Jan 252010

A Pride and Prejudice Sequel about Anne de Bourgh

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Darcy and Anne, originally self-published as A Letter from Lady Catherine in 2007, is a Pride and Prejudice sequel that takes place two years after the Darcy’s marriage and identifies Mr. Darcy’s sickly and unmarried cousin, Anne de Bourgh, as our heroine. Many readers have often wondered whatever became of Anne de Bourgh after Pride and Prejudice. Did she find happiness? Did she ever marry? How did she survive living with Lady Catherine after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy?

I, for one, am delighted that authors, such as Judith Brocklehurst, have penned Pride and Prejudice sequels that focus more on Anne de Bourgh than Darcy and Elizabeth (other authors include Carrie Bebris and Joan Ellen Delman). I feel a great sympathy for Anne and I believe that there is more to her than being plain and sickly.

The only way for Anne to gain happiness and independence would be for her to escape from the power of her domineering and overbearing mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. On their way to Pemberley (Lady Catherine’s attempts to find a husband for Anne at Rosings were not successful so she must search elsewhere) Lady Catherine injures herself and must remain at a hotel 15 miles away from Pemberley until she can travel again. Lady Catherine soon becomes enamored with Burley, the water resort town where she is detained, and enjoys the attention her rank and wealth give her there. She also anticipates the arrival of the Duchess of Stilbury and decides to remain in Burley while Anne travels the rest of the way to Pemberley with Darcy and Georgiana. At last, here is an opportunity for Anne to experience some freedom, happiness, and possibly love…

I enjoyed seeing Anne grow as a person and receive a “makeover;” she transformed into a delightful heroine. However, there were a few things about this book that I did not like, one being the lack of romance. I was very happy to see a couple of hints of romantic interest between Anne and another character, but I was surprised that after a mere week and a few conversations both characters arrived at the conclusion that they were in love. No emotions, no suspense, no tension, just “he loves me, and I love him.” In addition, I frequently felt Lady Catherine’s character and actions were very implausible; I don’t think she would relinquish her hold over Anne so easily.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Anne de Bourgh and to readers who will not mind the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy being in the background. The title of this novel is a little misleading because Darcy is not a major part of the story, it is mostly about Anne de Bourgh. I didn’t mind the lack Darcy and Elizabeth; I found it a refreshing change to have a sequel about Anne de Bourgh even though it did not satisfy me completely.

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  6 Responses to “Darcy and Anne – Judith Brocklehurst”


    Assuming the book has undergone major edits under its new name, I really enjoyed the story. Quick, amusing, and certainly liberating for Anne, but I agree that the end was implausaible. Very nice review, Meredith – as always.


    Thank you for letting us know about this book! Great info here!

    Did you get my email about N&S? If you can get me your address I can send you the DVD!


    Alexa- I was wondering if you read this one. What was the self-published version like?

    M. Gray- I did get your email, for some reason it was in my spam folder. Let me know if you did not get my email.


    I misspoke before. I meant “Assuming the book has NOT undergone major edits…”. I haven’t read the Sourcebooks version so can’t determine the differences between the versions, though it sounds like the changes were few. Sorry I can’t be of more help.


    No worries! I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts once you do read it.


    I liked this one also. Boy you have a great list of books to be reviewed. Wish I had looked at this before I got a couple of other books. The development of Anne was wonderful. I wish there were more authors that could take the road less traveled and develop our lesser known characters.

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