Started: February 1, 2016
Finished: February 22, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars
Thanks Cecilia for this book!
So this was an interesting take on Pride and Prejudice. Personally I’ve always wondered about the two Bennet sisters who are “left without husbands” at the end of the original story and what might happen to them later – particularly Mary since she hardly features in Jane Austen’s novel. But here is one version of what might happen to her.
The book is written in the same style as Austen’s novel, which I definitely liked a lot because that makes it seem like a genuine story. It is, however, rather slow and tells everything (yep, everything) that Mary experiences from a kid up until a couple of years after the end of the original novel. And what happens before Pride and Prejudice is rather dull. It takes up the first quarter of the book and took me sooooo long to get through. If this had been a book written in a “more modern” style we’d most likely have gotten this mainly as little flashbacks instead – and it might be that I was simply not used to reading this sort of style of storytelling and that that made it a slow read for me.
Once we get to the arrival of Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy it becomes a lot more interesting and you really get to see what happened to Mary while Jane and Elizabeth were off with their respective beaus and Kitty and Lydia (the latter in particular) flirted with the officers. And Mary’s “own Pride and Prejudice” is – in my opinion – an even better love story than that of Darcy and Elizabeth because of that it features the differences between the social classes. I’m not sure Austen would have agreed, but today it’s a hit!
I might re-read this eventually and if my slowness with the first quarter is indeed because of that I wasn’t used to the style I might end up raising the rating. But for now it’s 3 stars from me.