In 2008, I started to write (in French) a small Pride & Prejudice fanfiction. It was called La renaissance de Pemberley. But even with readers waiting and asking for the next chapters, I progressively lost my motivation and never finished it, always saying to myself: “I’ll finish it one day”.
10 years later, things had changed a lot! I had become a published author, had written 5 books, and was now ready to come back to that old story. But I didn’t just finish it: I rewrote it entirely and transformed what was a small fanfiction into a 400 pages novel. I kept the general ideas, some of the scenes that I still liked, and I kept the title. I also added a loooooooot of research in order to make my novel as historically accurate and respectful of Jane Austen’s work as possible (I’m a History lover, especially the 19th century, and I share my research on my blog, here).
In January 2019, I published it. It has been – and still is! – a pretty nice success given that there are not many Jane Austen continuations or variations in French. Most of them are translations (as far as I know we are only four French authors writing about her).
But for me, the adventure was not over. I’ve always had ambition to see my novel translated, so I hired a translator and two editors to do the work. It was essential to me that they all speak and write British English as I wanted to stay as “austenesque” as possible. You’ll be the judge of that!
So… here it is! The first of 14 chapters!
This book is now available on
Amazon, Kobo, Google Play and Apple Books
I hope you’ll like it! Don’t hesitate to tell me what you think by leaving a comment here or on the social medias. I wish you a good read! 🙂
Having seriously believed that she was destined to become a spinster, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself married to one of the most eligible bachelors in Derbyshire. She now faces the daunting task of assuming her place within the vast and prestigious family estate of Pemberley. A few ill-disposed individuals would delight to see her fail so there is little room for error as she learns to lead her new household.
Darcy is at her side, of course, but he cannot shelter her entirely as gossiping tongues follow her every move. She must navigate the isolation she feels as a stranger in this new setting and learn how to honour her new responsibilities while the lingering presence of her late mother-in-law, Lady Anne, to whom she is always compared, hangs over her.
Thankfully, Elizabeth is resourceful. One day, she will triumph over even her harshest critics and prove herself worthy as mistress of Pemberley.