| March 10, 2014
This review is from: Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Kindle Edition)
Poor Mr. Collins has met his maker in a horse and wagon accident leaving Mrs. Collins to fend for herself as best she can. Because her parents are in poor health and strapped for funds, Charlotte’s lively young sister Maria had come to live with her and Charlotte attempts to launch her into polite society.
This is a quiet story, much in the style of Jane Austen, that accentuates the relationships between men and women of that era and especially the fragile behavior that women were subject to regarding their ‘virtue’ and public reputation.
Charlotte is all that is prim, proper, and cautious concerning polite society while younger sister Maria is exuberant, lively, and optimistic about her prospects.
Sure enough, both women attract men into their lives but first impressions are not to be trusted. In spite of Charlotte’s strict and unbending rules for widows and single ladies, she is caught up in an unscrupulous attempt to blackmail her into sexual favors. Each lady has her own “hero to the rescue” but can even they be trusted?
It is such a beautiful story of love, friendship and the destructive and vicious nature of gossip which seeks to destroy Charlotte’s innocence thereby making her an outcast even in her own community.