In Dearest Friends, Pamela Lynne drew complex and interesting characters who joined Darcy and Elizabeth on their road to happily ever after. But, what happened after the end? Did Lydia survive her time at Rosings? Did Jane find fulfillment as Mrs. Bingley? Did Mary and Sebastian adhere to duty or allow their hearts to lead them?
Follow the Fitzwilliams, Bennets, Gardiners, and Darcys through portraits of their lives at two, five, and 10 years after Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage. Their canvas is studded with heartbreaking loss, new beginnings, and, through it all, the indelible bond of family.
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- Kindle Customer
Keep your tissues handy
What a wonderful series! I loved it.
It really pulled at my heart strings. I highly recommend it. Make sure to have at least one box of tissue close by before you start reading. It has so much love, angst, jealousy, loss and understanding.
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- Sophia Rose
Heartwarming Family Saga Continuation
<i>Dearest Friends</i> was a very special book for me. I adore Austenesque variations/sequels and encountering new to me authors. I was enchanted by that book, but felt there was more to the ongoing story of the extended family group of characters. The author picked up her pen once again and satisfied her readers with the latter half of the story.
I listened to <i>Family Portraits</i> as a re-read and was once again transported into a heartwarming family saga that spanned many years taking in heartaches, laughter, and a shot at romance for the younger adults in the family.
Blending epistolary and narrative formats, the large cast of family pose many delightful plot threads that run separate, weave together, and pull apart several times. The reader has to stay on her/his toes to keep up as scenes change and many characters are involved in this story as the family has grown larger with each marriage. The pacing varied, but matched the situation as characters' went through conflicts or times of growth.
I was delighted that Sebastian Fitzwilliam and Mary Bennet Elliot continue their star-crossed love/friendship and felt like they were the focal point and needed the most resolution in this second half of the story. I found their Cathy and Heathcliff type of story particularly poignant and touching. The author's treatment of grief and loss was sensitive and careful. I teared up from the emotional impact, but felt the development here was the strongest of the book.
Richard and Anne have the fun relationship. I felt that this Col Fitz and his Anne make each scene they are in sparkle. It was delightful to see a surprising good relationship develop between Richard and Lydia (in a father/daughter sort of way).
Jane and Bingley are still the unfortunate ones because of the deep flaws in their characters which was sad yet I enjoyed the unique way they are portrayed in this duo of books.
Lizzy and Darcy have their bumps in the road of Happily Ever After. Lizzy earnestly seeks a parent's approval and bends over backward to believe the best in people. She stretches herself too thin as a result and puts a strain on her own marriage.
And the younger girls- Georgie, Kitty, and Lydia all have their first shot at courtship and marriage taking it in their own way. I enjoyed the further time with these young ladies to see them deal with their pasts and move on into the future. I actually adored Lydia in this one. She was spirited and impulsive, but not spoilt.
From the sidelines, but refusing to stay there, Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine, Caroline Bingley, and Lady Susan all manage to provide the groans and moans they are famous for. They were capable of stirring up the mayhem, for sure.
Brigid Lohrey continued as duology narrator and delighted me once again with her cast of voices, emotions, and all around charming storytelling.
This was a book that doesn't take the practiced approach to the way a novel usually reads, but was a decade long update into the P&P family's lives. I loved going along through all those years with them. This is a book that must be read after Dearest Friends as it is a closely-tied sequel. Both are ones I would recommend to the Austenesque fan who enjoys a strong deviation from the original path and a creative twist to the individual characters. I look forward to more of what this author has to offer in the future.
- Sherrie Jones
You need to know this is a sequel because it not only starts after ODC are married, but the personalities are VERY different for several key characters.
If read in sequence it is a very enjoyable follow up.
As before, the narrator has a very sing-song delivery that truly takes some getting used to but if you stick with it the story is worth it.
The “lesser” characters play a bigger role in this tale and it is nice to see the author’s vision, especially for quiet Mary.