An intoxicating new novel that explores the untold story of Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet’s best friend in Jane Austen’s classic and much-loved Pride and Prejudice. This powerful reimagining follows where Pride and Prejudice ends. Charlotte offers a fresh, feminist addition to the post-Austen cannon, charmingly imagined and brimming with passion and intelligence.
Charlotte by Helen Moffet
Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age.
But when she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her fortunes change. Her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled by her decision, yet Charlotte knows this is the only way to provide for her future.
What she doesn’t know is that her married life will propel her into a new world: not only of duty and longed-for children, but secrets, grief, unexpected love and friendship, and a kind of freedom.