The Women of Pemberley
Author: Rebecca Ann Collins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Emma
Chapter 2: Emily
Chapter 3: Cassandra
Chapter 4: Isabella
Chapter 5: Josie
About the Author
The Women of Pemberley follows the lives of five women, some from the beloved works of Jane Austen,
some new from the author's imagination, into a new era of post industrial revolution England, at the start
of the Victorian Age. Vast changes are in motion, as they were throughout this dynamic century.The
women, like many of Jane Austen's heroines, are strong, intelligent individuals, and the depth and variety
of the original characters develop into a series of episodes linked together by their relationship to each
other and to Pemberley, which is the heart of their community.The central themes of love, friendship,
marriage, and a sense of social obligation remain as do the great political and social issues of the
age."The stories are so well told one would enjoy them even if they were not sequels to any other
novel."—Book News"Yet another wonderful work by Ms. Collins."—Beverly Wong, author of Pride &
Excerpt from Chapter 1: Emma
AS EMMA WILSON TRAVELLED back to London, her mind was in turmoil. As for her heart, well, that
had been left behind with her family and friends at Pemberley. Her two daughters, still weary from
enjoying themselves so thoroughly, had fallen asleep.
Their nurse, equally exhausted as her little charges, had nodded off as well. While she was herself rather
tired, she had stayed awake, trying to read, but the movement of the carriage would not let her
Sitting across from her, James Wilson was immersed in his papers, which he had explained related to
his client’s business and were very dull indeed. Dull they may have been, but Mr Wilson applied himself
to their study most assiduously, Emma noticed.
There was little left for her to do but contemplate the passing countryside.
As twilight overtook them, even this was difficult, and Emma was wondering what she could do to pass
the time when her brother-in-law put his documents away and said cheerfully, “It is too dark to read, so
we may as well talk.”
He changed his seat to sit beside her, and Emma, surprised and pleased, said, “What would you like to
She half expected some polite enquiry about the children, and she was quite surprised when he said,
without hesitation, “Tell me about Pemberley and your friends and family. I enjoyed very much meeting
them on Saturday, but there was so little time and so many interesting people.” Emma laughed. “I
thought you would have remembered most of them. They were all at my wedding,” she said.
James looked abashed as he admitted that he was not very good at recalling names, and anyway, there
had been such a crowd at that wedding, he would never have met them all.
“I was busy being best man, remember? I do recall Mr and Mrs Darcy very well—they are such a
handsome couple—but hardly anyone else, except your parents and your brother Jonathan, of course. I
had also met Fitzwilliam at Westminster when he was in Parliament some years ago; he was a member
of the Reform Group. But you must tell me about the others. It is quite clear they all love you very much.
They were obviously delighted when you arrived with Victoria and Stephanie. I was very glad I had taken
you. I believe I acquired some immediate popularity with your family,” he said lightly.
Emma smiled and acknowledged her debt to him, thanking him again for his kindness. “I cannot tell you
how much joy you gave us, especially to my dear parents, who had quite given up hope of seeing us
James Wilson begged her not to thank him for what had been a genuine pleasure and asked only that
she tell him more about the people he had met at Pemberley. “I can truthfully say I have never met so
many attractive and interesting people in one place before,” he declared.
Relating some of their stories, Emma was surprised at how much he had noticed in so short a time—like
Fitzwilliam’s obsession with Palmerston, Rebecca Tate’s preoccupation with education for girls, the
sound common sense of Mr Gardiner, and how deeply Richard and Cassandra loved each other.
“Theirs must have been a great love story,” he said, and Emma agreed.
Rebecca Ann Collins
Rebecca Ann Collins is the pen name of a lady in Australia who loves Jane Austen’s work so much that
she has written a series of 10 sequels to Pride and Prejudice, following Austen’s beloved characters,
introducing new ones and bringing the characters into a new historical era. Thoroughly researched and
beautifully written, this series has been extremely successful in Australia with over 80,000 books sold.
over 80,000 books sold.
™s work so much
that she has written a series of 10 sequels to Pride and Prejudice, following Austenâ€™s beloved
characters, introducing new ones and bringing the characters into a new historical era. Thoroughly
researched and beautifully written, this series has been extremely successful in Australia with over
80,000 books sold.