Review: Charlotte by Helen Moffett

Title: Charlotte

Author: Helen Moffett

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier

The Blurb

Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. 

When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled by her decision. 

Yet this the only way Charlotte knows how to provide for her future. 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.

Jane Austen cared deeply about the constraints on women in Regency England. This powerful reimagining takes up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, showing us a woman determined to carve a place for herself in the world. 

Charlotte offers a fresh, feminist addition to the post-Austen canon, beautifully imagined, and brimming with passion and intelligence.

The Review

Do you ever read a book and wonder what happens to characters after you turn the final page? Me too. And so – it seems – does Helen Moffett. That is how the story of Charlotte was created. Charlotte Lucas – a character in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – is the star of her own story now. We see her life after the consequence of decisions that she makes. Her story and her growth as a character is lovely to read about.

Her tale is one of love, tragedy, and following the rules of Regency Britain…and breaking them.

In Charlotte, we get a protagonist that we are now allowed to fully connect with and it is lovely reading her story.

Charlotte by Helen Moffett is available now.

For more information regarding Helen Moffett (@Heckitty) please visit www.helenmoffett.com.

For more information regarding Bonnier Books (@bonnierbooks_uk) please visit www.bonnierbooks.co.uk.

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