SEARCHING FOR PEMBERLEYby Mary Lydon SimonsenISBN: 9781402224393November 2009Sourcebooks, INC.
Set against Regency England, World Wars I and II, and postwar England, three love stories intertwine in surprising and fateful ways
American Maggie Joyce, touring Derbyshire in 1947, visits, Montclair, an 18th century Georgian country house, that she is told was the model for Jane Austen’s Pemberley. More amazingly, the former residents of the mansion, William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrison, were the inspiration for the characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
Through letters, diary entries, and oral history, Beth and Jack Crowell, a couple who lives in the nearby village of Crofton, share stories of the people they say inspired Jane Austen. They also tell their own love story, made difficult by their vastly different backgrounds—she was one of the social elite while he was the son of a servant. When their son, Michael, travels home from his RAF station in Malta, Maggie may have just found her very own Mr. DarcySEARCHING FOR PEMBERLEY by Mary Lydon Simonsen is a historical fiction. The main character is intrigued by Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice novel. She is searching to find if it as actually based on real characters. In her search she finds a couple who she becomes close to and their tell her the history of Pride and Prejudice. She becomes intertwined with the story, the mystery, and the secrets. This is a strong love story, it is amusing, it’s about times during the war in Britain.It has strong characters, and a good story line. I would recommend this book especially if you like time period.Reviewed by AARRating 4Sweet
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