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Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Caroline Bingley is a woman most people love to hate. So why wr

    Caroline Bingley is a woman most people love to hate. So why write a story about her? Why indeed! Jennifer Becton did a marvelous job writing this story. We see Caroline for who she really is. We see her struggle to get back what she lost or what she had hoped to gain, without having to admit doing anything wrong. I don't know quite how she did it, but at the end of this book I like Caroline. Not only do I LIKE Caroline, I totally get her. I sympathize with her. I want her to succeed. I want her to be happy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    A Wonderful Rendition of Caroline!

    Jennifer Becton gives us a wonderful rendition of Caroline Bingley. She may not have been just the snarky old witch she appeared to be in "Pride and Prejudice!"
    I was drawn to this book because secretly, I've always sympathized with Caroline Bingley. Afterall, she saw Darcy first, she was friends with him first, and her brother was his best friend...didn't she have a right to feel she could be considered the obvious choice for his wife?
    I thought Darcy's leaving her in the cold was a bit heartless. And, Jane Austen's treatment of poor Caroline as a villianous, hateful creature seemed harsh. She was the jilted maiden, wasn't she?

    Thus, Jennifer Becton's book, "Caroline Bingley" gave me hope that someone else held that sneaking suspicion that she wasn't all bad, but was only acting like "a woman scorned." A young woman whose social pressures got the best of her.

    Ms Becton employs a wonderful, descriptive hand with her book. Caroline is very much in character as Austen presents her in the beginning, and she then grows into a more sane and understandable character as love and opportunity finally flow her way. At least, I think she does!!

    Filled with a touch of the ironic and the forgiving spirit, this book will help you understand and, perhaps, learn to tolerate poor, grasping Caroline better. I, for one, had a great treat in reading the book! I'll never see Miss Bingley the same again!

    Highly recommended as a continuation of "Pride and Prejudice" by a very talented writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Love it!

    Last year I read Jennifer Becton's debut novel, Charlotte Collins and I fell in-love. This was one of my favorite books last year. Then Becton released the short story, Maria Lucas and once again I enjoyed it thoroughly. So when Jennifer Becton announced she was writing a novel about Caroline Bingley I was thrilled. For those who are not familiar with Caroline Bingley, she is the sister of Mr. Bingley who spends most of Pride and Prejudice pining for Jane Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett's older sister. Caroline does everything in her power to separate Mr. Bingley and Jane, not to mention trash Elizabeth at every opportunity and snag Mr. Darcy for herself. Caroline Bingley is a social climber, a spoiled brat, and at times a witch with a capital B.
    So why on earth would someone want to read a novel devoted to such a 'loveable' character? For me it's because I wanted to see what Jennifer Becton could do with this character that is a huge handful. Does Caroline get her comeuppance? Does she have another side to her that we've never seen? Will she ever find someone that will love her? All these questions and more are answered. The story starts off with Mr. Bingley sending Caroline away for her behavior. Caroline is forced to go into the country to visit her mother, Elthea Knowles Bingley Newton, with a companion she doesn't like, Rosemary Pickersgill. However Caroline plans to make the best of her situation. She intends to renew her friendship with her childhood friend Lavina and marry Lavina's younger brother Mr. Charlton, and get everything she's ever wanted. A few obstacles and people stand in her way. Mr. Patrick Rushton has had his share of problems and Caroline doesn't want anything to do with him but he keeps getting in her way. Rosemary is intelligent and kind. She also has a mysterious past. She tries her best to offer Caroline good advice but Caroline being Caroline thwarts every attempt. Soon Caroline finds herself way over her head with problems.
    One of the things I like most about this novel is that Jennifer Becton didn't change Caroline's overall personality. She stayed true to Jane Austen's vision. The only difference is this story is told from Caroline's point of view so we get to see the motivation and reasoning in the decisions that she makes. I think the author did a fantastic job of portraying the hardships for women in regency times. I also like the new characters that the author introduces. I love Caroline's mother, Elthea. She's more like Mr. Bingley personality wise and was a joy to read about. Mr. Rushton is swoon worthy. He's not afraid to stand up to Caroline. Mr. Charlton is also swoon worthy but he's a bit of a cad. Which personally, I like.
    This is another fantastic book by Jennifer Becton. I love how Becton takes the supporting characters from Pride and Prejudice and gives them their own story. She filled this novel with humor, wit, and retribution. Caroline Bingley is a feisty character that is fun to read about. Jennifer Becton didn't really change Caroline Bingley but she did change the way I feel about her.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Becton Triumphs Again with Another Pride and Prejudice Continuation

    Caroline Bingley. For Austen fans even hearing the name can bring up feelings varying from annoyance to revulsion. For me, the feeling I get is kind of the same as the one that shimmies up your spine when someone scrapes their nails down a chalkboard. That "Oh my gosh, why? Make it stooooop" feeling. Caroline is one of the best examples of what I call "Austen's smack-able characters," and she could write some pretty darn smack worthy characters (Pretty much everyone in Sense and Sensibility for example)! You love to hate Caroline.

    So what is Jennifer Becton thinking centering a whole entire Pride and Prejudice continuation on this smack-able, nails-down-the-chalkboard, crazy girl? I have been wondering that every since I heard Caroline Bingley was coming out. I loved Jennifer Becton's other Personages of Pride and Prejudice novel, Charlotte Collins. I really, really loved it. I also really enjoyed her thriller Absolute Liability. I mean the woman can write . . . but CAROLINE BINGLEY? Surely, you jest.

    I don't know quite how she did it, but at the end of this book I like Caroline. Not only do I LIKE Caroline, I totally get her. I sympathize with her. I want her to succeed. I want her to be happy. Up is down . . .wrong is right . . . "Dogs and cats living together . . . MASS HYSTERIA!"

    The story picks up right after the end of Pride and Prejudice with Caroline being banished to her mother's home in the north by her brother Charles for her interference in his romance with Jane Bennet (and her refusal to apologize to Elizabeth). To Caroline, who wants only to help further her families connections in society and to find her own home, this is a truly harsh punishment.

    While in the north Caroline continues to try to advance her standing in society, but her best-laid plans seem to come to naught. To make matters worse, for Caroline her brother has saddled her with a paid companion, Rosemary, a woman she cannot stand. Caroline desires to distance her family from their roots in trade, but her mother's husband doesn't seem to be ashamed of his trade as a bridge designer at all, and his partner, the young and handsome Mr. Rushton , has the audacity not only to not be ashamed of his trade, but to find Caroline and her machinations amusing.

    Can Caroline let go of her fear long enough to find her own home? Could it be be possible that Caroline will find a true friend where she least expects? Could Mr. Rushton be anymore hot? The answer to that last one is no. If he was anymore hot readers everywhere would be spontaneously combusting and I can't imagine Ms. Becton wants that on her conscious, so she wisely went with an appropriate level of hotness.

    So here I am, all confused and feeling slightly like I've cheated on Lizzy Bennet by ending up liking Caroline Bingley as a character. We often forget that Caroline is so very young, that was one of the first things that struck me while I was reading this book. She tried so hard to present a sophisticated and urbane front that, I, at least, forget she was the same age as Lizzy. Also, as the reader comes to learn more about Caroline's history as Becton presents it, and the pressure put on her by her father (intentionally or not), and how she internalized that pressure, she becomes a much more understandable and sympathetic character. I'm not saying that she is easy to love, but there is something about the difficulty in getting pas

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Highly recommend,couldn't put it down

    Enjoyed the book.I was beginning to think the book was going to be to long,but there was a lot going on.Becton does a great job.Caroline to a "T". Hope someone writes about,Characters from Sense&Sensibility and Other Jane Austen Books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Very good!

    Loved it!

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