Thursday, January 10, 2008
NEW LISTING: Pemberley Remembered at Amazon
by Mary Lydon Simonsen
The celebration of the life and works of Jane Austen continues with the publication of my first novel, Pemberley Remembered. It is the story of a young American, Maggie Joyce, who lives in London in the years immediately following the end of World War II. While visiting Montclair, an 18th Century Georgian country house located in Derbyshire, England, Maggie is told that the former residents of the mansion, William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrison, were the inspiration for the characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's masterpiece, Pride & Prejudice, and that Montclair is the novel's Pemberley.
During her visit to the nearby Village of Crofton, Maggie meets Beth and Jack Crowell, both of whom have ties to the Lacey family and Montclair, and who know if the legends associated with the house and Fitzwilliam Darcy are true. While exploring the truth behind the romance of Darcy and Elizabeth, Maggie is drawn into the love story of the Crowells, who married in the midst of the horrors of World War I, as well as her own relationship with Rob McAllister, an American who flew on bombing missions over Germany during World War II, and who has returned to England for his own deeply personal reasons.
Pemberley Remembered is available at amazon.com.