As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh's health is utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter's sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.
But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.
|Audiobook Narrator||Anne Kay|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 10.23 hrs.|
Meh. It was good enough that I kept listening until the end, but it was a bit tedious and slow. The plot was good it just took too long to get anywhere. The character's angst was over the top and characterization lacked depth (except Mrs. Talbot... she was fantastic!) I love historic fiction, but this one was not one I'd highly recommend.
I’m giving this book 5 stars because it is difficult to find entertaining books that are wholesome. Using the Bookshelf app and PLUS+ I enjoyed listening to the audio book while doing housework. I finished listening to the book after 1:00 am because I was so invested that it kept me up. It’s not often that a book keeps me up past my bedtime. 😄☺️
I loved seeing Anne de Burgh have her own story and to find her own voice and I loved watching her come unto her own! This story was inspiring to anyone who has a hard time standing up for themselves.
It was refreshing to step into the world and time period of Jane Austen again. I also loved the additional moments of mystery-solving and adventure in this story. I was quite intrigued to see how Anne would get through all the obstacles that were in front of her! It was not easy being a female during that time - especially with such a domineering mother!
Romance, history, action, mystery! The author did a brilliant job of portraying the conflict in Anne of wanting to please her mother, but needing to follow her own path.
Thank you Ronda Hinrichsen for delivering a mix of action and romance all in one story! Well done!
What a wonderful addition to the world of Regency Romance! Finding Anne de Bourgh is not only a great romantic novel but it's also a fantastic mystery suspense too. With my love for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I knew that this novel that expanded on Anne de Bourgh's life would hook my interest and it did. I loved this take on a well-known character and how Hinrichsen expanded her story. I also delighted in Owen Talbot and his strengths and trials that combined helped him become a better man. I enjoyed Anne's journey of learning to stand up to her very domineering mother and truly finding herself.
This novel is the best combination of keeping the reader guessing, rooting for favorite characters, and delighting in a fabulous ending.
Finding Anne de Bourgh was an unexpected delight. I avoid reading book descriptions right before starting a book (I don't want too much given away), so I really didn't know what to expect besides a Regency romance. I was pleasantly surprised to get a mystery, and thought it was well done.
The author noted that she is a Jane Austen fan and her intrigue with Anne de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice influenced her to write this novel. I'll admit that I hadn't given a second thought to Anne before this book. Her domineering mother always took the stage (next to the main characters) in Pride and Prejudice, but I enjoyed getting to know Anne in this novel. She definitely didn't fit the mold and much of the book involved her standing up for herself and coming out of her shell. I love the chance the author gave for Anne to shine, and find that it is a good lesson-we all have worth and value.
The Talbot family was very interesting, both with Lady Talbot's past and her hobby of solving murders. That was quite unexpected, especially for someone of her station. The closeness between her and her boys was endearing, and their quick acceptance of Anne showed the good people that they are.
If you've read Regency novels you're probably familiar with people flocking to sea side communities for "the cure" of sea bathing. The idea of having dippers (strong women who "dip" patrons in the sea) is quite foreign, but this is at least the second book I've read that had a focus on dipping, and it is very interesting.
This wasn't a fast read for me, but it was enjoyable. I was very surprised when the the main bad guy was revealed, and enjoyed that it caught me off guard. I would read more from this author.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
As a fan of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, of course this book has been on my radar. I love how this author developed the character of Anne de Bourgh. She brought light and life to Anne showing how she might go from the character depicted in Pride and Prejudice to the young lady found in the last few chapters of this book.
Anne is the sickly daughter of an overbearing, opinionated mother. In P&P, she is sallow, unbecoming and of no consequence but in this book we see what a little thought and imagination can bring to Anne's story. I really loved the growth Anne made in this book. She ventures her own opinion once and gains some confidence. Every little instance of Anne expressing her own thoughts, opinions and desires felt like a small victory.
In the meantime, a dangerous, unsavory plot is swirling around Anne. It grows right along with Anne's confidence. There's nothing like a bit of intrigue to liven things up. This book is more gentle and placid in nature so I appreciated the growing plot to help keep me engaged. It was a good balance of plot and characters and I enjoyed it.
Content: mild peril and violence, death
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anne de Bourgh isn't a character that I've given much thought to at all. I mean, Elizabeth is Mr. Darcy's true match, so why give a second thought to Anne, his original intended? But Anne has a story to tell and in doing so, she truly finds herself.
I love how Anne and her mother are at odds--Anne dreams of drawing plants, while her mother is bent on finding her a suitor; Anne feels a connection with a Mr. Talbot, while her mother insists on her forming a match with his younger brother--the one with a title; Anne is content to meander through life, while her mother is intent on finding a cure for her health issues. Sometimes I wanted to tell her overbearing mother to leave her be and to back off already! Hah!
With all the romance blossoming, along with the beautiful gardens, there is a mystery in the wings and this fact gives the story an interesting, slightly dangerous, and deeper element. I really enjoyed Anne's character and loved the pathway she took to discover herself, but I especially loved her brushes with romance.
This is a great story for any Regency romance and/or Pride and Prejudice lover.
Content: mild romance; mild violence
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
FINDING ANNE DE BOURGH is the perfect title for this book where a young lady must find herself, fight for her own future, and the man who is in search of her. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE fans will enjoy a story focused on Anne de Bourgh, the one originally intended for Mr. Darcy. Readers will enjoy these characters, their sweet romance, and the underlying suspense of the story.
Anyone who has read or watched a version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is familiar with Lady Catherine de Bough and her daughter, Anne. Lady Catherine upholds her usual opinionated and overbearing self in this story from the start. As a reader, she feels almost like an old friend, or maybe an old enemy would be a better description. Anne is also reserved, like she is in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but here we get to see the inner workings of her mind... her hopes, dreams and internal disagreements with her mother that she so rarely voices. I loved seeing how her character develops over the course of this story. It was fun to see who she is and how she tries to become independent of her mother. There are several other characters who come into Anne's life and influence who she begins to become, but I loved Owen the most. Of course, it helps that he's the leading man and Anne's love interest. He is an interesting character due to a twisted leg, less than ideal parentage, close family, and the strength and backbone he develops. They made a wonderful couple.
Another interesting aspect of this story is the suspense that begins more in the background and then steadily grows stronger towards the climatic end. I figured most of it out, but still very much enjoyed going along with the characters as they face danger.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! It was sweet, but also had some heartbreak, and then suspense that kept things interested. Definitely recommended!
Content: Some violence but clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
It’s a little crazy to me that as many times as I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I’ve never thought that much about Anne de Bourgh. She’s always just been a secondary character to me. This book got me thinking more about her. And I liked that!
The author did a great job with this one. It doesn’t feel like a continuation of Pride and Prejudice, and it’s not intended to. This book stands on it’s own so well. I loved all of the characters, previously known and unknown. It’s just great!
I love that the reader gets to see the plot of this one through so many different points of view. The reader sees things through Anne’s eyes as well as Owen’s and Kenneth’s.
Anne is a great character. I loved the way I was able to see her differently in this story than I’ve ever seen her before. She was a young woman with thoughts and feelings. And I liked Lady Catherine de Bourgh in this book at least a little better than I ever have before as well.
I liked Owen too. He is a fine young man, even though Lady Catherine wants to keep Anne as far away from him as she can. His mother is probably one of my favorite characters in this one. So great!
Most of this one is set in Brighton. I loved reading about the dippers again. And the way that the people would have taken the sea water. Historical details like that interest me so much!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way it made me see things differently and think differently about a character I’ve “known” for a really long time.
Once again, Ronda Hinrichsen has crafted a great story that combines suspense, romance, and far off places.
I'm going to assume that anyone picking up this book is already familiar with the Regency time period and Jane Austen, knows the character Anne de Bourgh and the important role she plays in Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. She never speaks a word in that story - her mother - Lady Catherine de Bourgh - speaks for her. Anne is supposed to be Darcy's intended - according to her mother- but he chooses Elizabeth Bennett instead.
'Finding Ann de Bourgh' begins a few months after Darcy and Bennett's wedding. Lady Catherine is still unhappy about the slight, but Anne has come to terms with it and even wonders what it would be like to marry for love instead of a match made to benefit both families - a common practice at that time in England.
Lady Catherine decides it's a good time to take Anne, who has always been sickly, to Brighton for the healing waters, and to expose her to the gentry living there before the Big season to increase her chances of making a good match. Anne, as always, complies but even as her mother makes plans for Anne's life, Anne has plans of her own, and with the encouragement of her new lady's maid, her self confidence grows.
Anne loves to draw. One of the first people she meets in Brighton, while looking for a certain plant to sketch, is Mr. Talbot. She likes him immediately, but later finds out her mother has designs on Mr. Talbot's brother for Anne. Anne fosters a friendship with both men and their mother and soon all of them find themselves caught up in a mystery of murder and intrigue. People aren't who they seem to be, and the healing waters aren't as healing as Lady Catherine hoped. But Anne thrives with her new found friends, and discovers she makes a good detective. Eventually she even comes to know - and stand up for - her own heart.
The story is told from Anne's point of view, as well as Mr. Talbot's, and a side character who gives the reader a look at the antagonist's motives. Hinrichsen does a great job of showing the attitudes, expectations, and complications of being part of the 'ton'. She also gives wonderful descriptions of Brighton, and explains medical and investigative procedures used at that time period.
This is a very enjoyable read. The mystery is fun, and it's interesting to see how all of the stories weave together. But my favorite thing was seeing Anne de Bourgh shine in the spotlight. It was great to see a character who’s been cast as weak for more than 300 years show just how strong she really is.