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Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 MDT 2008amydz Rating:5.0
Netherfield Park Revisited brings us back once again to the familiar haunts of Hertfordshire, Kent, London, and Derbyshire. In this volume, young Jonathan Bingley has grown into a fine man, an excellent father, and an earnest if imperfect husband. Like his mother Jane, Jonathan sees only the good in those he loves. And like Jane he strives to please everyone. Unfortunately, his ability to be all things to all people proves faulty. And we are then witnesses to a sad and crumbling marriage and to the concentric ripples of pain which emanate from it, engulfing his children, his parents, and even Darcy and Elizabeth. However, before we can sink too far into melancholy, our author presents us (as she has in her previous books) with yet more proof of the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit. Despite his sadness, Jonathan never loses hope that better times will come, and he continues to seek the good in all around him. Jonathan¿s spirits are continually shored-up by the strong and caring women in his life, including his mother, his Aunt Lizzy, his eldest daughter, Anne-Marie Bingley, and a new character ¿ Miss Anna Faulkner ¿ whose strength and friendship open up new worlds for him. Jonathan¿s reward is a second chance at happiness, and that candle, once lit, warms the souls of many. This time our story is set not against a backdrop of political change (although it continues to take place), but rather the changing movements in European art and culture. The Impressionist painters are making their way onto the art scene. It is no surprise that the traditionalists are unable to appreciate the interpretive lines of this new school. The realism of their age is giving way to the ideas, as expressed through Impressionism, that nothing is perfect and nothing is strictly good or bad. Rather, most things are open to interpretation, and most things are as changeable as the shifting of light and shadow. Netherfield Park Revisited is a beautiful story about imperfections ¿ even in those whose lives seem perfectly charmed. Okay, Ms. Collins¿ I¿m hooked. What¿s next in the saga?
Thu Dec 18 00:00:00 MST 2014Mary Jane K. Rating:5.0
I was familiar with the book and bought it for Christmas presents for my children.
Thu Feb 03 00:00:00 MST 2011marylou1963 Rating:5.0
Mary Jane Clark has outdone herself a excellent read, the kind of book you can take anywhere. I read it with the lights on and checking on the children! Too true to nature these days
Tue Oct 21 00:00:00 MDT 2008amydz Rating:5.0
That sequels can be almost as good as the originals! Ladies of Longbourn, the fourth book in the acclaimed Pemberley Chronicles series brings us inside the lives of the third generation of Darcys, Bingleys, Fitzwilliams, et al. These are the now grown-up grandchildren of our favorites. And once again, we readers are introduced to a number of interesting new characters, who provide additional layers of richness to an already complex story-line. Anne-Marie Bingley is the granddaughter of Jane and Charles. A strong, independent, and seemingly unsinkable young woman, Anne-Marie (deeply impacted by the tragic death of her mother and the odd circumstances surrounding it) is drawn by a number of social and peer pressures into a loveless marriage. Her family and friends are stunned and dismayed but can do nothing other than accept her decision. Being an honorable and deeply principled person (like her father and grandfather), Anne-Marie recognizes her mistake, agonizes over its implications, but remains determined to live with her decision. And for a while, outward appearances suggest that Anne-Marie is content in her marriage. Events transpire which enable her to escape her loveless marriage, but Anne-Marie's honor will not allow her to shake the feelings of guilt and mortification which remain it its wake. She turns for support to the strong Austen-inspired women of her family and receives it in full measure. Determined to move on with her life, Anne-Marie turns her passion toward community service. She begins lobbying for the building of a public children's hospital. Unfortunately, the political leaders of the time see these institutions as the purview of the church or of private funding. And so despite the full support of her family, it appears that a political champion will be needed to make Anne-Marie's dream come true. Her white knight appears in the form of a young, idealistic new MP (appropriately named Colin) who becomes not only her champion in the halls of Parliament, but also the one who would rescue her from a life of loneliness and self-reproach. As in her previous books, Ms. Collins adds a dose of humor to the Ladies of Longbourn. This time it takes the form of Lydia Wickham in a cameo appearance. "Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy, and fearless." In her later years, Lydia has also become thoughtless and greedy. Elizabeth's long-ago wish of "meeting with another Mr. Collins" is also fulfilled in this book, through the introduction of Mr. Griffin, the lugubrious rector of Netherfield. Ladies of Longbourn is a wonderful continuation of the Pemberley series. It expertly brings the reader along the continuum of changing English society, economics, and politics. And all the while, we remain comfortably ensconced in the rose-colored sitting room with north-facing windows in what could be Pemberley, Netherfield or Longbourn.
Thu Mar 24 00:00:00 MDT 2011alacarleoricar Rating:5.0
Any fan of Spider-Man should know about Felicia Hardy: The Black Cat. A sometimes-good, sometimes-bad superthief who loves Spider-Man but doesn't care much for Peter Parker. The anti-Mary Jane in many ways. If you don't know who she is, or want to know more, or if you love her to death, you need to pick up this paperback. I've been begging for her to get her own comic title, but until then, this collection of some of her best stuff is all here. Very highly recommended!
Tue Aug 05 00:00:00 MDT 2014inspiremichelle Rating:4.0
Growing up Catholic, The Commemorative Catholic Jubilee Edition by Mary Jane Frances Cavolina, Jeffrey Allen Joseph Stone, Maureen Ann Teresa Kelly and Richard Glen Michael Davis You have got to be a hard core Catholic to understand and appreciate this book. I found the contents to be humors, accurate and a little insulting to the whole catholic religion. You will defiantly get more than a few chuckles out of this book. The sad thing about all the descriptions is that they are right on and describe our religion to a tee. You will find yourself laughing over and over again. If you have a question about the Catholic faith you are sure to find a laugh out loud answer here. Growing Up Catholic will have you looking for sin around every corner. I give Growing Up Catholic 4 stars. I want to thank the authors Mary Jane Frances Cavolina, Jeffrey Allen Joseph Stone, Maureen Ann Teresa Kelly and Richard Glen Michael Davis and publisher Broadway Books for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank Blogging for Books for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
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