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Monday, February 15, 2010

Recollections Of Rosings by Rebecca Ann Collins

Recollections Of Rosings by Rebecca Ann Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (306 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Sisters Catherine Harrison and Becky Tate, daughters of Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins, have very different personalities and temperaments. Both grew up in the shadow of Rosings Park, domain of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but as adults their paths diverged dramatically.

When a catastrophe at Rosings Park brings Becky back to visit her sister, the two clash about their aspirations for the marriage of Catherine’s young daughter, and both women are forced to confront the ghosts of the past—in particular, Lady Catherine’s cruelty and deception.

As the shocking truth emerges, the Darcy and Bingley families rally. But it may be too late for the sisters to find the love and happiness they were denied so long ago. “A lovely novel, written from the heart.”
Marrying for love rather than for money, prestige, power, or expediency makes Recollections Of Rosings a celebration of an evolving society where a woman’s intelligence and her contributions to society are recognized and appreciated.

Rebecca Ann Collins’ “Austin-like” writing style creates an ambiance that lures the reader into the Victorian Ager and particularly into the lives of characters connected to Pemberley. This charming style entice the reader away fro the modern, fast-paced multi-tasking world and invites her into a more gracious time where afternoon tea and walks in the woods create opportunities for leisurely conversation and for awakening love to be nurtured.

Catherine Harrison, having been the ideal parson’s wife for many years, for the first time in her life, is faced with making decisions without someone to tell her what she should do. For her entire life, Lady Catherine de Bourgh then her husband had directed her choices. How the copes and how she aspires to fulfill her dreams deep the reader turning pages. She is remarkable.

As Catherine and her seventeen-year-old daughter Lilian emerge from their restrictive lives at the parsonage, they are settled in the Dower House of Rosings Park where they bloom like Rosings’ renowned roses. Love tiptoes in. Like the dawn that brings vibrant light and color to the black and grey of night, it brings s myriad of new, exciting possibilities to Catherine and Lilian’s once drab lives.

Becky Tate, Catherine’s more worldly-wise sister, feels compelled to meddle in their lives, even though her own life seems less than satisfying. However well intended, her efforts to manage her goddaughter Lilian creates a situation where the reader gets to see the true personality of Lilian that highlights her strength of character and confidence in her own values.

Mr. John Adams and Mr. Frank Burnett, both associated with the Rosings Trust, are highly regarded for their expertise, but little is known about their family backgrounds. As they become more involved with Catherine and Lilian, some diehards that still try to impose old standards cause trouble by searching out family information from the past generations of the Adams and Burnett families. Stress and conflict arise with family and friends that threaten the hopes and dreams of Both Catherine and Lilian.

If one has had the pleasure of reading the previous books of “The Pemberley Chronicles”, Recollections Of Rosings is like a visit with friends and family. If not, then this book will be a special introduction to some remarkable characters—characters that celebrate the joy of both young and mature love. Extremely good reading!