Thursday, January 2, 2014

T by Pamela Minglehe Pursuit of Mary Bennet

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle --- 299 pages

Harper Collins seems to be building a cottage industry of Jane Austen knockoffs. By far the most popular of the original novels, Pride and Prejudice also seems to encourage the most imitations. I've lost track of the number of books I've seen offering further adventures of the Bennet daughters, as seen from a variety of perspectives. Pamela Mingle here presents us with a tale of Miss Mary Bennet, the "ugly duckling" of the five Bennet sisters in Austen's novel. It's a few years later and Mary is struggling to outgrow her awkwardness and lack of social address. But she is acutely aware that she is the daughter everyone assumes will never marry and will spend her life taking care of her aged parents and making herself useful, with her future dependent on the charity of her more fortunate sisters and their affluent husbands. But Mary wants more from life --- the question is: can she too find true love and happiness to equal Jane's and Elizabeth's?

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