Joan Aiken picks up the pen of her forerunner, Jane Austen, in this charming sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy have finally found matrimonial bliss, and now our attention turns to Rosings Park, the estate of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh. When an unfortunate carriage accident means that siblings Ralph and Priscilla Delaval must reside with Lady Catherine, the stage is set for a scandal. Life in the sleepy Kent village is turned upside down by a series of unexpected events, and dark family secrets are finally brought to light . . .
Featuring a cast of characters from Austen’s classic, including Anne de Bourgh, Elizabeth's friend Charlotte Collins (née Lucas), Colonel Fitzwilliam and, of course, the redoubtable Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
I can’t say I was ever desperate to know what became of Lady Catherine de Bourgh . . . But, now that I have read Joan Aiken’s sequel, Lady Catherine’s Necklace, I am much more interested in what happened . . . There is a hilarious adventure awaiting Lady Catherine . . . To me, Joan Aiken seems to have captured just the right style, making this book feel almost like the real thing.
Joan Aiken takes a couple of minor characters from that book, Maria and Anne, and brings them to life in a distinct, fully-imagined world. She gives both girls a depth of character and real emotional problems to solve, and we love them for themselves.