Linda O’Byrne: Miriam

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Miriam. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at SpellBound Books for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.


Many years have passed since the dramatic events of Pride and Prejudice. In The Cousins of Pemberley series we follow a new generation of heroines – cousins with lives as different and interesting as those enjoyed by their mothers.

Mary Bennet – overlooked, laughed at, despised – married a missionary and vanished into a life of service out in Africa. But now Miriam, her daughter, is coming to England, disliking everything she has been told about her family.

Her aunts and cousins are expecting someone quiet, dull and bookish, just like her mother, not the quick-tempered, impulsive girl who arrives.

How can this adventurous girl with her desire for freedom possibly fit into their well ordered world? And what havoc will she cause as she tries?

Book 4: Jane, Coming Christmas 2022


I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and Linda O’Byrne has a fantastic imagination to continue the stories of characters that are embedded in British culture. She makes them her own, but she is still faithful to the spirit of Austen’s original characters. 

The protagonist for this instalment is Miriam, and she’s very different to the cousins we’ve met before. I loved learning more about her less affluent lifestyle, which is heavily focused on giving to charity and helping those less fortunate than herself. As a character, Miriam is very independent and quite feisty – just the kind of character I like – and she really brings a fresh dynamic to the family. 

I was rooting for Miriam the whole way through her story and I wanted her to find the happiness she truly deserved. There are a few ups and downs on her journey, but I was completely engaged from beginning to end.

I look forward to seeing how this series continues. 

Miriam is available from Amazon.

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