I really, really liked Mr Darcy's Little Sister (by C. Allyn Pierson). The characters were all true to JA's original, and although the book is quite long, it's also fast-paced and I was never bored.
Although Georgiana took center stage here, Lizzy and Darcy were also shown quite a bit, and the portrayal of their marriage was pretty amazing. I've read several P&P 'sequels,' and this was the closest to what I thought their relationship would be like after the wedding and honeymoon. They were absolutely adorable together, in the best way possible. Another thing I was impressed by was Georgiana's development; she was much more confident and poised by the end, but it was made totally believable. She could get a little annoying at times, to be honest, but it didn't seem out of character, and overall she was very sweet and likeable. Her romance with--no, I'm not going to tell you that, that would be spoilers :P was so, so gorgeous; it was a big plot twist, but a slow one; you know, where it bursts on you, but when you look back over the book, you're amazed that you didn't see it coming.
Also--and this was the thing that attracted me to the book in the first place--, Sir Andrew got a cameo!!! Cool, right? I freaked out and went into hyper-fangirling mode for at least fifteen minutes when I read "his" chapter. They even mention a "daring band of Englishmen"! Sir Percy is never mentioned by name, but then, he never takes credit for his noble deeds, so it's understandable. He's so heroic...*siiiiiigh*
|Random picture of Percy and Marguerite, because they're just so romantic...|
Okay. Focus. Back to the review...where was I? Oh, yes. *grins* Sir Andrew. Actually, *SPOILERS* Caroline Bingley ended up marrying the Comte de Tournay. They're perfect together. :P *END OF SPOILERS*
Lizzy and Georgiana had an amazing sisterly relationship. Lizzy was a mentor of sorts, as well as being a major confidence-booster and fashion consultant, while Georgiana looked up to Lizzy and tried her best to emulate her, as well as using all her considerable influence in society to get Elizabeth accepted into the higher circles.
Pierson never tried to imitate JA's writing much, but she did keep the dialogue old-fashioned and as far as I can tell, it was historically accurate.
One thing I didn't like about this book was Kitty. Not that she was made any different from the original book, she was just...never there. She and Georgiana reportedly giggle together quite a bit, but she probably says three sentences in the entire novel. She's mostly just used to get Georgiana out of the way, in my opinion, and she's kind of written off and never given a personality--but, well, forgive me for saying this, JA did the same thing.
I tend to be a bit of a purist about JA, but this book never annoyed me with inaccuracies (and Pierson even quoted bits of P&P in the dialogue, &c. several times, which was a huge plus for me), as well as being very well-written in general. This was by far the most true-to-life "sequel" to P&P that I've ever read. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable read and I recommend it to any Janeite, or even just a casual reader of her books.