Letters from Pemberley: The First Year
Title: Letters from Pemberley: The First Year
Author: Jane Dawkins
This epistolary novel picks up where Pride and Prejudice left off. Drafting 25 letters from Elizabeth Darcy to her sister Jane, Dawkins seeks to describe Elizabeth’s first months as mistress of Pemberley.
In this continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the best-loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet, now Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley, finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege. Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life. Her first year at Pemberley is sometimes bewildering, but Lizzy’s spirited sense of humour and satirical eye never desert her.
Incorporating Jane Austen’s own words and characters from her other works (who appear here with different names, either associated with Austen’s life, borrowed from another of her novels, or a word-play on their original name), Jane Dawkins pieces together a literary patchwork quilt to tell the story of Lizzy’s first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy. The result is an entertaining and satisfying tale that will surely delight Jane Austen fans everywhere.