Postscript from Pemberley
Postscript from Pemberley is the seventh book in the highly acclaimed Pemberley Chronicles Series, which has followed the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through subsequent generations. It is now 1866, and readers are introduced to two romances: The first is between Julian Darcy (son of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet Darcy) and Jessica Courtney (daughter of James Courtney and Emily Gardiner Courtney); the second is between Darcy Gardiner (grandson of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy) and Kathryn O’Hare, daughter of an Irish immigrant.
The leading characters in Postscript from Pemberley are intelligent, interesting and morally upstanding. The Victorian era is brought to life through a focus on issues of the day. Darcy Gardiner is politically active and desirous of reform, throwing his support behind Mr. Gladstone. Julian Gardiner is a scientist studying bacteria in Africa, and Kathryn and Jessica discuss the ideas of Mr. Darwin.
Nothing untoward happens to Julian in Africa, and the slight scandal that attaches itself to Kathryn is easily brushed away. Other minor misadventures are also quickly and smoothly resolved. When problems arise, a character comes forth with a solution that is immediately and successfully implemented. There is little to anticipate and a decided lack of suspense in the story. Nevertheless, the characters are easy to like, and one can enjoy their happy lives.