Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Book Review-Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen

I received a free copy of this to review for this blog.

Maggie Joyce finds herself working in London after World War II where she makes friends with a coworker. Little did Maggie know that she would stumble upon an adventure that would take her on a search for the identies of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The couple made famous in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. What if the characters in Pride and Prejudice were based on real people but made to appear fictitious? What if descendants of these characters were still alive? What if Maggie could discover the real truth?

The book gives a character synopsis so that you can catch yourself up for the story if you are not familiar with the Pride and Prejudice characters. I think Jane Austen followers, as well as those that have never read a word of Jane Austen, will love this book. It delves into a world where every reader can get excited about the possibilities of what might have been. It allows the reader to go on the search with Maggie and figure out the mystery as if they were Maggie.

I highly recommend this book!!!


  1. Glad you liked it! Based on other reviews I've seen, I've been a little bit on the fence with this one. Good to read your input!

    Laura Hartness

  2. Thank you, Laura, for your wonderful review. I am so glad that you liked my novel. In addition to the Jane Austen mystery in the book, I hope readers will enjoy the story of an American living in post WWII England, who is in search of her own Mr. Darcy, and who has two men to choose from.

  3. I just got a copy of this book and am looking forward to reading it! :)

  4. Came over from Cym Lowell's Book Review Blog Party.

    I haven't heard of this book or this author before. Thanks for the heads up!

    My Book Review Blog Party offering: http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2009/12/hush-hush.html


  5. Thank you to all who commented. It was appreciated. Mary