Georgiana, the beloved but shy sister of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, is thrilled with her brother’s marriage to Miss Elizabeth Bennet. She’s always wanted a sister, and with her First Season just around the corner, she’s looking forward to having Elizabeth’s guidance and advice. There is also the minor issue of her love for her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, who unfortunately views her only as his “little cousin” in need of protection.
It’s taken me a while to review this book bot because I didn’t enjoy it but because I’ve already read it. Originally self-published as And This Our Life in 2008, the novel was renamed Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister for publication by Sourcebooks. This is a typical with sequels to Austen’s classic and I am usually quite careful to double check before ordering another sequel. Some how this one just slipped by me.
In my review of the self-published version, I said this was a solid debut novel by Pierson. I also said “Georgiana matures in a believable fashion, and her marriage to her cousin, Fitzwilliam, a move I’ve never quite liked, made me change my stance”. I think this part of my assessment still holds true.
One thing I did not like the first time I read this tale was Darcy’s travel to the Continent to track down the Prince Regent’s letters to his secret wife, and I feel like that was a less of a focus in the book this time around. What I don’t know is if this is because the novel benefited from some editing before Sourcebooks published it or not. (I guess it might have benefited from editing simply because I did not realize that I had read the book before.)
- Pierson, C. Allyn. Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010. Print. 444 pgs. ISBN: 9781402240386. Source: PaperBackSwap.