About Finding Anne De Bourgh

Finding Anne de Bourgh

As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh’s heath is utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter’s sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.

But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.

My review

It’s a little crazy to me that as many times as I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I’ve never thought that much about Anne de Bourgh. She’s always just been a secondary character to me. This book got me thinking more about her. And I liked that!

The author did a great job with this one. It doesn’t feel like a continuation of Pride and Prejudice, and it’s not intended to. This book stands on it’s own so well. I loved all of the characters, previously known and unknown. It’s just great!

I love that the reader gets to see the plot of this one through so many different points of view. The reader sees things through Anne’s eyes as well as Owen’s and Kenneth’s.

Anne is a great character. I loved the way I was able to see her differently in this story than I’ve ever seen her before. She was a young woman with thoughts and feelings. And I liked Lady Catherine de Bourgh in this book at least a little better than I ever have before as well.

I liked Owen too. He is a fine young man, even though Lady Catherine wants to keep Anne as far away from him as she can. His mother is probably one of my favorite characters in this one. So great!

Most of this one is set in Brighton. I loved reading about the dippers again. And the way that the people would have taken the sea water. Historical details like that interest me so much!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way it made me see things differently and think differently about a character I’ve “known” for a really long time.

I was sent a copy of Finding Anne de Bourgh as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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