Wickham’s Wife is my second novel based, again, on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but this time starting several years before that novel and delves into the life and choices made by George Wickham. It reveals some interesting information about the reasons behind his actions and is, perhaps, a more sympathetic rendering of his character than is usually given.
Here’s the blurb:
All George Wickham has ever wanted, if he had the fortune he believes he ought to have, is to live the life of a gentleman with the woman he loves by his side, enjoying leisure, pleasure and prosperity together.
Unfortunately, he has neither the means nor the talent to support such a lifestyle, and the independent lady he has fallen in love with is sensible. She knows and loves him for what he is, not what he pretends to be. Until he has some security of his own, she will never risk hers by marrying him.
Step back inside the delightful world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and accompany Wickham along the twists and turns of his life from Cambridge, through London and Ramsgate, to the seemingly insignificant detour into Meryton.
Here are some reviews:
I absolutely loved this book. It is another triumph for C.J. Hill after Prudence and Practicality. This book breathes life into the minor character of Julia Younge and enriches readers’ understanding and appreciation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Every chapter is a delight and the novel makes you view characters and events in ways you could never have imagined. A must-read for all Austen fans!
I loved her take on Wickham’s backstory, she made him a much more sympathetic character while still a very flawed one. His love interest stole the story, and I wished I could have followed her into her new life. I had a little trouble believing the ending, despite knowing how it had to end.