It may come as a bit of a surprise, but I am a huge Jane Austen fan. Reading about Mr. Darcy, the various Janes, Emma, and all the rest makes me long for the days when it was “… a universal truth that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” I’ve devoured all of Jane Austen’s books, and have even sought out a few of the “sequels” in an attempt to stay in Ms. Austen’s world just a little bit long. Unlike the originals, the sequels have been a bit hit and miss. I remember one in particular that was quite a bit more ribald than anything Ms. Austen would have written.
The latest Jane Austen sequel to land on my night table is Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead. The story begins just slightly before the end of Pride and Prejudice, with Jane and Elizabeth preparing for their wedding and for leaving their father’s house. It is essential the story of how Mr. Darcy’s friends and family accept, or don’t accept, his lovely new wife Elizabeth. Along the way, we learn how her sisters fair, what becomes of Charlotte and Mr. Collins, and how Lady Catherine deals with it all. I really don’t want to say too much for fear of giving away anything. I will say that I am exceptionally happy with how everything turns out, including the fate of Wickham and Lydia.
I was so pleased with this book. It is a wonderful continuation of Ms. Austen’s legacy. Ms. Halstead does a very good job of capturing Ms. Austen’s style. There were times I almost felt like I was reading an original Austen work. And yet, I also got the feeling that there was something of Ms. Halstead in the book too. She was able to flesh out characters like Georgiana, and introduce new characters who well suited to the world of Darcy and Elizabeth.
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride is a book that I believe will be well loved by all Jane Austen fans, even those who are a bit sceptical of “sequels”. I eagerly await Ms. Halstead books, and know that I will enjoy it whether it is an Austen sequel or an original piece.
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