I have read these chronicles from Anna Elliott completely out of order, but that was part of the appeal. I do not know if I would have had as much patience with Kitty Bennet’s silliness otherwise:)
Volume 2 of Elliott’s Pride and Prejudice continuation takes Georgiana and Kitty from the balls and daily concerns of England and the life of the elite to Brussels and the horrors of Waterloo. Elizabeth gives birth to she and Darcy’s first child and Caroline Bingley finds love, and some humanity.
I recommend the three volumes as a unit if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan. This volume is a particularly quick read.
Ok, so I’m lost in Jane Austen’s England. Again. For me it’s like eating a whole batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, but without the saddlebags afterwards.
After reading volume three of Anna Elliott’s Jane Austen continuation, I checked her website and saw that volume one is available for free from your favorite eBook retailer, so I headed to Amazon (like getting a spoon out of the drawer) and downloaded.
What a treat. In volume one, Elliott focuses on Georgiana Darcy, but the fun comes with Anna de Bourgh, whom Georgiana makes her own project. This plot device echoes that of Kitty making Mary her project in volume three, but it was still fun to see this almost non-existent character fleshed out and given her own story line. There was also a fun twist with Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Caroline Bingley, two women Austen fans love to dislike.
This diary is another quick read in diary form. There are a few moments of awkward prose when Georgiana is trying to justify describing in her diary people she obviously knows and would have discussed previously in her diary, but those moments pass quickly.
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.