Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #13 – Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice by Jennifer Becton
In another take on what happens to Charlotte Lucas after she marries Mr. Collins, Jennifer Becton does us a little favor. She kills Mr. Collins off before the book even starts. In fact, the story begins with the sunny day of Mr. Collins’ funeral. They had been married for seven years, and she realized that not only did she not love him, she didn’t even really like him much. But now she was widowed, childless, free – but not sure if she could support herself.
Charlotte moves out of the parsonage and into another house owned by Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and her sister Maria comes to stay with her. The Lucases are getting older, and aren’t up to taking Maria out into society so she can find herself a husband. Maria is very different from Charlotte, more in the Lydia Bennett mode, if not quite so slutty. There’s a nice steady young man who adores Maria, and of course there’s also a cad. See if you can guess which one Maria falls for.
There is also a couple of potential love interests for Charlotte, following the standard formula as well. There’s very little about this book that isn’t formulaic, but that’s not to say that it isn’t enjoyable as well. It’s easy to figure out who the Lucas girls end up with, and of course everything comes right in the end. And I think Charlotte deserves a little happily ever after.