The Pursuit of Mary Bennet - Pamela Mingle

Title: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel
Author: Pamela Mingle
Pages: 320
Published: 2013
Challenges: I Love Libraries, Blogger Summer Reading
Genre: Fiction
Edition: Paperback
Source: Library

Description: For most of her life Mary Bennet has been an object of ridicule. With a notable absence of the social graces, she has been an embarrassment to her family on more than one occasion. But lately, Mary has changed. She's matured and attained a respectable, if somewhat unpolished, decorum. But her peace and contentment are shattered when her sister Lydia turns up-very pregnant and separated from Wickham. Mary and Kitty are bustled off to stay with Jane and her husband. It is there that Mary meets Henry Walsh, whose attentions confound her. Unschooled in the game of love, her heart and her future are at risk. Is she worthy of love or should she take the safer path? In her journey of self-acceptance, she discovers the answer. (from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I quite enjoyed this read and found it to be a fairly light read compared to something like The Mysteries of Udolpho.  One of the reasons that I read it was due to it being recommended on the blog Austenprose and I am pleased for the positive review of the book. 

It was well done and something that was fairly believable and done in the style of Austen's books, even though the cast of characters wasn't as broad as that of Pride & Prejudice.

Bottom line: This is a book that is for a particular group of readers that like reading books that take place in the Austen world and enjoy seeing more exploration into that world, especially with characters that weren't as prominent in one of Austen's main six novels.  Recommended.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pages for 2014: 9088 

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