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Firstly, I need to thank Susan Friedland of Saddle Seeks Horse for the recommendation of this book to add to my summer reads pile. I don’t regret it a bit and I’m going to need some more recommendations Susan. More like this please! It was a delight.
So what is it about Her Summer at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel by Sallianne Hines that makes it a must read? Well…for one…it’s based on the Pride and Prejudice world. I mean…I don’t want to go so far as to call it “fan fiction” but I think it probably fits in that category… But it’s GOOD! It’s elevated fan fiction. So if Jane Austen is your jam (and how could it not be), this book is going to be a fun time for you. And it’s so so so good (did I already say that?). I want to read it again. Or…I want her to come out with another book. More books please?
Following the story of the younger sister Kitty Bennet, this book doesn’t disappoint. First off…Kitty is an equestrian! As a fellow equestrian, it’s refreshing to read a book that includes horses that is written by a horse person…and that isn’t about horses. Know what I mean? There’s plenty of horse in this book, but the book isn’t about horses. The book is 100% situated in that Jane Austen world. The book is about Kitty…and Kitty happens to be a horse girl. So there are horses…but there’s no typical horse girl book tropes here.
The character development is excellent and it gives a much deeper window into a few Austen characters that deserved more hashing out, which I really appreciated. When your story adds more depth to the original…in a good way…you’ve done a good job.
The plot is perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything else. There’s plenty of romance…but also drama, adventure, surprises, a mystery surrounding some dodgy folks, and of course…horses! Oh…and a princess too. I enjoyed the story so much I forgot what I was reading wasn’t original Austen.
It was a super fun read for me and a little lighter in fare than I normally go for, but clearly I need to read more books like it. The writing was perfect at pulling me into scenes and making me “read just another page.” My husband was happy when I was finished so he could go to bed at a normal hour again. Poor guy.
There was one time where the editing pulled me out of the book a little bit that I was like…wait…what? But otherwise…it was a smooth read and more than worthy to be a Pride and Prejudice sequel imo. Did you cut it down to fit a page count and happen to have another hundred or so pages I can read? If so…totally send them my way. Ha!