In this fifth installment of the bestselling series from Australia, "The Pemberley Chronicles" (80,000 copies sold), the Darcys' daughter Cassy, happily married and the mother of five, faces a difficult challenge when her brother Julian falters in his role as heir to the Pemberley estate.
When Cassy is suddenly thrust into the role of surrogate heir, managing the estate, and raising her brother's son, Cassy's inner strength emerges.
She must strive to keep Pemberley's tenants satisfied and thriving on the estate while the new mores of industrialism pull them toward the cities, and all the while maintaining family relationships both with her husband, children, distressed mother and father, and her errant brother.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
- Publication Date: 11/10/2008
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781402212208
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Review by cyderry
The tales of the descendants of Jane and Elizabeth Bennet continue in this 5th installment by Rebecca Ann Collins. Here we follow the story of Cassandra Gardiner, Elizabeth's daughter. She has seen the devastative impact of the death of her sister-in-law on her younger brother, Julian, and assumes the responsibility of not only the rearing of his son but also aiding her father in the management of Pemberley. This book added a bit of a mystery which added one of Lydia's sons to the mix. The story is worthy of Austen's characters but still lacks Austen's style.
Review by seekingflight
This is number 5 of the Pemberley Chronicles, a series of sequels to Pride and Prejudice, and I enjoyed this more than I'd expected. The story focuses mostly on Elizabeth and Darcy's daughter Cassandra, and granddaughter Lizzie, and various events in the lives of their extended family and the local inhabitants. Don't read this seeking Austen's art and wit, but I did find myself caring about the characters, and enjoying the way in which their lives quietly unfolded over the course of the novel.