Title: Charlotte’s Story
Author(s): Carolyn Korsmeyer
Release Date: October 11, 2021
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Regency
Charlotte Lucas, a character first appearing in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has made an unfortunate marriage to the loquacious William Collins, reckoning that his tedious conversation is a small price to pay for the prosperous home and family she hopes to gain. However, trouble brews within the first months of marriage, and she is upset and angered by his presumptuous tendency to interfere with her friendships.
To ease the strain of their relationship, Charlotte leaves her husband to visit the fashionable city of Bath with several women companions. The weeks in Bath prove to be a time for self-discovery and freedom, even license. Although the marital frost between Charlotte and William begins to thaw, that tranquility lasts only briefly, for events in Bath have resulted in an unfortunate, even calamitous, consequence.
Charlotte devises a solution to the advantage of all that combines bold connivance and compassionate duplicity. Some would castigate her audacious stratagem, but she believes it justified by the hope of happiness and the wit and courage to seek it.
Charlotte’s Story is a variation of Jane Austen’s writing to tell the story of Charlotte Lucas and William Collins. It’s a fast-paced read, easy to follow, and shares some scenes from Pride & Prejudice .
I think it is great that author Carolyn Korsmeyer wrote Charlotte’s story because we didn’t get to know too much about her other than the fact of being Elizabeth’s friend. So, I think this delves deeper into her personality and the reasoning behind her acceptance of William’s proposal.
Charlotte is a complex character. She is strong and telling, yet she has insecurities and a lack of confidence. Because she doesn’t see herself as a desirable woman she associates that with her chance at finding love. She doesn’t feel worthy so she accepts Mr. Collin’s proposal.
They go through the motions. As the book goes on, you really see her come into her own and grow.
I give Charlotte’s Story 3 stars. It is a good book if you enjoy Pride & Prejudice and Jane Austen’s writing style. Good book from start to finish.