[The Pursuit of Mary Bennet] ¸ [ONLINE] AUTHOR Pamela Mingle – moncleroutlet–jackets.us
I can t resist a well written book that takes a less prominent somewhat maligned character from one of Austen s novels and convincingly rescues her it s usually a her from the shadows with a plausible alteration of manners and a fitting happy ending On all these accounts The Pursuit of Mary Bennet delightsSince Lizzie and Jane have gotten married Mary Bennet is much improved though it took soul searching and hard work and when upset she sometimes slips back into old patterns Her singing is still atrocious but at least now she nows it and Darcy has thoughtfully provided her with lessons on the pianoforte so her playing is both pleasing and heartfelt
Mary Still Loves To Read still loves to read with Lizzie
gone she has been encouraged by her lonely father to switch she has been encouraged by her lonely father to switch moralizing tomes to history philosophy and poetry She hasn t lost her tendency to forthright speech but with life experience her judgements have softened so she s no longer a sermonizing prig It s of course impossible to match Austen s wonderful prose but author Pamela Mingle made the smart and I think unusual choice of writing this Pride and Prejudice seuel in the first person which both removes some of the comparison and takes the reader straight past Mary s sometimes stiff exterior and into her heart She also The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs keeps Lizzy off stage than the other Bennets another wise decision because it s very hard to capture Lizzie s lively intelligent wit and when authors try the results are usually disappointing at least to me Mary Bennet she captures definitively Mary s character growth makes sense and it s that hard won betterment that is challenged when plot circumstances rash actions by Lydia and the uncertain attentions of a potential suitor throw her life and sentiments into disorder Reading The Pursuit of Mary Bennet was a treatI read an advanced review copy of this book provided by the publisher the opinions in this review are all mine Oh Mary Bennet What is there to say about her Unfortunately the most pedantic priggish and un proprietous Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice has not received the attention from Austenesue authors that her sisters have enjoyed so regularly Jane isnown for her beauty and Fix Her Up (Hot Hammered kindness Lydia and Kitty for their rambunctiousness and of then of course there is the spirited and witty Lizzy But where does poor Mary fit in Perhaps you could say there s something about Mary and now we have The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle to find out just what that something isIn Mingle s new Pride and Prejudice seuel we meet a Mary that has begun to change and move away from her lack of social graces displayed so humorously in PP Now older she has become mature and composed but unfortunately her singing voice has not improved with age much to the chagrin of those around her Things soon change as the wild thoughtless Lydia returns to the Bennet household pregnant and scandalously estranged from her husband So both Mary and Kitty are soon dispatched to their married sister Jane Bignley s home to give Lydia room to deal with the situation There Mary is introduced to Henry Walsh a friend of Charles Bingley Taken unawares by his attentions and completely out of her element she is uite uncertain of how to proceed However this may be the outlet and door to self discovery that Mary desperately needs How will she handle this new and exciting romantic opportunityFirst off I m so glad that we finally a book that focuses on Mary Inow she has gotten the short end of the stick as far as attention is concerned well Mr Collins may actually have it worse but I digress so I m glad that she can finally come into her own as an independent woman Before I began reading I had read that a few readers were slightly put off by Mingle s choice to write the work in first person After the first few chapters flew by however I was fully immersed in the story and not bothered by its format in the least In fact it was interesting to see things from Mary s point of view directly and I believe it added to her characterization and interactions with Henry and others Speaking of Henry he s swoon worthy for his love and defense of Mary I love how mad he gets when he hears others speaking ill of Mary He s a perfect mate for herI think Mingle handled Mary s characterizations in a fantastic way I always love journeys of self discovery and empowerment and this one was a joy to read The way in which Mary transforms from a woman who is only beginning to understand her new maturity to someone who is fully enveloped in love with another person is heartwarming I couldn t help but think that Austen and her penchant for happy endings would have been satisfied by this tale for Mary We ve seen so much praise heaped on Lizzy and Jane especially so if you were as curious as I was about how a work centered on plain Mary would shape up wonder no longer This is definitely one to tryKimberly Reflections. 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 PrejudiceGrowing up with four extraordinary sisters beautiful and confident Jane and Elizabeth and flirtatious .
Th her father is improving bit by bitBut then her youngest sister Lydia shows up heavily pregnant and announcing she has left her husband and after some proving admits she isn t 100% sure that her husband is even the baby s fatherFearing for their reputation Mary and Kitty are sent off to Jane s home There Mary is in for changes Jane has noticed the changes in her and is showing her both approval and affection Kitty away from Lydia s influence is a bit less of a brat and one of Bingley s friends by the name of Henry Walsh starts to show some interest in herToo bad that Kitty has shown interest in Mr Walsh as wellSecond Glance For me The Pursuit of Mary Bennet was a bit of a mixed bag of nuts The story has a great rhythm and the pace is brisk The story story has a great rhythm and the pace is brisk The story told completely from
MARY S POV AND I THINK THE AUTHOR DID s POV and I think the author did good job of
Capturing Her Voice Mary Is Smart But Naive Has Lots her voice Mary is smart but naive has lots mixed feelings toward her family is a little bitter but she s not unlikable It s actually ind of sad to hear how badly she thinks of herself because her family has always marked her as the least favored childI even liked Henry Walsh for the most part even though he was polite to the point of driving me mad he even hurt Mary unintentionally to avoid being impolite to Kitty in public which made him seem like he didn t have a backbone sometimesIt was an interesting seuel to Pride and Prejudice but it wasn t without it s issues like I said it was Mixed Bag of Nuts Mary does put herself down a little too much Kitty is very hurtful sometimes and the whole subplot with Lydia s daughter and now attached Mary gets was a little weird for mePlus I often felt like something big was about to happen but then it never uite didBottom Line All in all I do recommend The Pursuit of Mary Bennet specially if you re a fan of Miss Austen and enjoy retellings The author does seem to capture the family and the story was uite interesting in it s own right I stared at my sister who seemed grotesuely large A cow about to calfFor the Lord s sake how much of her simpering was I to endure Have a care Kitty A good dunking would be just the thing for you This is the tale of the bitchiest boringest stupidly self sabotaging sister hating sanctimonious cluck of the Bennett sisters She is judgmental and hypocritical A self made social disgrace A thief who would steal a sister s potential mate Was I willing to risk their censure by stealing Kitty s beau Now why would you want to buy a book to read about someone like that when you can watch Kourtney Khlo Kim Kendall and Kylie for free 35 starsA warm charming continuation that follows the PP formula with a few surprise twists Mary gets a makeover an attractive acuaintance named Henry Walsh and a rush of maternal impulses Fans of Austen and the seuels will enjoy Mingle s Austen like touch and the chance to wander through the pastoral English countryside with familiar characters who behave exactly as we would expect them toReview from Femmeliterate excerpted belowMary is in many ways the least appealing of the Bennet sisters She lacks Lizzy s wit Jane s gentleness Lydia s insouciance or Kitty s harmless silliness Pamela Mingle gives Mary a book that reveals a sweet and tender hearted interior life but doesn t stray far from the formula that makes PP so beloved to fans of Austen and Regency romance alikeThree years after the end of the original novel Mary has undergone her own humbling and become self conscious about her flaws piano lessons a self directed course in literary studies overseen In this seuel to Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet finds herself the focus of the attentions of a young gentleman Henry Walsh A few years have gone by since the events of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth and Jane have both settled into married life and Kitty and Mary spend their time visiting their sisters Mary has spent the years taking a hard look at herself and has changed dramatically from the hard and judgmental person that she was in Pride and Prejudice Despite these changes Mary is fairly certain that she is destined to a life of spinsterhood and as a result she is completely at a loss when Henry Walsh seems to be courting her with the intention to marry I think it was very risky of Mingle to take on one of romance fan s favourite books and in the end I did enjoy reading this seuel to Pride and Prejudice It s been uite some time since I read PP unless you want to count Pride and Prejudice and Z In this PP seuel the story begins three years after the end of Pride and Prejudice where we find Kitty and Mary still unmarriedBut Mary has changed and when once again Lydia and Wickham cause a scandal they are both sent to visit the Bingleys Where Kitty is re introduced to the gentleman she believes wants to marry her But what about Mary Some new characters are introduced into this lovely storyA delightful well written story an enjoyable re read. 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 flirtatio.
read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB á Pamela MingleOf a Book AddictOriginally Posted Pride and Prejudice is social satire The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is chick lit Austen never developed Mary as a character and I ve always thought something interesting could be done there but this book didn t do it So disappointing The plot was modeled on Pride and Prejudice in all the non essential ways missing completely the essence of the story Meh Two Stars feels a bit stingy but Three Stars to indicate I actively liked it too generous I pounced upon this book when I saw the giveaway in the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program because I was in dire need of comfort reading and I thought this might hit the spot I m a big Jane Austen fan I ve read not just the completed six novels
but her two unfinished ones and some of her juvenalia and reread them And it s not enough As Mingle wroteher two unfinished ones and some of her juvenalia and reread them And it s not enough some of her juvenalia and reread them And it s not enough Mingle wrote the afterword an intense longing for of Jane Austen is what compels the seuel writer and reader Moreover I have a soft spot for Mary Bennet of Pride and Prejudice Mary is the middle daughter left out of the closeness the older and younger pairs form with each other Although a comic figure in Pride and Prejudice Mary has none of the malice evident in other such characters as Lady Catherine de Bourgh or Mr Collins I was also disappointed to learn that Colleen McCullough s book centered on Mary The Independence of Mary Bennet was a work of revisionist history showing Elizabeth unhappy with an arrogant jerk of a Darcy That s not what I want in a Jane Austen pastiche and that predisposed me to pick up a book that I hoped would have a congenial takeMind you I ve found it s a tricky genre I despised Linda Berdoll s Mr Darcy Takes a Wife beyond the telling I couldn t recognize the characters For me Stephanie Barron s Jane Austen Mysteries tried too hard to reproduce Austen s style only underlining Barron is no Austen I enjoyed Carrie Bebris s Mr Mrs Darcy Mysteries which captures the personalities and voices of the characters without trying to imitate Austen s style Mingle in the afterward wrote she new she could never try to write in the voice of Jane Austen and it s part of why she chose to tell the story in first person in Mary s own voice Mind you I ve seen modern authors create some really good period voices that aren t jarring in their homage Susanna Clarke s Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell despite finding the novel tedious and Patrick O Brian in his Aubrey Maturin series even Novik s Temeraire fantasy series are examples of authors whose period voices are pitch perfect if not Austenesue And Marie Dobbs in her completion of Sandition does a lovely job even if she s Heyer than Austen in uality I never found Mingle convincing in that regard The voice of Mary struck me as too contemporary at times and I wasn t convinced I was inhabiting the Regency period And there just wasn t any phrase any line in the book I d be tempted to underline or bookmark And there was one scene in the book where I was a bit weirded outFor all that others less picky might enjoy the book Mingle doesn t do a bad job at all at getting into Mary s head making her self aware enough that with maturity she s able to grow and change It s a pleasant enough Regency Romance and Jane Austen pastiche but the truth is I ve found better Jane Austen fanfic on the internet and I just plain enjoyed Bebris mysteries when it comes to Austenesue comfort reading Who remembers Mary Bennet You ma vie pour un oscar know the least thought of Bennet Sister from Pride and Prejudice The one no one was particularly fond of Well Mingle s taken her and turned her into a heroine giving her her own moment in the SunI was pretty impressed Mingle took Jane Austen s writing style and combined it with her own uniue voice She stayed pretty true to the Bennet sisters characters though she did take some liberty with Mary Of course as there was little about Mary in the original it s understandable Mary got her own uniue perspective though softened somewhat from the original We can attribute that to maturity There were some pieces where I got a little exasperated Mary who originally seemed intellectual than emotional got over weepy at times But Mary herself recognizes this in the books so it wasn t as bad as it could have been I m glad though that Mary wasn t wholly over emotional She met a man that seemed to fit her intellectual self and I found myself getting frustrated that they didn t immediately get together as you can tell they were perfect At First Sight Used to being the ugly duckling of her own family Mary Bennet spends most of her time alone Knowing fully well that her sisters don t really like her and that she has embarrassed her family on than one occasion Mary has started to change becoming thoughtful and acuiring some decorum Even if she s still left alone most of the time while Kitty is often invited to visit their elder sisters Jane and Elizabeth at least her relationship wi. Nd 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 rightWhen another scandal involving Lydia and Wickham threatens the Bennet house.