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The Other Bennet Sister

By: Janice Hadlow
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed.

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.

The Other Bennet Sister shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts, a constant disappointment to her mother, who values beauty above all else, fearful of her father’s sharp tongue, with little in common with her siblings - is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.

One by one, her sisters marry - Jane and Lizzy for love, Lydia for some semblance of respectability - but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins.

But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her after all.

Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. Witty and uplifting, it will make you feel - and cheer - for Mary as you never have before.

©2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2019

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this audio book. It is very much in keeping with Jane Austin's style and true to the story of Pride and Prejudice. It is wonderful to have an account told from Mary's perspective and to have a sequel of sorts.
If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I love the language that is used and it was very well read.
I could listen to it all again.

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Insightful and satisfying

While staying true to the characters, Janice Hadlow developed them and the story beautifully. I couldn’t stop listening. The performance by Kristin Atherton was masterful. For lovers of Jane Austin , this book is a must read.

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Very Happy!

For lovers of Pride and Prejudice. The story was very engaging and I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

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long, but kept me interested right until the end

I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed the insights into Pride and Prejudice characters that the author offered. It brought an entirely new perspective to a beloved classic. I found the author's interpretations of the characters very believable and in line with the way the characters were portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. I loved seeing Mary's growth throughout the novel, and the author had me willing her onwards and wishing her happiness and joy. My only criticism is that I do think it dragged on just a little bit, but I was hanging on right till the end to find out what happened and how it was all resolved.

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Very satisfying overall

As a lover of pride and prejudice it was wonderful to have the opportunity to read an interpretation of what Mary Bennett’s life would have been like living in the shadow of her sisters. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I did find the obstacle towards the end of the book to Mary achieving happiness on her terms, a little contrived, but I was prepared to suspend any negative reaction to how the author handled this as the overall conclusion and outcome of the novel was very satisfying. The pace of the story and the performance was steady and in line with the perceived sober nature of the character. I found the novel very engaging and would recommend it to fans of pride and prejudice and the Bennett family story.

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Must listen for Jane Austen fans!

I really enjoyed this book, as I am a die hard fan of Austen and Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favourite. It was so well written, from Mary’s perspective. It also showed a different side of the Bennet family, not necessarily a good one. This has added an extra layer of what it meant to be a woman in the 1800’s, especially if you were not the most beautiful or accomplished.
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A delight

I love Jane Austen and some of these spin off stories are a poor facsimile. This one is a delight, and the performance is lovely. Will be returning to it!

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Lovely story true to the original story by Jane Austin

Loved this story - really well done in every aspect & May listen again at a later date.

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Throughly Enjoyable

Loved this book. The performance was spot on! Could totally hear the BBC adaptation in the characters.
The story it’s self was excellent. Highly recommend.

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A welcome addition

what a lovely story, well told and giving respect to this genre. A welcome addition to the stories so far of The Bennet family.

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