Catherine Collins wants to see the world beyond Longbourn and jumps at the chance to escape her stepmother’s demands. She travels north to act as governess to Sir Robert Courtney’s mute daughter Matilda. But is she suited for the role…?
Catherine is the second book in the Cousins of Pemberley series by Linda O’Byrne, set 20 years after the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I have previously reviewed the first book in the series, Cassandra, which I LOVED!
Catherine is the daughter of Elizabeth Darcy’s late best friend Charlotte and Mr Collins who has since married Elizabeth’s sister Kitty. She spends her days caring for her little sister and being completely unappreciated by Kitty. There is a longing and free spirited side to Catherine which made me like her.
Meanwhile, Sir Robert Courtney is looking for a new wife after the death of Lucinda in a tragic accident which his daughter witnessed. He wants a governess with good common sense to care for and protect his daughter. His first impression of Catherine is not great and the pair develop a strained friendship as they clash over Matilda. But affection and romance simmer just below the surface.
The romance is hampered by the social differences between them but also the arrival of Abigail who is intent on becoming Robert’s bride. I felt so outraged at her snide comments to Catherine which relentlessly make her feel inferior. Robert’s brother Martin and aunt Honoria bring humour to the book.
I enjoyd the style of writing which is modern with Austen-esque phrases. The locations, fashion, social conventions and characters are all vividly described and bring the 1830s to life across the pages. The main couple are both easy to like and the book is fun to read as we await their acceptance of their true feelings.
Catherine is an enjoyable historical romance novel and a must for all Austen fans.
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.
Catherine Collins, a very ordinary young woman – plain, quiet, often over-looked but possessing a reputation for having great common-sense.
Or so her distant cousin Elizabeth Darcy believes and so recommends her as governess for little Matilda Courtney.
Catherine travels to Northumberland, full of good intentions to do her best and be a credit to the family.
But appearances and reputations can be deceptive – Robert and Martin Courtney will soon learn exactly what type of girl Elizabeth has sent them.