Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Sequel, Historical Fiction
TIME FRAME: After the conclusion of Pride and Prejudice: March 1814 – Summer 1815
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Kitty and Mary Bennet, Lord Alfred, Captain Ramsey, Captain Stanton
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
I’ll be honest…I was wary about this sequel – while I do enjoy P&P sequels, they aren’t my favorite type Austenesque literature (variations and moderns are!) But I read the first several chapters and appreciated the balance between major and minor characters, familiar friends and original creations, historical backdrop and character development…and was very interested in seeing what would happen!
WHAT I LOVED:
- A New Family Saga: Similar to the novels of Rebecca Ann Collins, Sharon Lathan, and Marsha Altman this sequel is part of a multi (read: possible 7) book series! Following the lives of many characters and switching between many different story-lines, this series promises to be an all-encompassing and a comprehensive companion to Pride and Prejudice!
- The Darcys in Jane Austen’s World: This novel is half Pride and Prejudice sequel and half a work of historical fiction focusing on England in the years 1814 and 1815. Real-life historic events such as The Corn Bill, The Hundred Days, and The Battle of Waterloo are events Darcy and Elizabeth would have seen had they been real and not fictional. And in this sequel we see how these historic events could effect and shape their lives.
- A Private Mr. Darcy: I loved seeing Elizabeth discover her husband’s private persona! After his marriage, Darcy, in essentials, “is very much what he ever was.” He is responsible, respectable, and very reserved; this is how all his close friends and family member know him. But in his private moments with his wife, he shows his devotion, adoration, and tenderness that no one else sees; and it is so lovely to witness! I wish we saw even more of Mr. Darcy’s private side!
- Lessons in Love: With Georgiana making her debut and Kitty and Mary staying with the Darcys there is a lot of talk of love and suitors. I loved that their experiences with love weren’t too easy and fast. At one time there were two suitors for Georgiana and I could not tell which one I liked more and which one I thought she end up with. I enjoyed the suspense and development!
- Pride and Prejudice and the Navy: What is the one thing missing from Pride and Prejudice? The navy! 🙂 Not only do we meet some fine and admirable naval man, we learn loads about navy life, the ships they sail on, what their duties are, and how they earn their fortunes. There was a lot of detai,l but it was presented in an interesting and pertinent way. I found it all fascinating and appreciated the education.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Hmmm. Really don’t have anything I wasn’t fond of, if anything there maybe was one or two instances where the pacing felt a little slow and needed just a little tightening.
This Pride and Prejudice sequel was carefully and capably written; it is indisputable that Ms. Turner put in hours of research, painstakingly strived for authentic accuracy, and composed her tale with a lot of thought and astute attention to the period, historical time-line, and customs. A Constant Love is a compelling and captivating Pride and Prejudice sequel, and I am all eager anticipation for the second book in this series to come out!