Want a delightful continuation of Pride and Prejudice? Darcy and Anne is the ticket – especially if you’ve ever wondered what happened after all to Miss Anne de Bourgh. Though not perfect, it was an entertaining and quick read. I am not sorry to have spent a couple of free hours finding out if Anne discovers love, and how the infamous Lady Catherine and the rest of the Pride and Prejudice crew fare after Darcy and Lizzie marry.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband for Anne…
When a fortuitous accident draws Anne away from Rosings and her overbearing mother's direct influence, she is able to think and act for herself for the first time ever. In the society of her cousins Darcy and Georgiana, and, of course, the lively Mrs. Darcy, Anne reveals a talent for writing and a zest for life.
Meanwhile, Lady Catherine is determined to choose a husband for Anne. But now that Anne has found her courage, she may not be so easy to rule.
Anne de Bourgh is a sympathetic character whose obedience and meekness were expected of women in her day. As she frees herself from these expectations, Anne discovers strength, independence, and even true love in a wonderfully satisfying coming-of-age story.
By now, faithful P&P purists will be wondering – how does sickly, mousy Anne work up the energy to fall in love? She’s a bit of a non-entity in Austen’s original, after all. Answer: Brocklehurst takes the liberty of suggesting bad medication and an introverted nature as the cause of this malaise.
But whatever the reason for the slight personality change, it makes Anne a loveable and interesting character, and this tale’s plot, while somewhat far-fetched, is amusing and agreeable. I read this for the Everything Austen Challenge hosted over at Stephanie's Written Word, and am happy to tell you that I liked it. Quite.
Recommended for: Jane Austen and Regency fans, romantics, and anyone in the mood for a pretty love story.