When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future. However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage?
Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte. As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine.
She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever. But…after all, doesn’t every girl deserve a happy ending?
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REVIEWER RATING 3.5 stars
REVIEWED BY : Sabrina Colville
I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice; in fact, it is still my favorite book of all time. So when given the opportunity to review a spin-off involving Charlotte, I was excited with the opportunity.
I have always liked Charlotte’s character. She is a strong, sensible person, who doesn’t ask too much out of life. She is a loyal friend, who isn’t too judgmental or naive. When she chose to pursue Mr. Collins I might not have wished it for her, but I understand her reasoning and therefore, was not sad for her when they married. But not once did I ever think of her as a lady who wanted to laugh in a care-free, let lose kind of way. In “Charlotte Pride & Prejudice Continues” I was introduced to a woman with her own ideas, wants and needs and I immediately liked her.
It was fun to read Charlotte come into her own as a parsons wife. She befriended and charmed the locals, helped with parish business and took care of the needy. I would have expected no less from her, but over time she realized something was missing. The Charlotte who was once happy with her situation, has realized she may just want more out of life. Passion? Maybe. Love? Yes. At first she doesn’t think she can gain these emotions with her husband who values his patroness, Lady Katherine’s advice over hers. What is a lady to do? Well, start a flirtation with another man, of course! I enjoyed the back and forth between Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam, was happy at how the story played out, however, was shocked at the ending result.
In the beginning Mr. Collins is the same bumbling man we all know and cringe from. However, the author did a fantastic job of transforming him into someone I actually came to care for. I started to understand him, sympathize with his internal feelings and struggles and was quite impressed at how the transformation happened. Expertly done, it happened gradually, not rushed and certainly not overnight, but in a slow learning process that seemed so realistic I could believe in it.
This was an entertaining book that granted me some additional time with characters that I love, some that I didn’t, but now do. I enjoyed reading Charlotte and Mr. Collins come together as a loving husband and wife. It is a testament that happiness can be achieved with enough hope and perseverance.
** At time of review, this title is available for $2.99**