The Clergyman's Wife

A Pride & Prejudice Novel
Narrated by: Susie Riddell
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice - and legions of historical fiction lovers - an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world. 

Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic, and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life, an inevitable one so socially acceptable that its quietness threatens to overwhelm her. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine.

In Mr. Travis’ company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard, and seen. For the first time in her life, Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart - and how breakable that heart can be. With her sensible nature confronted, and her own future about to take a turn, Charlotte must now question the role of love and passion in a woman’s life and whether they truly matter for a clergyman’s wife.

©2019 Molly Greeley (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Charlotte Lucaxs Collins ,Vicars Wife <br /><br /><br /><br />

The story was a interesting and morally sound !
Charlotte ,displays ,the struggle ,of immoral temptation, ,.Her, concience prevails !She looks
out for the fiuture for her daughter,.The future
inheritance of Longbourne ,makes her determinef
that if their is no male heir .,.She , realises her thrift
by not buying and wasting money thoughtlessly.
She will be able to priovidde a dowery.If she ends
up being a widow .Rather bring cast into ,poverty. ,she
will have enough money comfortably .
Her husband
who will no longer ,be the vicar but ; a gentleman
and owner ,oof Longbourn.
The part i dis not like is tjat Mr .Bennet died.
Thus ending with tje Collinnes v. taking possession
of Longbourn .I would rather have tje story end ,with
them remaining in Humtssgird ,.Mr Collinnes as the vicar .With the help of Charlotte ,helping him becoming a better, more useful vicar.
The main mistake ,was a very important sacramental mistake.
In fact this is a major difference between Anglican,Ecclesiastical Communionitly ,and The Catholic Church.!Anglicans publiclyb confess threir
sins,at the service.,Their is no private /deathbed confession !
Whetas tje c Catholic Church, has only private confession ,.Except for general admittance
of their sins in the beginning of thr Masd

I wished Mr ,Collins would have remained as the
head vicar .Thus to l guide the new vicar ,till
he is ready to take on thr responsibility of tjhe
head vicar
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IF ONLY. IF ONLY. IF ONLY.
This story is really heartbreaking. Charlotte chose her lot in life with her eyes wide open. But of course it is one thing to think she know prudence and then another thing is actually experience the consequences of her prudent choices.
I am sorry to say that I actually was hoping for Mr. Collins' death so Charlotte would be able to marry for love.

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Poignant and Delicately Written

A beautifully written novel . I’ve always identified with the plain Charlotte Lucas, and The Clergyman’s Wife brings her to life in a way that feels authentic to Austen’s original work. So much is happening beneath the surface of the action in this text. So much is left unsaid. I was expecting a light and fluffy romance. Instead, I found the moving exploration of the heart of a woman and a testimony to the strength of female spirit. This novel has made me very thankful for the strides feminism has made. Highly recommended for all fans of Jane Austen.

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enjoyable

Very much enjoyed the story and the tension at the center. Narrator was good, but I believe the proper historical pronunciation of Maria is "Mariah" and it bugged me probably more than it should have.