Books, Fiction

Most Truly by Reina M. Williams


Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Most TrulyMost Truly by Reina M. Williams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

What might have happened to Elizabeth Bennet’s younger sister, Kitty, and Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, after Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Author Reina M. Williams answers that question in her Love at Pemberley novella, Most Truly.

Well. I took the plunge.

I’ve never been easy with the idea of late sequels to classics, not written by a classic’s original author. But I gave this little romance a go, and it was a quick, pleasant read.

I liked the inclusion of Kitty’s uncertainty about how to carry out her own new attitude, though the number of mentions concerning her getting past her former silliness did become redundant. And, as Alfred, Lord Tennyson praised Austen for being “a great artist,” saying, “Miss Austen understood the smallness of life to perfection,” there is indeed an art to writing of the smallness of life without a story merely seeming slow or uneventful. I did find parts of this novella to be slow.

Nevertheless, the simple plot kept me interested as I imagined the characters as I frequently see them in the 1995 BBC miniseries production of Pride and Prejudice. Though I’m pretty sure I’ll still decline to read any direct retellings of Austen’s original novels, I’m a little–just a little–more open now to the thought of creative continuations.


Most Truly is Book One in the Love at Pemberley series.

Miss Darcy Decides (Love at Pemberley, #2) Miss Bennet Blooms (Love at Pemberley, #3) Misunderstood: A Pride and Prejudice Novella (Love at Pemberley, #4)


Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction, Films, Romance

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice (1995) from British Broadcasting Corporation
Not Rated. Drama, Romance, Period Film

Five Gold Stars

Description (from the film case): With a masterful script, deft direction, and star-making performances from Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice transports viewers to Georgian England, where affairs of the heart are an exquisite game, and marriage the ultimate prize. But Elizabeth Bennet–spirited, independent, and one of five unmarried sisters–is determined to play by her own rules and wed for love, not money or privilege. Will her romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Darcy end in misfortune–or will love’s true nature prevail?

My thoughts: It might be unfair, but the five hours I spent when I first watched this BBC miniseries, and however many more five-hour periods of my life I’ve passed watching it over again, have ruined all other onscreen versions of Pride and Prejudice for me, regardless of the fact that I haven’t seen the others.

The cast all around is excellent, I don’t believe Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet could be more superbly interpreted and realized than they are here, and I don’t believe I shall ever be shaken from that belief.

My corresponding reading: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.