Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel
Setting: February 1816 – May 1817
This all-encompassing and compelling saga continues to follow the lives of the Darcys, the Stantons (Georgiana and her husband), and their extended families through a most challenging year. Whether it was because of crop failure, unforeseen travel alterations, difficult childbirths, or illness – these characters’ fortitude and resiliency is put to the test! Intertwining Jane Austen’s characters in real-life historical events such as the “Year Without a Summer” and the 1816 British Embassy to China, this epic Pride and Prejudice sequel continues the lives of beloved characters and the obstacles they face.
WHAT I LOVED:
- A Seamless and Thoughtful Continuation: Having read all three books (so far) in this series all I can do is marvel at Ms. Turner’s well-constructed and cohesive storytelling. She is constantly juggling multiple story-lines, alternating the spotlight between two (or more) central couples, and incorporating authentic and accurate period details! This story is as well-composed and executed as its predecessors! I love the combination of trials, character development, and romance. I’m really happy that Ms. Turner isn’t stingy on the romance!
- Various Lifestyles: Life on an estate, life aboard a ship, life in town – I loved the assortment of different ways of living represented in this novel. I greatly enjoyed learning more about the social customs, beliefs, and understandings of this time period. I can’t decide which lifestyle I may have enjoyed more…I think it might be the one aboard a ship!
- Obstacles and Endurance: Jane Austen’s characters have grit. Nearly all characters featured in this book experience some kind of hardship. And their reactions or how they handle these difficult moments are inspiring to witness. I especially enjoyed witnessing such fierce strength and determination in the female characters of this story – Elizabeth, Georgiana, Jane, Anne, Kitty, and Mary.
- Mr. Darcy’s Struggles: In charge of the welfare and care for hundreds of tenants and servants, readers can fully understand the scope and weight of Mr. Darcy’s responsibilities in this story. I greatly admire all that Mr. Darcy does to help his tenants and those in the village. I love that he isn’t afraid to try new methods, that he breaks protocol for intelligent reasons, and most of all, that he shares and discusses everything with his wife. It truly was moving to see how they are a partnership and how greatly they support and depend on each other.
- Georgiana Stanton, World-Traveler: I loved Georgiana’s story-line! I love her adventurous spirit and I greatly admire her adaptability to living on a naval ship. I so would love to travel like she did! And I am happy with and heartily approve of her choices!
- Anne de Bourgh Seizes Life: It is always heartening to see Jane Austen’s “sickly and cross” character become something more. I very much appreciated and enjoyed how this occurred in this story and I am so happy with the actions and decisions Anne made for her life! Such a satisfying improvement!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Tiny Quibbles: While I don’t feel any events or storylines should be removed, I do feel think just a little tightening with the pacing would be beneficial. My other quibble is about Elizabeth frequently comparing the twins and agonizing over any slight difference. It irked me that Lizzy continuously held/went to/traveled with one son over the other – I feel like these behaviors would definitely result in a child developing a complex or stigma. But perhaps this is a true representation of Regency Era parenting (which is quite different from our modern ways) or perhaps Elizabeth has some flaws…
Exceptionally informative, genuine, and riveting, A Season Lost is another stellar installment in Sophie Turner’s magnificent Constant Love series. While it is season beset with challenges and loss, Ms. Turner masterfully illustrates that strength and steadfast love can see you through the darkest times.
In conjunction with my review, Sophie is generously offering 1 copy (Kindle or Paperback) of A Season Lost for me to give away to 1 lucky winner!!
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