Lady Catherine’s Necklace – Book Revew


by Joan Aiken

A blizzard delivers to Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s door, a gentile couple, Mr Delaval and his sister Miss Delaval.  Uncharacteristically, she offers them lodging while Miss Delaval recovers from a sprained ankle and their carriage is repaired.   The pair are soon firmly entrenched at Rosings much to the discomfort of other members of the house. The addition to Rosings Park sparks a series of changes and dramas that will alter the household forever.

Colonel Fitzwilliam has arrived, escorting Lady Catherine’s brother Lord Luke, who has pressing family business to discuss.  Lord Luke’s eccentric manner brings entertainment to Anne, Lady Catherine’s long suffering daughter but sorely tests the latter’s patience.  When Lady Catherine is compelled to visit her sister-in-law, Anne finds opportunity to escape her oppressive life and find her own feet.

The Parsonage is also experiencing change.  Charlotte Collins is confined with their 3rd child and her sister Maria Lucus has arrived to aid her.  Mr Collins is called away after the death of Mr Bennet of Longbourn, to finalise affairs regarding his inheriting the estate.  Maria has had much to ponder since her last visit and wonders if she will have the strength to face the man she shouldn’t love.

This was a fun book to read with the familiar characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  It was fun to get to know better some characters that we were not able to study closely in P & P.

I especially liked getting to know Maria Lucus and Anne de Bourgh better.

Posted on 7 November '09 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews.

4 Comments to “Lady Catherine’s Necklace – Book Revew”

#1 Posted by Maria Grazia (07.11.09 at 20:00 )

You’re reading a great deal of Austen based prose, I see. Another good review, Michelle. Have a very nice weekend!

#2 Posted by Michelle (07.11.09 at 20:26 )

Thanks Maria – you have a great weekend too.
I am reading a lot of Austen – going to create a dedicated area on my site.

#3 Posted by Lisa (08.11.09 at 13:43 )

This sounds like an Austen spin off that I might like since it’s picked up and filled in characters that weren’t as well known.

#4 Posted by Shannon (10.11.09 at 03:31 )

This one has just been added to me “to read” list… sounds interesting.

P.S. I wish I wasn’t across the world either… ’cause I’d love to be showered in hugs and baked goods! ;)

And thanks so much for your comment. If we could only invent that “water off a duck’s back” pill… we could make millions!