• A Marriage Worth the Earning

  • To Have and to Hold: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Volume 1
  • By: Mary Sherwood
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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A Pride and Prejudice sequel.

Darcy and Elizabeth's first year of marriage commences as idyllic as most newlyweds could hope. But soon, their tranquility departs, and together they must discover the finer art of compromise and understanding. 

This sequel trilogy to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice follows the lives of Austen's beloved characters throughout the years, beginning with volume one, where Darcy and Elizabeth must learn to put pride and prejudice aside and become one united in the love and passion inspired by the original novel. Come witness a compelling look at the misunderstanding, resentment, and frustration that marriage imposes on two very compassionate, yet willful individuals, but also envision the vulnerability, laughter, and devotion of a husband and wife very much in love. 

Mary L. Sherwood presents: A Marriage Worth the Earning.

©2009 Mary L. Sherwood (P)2022 Mary L. Sherwood

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Poor Darcy!

Mary Sherwood writes an excellent book. I could visualize the characters and locations vividly with her attention to detail. There is angst of differing levels throughout and up to the end, however, they are mostly quickly resolved and not always anxiety-inducing. The book revolves around the vicious behavior of those vying for their place in this unjust system of hierarchy.
Those with connections, money, and status, or those pretending to have, are all scratching to be included in this elite group. Competition exists at all levels, even the servants have their own pecking order. It can be depressing reading at times how brutally vicious people can be to keep their place (or avenge their displacement) but mostly how they do not value people outside their circle and perceive them as beneath their notice. No one is valued for personal integrity, honesty, work ethic, or simply for being a human being. If you are a woman who marries into the ton you are labeled as an artful schemer who only got there by trapping the poor man with physical allurement.

All of the characters in the book are true to the original book. There are new characters that are interesting and welcome. Our Georgie is a little on the annoying side and her infatuation with the Colonel is somewhat offputting. She is not yet 17 and he is probably at least 15 years older than her. But not unusual for the era. Georgiana is not completely mature and demonstrates that in the story with her lack of comprehension at times of the consequences of not understanding what's going on around her. However, many of the adults around her are just as clueless in their choices. Darcy and Elizabeth's problems are centered on people interfering and having a grudge against her for marrying Darcy. They excuse Darcy as a foolish victim of her allure. There aren't many good things that happen to them that aren't immediately undone by some scheming relative. At times, Elizabeth does do some stupid things such as going off to walk several miles to town by herself or being a guest in people's homes that are sure to mistreat her. Darcy is a mess of emotions at times but still Darcy. He has so much to contend with in the book. I like this Darcy. Everyone is physically injured it seems at one time or another but it doesn't seem to change anyone's safety measures. Thankfully Bingley and Jane are truly sweet as they are in P&P and we get to know them better in this story. I look forward to the next two books and hope to read more about the secondary characters with more detail such as Kitty now that she is skirting the evil ton and many other well-loved characters from the original and some new ones introduced here. As narrator, Stevie Zimmerman is perfect and brings an enjoyable read to perfect pitch. I have listened to many variations of P&P and love most to hear her familiar voice. It's like visiting old and dear friends.

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Wonderful!

Of course Stevie makes any tale worth the listen. Each character distinct. This is a marvelous story. Some nasty people out for their own purposes and don’t care who they step on. We see a very loving and passionate Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth (warts and all). They’re finding their way. We also see a different side of Richard. You can’t help but love the colonel. His brother on the other hand…smh. I’m not one for spoilers. Why summarize when you can read that before you choose this book. A long listen that I really enjoyed but didn’t realize there was a part II! This book is a keeper and a definite reread. Now to find part II ;)

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