What? The Exalted Lady Catherine is Rundown with a Carriage?!?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Having read and reviewed Matters at Mansfield by Carrie Bebris, Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst, and The Strange Marriage of Anne de Bourgh by Skylar Burris on this blog, it could be assumed that I have no small amount of sympathy and affection for Jane Austen’s “pale and sickly” character. Anne de Bourgh – growing up an only child, losing her father at a young age, living with a domineering mother, and being foisted upon her unwilling cousin – cannot help but invoke my sympathy and compassion! I do not believe her to be so sickly, I believe she is merely oppressed, intimidated, and friendless. And I love it when authors portray her overcoming her weak constitution, achieving her independence, and experiencing some romance.
Miss de Bourgh’s Adventure by Joan Ellen Delman is a sequel novella that explores what happens to Anne de Bourgh after the close of Pride and Prejudice. Taking her readers to Bath and running down Lady Catherine down with a negligent carriage driver, Ms. Delman creates a story that is exciting, humorous, and indeed an adventure! Is Lady Catherine going to make a full recovery? Is the handsome, charming, and wealthy Mr. Wynnewood in love with Anne? And what is the mystery behind Captain Turner’s lack of funds? One must read this novella to find out…
To be in the company of Lady Catherine, Anne, Mr. Collins and Charlotte once again was an immense pleasure! Lady Catherine was just as austere and formidable as always, Mr. Collins was properly obnoxious and obsequious, and Charlotte and Anne were forming a quiet and understanding friendship that was satisfying to witness. In addition, Ms. Delman’s new creations, the attractive Mr. Wynnewood, his compassionate sister, Louisa, and their poor, homely-looking friend, Captain Turner, were all well-drawn and intriguing.
I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for YEARS! I was intrigued by the subject and by the reviews, but my book budget could not afford a hundred and fifteen page novella that cost almost twelve dollars. So I was forced to wait until I could find a gently used copy for a decent price. My wait was well worth it! I loved the characters, the exciting plot twists, and Ms. Delman’s satirical wit! An excellent example of this can be found in her end notes.
I most heartily recommend this little gem of Austenesque literature to anyone looking to see Jane Austen’s unassuming and unlikely Anne de Bourgh become a heroine! Now, to track down an affordable copy of Ms. Delman’s Lovers’ Perjuries; Or, The Clandestine Courtship Of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, because, once again, the subject and the reviews deeply intrigue me!