Welcome to my stop on The Clergyman’s Wife blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
I love a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and The Clergyman’s Wife was so much fun!
Charlotte is the wife of a vicar, and as such, she has prescribed duties, including those typical of a lady at the time, but also involving visits to parishioners. She also attends the lectures by her husband and his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Charlotte is not the typical vicar’s wife, though. She chose this life rather than that of a spinster. She chose it but that doesn’t mean she’s not dying of boredom because she is.
Then, Charlotte meets Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine. Mr. Travis makes Charlotte feel valued and understood, and she quickly realizes his hold on her heart. Should she have love and passion in her life, or should she settle with safety and comfort?
The Clergyman’s Wife is a gentle, easy story. It reads smoothly, and the characters are well-developed. There’s a short surprise appearance by some beloved fictional characters- I LOVED that.
I found this a fresh take on the classic tale and one I enjoyed. The writing is lyrical, and I was completely enveloped in Charlotte’s journey towards the happiness she hopes to find. Both historical fiction fans and fans of Austen should relish their time spent with this gem.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About The Clergyman’s Wife
• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 3, 2019)
For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice—and legions of historical fiction lovers—an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world.
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.
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About Molly Greeley
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 Cicada, Carve, and Literary Mama. She works 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.