News Comes to Pemberley

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
15 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2018
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Author Biography

I 'm an Australian author of many titles in various genres. 'News Comes to Pemberley' is my tenth Jane Austen Fan Fiction story. I wrote it mainly because my husband Ron asked me to. He'd become interested in my JAFF stories, and he wanted to know what happened next.

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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.

Margaret Lynette Sharp

5 stars from an Amazon reviewer
February 28, 2018
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This one is just great fun, especially in its exploration of Lady Catherine's foibles... but it also features the perfect happy ending, which ought to leave every follower of Sharp's P&P universe thoroughly satisfied.


This recent #1 hot new release, and still-bestselling work in (among other categories), those of "kindle short reads>12-21 pages>romance" (currently #7) and "literature>classics>short stories" (currently #8) is, not surprisingly, a SHORT STORY. It is a *superlative* short story, and immensely entertaining, but it *is* a short story. It is *not* a novel. There appears to have been some confusion on this point, so I am eager to alert readers who may fail to notice its prominence in these categories, or the two express mentions of its print length by Amazon *on this page*.

Margaret Lynette Sharp

5 stars from RJ Conte
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What a sweet little snapshot of some important moments in Mr and Mrs Darcy's married life. As my first glimpse into Jane Austen fan fiction, I was charmed.

Margaret Lynette Sharp

Tony Parsons
Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great ... romance movie, or better yet a paid-per-view mini TV series. To be continued. A very easy rating of 5 stars.

Margaret Lynette Sharp

Cloggie DownUnder
News Comes To Pemberley is the tenth short story in the Longbourn series, Jane Austin Fan Fiction pieces by Australian author, Margaret Lynette Sharp. With Lizzie’s due date fast approaching, no one is leaving Pemberley, not even when some disturbing news about Darcy’s aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, reaches them. More than one source alerts them to Hubert de Bourgh’s gambling problems, but is there another, more compelling reason to warn Lady Catherine? Or is it all gossip?

Once again, Sharp easily evokes the style and tone of Austen’s writing, giving the reader a taste of what might have followed in the lives of Lizzy and Darcy and their extended family. Lizzie’s wisdom is once again acknowledged by Fitzwilliam and, yes, there’s a Darcy baby at the end of this instalment. Taken in the spirit intended, this is a brief but enjoyable read.
With thanks to the author for this copy to read and review