The Road to Pemberley

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1st edition (July 27, 2011)

Edited By: Marsha Altman
Genre: Jane Austen Fan Fiction
ISBN-10: 1569759340
ISBN-13: 978-1569759349 $10.17

Kindle Edition $9.19
Barnes & Noble $10.21
Nook Book $9.99
Reviewer: Florence

Giveaway :

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My Review:

If you’re any kind of a Jane Austen fan, you’ll love The Road to Pemberley. Edited by Marsha Altman, the book is comprised of twelve stories written by established and emerging Regency romance authors who have ventured into the Austen Fan Fiction genre with marvelous results. Not all of the stories are about Elizabeth and Darcy, but they are all well written, extremely entertaining and everyone gets a happy ending, some in very surprising ways.
The Pemberley Ball by Regina Jeffers was wonderful, and at times I forgot that I wasn’t reading a story written by Jane Austen. The story takes you through the weeks after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are engaged to the ball given shortly after their marriage.
With But He Turned Out Very Wild by Sarah A. Hoyt, my initial reaction was one of distaste. By the title, I’m sure you know the story is about George Wickham, who is so firmly entrenched in my mind as a villain, I was resistant to the premise of this story. That being said, by the time I finished reading, I was shocked to find that I had thoroughly enjoyed the story.
In A Long, Strange Trip by Ellen Gellerman I was, in Elizabeth’s words “excessively diverted,” laughing so hard during some parts that tears rolled down my cheeks. Hilariously wicked…that’s all I’m saying.
An Ink-Stained Year by Valerie T. Jackson has to be one of my favorites in this book. It’s about Caroline Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s happily-ever-after. Definitely one I’ll read again.
The Potential of Kitty Bennet by Jessica Keller is an excellent story and answers the question of what happened to Kitty after the marriages of her sisters very satisfactorily.
A Good Vintage Whine by Tess Quinn gives you an inside view into Darcy and Bingley’s friendship through an amusing conversation held in Bingley’s wine cellar.
Georgiana’s Voice by J. H. Thompson shows you a maturing Georgiana Darcy in her own words and a closer view of Mr. Darcy through her eyes.
Secrets in the Shade by Bill Friesema is something of a mystery story where Mr. Darcy is led to a surprise revelation by a series of obscure clues.
A View From the Valet by Nacie Mackey is a story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s courtship as told from the viewpoint of Mr. Darcy’s valet.
Beneath the Greenwood Trees by Marilou Martineau delves into Mr. Darcy’s childhood through a story involving a little wooden sword found in an old chest in the attic of Pemberley. Or rather I should say one of the attics of Pemberley, for it has several.
Father of the Bride by Lewis Whelchel is told from Mr. Bennet’s point-of-view and describes Mr. Bennet’s suspicions that something unusual happened between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy during their walk in Chapter 59 of Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice Abridged by Marsha Altman is a short, very modern version of Pride and Prejudice ~ Along the lines of conversations you might hear from the 20-somethings of today. There is one little shock when an F-Bomb is dropped, but it’s still a very clever and funny story.
If my short synopses of the individual stories seems a bit, well…vague, that’s intentional. I’m giving you my opinions and impressions of the stories without spoilers! I will say, however that the book is a fabulous collection of Austen Fan Fiction that would satisfy any craving you might have for more Jane Austen, and I have to give the book a Five Swan Rating!



  1. Sounds like a wonderful book of stories. I love Jane Austen. :-)

  2. Thanks Jackie - It's an awesome book - Jane Austen is my favorite author!

  3. I am recommending this book to a friend who writes Jane Austen era books and would love it! I have not ready any so I would love to give it a try too :)

  4. Thanks Jennifer - I love Jane Austen, and it's a really good book!!!

  5. I love Jane Austin and Regency romances, this book sounds great. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  6. Sounds like a good book, would be fun to read :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  7. Florence, I love your review. You gave just enough to pique my interest. Each story sounds unique. I've just started reading a bit of Regency, so this will be one I'll have to add to my wish list.

  8. Florence, I love this website. The homepage is both charming and professional. The review is excellent as well, void of spoiler yet giving enough information to entice the reader. We will be seeking your reviews in the future.

  9. This book sounds like one to enjoy curled up in an easy chair by the fire this winter. Your review gives the reader a wonderful sample of the stories. Great job, terrific website.

  10. Would love to receive the book -- it sounds great! I own lots of P&P sequals so this would be a nice addition to my library!

  11. Best wishes for a successful promotion!

  12. Bonus schmoozing and a chance to win a really great book. I love Jane Austen but haven't read much in years. Time to reconnect with a great era!
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  13. This is such a gorgeous blog! You'll be a force to be reckoned with once you post enough to have a Google ranking and I'll bet that won't take long. Very nice! We need to critique this blog for the class!

  14. Jane Austen is my favorite author! I love, love, love her!


  15. Thanks Dani - I'm really getting a lot out of your blog tour class!!!

  16. Schmoozing up to you. I love Jane Austen. Awesome thoughts here. :-)

  17. This collection sounds too cute! There is a Jane Austen Society here in Louisville, and someday I will find a costume & go!

  18. Yes, Dani, we should. Great blog

  19. You have a lovely blog here, Florence. It screams romance novel. Very feminine.

  20. What a pretty blog! I love the little purple dots floating nearby. Very creative. Good luck on your promotion.