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    Rebecca Ann Collins is the pen name of a lady in Australia who loves Jane Austen's work so much that she has written a series of sequels to Pride and Prejudice. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this series has been extremely successful in Australia with over 80,000 books sold.

    "A masterpiece that reaches the heart."— Beverley Wong, author of Pride & Prejudice Prudence

    The bestselling Pemberley Chronicles series continues the saga of the Darcys and Bingleys from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and introduces imaginative new characters.

    Anne-Marie Bradshaw is the granddaughter of Charles and Jane Bingley. Her father now owns Longbourn, the Bennet's estate in Hertfordshire. A young widow after a loveless marriage, Anne-Marie and her stepmother Anna, together with Charlotte Collins, widow of the unctuous Mr. Collins, are the Ladies of Longbourn. These smart, independent women challenge the conventional roles of women in the Victorian era, while they search for ways to build their own lasting legacies in an ever-changing world.

    The ladies find strength, companionship, and friendship together as they work to build a children's hospital, deal with a deadly outbreak of influenza, and help a gentle lady flee a violent and destructive marriage.

    Jane Austen's original characters - Darcy, Elizabeth, Bingley, and Jane - provide a framework of solid values and commentary to anchor a dramatic story full of wit and compassion.

    "Interesting stories, enduring themes, gentle humour, and lively dialogue."— Book News

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    ISBN 9781402212192
    Genre FICTION / Historical
    Format Paperback
    Pages 292
    Publisher Date 2008-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.06 lb
    Language English
    Series Name The Pemberley Chronicles
    Series Volume Number 4
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Collins, Rebecca Ann
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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      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.

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