I was looking forward to reading Karen Aminadra’s new book, Rosings. I enjoyed her first book, Charlotte, where I actually came to LIKE Mr. Collins. Rosings is a continuation of Charlotte and focuses in on Anne De Bourgh. I’ve always felt sorry for Anne. I knew she was not suited for Mr. Darcy, and I’ve always suspected her mother is responsible for Anne’s poor health.
Since Darcy is now married to Elizabeth, Lady Catherine decides it’s time to find a husband for Anne. She goes about it by inviting several eligible bachelors to Rosings for a visit. According to Lady Catherine, Anne must choose one of the men and encourage him to ask for her hand in marriage.
I was surprised and angry with Lady Catherine! Her fear of losing Anne to an illness or accident has been part of the reason she has been so oppressive to Anne. If she is worried about losing Anne, how can she marry her off to a man she doesn’t know much about, other than his title and wealth? Doesn’t she understand, in doing so she would lose Anne and control over Rosings? Foolish woman!
Poor Anne! I could really feel for her. She is much stronger than she appears, but she is terrified of Lady Catherine. She is afraid to stand up to her. Anne is miserable trapped inside the walls of Rosings. She loves her mother, but wants a future, and a happy one at that. How is she ever going to get away from Lady Catherine? And what will happen to her if she is forced into a loveless marriage?
Something that bothered me in this story was the use of first names. Anne just met these men, and they are calling her Anne! Not Miss de Bourgh as they should be. She is also calling them by their first names! Even the new vicar is calling her Anne. As far as I know, this was not done unless you were engaged.
I did like the new vicar, James Watkins and his father, Henry Watkins. They were very helpful to Anne. I enjoyed Lady Catherine and Henry Watkins's growing friendship.
I wanted to like this story, but along with what I’ve already mentioned, I would have liked to see the ending played out a little more. Anne does have her happy ending, and Lady Catherine does a complete one-eighty, but it happens all too fast. I just didn't see Lady Catherine changing her way of thinking so fast. It felt too rushed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the book for me.
I received an e-copy of the book for my honest review.
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