Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lydia Bennet's Story

Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe

Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published on:  October 1, 2008

Book 2 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

She really is the silliest girl in all England.

Thankfully, Odiwe doesn't make her any less silly in this sequel, but you do understand why Lydia is the way she is and what motivates her rash decisions. This book is told in both journal and third person narratives, providing an interesting perspective on the events we know so well from Pride and Prejudice. The novel continues Lydia's story after her marriage to George Wickham, which you'll have to read if you want to see how it all turns out. Needless to say, it happens a lot as I imagined it would, except for the ending. Let's just say, it was all tied up a little too "happily ever after" for me.

Lydia Bennet's Story is a fun Regency period read. It was a little naughty for me in some parts, complete with heaving bosoms, but overall I found it enjoyable and true to the Austen spirit.

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Serena said...

I really enjoyed this story. Thanks for linking to my review. I've added yours and the others you had listed that I had somehow missed.

Sarah McBride said...

of course being anything jane austen fan, I will have to read this immediately. Lydia always irritated me immensely, yet I was always so intrigued by her and her behaviour.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading one of the spin-offs. I'm in the minority. I haven't read P&P.

Anonymous said...

Sounds cute and interesting -- and I've always been annoyed by silly Lydia. I'm going to add it to my wishlist! :)