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Lady Catherine's Necklace

Lady Catherine s Necklace Joan Aiken one of Jane Austen s most sparkling successors takes up Austen s pen yet again this time continuing where Pride and Prejudice left off in Lady Catherine s Necklace In Austen s classic no

  • Title: Lady Catherine's Necklace
  • Author: Joan Aiken Jane Austen
  • ISBN: 9780312244064
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Joan Aiken, one of Jane Austen s most sparkling successors, takes up Austen s pen yet again, this time continuing where Pride and Prejudice left off in Lady Catherine s Necklace.In Austen s classic novel, the arrogant Lady Catherine de Bourgh tried vehemently to prevent the betrothal of her nephew Mr Darcy, whom she had intended for her daughter Anne, to the less sociallyJoan Aiken, one of Jane Austen s most sparkling successors, takes up Austen s pen yet again, this time continuing where Pride and Prejudice left off in Lady Catherine s Necklace.In Austen s classic novel, the arrogant Lady Catherine de Bourgh tried vehemently to prevent the betrothal of her nephew Mr Darcy, whom she had intended for her daughter Anne, to the less socially connected Elizabeth Bennet Defeated, she retreats to her grand estate Rosings Park This enchanting sequel tells the story of what happens one balmy April day when a sudden blizzard disrupts the weather, causes a carriage accident, and affects the lives of all those involved in a most amazing way.From out of the blizzard emerge the Delaval siblings Miss Delaval, having twisted her ankle in the carriage accident, accepts Lady Catherine s gracious hospitality while she recovers But the Delavals presence proves disturbing to the entire household first causing the removal of two artists from their cottage home on the de Bourgh property, then meddling in Miss Anne s marriage plans Suddenly, Lady Catherine is kidnapped, revealing some members of the household to be not at all what they seemed.

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    1. Joan Aiken Jane Austen

      Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short storiesW COLLECTION 2016 The People in The Castle book show 2See NEWS NEW PUBLICATIONS at facebook JoanAikenOffFollow THE JOAN AIKEN BLOG at joanaiken.wordpress For Joan s life and full Bibliography visit joanaiken Joan s Life in brief She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge.She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award 1969 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1972.Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase , was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.Another series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowski.Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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    1. My first completed read of 2018! but it wasn't for me. As a massive Jane Austen fan, seeing in my local library a copy of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, I leapt at the chance since the edition I found was quite pretty. However, during the reading process, it felt extremely disjointed and as a reader, I there wasn't a connection towards any of the main characters. This was marketed at YA so for teen readers but personally because most of the characters were adults, I felt this was better suited [...]


    2. Kidnapping! Stolen diamonds! Suicide! Secret bastards! Secrets in attics! And yet, terribly dull. There is absolutely no point to this book, which supposedly continues the story of Catherine de Bourgh and her relations and hangers-on. I say supposedly because not only was this book dull, but *none* of the characters match their namesakes inPride and Prejudice. Maria Lucas, who was last a shy girl overawed by Rosings, is now a sparkling wit akin to Elizabeth Bennet. Anne de Bourgh, latterly an il [...]


    3. I read this b/c I was impressed by Aiken's Jane Fairfax, and WOW was it a letdown. It is supposed to be a follow up to P&P, but somehow it seems to keep coming back to the gardener, and Anne DeBurgh and nonsense. Ms Jennings (from S&S)shows up? A pair of gay artists are living in a cottage on the estate? Someone inherits stuff even though they are a girl and were illegitimate? Some one is raised as a boy b/c wet nurses get paid more for boys? Someone runs away to live in a cottage in Wal [...]


    4. Joan Aiken does a great job on an Austen era social-satire/ mystery with Lady Catherine's necklace. Lady Catherine de Bourg, of Pride and Prejudice, is a bit hard to take (as she was in P&P) but once the story gets rolling, it's a fun ride all the way.


    5. Charming and sharp edged. Aiken on Austen twists ever more so to the folly of humanity. Lovely to see Maria Lucas and Charlotte Collins together. Even better is the maturity of Anne de Bourgh and her triumphant escape to live her own life.


    6. I normally try to avoid Jane Austen re-writes and sequels, and this book is a perfect example of my reason for doing do.While it doesn't feature any of the major characters from "Pride & Prejudice," this book does focus on the family members of Darcy, and on the Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The book picks up where Austen's classic left off, and Lady Catherine's daughter Anne is still not married to any rich suitor. Deciding that second-best is better than nothing at all, she arranges for Anne t [...]


    7. I love Joan Aiken! Lady Catherine's Necklace starts off kinda sweet and slow as molasses in winter. Then folks start misbehaving (in the most classy way of course, this is not a trashy novel). Different characters begin popping up from other Jane Austen novels but the setting is Rosings, the lovely estate of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and the story centers mostly around her, her Weird daughter, Anne, nephew Fitzwilliam and the Collins, including the unmarried Maria Lucas, who really shines. There [...]


    8. I find that authors of fan fiction frequently copy the original author quite blatantly. Here are 2 quotes ascribed to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.”There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. And so would Anne, if her health had allowed her to apply. I am confident that she would have performed delightfully.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice“She has a p [...]


    9. I didn't enjoy this story anywhere near as much as I did “Jane Fairfax” by this author. I have always loved the Pride and Prejudice book, but this extended story didn't live up to expectations. Joan Aiken didn't grow the characters (Maria Lucas, Anne de Burgh, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Lady Catherine de Burgh) as much as was needed. I was interested in two new characters, a brother and sister who end up at Rosings estate, but they ended up being a dissapointment before halfway through the boo [...]


    10. Janeites are quite prone to rereading the six books she completed during her brief lifetime, and some of us can't be satisfied with that. Joan Aiken is one of several authors who have imagined either "what came next" or mysteries with the characters from Austen's books. In this one, the characters from Pride and Prejudice must deal with the disappearance of a necklace belonging to the obnoxious and snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh. A good effort and enjoyable, although not without anachronisms. [...]


    11. I love both Joan Aiken and Jane Austen, so what could go wrong? This book, unlike Aiken's other tributes to Austen, falls flat. It follows Catherine de Bourg-- the nasty, scheming aunt of Darcy from Pride and Prejudice -- and her machinations to get her daughter married.But instead of following some logical story line, Aiken weaves in various subplots about a gay couple (painters) who live on her estate, a kidnapping and other outlandish tales. It's all wrapped up neatly -- too neatly -- with a [...]


    12. The front cover looked so elegant. Then I saw the words "Jane Austen" and I was all, YEP!!!Then having borrowed it, I realised that it was calling itself a "Pride and Prejudice sequel". And then my face kind of went all :/ Because really? P&P Sequel??? That doesn't raise my expectations to ridiculously high levels or anything. All I'm saying is that this book could've just stood on its own without the "P&P Sequel" thing propping it up. They could've had totally new characters and it woul [...]


    13. What happens to Jane Austen's minor characters after the events of Pride and Prejudice? What audacity. Lacking consistency of character and plausible plot but what a hoot.


    14. i enjoyed the interpretation of the Lady Catherine de Burgh in this book and her daughter Ann. It gave them more humanity and likeability then Pride and Prejudice.


    15. I must admit that I have not read much Jane Austen, if any. I'm not sure why. I've seen the movies of the books and that seemed enough. The silliness of the women needing to find husbands and the seemingly short supply of worthy men seemed to turn me off. Except that these stories do point out that 18 century period of gentrified British history, filled with sexist persuasions to the audience in an entertaining way. I wonder how many men have read Jane Austen? If they had they might better under [...]


    16. First off, the thought that this book was just 5 pennies away from costing $22 horrifies me, and not just because it's so thin. Thank god my Aunt found it at a book sale. Second, I feel like this story was just to short and needed more details and length to make it feel complete. I felt like it skipped from scene to scene with not enough transition and like the author just didn't have enough time, like the whole book was an after thought. Character's didn't seem to react like they should and the [...]


    17. This was one of the better Austen knock-offs I've read. Aiken did a good job capturing the style and characterizing Austen's original characters further. Some parts were slightly unbelievable, and the ending was too rushed, too quickly resolved. In spite of that, it was a fun, enjoyable read.




    18. Immensely readable, and as always with Joan Aiken, a spell is cast upon us so that we can become attached to the most unprepossessing of characters. I do enjoy the delving into a minor character from a well-known story, one who is overlooked, dismissed, undervalued; in this case Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine's dull and put upon daughter. And I enjoyed the sweet relationships explored in Wormwood End. However the dramatic plot between the menfolk at Rosings (without spelling it out here) I found [...]


    19. There are a crazy number of characters in this spin-off of Pride and Prejudice for the number of pages in the book, but Joan Aiken keeps a tight rein on the plot so that the book's length and the resolutions of the stories come together well. Readers should be warned, however, that Aiken puts a wild twentieth-first century spin on the conventions of the Regency romance, and the relationships end up nowhere near where you'd anticipate. The characters don't exactly act anachronistically, but as re [...]


    20. This book is a very quick read. Fun and easy to sink into the characters. However, I did not entirely like how some of the characters changed so dramatically from the "original" source. I was very disturbed of how Col. Fitzwilliam was portrayed. Also there was a bit of timeline issues from Pride and Prejudice and this book, mainly in the age of a few characters mentioned itself in this book with conflicting information and with the Collins' and their children. It was not believeable that Lady Ca [...]


    21. I don't understand Joan Aiken's take on Jane Austen. She seems to get one of the hardest things, the language, right, and it's fun to read recognizable snippets that came from Jane Austen's own hand. However, her interpretation of Jane Austen's characters leaves me shaking my head; most are barely recognizable compared to their originals. The story is entertaining, if predictable, but it does have me wondering if Joan Aiken read the same lovely books I read. At least Lady Catherine's Necklace wa [...]


    22. As a stand alone story, it was tolerable at best. The conclusion was abrupt and, while not predictable, not entirely satisfactory either. As a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, I consider this book an abysmal failure. The characters are familiar in name only. While we do see Anne blossom, which is enjoyable, the only reason this transformation it's believable us because we are given so little about her true nature in the original work. Almost every other familiar character is marred in some way. I [...]


    23. I read and liked Aiken's historical novels for children, and thought if anyone could "do Jane" right, it would be her. In my opinion, however, Aiken did not succeed in reanimating the characters of Pride and Prejudice. The premise certainly seemed a likely one, but my main complaint is that the characters say and do things that Austen would never have written. If it were peopled with original characters, perhaps I would not have minded so much, but I kept comparing, and finding Lady Catherine's [...]


    24. This was a very strange book in my opinion. I didn't realize it was based on the world Jane Austen created in her novels until I started reading it. I don't really like it when people base books off of the works of Jane Austen because she is such a brilliant author and any attempt to replicate her work always falls short. Of course, the book was well written, just not compared to the style of Jane Austen, as the plot and characters where not as deep or as fascinating. I think the storyline was r [...]


    25. I normally enjoy Joan Aiken's stuff, and this one was well written in the Austen style, but the plot left something to be desired. Darcy and Elizabeth are mentioned only once or twice in passing and never enter the story themselves, which disappointed me. I did like the way the characters of Jane Austen's other novels were worked in (I always love when authors connect the families like that). But overall it was too much Lady Catherine for my taste, and the new characters weren't all that pleasin [...]


    26. I'm sorry to say I'm finding this book hard to read. the story is simple enough and with Austen's characters I could see it working, however, the book is bitty and doesn't flow for me. It's almost like it's trying to hard to be English. Austen's characters are overly fleshed out and some jar with how I imagine them from Pride and Prejudice. I feel sometimes like the words were dashed off quickly and not as well plotted out in some parts than others. I've read other other homages to Austen but th [...]


    27. I wasn't the target audience for this book, and I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other titles I've read by this author. Though I have nothing against the idea of a writer wanting to make Miss Anne de Bourgh a lesbian, and her deceased father having been gay, it was deeper issues of plot and character development I found personally unsatisfying. It certainly took off down the path away from Austen and the things I like about that style of literature, but others might like it better for th [...]


    28. i have read alot of joan aiken years ago but somehow did not really get into this although i remember alot of the characters from the infamous jane austen i honestly think their shld be no seqels prequels w hatever as although this was easy to read and i liked hearing abt charlotte collins and catherine de burgh it just did not do it for me apart from admittably rasing the odd smirk o h well her other books were brill must try and not be to dis apointed !!!


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