Prudence and Practicality is my first novel. It runs parallel to the plot-line of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, only from Charlotte Lucas’ point of view. Here’s the blurb:
Netherfield Park is let at last! And to a young man of good fortune! Mrs. Bennet is not the only mother excited by the news, and the Bennet daughters are not the only ones being admonished to improve their appearance in order to be admired by the newcomer.
Step back inside the delightful world of Pride and Prejudice and follow the year’s events through the observations and actions of Eliza’s sensible and clear-sighted friend, Miss Charlotte Lucas. Miss Lucas believes that happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance, and is under no delusion about men, marriage or money. She will accept whichever man can provide her with a comfortable home – but does entering into a practical marriage prove prudential for Miss Lucas?
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels (and two of my favorite movies), and this retelling of the familiar story from another character’s point of view was as unexpectedly delightful as the novel Longbourn (Pride and Prejudice as told from the servants’ perspective). I thoroughly enjoyed reading Charlotte’s story,and the fleshing out of the story arc between her and Mr Collins, as well as Lady Catherine DeBourgh and Anne. The story stayed true to the voices Austen initially gave her characters and the author created a very believable account, enhancing Austen’s world rather than using it as a launching point for her own world. Fans of Austen will appreciate this tribute work.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was an interesting POV from Charlotte’s perspective. Though I did have trouble tolerating how much more obsequious Mr Collins is in this book. I wanted to reach in and strangle him at times, but I had a better respect formed for Charlotte seeing how she dealt with Mr Collins and Lady Catherine. I would recommend it to any and all JAFF fans.
C. J. Hill writes her story with sensitivity and understanding, telling a totally believable version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from Charlotte’s point of view and giving the reader some insight into what past events might have shaped Mr Collins personality and behaviour. I couldn’t put it down and thoroughly enjoyed the book.