Pemberley by Emma Tennant
Or Pride and Prejudice Continued

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a married man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a son and heir...

Thus begins Emma Tennant's inspired sequel to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. With wit and style and genuine insight into character, Pemberley brilliantly delineates the perils and pleasures of a marriage between two people as strong-willed and prickly as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

A year after wedding, Christmas approaches. As happy as she has been living in relative seclusion with Mr. Darcy and his sister Georgiana at their magnificent Derbyshire estate, Pemberley, Elizabeth is sensible that the time has come to invite her mother and sister to visit her. What begins as a small and manageable family party (although any party any includes the regrettable Mrs. Bennet will take considerable managing) soon grows all out of proportion. A gathering including the Bennets, the Bingleys, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh-as affable and condescending as ever-can only mean missteps, gaffes and hurt feelings. When Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again.
 

About Emma Tennant

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Emma Tennant, who grew up in England and Scotland hearing about her family's connection to Jane Austen (her elder half-brother was descended from Jane Austen's brother Edward Knight), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of numerous distinguished novels.
 
Published October 15, 1993 by St. Martin's Press. 184 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Elizabeth is stewing about this, chance bits of evidence convince her that her adored husband is keeping a heavy secret from her: that a deceased Frenchwoman who once lived in the village near Pemberley was actually his mistress, and that the six-year-old boy Elizabeth once happened to glim...

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Although it's more thoughtfully conceived than Julia Barrett's Presumption (reviewed below), Tennant's ( The Adventures of Robina ) continuation of the Austen classic only faintly rewards the reader.

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Although it's more thoughtfully conceived than Julia Barrett's Presumption (reviewed below), Tennant's ( The Adventures of Robina ) continuation of the Austen classic only faintly rewards the reader.

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The Independent

It skeeters at breakneck speed towards a highly satisfactory conclusion, which not only leaves Mrs Darcy happily pregnant, but also clears up the little problem of why Mr Darcy discouraged his friend Bingley from marrying Jane Bennet all those years ago.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Historical Novel Society

Unhappily, due to bad weather, the Darcys end up spending the holiday with a full house, including their least favorite relatives: Elizabeth’s sister Lydia Wickham and her family, Darcy’s aunt, the unpleasant Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Charles Bingley’s sister.

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