This is the third in a series of Pride and Prejudice Chronicles. In the first two Kitty Bennet is engaged in silly and scandalous behavior, engaged to John Ayres, whose prospects are okay, but not wonderful and with whom she is in friendship, but not love; then drawn into a whirlwind flirtation with a cad and off to Brussels nursing the wounded of Waterloo in atonement.
The Kitty of this volume is still lively and prone to laughter with children, but more serious with adults and much more likable than the Kitty of Pride and Prejudice. She has learned to moderate her behavior and, through the course of the diary, describes her efforts to moderate her tongue. She has seen a bigger life than that of Meryton and her small social circle and become a woman rather than a silly girl.
She and Mary are in London staying with their Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Georgiana and Edward Fitzwilliam are also in town and a very pregnant Jane comes to stay with her young daughter, Amelia, under mysterious circumstances. Unraveling these circumstances, seeing her through to safe delivery of her child, trying to marry off Mary and then trying to keep her from ruin at the hands of the same cad who nearly ruined Kitty herself, all while falling in love with Lancelot Dalton occupy Kitty’s days and the accounts in her diary.
Anna Elliott’s continuation of Jane Austen’s characters is believable and enjoyable for a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and her spotlight on the horrors and consequences of Waterloo as well as the social inequalities of London society are a welcome addition to the Austen scenery.