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Mary BennetMary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

‘I prayed for a brother every night. My two older sisters also prayed. They felt the want of a brother equally keenly, for our father’s estate was entailed upon a male heir, and without a brother to provide for us or a rich husband to rescue us, we would all be destitute.’

Mary Bennet has been long overshadowed by the beauty and charm of her older sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, and by the forwardness and cheek of her younger sisters, Kitty and Lydia. From her post in the wings of the Bennet family, Mary now watches as Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy – and Mr Wickham – glide into her sisters’ lives. While she can view these three gentlemen quite dispassionately (and, as it turns out, accurately), can she be equally clear-sighted when she finally falls in love herself?

In this elegant retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Mary at last learns – with a little help from the man she loves – to question her family’s values and overcome her own brand of ‘pride and prejudice’. (Blurb on Goodreads)

Well, I wouldn’t say it is very elegant. And so far I can say that the author should have researched the etymology of Regency words more accurately. Authors who don’t research don’t get good reviews. This book tries to make Mary Bennet stronger than in the original version of Pride and Prejudice; in my opinion, it doesn’t succeed very well. I cannot recommend it.

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