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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Pemberley: The Next Generation by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a short story that chronicles the happenings surrounding twenty-one-year old Fitzwilliam Edward Darcy’s birthday. His mother, the Mistress of Pemberley, is ecstatic and carefully plans for this beautiful day. Among the guests invited is Emily Collins, a pretty young lady studying in London under a Professor Graystone. Her expertise at the pianoforte is simply mesmerizing and everyone is awaiting her performance during her stay at Pemberley. Excitement hangs in the air as the watchful Elizabeth Darcy and her insightful husband, Mr. Darcy, observe their son’s actions as he selects a partner for his first dance. Pemberley is a story of young romance, its gripping impact that is sometimes surrounded by uncertainty.
Margaret Lynette Sharp's Pemberley: The Next Generation brings out all the fine details of the plot and captures many aspects of the story while still maintaining the short length of the book. The characters are authentic with actual traits and flaws. As the plot develops, the author maintains an element of suspense and the actions of young Fitzwilliam provide an extra element of interest for the reader. I found the story line to be succinct and fascinating. The watchful eye of Elizabeth Darcy added an avenue for the author to relay aspects of the story to the reader. This showcased the character’s sagacity and allowed me to judge the scenes of the plot from her viewpoint. The story is creative and entrancing. Truly, a must-read for all fans of a short story/novella in the historical romance genre.