Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth: Pride and Prejudice Continues

Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

The Darcys are happily married, and it's time for Elizabeth to take her place among Derbyshire society. Will the Bennets' arrival at Pemberley usher in a period of discontent for the newlyweds?

What of Darcy's relations? What manner of mischief ensues when a cousin whom Darcy theretofore never knew existed comes to Derbyshire intent on securing his place in the family?

Discover what happens after the happily-ever-after ending of Miss Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

©2016 P. O. Dixon (P)2016 P. O. Dixon
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ariana on 04-22-16

Like the curate's egg - good in parts.

I enjoyed this in the beginning. The storyline seemed a pleasant and believable continuation of the original book in the first part, but sadly descended to pure melodrama in the later part of the story. Not Jane Austen at all, sadly.
In addition, it gradually became clear that the author was struggling to keep to Miss Austen's style of prose and it became very laboured and contrived. There were also one or two Americanisms - Gotten - ugh! which are not seen in British writing today, let alone in the early part of the 19th century. This completely spoiled the mood for me and I spent the rest of the book too conscious of the language used to be able to fully enjoy it.

For me, the best part was the narration. He voice is clear, her diction good and she coped very well with even the most convoluted of sentences. A pleasure to listen to, even if the book itself was only OK.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Believer50 on 04-21-16

If You Like Jane Austen

If you are a Jane Austen fan you will enjoy this book. It recounts a time in the life of the Darcy’s after they have gotten married. Her family proves to be as interfering as always. Elizabeth’s sister who is married to the man who almost ruined Darcy’s sister causes a lot of confusion and is subsequently removed from the home and told not to return except as a dinner guest. Her mother takes the sister’s side as usual. Around the middle of the book the father steps up and escorts the daughter out and dresses her down about her behavior. He admits that it is his fault because he did not step in before the incident.
A distance Darcy cousin comes on the scene and creates more melodrama. A kidnapping, injury, rescuing and finally more troubling revelations come to past. If you like historical romances and Pride and Prejudice in particular then you will like this continuation. And yes there will be more to come.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 05-05-16

An enjoyable story, worth the listen!

Would you listen to Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth: Pride and Prejudice Continues again? Why?

Yes. It is a story you can listen to in mixed company without fear. I would happily listen to this again.

What did you like best about this story?

Many people don't like the fact that there seems to be two story lines. Personally, I like it. Perhaps I would have liked to see both stories intertwined for the length of the novel rather than being two separate stories, but I still found it very enjoyable.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I understand I am in the minority, but I did not care for the narration. I thought all of the men either whined or sounded condescending. For me, it made it a difficult listen

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3 out of 5 stars
By Reg on 05-03-16

Beginning was Really Good...

I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book. Then I started noticing some modern terminology creeping in during the dialogues. Then some of the scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy grew a little racy for a Jane Austen. This brought me out of the story each time it happened. And then the storyline grew increasingly ridiculous and, finally, I didn't like the end product.

The story picks up right after the wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth is planning a couple of big coming out as mistress of Pemberley parties and their families immediately begin creating havoc. Several family members turn up uninvited. Then unpleasant scenes ensue. Finally, Georgianna comes across a long lost family member who becomes a suitor to her against the will of Darcy. After Mr. Bingham comes one the scene the story becomes a little farfetched for Jane Austen and begins to look more like a cross between a Harlequin romance and a thriller.

Pearl Hewitt did a wonderful narration of a mediocre attempt at Jane Austen.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Inga Deborah James on 05-02-16

Pride and Prejudice Continues

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the audiobook to every Jane Austen fan.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The one thing I would change is Elizabeth letting Lydia and Wickham visit Pemberley .

That part of the story is too farfetched, as Elizabeth knows the history between Darcy, Wickham and Georgiana.

Elizabeth doesn't shy away from expressing her opinions, but in this, I don't believe she would have gone against Darcy. Its too insensitive an issue, and not one easily, if at all forgiven.

The storyline focusing on Georgiana was more enjoyable to read.
That said, both storylines showed us how Elizabeth and Darcy deal with everyday situations that arise.

Elizabeth is still protective of her family, Darcy is still prideful.

They both acknowledge double standards exist in dealing with nobility.

But above all, that have progressed from the early days of P&P and know how to overcome obstacles.

What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

I loved the narration by Pearl.

She brought to life the characters we fell in love with in the original Pride and Prejudice.

I enjoyed her narration of immensely. She added life to the story.

She narrated the diverse characters in a believable way.

I enjoyed her narration of Darcy and Elizabeth, but especially of Peal's narration of still naive, carefree Lydia and stern , disapproving Lady Catherine.

I look forward to listening to her other projects

Was Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth: Pride and Prejudice Continues worth the listening time?


It is one of the better follow up books to a beloved classic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol T. on 04-06-16


I love Jane Austin and all her works. I liked this continuation of Pride and Prejudice, but it is more of a harlequin type story. So much of the P& P is told within the story and it would be a shame if anyone decided to skip reading Austin. The plot is good and characters very well defined. All in all enjoyed.
Elizabeth Roe

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5 out of 5 stars
By jefferson24 on 06-12-19

One of her best!

Great story crafted with just the right amount of angst. We get to see some of the polluting of Pemberley when the Bennet family comes to visit!

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4 out of 5 stars
By kwestrope on 06-23-16

Wonderful, lively, lovely story!

This is a very well done and interesting continuation of Pride and Prejudice, taking place shortly after the Darcy's marriage. All of the characters stay true to Ms. Austen's original portrayals, bringing much delight, as well as irritants, to the story.

There is a bit of intrigue, and of course, romance. The writing is very good, very "Jane". I enjoyed this story so much, I didn't want it to end.

I listened to the audio version, and the narrator, Pearl Hewitt, is fantastic. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life. Great job, all around.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sheyla on 05-01-16


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(I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review)

I found this book rather enjoyable. The story is good. The author managed to bring very important elements of the characters from the original to this one. It's really amazing to see that.
The narration was really awesome. I've never listened to this narrator's before, but want to do that again in the future. It was great.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ACarter on 04-30-16


I have read every book by P.O. Dixon and have loved everyone! This one is no exception! I love how the narrator, Pearl, distinguished her voice with each character! I could not stand Lydia or Mrs.Bennet! But loves Darcy and even Collins!! The story plot was great, and captured me right away!! I loved to listen to it on the way to and from work!! Can't wait to get another!!!!!

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