Synopsis: A tale of love and marriage, society balls and courtship, class and a touch of scandal, Pamela Mingle’s The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is a fresh take on one of the most beloved novels of all time, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Growing up with four extraordinary sisters—beautiful and confident Jane and Elizabeth, and flirtatious and lighthearted Lydia and Kitty—wasn’t easy for an awkward bookworm like Mary Bennet. But with nearly all of her sisters married and gone from the household, the unrefined Mary has transformed into an attractive and eligible young woman in her own right.
When another scandal involving Lydia and Wickham threatens the Bennet house, Mary and Kitty are packed off to visit Jane and her husband, Charles Bingley, where they meet the dashing Henry Walsh. Eager and naïve, Mary is confused by Henry’s attentions, even as she finds herself drawing closer to him. Could this really be love—or the notions of a foolish girl unschooled in the art of romance and flirtation?
This was a decent read and I was excited to read of Mary Bennet. This was written from Mary’s perspective. Oh and Kitty- well yes I hate her! She is mean and evil minded.
I liked some including Mary’s chaos. I did find at other times it was hard to stay interested. I really liked the Kitty/Mary ‘war’. That was very interesting. I liked Henry Walsh. I definitely thought he was going to get a yes at first. (you will have to read it to find out what I am speaking of)
This was interesting in concept, however, I found I had a lot of troubles with this book. Maybe it was my fault as I let what I expected it to be possibly interfere with what it was. Please give it a try for yourself as Pamela Mingle is a good writer, it just was not for me. Overall I am giving this book 3 stars. It was difficult for me to stay interested. I just found myself wandering to much and forcing myself back into it.
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel
William Morrow Paperbacks (2013)
Reviewed by April Epley for Say What? Savannah Mae (5/14)