Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen


Pemberley Remembered + Sequel = Searching for Pemberley

Regency Romance and Love in Post WWII England - Searching for Pemberley is now available for immediate shipment from Amazon and other booksellers (see home page). Here is a summary of the novel.

Maggie Joyce, a 22-year old American, arrives in London in the summer of 1947. Although the war has been over for two years, the British are still recovering from six long years of war.  Despite continued rationing and evidence of the destruction caused by German bombs, Maggie, who grew up in a Pennsylvania coal town, is delighted to be living in one of the great capitals of the world. After weeks of touring the sights in London, Maggie visits Montclair, an 18th Century Georgian country house located in the Peak District of Derbyshire, because she has been told that the former residents of the mansion, William Lacey and Elizabeth Garrison, were the inspiration for the characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride & Prejudice, and that Montclair is the novel’s Pemberley.

During her visit to the nearby Village of Crofton, Maggie meets Beth and Jack Crowell, both of whom have ties to the Lacey family and Montclair, and who know if the legends associated with the house and Fitzwilliam Darcy are true. Maggie is befriended by the Crowells, and they share stories of the real people who inspired the Darcys, the Bennet sisters, Lady Catherine De Bourgh, and many of the other memorable characters portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. As their friendship matures, the Crowells reveal the devastating impact that the First World War had on their families—effects that are still being felt 30 years later. 

Through letters and journals of the Laceys, Maggie continues to search for signs of the real "Darcy and Elizabeth." But when her search introduces her to both a dashing American pilot and a handsome descendant of the Darcy/Lacey line, Maggie must decide how her own love story will end.

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