Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Miriam by Linda O’Byrne as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours and Spellbound Books for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Many years have passed since the dramatic events of Pride and Prejudice. In The Cousins of Pemberley series we follow a new generation of heroines – cousins with lives as different and interesting as those enjoyed by their mothers.
Mary Bennet – overlooked, laughed at, despised – married a missionary and vanished into a life of service out in Africa. But now Miriam, her daughter, is coming to England, disliking everything she has been told about her family.
Her aunts and cousins are expecting someone quiet, dull and bookish, just like her mother, not the quick-tempered, impulsive girl who arrives.
How can this adventurous girl with her desire for freedom possibly fit into their well ordered world? And what havoc will she cause as she tries?
I have to start by saying that I love the premise for not only this book but the entire series. With the focus being on what came after the happy ever after in the events of Pride and Prejudice. I know I always wonder what would happen next in a much loved book. In this story we meet Mary Bennett’s daughter, Miriam as she navigates life back in England after being brought up in Africa.
Even though it is part of a series I do think Miriam can work as a standalone. Especially if you already know the story of Pride and Prejudice. It was lovely to catch up with characters that almost feel like friends and meet new ones. Miriam is a strong and determined character but also out of her comfort zone. It was lovely to see her interact with established characters and see her hold her own. Along with making friendships and seeing sparks fly with her love interest. I really enjoyed getting to know Miriam and I couldn’t help but feel for her as she is dropped into the middle of the unknown. As she meets the family she has never met but heard so much about from her mother. Let’s just say not all of it was good either.
In Miriam there was a splash of drama, friendships and a wonderful romance. Along with a touch of nostalgia as the reader gets to connect once more with well loved characters. Miriam really is a heartwarming and loveable tale!
Fiction has always been my go-to world, a place of entertainment, excitement and imagination – I am told that I wrote my first story when I was four about a lady who had twenty children! Sadly it has been lost for posterity.
I have been writing all my life in the time I could spare from having a “proper job”, mostly for children under the name of Linda Blake, stories of ballet dancers, pony riding and talking animals! Not all in the same book!
But my love of romance, a great tendency to say “What if..?” and the endearing characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have now resulted in a series of books that will take the reader forward to the next generation of heroines.
I am retired, live in Kent and am a keen member of my local drama group. Directing and acting take up a lot of my time – I have been given the onerous task of writing the Christmas pantomimes – but I still need to cope with a large garden, doing daily battle with the heron who thinks my pond is his own breakfast buffet and keeping in touch with friends and family scattered all over the world.
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