Everyone knows the story of Elizabeth Bennet, who married Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. But what about Elizabeth's sister Mary? Master storyteller Colleen McCullough imagines a life for Mary Bennet 20 years after the events of Jane Austen's novel. Twenty years on, each of Mary's four sisters is settled in her own way: Jane has a happy marriage and a large family; Lizzie and Mr Darcy have a formidable social reputation; Lydia has a reputation of quite another kind; and Kitty is in demand in London's fashionable salons. Mary, however, is a changed woman, and newly independent of family obligations. Now she is afire with resolve - to publish a book revealing the ills of England and the plight of the poor. But the travels she undertakes to research her book will put her life in danger - and ultimately deliver her to the man who inspired her.
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet is both an exciting adventure and a cracking romance, and a work for every woman who has wanted to leave her mark on the world.
©2008 Colleen McCullough; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
Well worth a read!
I am so glad I got over my initial disappointment when I started listening because it really was a terrific story. It is worthwhile persisting and allowing it to flow. Colleen McCullough has written a beautifully crafted tale following on from Pride and Prejudice. I thought the narrator Nicki Paull had difficulty with some of the Darcy masculine voices but it did not take away from the enjoyment of this story. Highly recommended.
I was absolutely delighted with Colleen McCullough's continuation of the classic story of Pride & Prejudice. As I am such a great fan of P & P,I was skeptical at first but thoroughly enjoyed the story! Nicki Paull (Reader)executed the various characters beautifully! Highly Recommended
"Independence for at least one Bennet"
I would recommend this book to a friend because I thought it was really well written and a great audible.
I liked the follow-on from Sense and Sensibility and Colleen McCullough did a grand job with it.
I had many favourite scenes in this book.
Yes I wanted to listen to it all day
I enjoyed the history associated with this story. Sometimes it was a little wordy but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
"Only a fan would enjoy."
The style is in a similar vein to that used by Miss Austen - slow and ponderous. The characters are recognisable. Time has not made them any more pleasant than when Jane Austen first wrote about them!! Given I am not a huge fan of Austen novels I am not sure why I would choose to buy a sequel. Having finished listening to it I am even less sure of why I bothered!! In true Colleen McCullough fashion I concede it is well written with a good use of English and she pays due respect to the characterisation created by Jane Austen 200 years ago. If you like this style of writing then I am sure you will enjoy this book.
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