am not a fan of anyone
characters from another author's book – in this case one
– and writing a so-called sequel to that book. I can
imagine that Jane
in her grave when this book hit the shelves: the
writing is mediocre,
the characterization is extremely
and the plot is both
to say the least. However, for anyone with hours to whittle away and
a penchant for third-class
follow the Mills and Boon requisite for a happy ending, this book may
possibly tick all the boxes.
Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
up twenty years after the conclusion of Pride
the middle daughter, Mary, who
has undergone some kind of transformation and, after being the plain
one in the family, is now considered beautiful, possibly even more
beautiful than Elizabeth.
Mrs Bennet dies on page two, leaving Mary (her carer) the
option of moving in with her sister Elizabeth, and becoming a live-in
spinster aunt, or pursuing the possibility of independence (a no-no
for young ladies of the early nineteenth century).
course, in keeping with the title of the book, Mary chooses the
second of these two options. As
an unaccompanied lady, she
endures a hair-raising
trip across England
up being imprisoned by a religious maniac.
we are following the trials and tribulations of Mary, we are also
reintroduced to the other characters of Pride and Prejudice – all
of them completely
at odds with or, at the very least, caricatures
original incarnations. Fitzwilliam
is a drunk, Elizabeth
is frigid, Jane
seems to be completely without backbone… add to this a
number of senseless
surprise sibling, thousands of pounds worth of hidden gold and fifty
uncivilized orphans, and the scene is set for one of the worst novels
I have read this year.
this book, but I do suggest you read (or reread) Pride
and enjoy a
well written and well crafted novel.