Rating: *** – 3.5 Stars
GENRE: Regency Romance
BOOK SUMMARY: Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice is now the Bishop of Ripon, living with his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters, who have reached marriageable age. The elder, another Charlotte, is extraordinarily beautiful, and her parents hope her looks and connections will ensure a brilliant marriage. Her sister, Eliza, while not as handsome, possesses a lively intelligence that, in Mr. Collins’s opinion, is too like her godmother, Mrs. Darcy.
In London, Charlotte’s beauty wins her many admirers, despite her small fortune. But Eliza’s wit and attempts to interfere in what she considers an unsuitable marriage for her sister infuriate her family and Charlotte’s suitor — until Eliza herself meets her match.
REVIEWER COMMENTS: If you though that you did not want to hear or read about Mr. Collins ever again, then you may want to think again. Aston manages to build a story around his life and family some 20 years after Pride and Prejudice takes place, and actually make it interesting. This is the story of Eliza and Charlotte, Mr. Collins’ two very different daughters, but Eliza takes center stage with her witty personality – which reminds us of our beloved Elisabeth Bennet – and her struggles to learn and understand about love and society. While I found the romance component to be on the sidelines, this book was still interesting and clever, and I was greatly entertained.
SEXUAL CONTENT: None (some kissing scenes)
ADULT LANGUAGE: None
*Conclusion: I wish the romance between the main characters would have been more predominant. However, I still enjoyed this witty regency story and would highly recommend it!