“The Pursuit of Mary Bennet”

This was an interesting take on P&P. It was fun to see beloved characters again and to really get to know Mary Bennet who is mostly invisible to her family. She visits her sisters and Kitty is also single but has her sight sent on a gentleman. (I was surprised it wasn’t Denny).
The book starts with drama caused by Lydia. That plot line seemed plausible. Lydia is with child but Wickham has left her and has a mistress. Lydia returns to Longbourn to give birth but Mr. Bennet won’t get a nursemaid for the baby believing Wickham should take responsibility…so Mary becomes nursemaid.
Mary learns how to care for Lydia’s baby while Lydia whines about her unfortunate life. (Nothing new there! 😅). And Mary and Kitty vie for attention of the same man.
There were a few plot points that I didn’t like and didn’t sit well with me but overall I liked it. Mary grew from being insufferable to a normal person – looking for love and affection where it’s sadly lacking from her family. I was surprised at some of her anger issues 😂😂😅😅
This was our August book club pick that I finally finished towards the end of September 😅
I think anyone who loves Jane Austen and her inspired works would like this book to continue being in the JA world. There’s even a glimpse of Mr. Collins 😁

Here’s the blurb:

By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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