The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel

The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel

by Molly Greeley


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For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice—and legions of historical fiction lovers—an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world.

In this Pride & Prejudice-inspired novel, not everyone has the luxury of waiting for love.

Charlotte Collins knows it well . . .

Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic, and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life, an inevitable one so socially acceptable that its quietness threatens to overwhelm her. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine..

In Mr. Travis’ company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard, and seen. For the first time in her life, Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart—and how breakable that heart can be. With her sensible nature confronted, and her own future about to take a turn, Charlotte must now question the role of love and passion in a woman’s life, and whether they truly matter for a clergyman’s wife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062942913
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 88,332
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Molly Greeley earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with a creative writing emphasis, from Michigan State University, where she was the recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts for Creative Writing. Her short stories and essays have been published in CicadaCarve, and Literary Mama.  She works as on social media for a local business, is married and the mother of three children but her Sunday afternoons are devoted to weaving stories into books. 

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The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 3 months ago
“He was not an attractive young man; he was heavy of cheek and jowl, with slightly irregular features and thinning hair, and his manners were so awkward that it was hard, at times, to keep my countenance as he veered from unaccountable pomposity to slavish compliments.” The Clergyman’s Wife is the first novel by American author, Molly Greeley. After her friend Lizzie Bennet rejected Mr Collins, twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Lucas made sure to put herself in his path “when his pride was hurt and he was especially vulnerable to flattery” because she realised that she was (as Lady Catherine de Bourgh later put it) “neither too lively nor too handsome.” Being the clergyman’s wife would secure her future without dependence on the goodwill of her brothers. Now, three years later, as wife of William and mother of baby Louisa, she began to understand what it is to be married to the man who fervently fawns at Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s every utterance. She had believed that enduring his company for the sake of security was something she could manage. But now his imperious patroness insists on a rose garden at the parsonage, and sends one of her tenant farmers to install it. The farmer is neither handsome nor educated but, through her incidental interactions with Robby Travis, Charlotte discovers a man who is courteous, interested and has a sense of humour that is noticeably absent in her good husband. Aware that she does not share her whole self with William, she begins to wonder if perhaps he does not give himself fully either. “Perhaps we are both caught in this elaborate pantomime.” But with Mr Travis, it is as if he sees into her soul. Charlotte Collins, however, is a married woman... Greeley easily evokes the world that Jane Austen’s characters inhabit, and her portrayal of characters we already know from Pride and Prejudice is very much in keeping with the way Austen wrote them. The events that punctuate their lives and the way they react to them is entirely plausible. This is a wonderfully moving debut novel that is bound to have readers choking up and reaching for the tissues in the final chapters. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.
AnnieMcDonnell 5 months ago
“The Clergyman’s Wife” by Molly Greeley really walks in the path alongside Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”. I felt the same tempo, magic and slow passage of time as when I read Jane Austen. There is nothing better than a book that makes you want to stop time! I loved Charlotte Lucas, so it was wonderful to revisit with her. Often these Austen retellings feel forced, and definitely not taken in stride; but that does not happen here. I truly felt taken away....Taken away in the beautiful use of language, and and a truly magnificent storyline. You’ll need some time to spend frolicking with Charlotte and her family and friends through her days, because you won’t want to put the book down. I hope that Molly Greeley has more stories in the making that are of this classical fraction, because she sure hits the nail on the head. This is certainly her wheelhouse. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Vesper1931 5 months ago
A Pride & Prejudice continuation but of the story of Charlotte Collins nee Lucas, and her practical acceptance of a marriage to Mr. Collins. Where we hear Charlottle’s thoughts of her present sitation but also of her past which brought her to the acceptance. Collins is as he always was in canon but we learn a little of his life, becoming more human and maybe feel some sorrow for him. A story of friendship discovered, and leading towards rethinking what is happiness in your life. Delightful, well-written, and with well-drawn characters especially as you would expect of Charlotte. I found the book a joy to read.