Reviews: SEARCHING FOR PEMBERLEY by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Serena and I were thrilled to have read Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen because it merges WWII history and Jane Austen.

In her review on Savvy Verse & Wit, Serena says:

Readers who have read Austen’s novel once or more than a dozen times will recognize echoes of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in the Crowells and may even find parts of the mystery obvious.  However, this story is more than a look at where Austen may have found inspiration, it is about a nation (England) and its people in the midst of rebuilding after the devastation of the German blitzkrieg and World War II.  There also a healthy dose of romance between Maggie and two beaus that add to the tension.

Check out her interview with Mary Lydon Simonsen here.

Here’s an excerpt of my review on Diary of an Eccentric:

Simonsen writes from the first person viewpoint of Maggie, but her use of storytelling is what makes the narrative shine.  Whether the story being told is about the Laceys, the Crowell’s love affair, or the hardships experienced during the Great War and World War II, it feels as though you are sitting by the fire listening to an old friend chat.

And you can read my interview with Mary Lydon Simonsen here.

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2 Comments

  1. wow, Austen and WWII – what a unique angle. I don’t have too much patience for P&P retellings but I may have to try this one!

  2. Janefan: There’s a lot more in this one than a P&P retelling, and on that front, it’s more about showing how these two people and their families could have been the ones Jane Austen wrote about. If you give it a go, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

    –Anna


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