Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings is a short work in the Pemberley series of Jane Austen fan fiction books by Margaret Lynette Sharp. It continues the adventures of the Bennet and Darcy families and their relatives and friends in a Pride and Prejudice-based alternate story line. The plot centers around a visit to Rosings by Fitzwilliam Jr., the son of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, following a ball at which Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne (now Mrs. King) reconcile their longtime differences. Also visiting at Rosings are Anne and her family, including her son, John. Visiting Rosings often from nearby Hunsford is Emily Collins, the daughter of Mr. Collins, who provides piano music at Rosings as well as tutoring Fitzwilliam on the instrument. Both Fitzwilliam Jr. and John are interested in winning Emily’s heart and hand. Which of the two will succeed?
Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings is another entertaining and engaging vignette in Sharp’s Pemberley collection. This is the third book I’ve read by this author, and I’m always impressed with her ability to capture the personalities and dialog of the original characters, as well as to add interesting new characters into the mix. Sweet romance stories are always charming, even if the target of the romance has a father like Mr. Collins. Emily is portrayed as smart, sweet-tempered, talented, and sensitive. Readers unfamiliar with the previous works in the collection may stumble a little at the different or new relationships in this version, but that said, this is a sweet and charming story which won my heart and totally changed my opinion of Lady Catherine.