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Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst


Cover art: Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Darcy and Anne - Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Author: Judith Brocklehurst
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2438-6
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Judith's Website: None found

Lady Catherine De Bourgh decides that since her daughter, Anne, can no longer marry Darcy, it is only fitting that the Darcys help her find a husband for Anne.  Therefore, Lady Catherine sets out for an extended stay at Pemberley, after writing a letter stating her intentions.  Unfortunately, Lady Catherine becomes ill on the journey and is forced to stay and recuperate in a small town.  When Darcy arrives, it is decided that Anne shall return with him to Pemberley, but Lady Catherine is still to sick to travel.  Once Anne is out from under her mother's "care", her life changes drastically.

Darcy and Anne takes a minor character from Pride and Prejudice and gives her a story of her own.  I have always wondered about poor Anne, and Ms. Brocklehurst does a delightful job of telling Anne's story.  The characters seem  to act in ways that match my impressions of what Austen might have chosen, save for one--Lady Catherine.  In the first part of the novel, Lady Catherine acts in ways that I would expect, but toward the end, she does some things that seem out of character.  This book does not have the lightness and humor of Pride and Prejudice but is still enjoyable.  It is lovely to see Anne's character blossom and fall in love.

All in all, Darcy and Anne is a charming book, which Regency fans should enjoy. 


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