Nov 232009

Searching for PemberleyDiscovering the Love Story Behind Pride and Prejudice

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Searching for Pemberley,originally published as Pemberley Remembered in 2007, is an exceptional Austen-Inspired novel that combines history, romance, war, and Pride and Prejudice. In this novel, Mary Lydon Simonsen explores the possibility of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice being inspired by real people and illustrates how the love story of Elizabeth Garrison and William Lacey parallels that of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Ms. Simonsen does not imply that Jane Austen needed to borrow material for her novels, yet this work of fiction indulges in the idea that one of the greatest love stories of all time was indeed inspired by real people.

Maggie Joyce, our quiet and unassuming heroine, does not have a lot to be cheerful about as she lives in London post World War II and works for the Army Exchange Service. Even though the war ended two years ago much of London is st