Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: Searching for Pemberley
Author: Mary Lydon Simonsen
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency Era
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Mary's Website/Blog: marysimonsenfanfiction.blogspot.com
Searching for Pemberley is the first novel by Mary Lydon Simonsen and it is a great historical debut. This novel is rich in history and romance as American Maggie Joyce meets up with Beth and Jack Crowell, a couple with knowledge and information about the lives of William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrision, a couple whose lives sound very much like those of the lead characters from Pride and Prejudice, Fitwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Fascinated by old letters, the love story of the Crowell’s, and more than a little interested in finding romance herself, Maggie learns of how the Crowell’s love has managed to get them through many family deaths from war. She also learns a great deal about the Lacey and Garrison family through diaries and letters and a lot about herself and what is important to her. Her discovery of what is important when it comes to love leads her away from one man and to another, the Crowell’s son Michael, a man destined to be her own Mr. Darcy.
This was an enjoyable book with a lot of history and some romance. I found the story entertaining and thought the author did a great job of incorporating the main characters from Pride and Prejudice into this book. I feel that the book would have been a little bit better had the relationship between Maggie and Rob been less of a focus, making it more realistic and more believable that Maggie actually loved Michael.
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