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The Unexpected Miss Bennet (edition 2011)

by Patrice Sarath

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Title:The Unexpected Miss Bennet
Authors:Patrice Sarath
Info:Berkley Trade (2011), Edition: 1, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:historical, romance, pnp

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Mary and Lydia Bennett receive invitations from their sisters to live with them and experience society. However, instead of staying at Pemberley, the Darcys are summoned to visit Lady Catherine De Bourgh. When Mary befriends Anne, she is offered the job of companion which she takes thinking it is her best hope. However, when love arrives, she finds that her richest dreams can come true. A fairly standard rehash of the P&P characters. ( )
  4leschats | Apr 6, 2013 |
Fun! ( )
  TanteLeonie | Mar 31, 2013 |
Spinsterish middle sister Mary Bennet is the unexpected heroine of this Pride and Prejudice inspired novel. Lydia, Jane, and Elizabeth’s marriages have disrupted life at Longbourn and Mary no longer finds pleasure in playing the piano and reading edifying sermon collections. An unlikely suitor has Mary’s thoughts turning in a new direction.

Although Patrice Sarath doesn’t capture Jane Austen’s style and wit, neither does she sprinkle Mary’s story with glaring anachronisms. Mary’s character transformation is believable, and readers will root for her as well as for Miss Anne de Burgh, who undergoes her own transformation in the novel. The sub-plot involving the Wickhams, Kitty, and the Bingleys doesn’t tie in well with the main plot. It seems like the author couldn’t bear to leave out any of the characters from Pride and Prejudice. I would probably have the same difficulty if I tried to write a P&P sequel so it’s a fault I can overlook. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 19, 2013 |
Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice gets her own chance at love in this book. She usually gets remembered for playing the pianoforte with determination rather than skill, singing poorly, and lecturing. While I was intrigued this book sat on my shelf for a while before I picked it up; mostly because I was not very interested in Mary Bennet. I was wrong. She made for a charming heroine. The adventure begins when Jane and Lizzy decide that Mary too should get her chance at happiness. Lizzy invites Mary to stay at Pemberley. Slowly Mary begins to grow beyond her narrow views.

The author did not try to perfectly mirror Jane Austen’s unique style, which was nice as that often falls short. It does have the flavor of the time period and some witty observations about the characters foibles, so while I did not think I was reading an Austen original it was a very solid trip into her world. The characters felt pretty accurate, from Catherine De Bourgh’s condescension to Mr. Collins sycophant tendencies, to Mrs Bennet’s nerves. The one character who felt off, was Mr. Bennet, but that was my one minor complaint. Overall, a delightful read. ( )
1 vote readr | Mar 16, 2012 |
The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath tackles the enigmatic figure of Mary Bennet, the third oldest of the Bennet sisters. She’s the one considered unremarkable and religious in the original novel, Pride & Prejudice. Here readers will see the struggles of Mary as she finds that she is often ignored or laughed at on almost every occasion. She turns to sermons and music for solace, though she notes that despite the many hours she spends practicing, she is unable to improve her musical talents.

“It is a comforting belief among much of society, that a plain girl with a small fortune must have no more interest in matrimony than matrimony has in her.” (page 1)

Sarath’s Mary has grown from the quiet girl, who was content to remain in the background. Although she’s not sure what she wants out of life, she certainly realizes that her life is not where she wants it to be and that she wants to find a man who is her equal and to be more than her mother’s keeper or a possible governess to her sister Jane’s unborn children. Jane and Lizzy have bigger plans for their sisters, Kitty and Mary, and plan to expose them to a greater society. They hope that through their stay the younger sisters can find happiness, but this is Mary’s story.

Read the full review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2011/12/the-unexpected-miss-bennet-by-patrice-sarath... ( )
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Pride and Prejudice's Mary Bennet gets her own story...

The third of five daughters, Miss Mary Bennet is a rather unremarkable girl. With her countenance being somewhere between plain and pretty and in possession of no great accomplishments, few expect the third Bennet daughter to attract a respectable man. But although she is shy and would much prefer to keep her nose stuck in a book, Mary is uncertain she wants to meekly follow the path to spinsterhood set before her.

Determined that Mary should have a chance at happiness, the elder Bennet sisters concoct a plan. Lizzy invites Mary to visit at Pemberley, hoping to give her sister a place to grow and make new acquaintances. But it is only when Mary strikes out independently that she can attempt to become accomplished in her own right. And in a family renowned for its remarkable Misses, Mary Bennet may turn out to be the most wholly unexpected of them all...

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Pride and Prejudice's Mary Bennet gets her own story... The third of five daughters, Miss Mary Bennet is a rather unremarkable girl. With her countenance being somewhere between plain and pretty and in possession of no great accomplishments, few expect the third Bennet daughter to attract a respectable man. But although she is shy and would much prefer to keep her nose stuck in a book, Mary is uncertain she wants to meekly follow the path to spinsterhood set before her. Determined that Mary should have a chance at happiness, the elder Bennet sisters concoct a plan. Lizzy invites Mary to visit at Pemberley, hoping to give her sister a place to grow and make new acquaintances. But it is only when Mary strikes out independently that she can attempt to become accomplished in her own right.… (more)

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