennett, Elizabeth's father. I like him. I especially like him because he loves books shops. I also love him because he is there at Pemberley waiting when Elizabeth and Darcy need him big time. Then, there is Darcy. Darcy is still handsome. He is also full of wonderful character traits. He uses these traits to help his family survive the hardest of times: when there is lively gossip and when there is need of advice.
Along with the characters, there is a bit of history about Barbados and the slave question during that time. Judith Brocklehurst knows this period well. She also knows how to entertain a reader. Thank you Judith Brocklehurst.
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