Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite
News Comes to Pemberley by Margaret Sharp is the tenth short story in the Longbourn series of Jane Austin Fan Fiction pieces. We find a small gathering at Pemberley comprising Elizabeth and Darcy, and Georgiana and her husband, Edward. The momentous news is actually several scandalous revelations about Lady Catherine’s de Bourgh’s proposed nuptials to someone who appears to be an extremely unsuitable man: Hubert de Bourgh. News of Hubert’s contemptible character – he has many gambling debts and is said to have associated with an attractive widow while his late wife was still alive – arrives via a letter sent by the ever-busy Mr. Collins. Nothing and no one can persuade Lady Catherine to cancel the wedding. The woman is both stubborn and inflexible and has no compunction in telling everyone to mind their own business. But of a more pressing nature, and infinitely one of happier tidings is Lizzie’s pregnancy and the imminent arrival of an heir to Pemberley!
Fans of Jane Austen’s works, as well as Regency fans, will enjoy and appreciate this little peek into the world of Pemberley. This charming novella is the perfect break in the day when one can enjoy a cup of tea and mull over life back then, as well as the further events in the lives of the characters of Pride and Prejudice. The author has managed to convey a great amount of detail in this short story, such as social mores, what was frowned upon by society, marrying the right kind of person, the difficulties facing women in both starting a family and in childbirth. The characters are nicely done, and anyone who is familiar with the original novel will really enjoy this rendition of how their lives may have panned out.