The Clergyman's Wife

The Clergyman's Wife

A Pride & Prejudice Novel

Book - 2019
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For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice--and legions of historical fiction lovers--an inspired debut novel set in Austen's world.

Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford's vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic, and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life, an inevitable one so socially acceptable that its quietness threatens to overwhelm her. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine..

In Mr. Travis' company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard, and seen. For the first time in her life, Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart--and how breakable that heart can be. With her sensible nature confronted, and her own future about to take a turn, Charlotte must now question the role of love and passion in a woman's life, and whether they truly matter for a clergyman's wife.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062942913
Characteristics: 280, 10 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817.

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Jan 23, 2020

I'm sure the life and fate of a clergyman's wife in Austen's world is as accurately as could be depicted here, but my romantic heart wanted so much more and better for Charlotte Collins. In this tale, she finally has a taste of love, but the situation was impossible, and ultimately this take on her story left me wholly unsatisfied, maybe even a bit depressed. Years ago, I read another version of Charlotte's life as Mrs. Collins, and I much preferred that outcome of Mr. Collins's death. No such luck here. 2.5 stars.

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