Tragedy strikes Pemberley, and Fitzwilliam Darcy must assume the role of guardian to his maiden sister, Georgiana. When Darcy's trust is betrayed by a childhood friend, Darcy decides to take affairs into his own hands - only to find himself blackmailed by his worst enemy and manipulated by a woman who would ruin his innocent sister's reputation to suit her own wants.
"Story okay, narrator not so much"
After her father dies, Elizabeth Bennet refuses to marry the heir of her family's estate, leaving her, her mother, and her sisters without means and without a home - and it is all Elizabeth's fault. What are five single women with no prospects to do? A string of emotional decisions lead her from her beloved Hertfordshire to London, where she becomes a lady's companion to a scheming woman with too much time and money and too few scruples.
"Nice little story"
After refusing an atrocious proposal from a gentleman she dislikes, Elizabeth Bennet wishes she had never come to Hunsford. Foolish decisions and silent tongues conspire against Elizabeth, bringing accusations against her and those whom she holds dear, when a valuable pair of diamond earrings go missing from Rosings. Elizabeth finds a surprising ally in Mr. Darcy - the man she had so recently refused. Can Elizabeth see past her prejudice to understand her own heart? Or will she ruin her prospects to protect her friends?
Elizabeth Bennet faces the greatest challenge of her life: Find a husband by the end of the London season or be forced to marry the heir apparent of her family home, Mr. Collins. A romantic at heart, will Elizabeth find a gentlemen to meet her high expectations? After a disastrous meeting, Darcy and Elizabeth determine not to like each other. But, the London season has only begun....
When Anne de Bourgh discovers a letter that reveals a family secret long hidden, she refuses to marry Fitzwilliam Darcy. This act of boldness infuriates her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and soon Anne finds herself without a home. Forced out of everything she has ever known, will Anne have the courage to seek the truth from the letter? Will her health allow it? Most of all, can she avoid scandal if her family's secret is known?
Karen Joy Fowler, author of the best-selling The Jane Austen Book Club, joins other Austen enthusiasts including novelists Siri Hustvedt and Jennifer Egan to celebrate the work of one of English literature's best-loved authors. In connection with Penguin Classics' 60th Anniversary release of Jane Austen: The Complete Novels: Classic Deluxe Edition, this lively discussion will span the vivid characters, biting satire, and delicious romance of Austen's six novels. Selections read by Hope Davis.