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When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence.
As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband's simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, Charlotte must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen.
But when an unprincipled gentleman compromises Charlotte's reputation, her romantic thoughts disappear at the prospect of losing her independence. As she struggles to extricate herself from her slander, her situation reveals both the nature of each gentleman and of true love.
©2010 Jennifer Becton (P)2013 Jennifer Becton
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 03-25-14

Charming But Different Narrator, Please

Charlotte Lucas was one of the most intriguing characters in Pride and Prejudice, so I was delighted when I stumbled across this "spin-off."
And for the most part, it wasn't a wretched disappointment. There were moments of laugh-out-loud merriment, and I was particularly delighted that Mr. Collins was offed right there in the first paragraph. Ah, Charlotte's new life begins at last! And her little sister, Maria, moves in with her and helps her live it.
There is a lot of charm here. Maria is a goader, a prompter, a thorn in Charlotte's side. And a major concern. Lots of Charlotte's energy has to be devoted to chaperoning her, rather than to thinking about and living her own life. But Maria does get Charlotte to wonder about those widow's clothes she's been wearing, about that widow's life she's been living.
And when Maria starts attracting suitors? Well, those suitors have chaperones also, don't they? And some of them aren't half bad.
I really liked that the writing here, the situations were kept true to the time period. Charlotte's worries and woes are real, given such, and she's fleshed out well-enough that we worry right along with her. I also liked that there was tension even though I knew how it would all turn out. I found my toes curling with delight, hoping that this character would say this and that character would do that. How fun.
What kept this from being a four-star listen, though, was the narration. Anne Day-Jones does a perfectly respectable job with the narrative, but her delivery of male voices, our hero most importantly, comes out flat and monotonous. Even her delivery of Charlotte at the end starts falling into the "dull" vein. So the only thing that keeps the reader/listener going is the writing, the text itself (Great job, Jennifer Becton!). Which is a bummer.
Still, for a romance that's about this particular era, for a character that's already known and loved by Austen fans, this book runs true.

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4 out of 5 stars
By KA on 10-02-14

ENJOY ! Well thought out book

What made the experience of listening to Charlotte Collins the most enjoyable?

It is written in very similar style as Jane Austen

What did you like best about this story?

The surprises about the society of the time in ways I'd never considered

Which character – as performed by Anne Day-Jones – was your favorite?

Charlotte, ran the full gambit given her limited choices due to the rules of the day

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Shock at a situation I'd never considered happening in "polite" society, but must have occurred.

Any additional comments?

No one will ever write or create like Jane Austen, so take the novel for what it is and enjoy it. Perhaps Ms Austen would have gone on to write such books as this, or maybe she was done with Pride & Prejudice altogether, we will never know. This is a plausible history of what may have happened to Charlotte and good read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 11-24-15

Perfect listening for cold winter days

Having read many Pride and Prejudice variations, this one is one of the best so far. The characters are believable ,although they can be recognised as being similar to characters in the original. That being said I thoroughly enjoyed Charlotte Collins and I know I will listen again

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