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The Darcy connection : a novel
Elizabeth Aston
Adult Fiction ASTON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Aston's latest foray into Austendom (after Mrs. Darcy's Daughters) follows the children of Elizabeth Bennet's friend Mrs. Collins, who married the uninspired vicar Collins, now an uninspired bishop. Their eldest, Charlotte, has grown into rare beauty; Charlotte's sister, and our heroine, is Eliza-Mrs. Darcy's goddaughter. Eliza has ill-advisedly acquired a tendresse for Anthony Diggory, the son of the local squire, which is passionately returned. Sent off to London as companion for Charlotte, however, Eliza opens her eyes both to the possibilities of the larger world and her own place there, thence lessening the desirability of a Yorkshire life and of Anthony. Assisting this process is the handsome but proud banker, Bartholomew Bruton, with whom Eliza first becomes annoyed and then enamored. If she can save Charlotte from a cad and fend off Anthony, among other complications, Eliza may just find happiness. More development of Charlotte and one or two fewer complications would have helped, and some ends are simply too tidy. But the results are still utterly charming, with all the verve, humor and Austenian turns of plot one expects from Aston. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Aston, the author of four other popular Darcy novels (e.g., Mr. Darcy's Daughters), now focuses on Mr. Collins's two daughters, Charlotte and Eliza. The sisters have little in common but the need to make advantageous marriages. The elder, Charlotte, beautiful but cool and controlled, casts her younger sister in the shade. But Eliza's warm heart and lively spirit win her friends among the ton. Another Austen character, Caroline Bingley, appears as the envious Mrs. Warren. She never forgave Darcy for marrying Elizabeth Bennet and seeks revenge by encouraging her stepson, George, to dishonor Charlotte. Luckily, Charlotte discovers their plot and preserves her reputation. Meanwhile, Eliza has become involved with a wealthy banker tainted by his involvement in "trade"-their relationship is as tempestuous as that of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet-and she risks her reputation by pursuing her beau to prevent him from leaving the country. Unfortunately, George Warren catches them in a compromising situation at an inn and threatens to ruin their reputations. Although several main characters are little more than cardboard cutouts, the plot is entertaining. Recommended for public libraries where there is a demand for books in the Austen vein.-Loralyn Whitney, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Edinboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charlotte Collins
Daughter of a vicar.

Eliza Collins
Mrs. Darcy's goddaughter; was in love with Anthony; sent to London as a companion for her sister; a new world opens in front of her eyes; no longer wants to spend the rest of her life with Anthony.

Anthony Diggory
Son of the local squire; in love with Eliza.

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