Searching For Pemberley 
Mary Lydon Simonsen
From the Publisher:

Set against Regency England, World Wars I and II, and postwar England, three love stories intertwine in surprising and fateful ways

American Maggie Joyce, touring Derbyshire in 1947, visits, Montclair, an 18th century Georgian country house, that she is told was the model for Jane Austen’s Pemberley. More amazingly, the former residents of the mansion, William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrison, were the inspiration for the characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

Through letters, diary entries, and oral history, Beth and Jack Crowell, a couple who lives in the nearby village of Crofton, share stories of the people they say inspired Jane Austen. They also tell their own love story, made difficult by their vastly different backgrounds—she was one of the social elite while he was the son of a servant. When their son, Michael, travels home from his RAF station in Malta, Maggie may have just found her very own Mr. Darcy.

About the Author:

Mary Simonsen has combined her love of history and the novels of Jane Austen in her first novel, which explores universal truths about love and conflict that cross generations and oceans. The author lives in Peoria and Flagstaff, Arizona.

My Review:
Searching For Pemberley, is different from any other
Jane Austen “sequel” that I’ve read.
It’s a love story, inside of a love story, inside of a love story.
A facinating look into “Austen life” in the 1800’s,
and into life in Europe in the 1940’s.
Filled with historical details, and packed with  everything
that Austen fans are looking for…
dashing young men, beautiful young women,
conflicts, social issues, humor, British aristocracy, and LOVE.
Could it be true, that Darcy and Elizabeth
were real people?
Is Pemberley still standing today?
Simonsen has done a wonderful job.
Searching For Pemberley took me on a fabulous ride.
I found myself inside of Austen’s world,
and I enjoyed every minute!
If you are a dyed in the wool Austen fan,
Searching For Pemberley should go
right to the top of your TBR pile.
Jane would be proud!
A big thank-you to Danielle at Sourcebooks
for making it possible for me
to read and review Searching For Pemberley.
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my HONEST review.
No items that I receive “in kind”
are ever sold…they are kept by me,
given to family or friends,
or donated to The Polk Education Foundation, 
 my local library, or given away on
contests on this blog.


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