With her temptingly large dowry, the beautiful and talented Georgiana Darcy catches the eye of numerous suitors, not all of whom wish to marry purely for love. As Georgiana navigates the treacherous waters of courtship, her story becomes intertwined with that of Anne de Bourgh, her wealthy but painfully awkward cousin, who stirs up trouble when she sets her sights on a young gentleman with a rank far below her own. In so doing, Anne encounters the opposition of her proud and domineering mother, the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and sets in motion a chain of events that brings a damaging secret to light and threatens to destroy Georgiana’s dreams of happiness. Intrigues, gossip, and elopements further complicate Georgiana’s efforts to find love and avoid the snares of fortune-hunters.
What I Thought:
I’ve read a great many Pride & Prejudice follow ups over the years – so far they have focused on Lizzy and Darcy, Kitty Bennet, Mary Bennet and Mr & Mrs Bingley, but now it’s Georgiana Darcy‘s turn in this eponymous novel by debut author Alice Isakova.
This book – as one would assume – focuses on Georgiana, but ties her story in with that of her cousin, Anne de Bourgh and this is a nice touch as Anne’s character is not really otherwise fully explored. Lizzy impression of Anne as a sickly, stuck up creature is thoroughly turned on its head here, as she is written as a shy person whose own personal preferences are trampled on by her mother. It’s an interesting approach and Anne comes across very well. My only gripe would be that Anne’s story is resolved quite early in the book, and I would’ve liked to have seen more from Anne in the latter stages.
Georgiana herself appears to be very similar to Anne, in her shyness and humility, but seems to have put some of those feelings behind her with Lizzy’s help and support. It makes her a much more rounded character and she is able to carry the story well on her own.
Although all our old favourite characters from the original novel appear, they do not overwhelm the main subject of the book, and there are lots of new characters – both friend and foe – with which Miss Darcy needs to contend.
Ultimately, this is a love story as Georgiana tries to separate the unworthy fortune hunters from the men who could, potentially win her heart, but it is also a well-researched Regency novel, incorporating all the social customs we know of from that time and lots of detail of the settings, clothing and social pursuits.
For fans of Jane Austen’s original novel, this is an excellent companion piece and sheds new light on many of the supporting characters – it’s well worth adding to your reading lists…
Georgiana Darcy is independently published.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.