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

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

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by Jane Odiwe
     
 

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Lydia Bennet is the flirtatious, wild and free-wheeling youngest daughter. Her untamed expressiveness and vulnerability make her fascinating to readers who'll love this imaginative rendering of Lydia's life after her marriage to the villainous George Wickham. Will

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Celebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Lydia Bennet is the flirtatious, wild and free-wheeling youngest daughter. Her untamed expressiveness and vulnerability make her fascinating to readers who'll love this imaginative rendering of Lydia's life after her marriage to the villainous George Wickham. Will she mature or turn bitter? Can a girl like her really find true love?

In Lydia Bennet's Story we are taken back to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, to a Regency world seen through Lydia's eyes where pleasure and marriage are the only pursuits. But the road to matrimony is fraught with difficulties and even when she is convinced that she has met the man of her dreams, complications arise. When Lydia is reunited with the Bennets, Bingleys, and Darcys for a grand ball at Netherfield Park, the shocking truth about her husband may just cause the greatest scandal of all ...

"A breathtaking Regency romp!"-Diana Birchall, author of Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this pleasant addition to the growing microgenre of Austen knockoffs, Odiwe pays nice homage to Austen's stylings and endears the reader to the formerly secondary character, spoiled and impulsive Lydia Bennet. Odiwe begins partway through the original tale, with Lydia heading to Brighton. Shifting between a third-person narrative and Lydia's first-person journal entries, Odiwe grants readers unfettered access to Lydia as she flirts with her many beaus and falls hard for George Wickham, with whom she elopes. After the pair is married and settled in Newcastle, Lydia has a hard time keeping her jealousy in check as George, a notorious flirt, does not change his ways. Her marital discontent leads to frequent visits to her sisters, and it's during one of these visits that a massive scandal befalls the Wickham household. In a pleasantly foreshadowed if too abrupt conclusion, a slightly matured Lydia finds true happiness in the most unlikely of places. It won't convert anybody who doesn't already worship at the church of Jane, but devotees will enjoy. (Oct.)

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From the Publisher
"Her new acquaintances are interesting and well developed, and Wickham is just as scandalous as ever. The ending will be a complete surprise." - ForeWord's This Week

"Jane Odiwe has caught Lydia's gushing, breathless manner beautifully in those parts of the book which are purporting to be her diary...I daresay Lydia would have written like this, all dash and full of enthusiasm." - Random Jottings

"Lydia Bennet's Story...is rollicking good fun with a surpise twist." - Austenprose

"The author nicely makes use of existing material on Lydia Bennet to incorporate, and later expand on, in her own style to craft a story that's overall fun and makes for light, entertaining reading." - A Book Blogger's Diary

"Odiwe's writing style made me feel almost as though I were actually reading Austen... [Her] story of Lydia's adventures shows her strength and shows that there's more to the flighty Bennet sister than meets the eye." - Diary of an Eccentric

"The term "sequel," I am happy to report, has no application whatsoever to Jane Owide's delightful novel, Lydia Bennet's Story." - A Reader's Respite

"I enjoyed Lydia Bennet's Story immensely. It was a fun story with everything I love about good Regency fiction - good writing, plenty of period descriptions and background information that lend authenticity, and romance that is exciting but not over the top. " - Ex Libris

"Readers of Jane Austen and Austen enthusiasts will enjoy this novel, but even those readers looking for a fast-paced "romance" will enjoy Lydia Bennet's Story." - Savvy Verse & Wit

"All in all, Lydia Bennett's Story is an entertaining story, which shows Lydia in a sympathetic light. Ms. Odiwe does something, that I thought nearly impossible--redeem Lydia Bennett." - Once Upon a Romance

"I believe this is a fantastic Austen sequel, because it changes nothing of the original Austen creations, instead it digs deeper and adds more personality to a secondary character creating a story line that veers in another direction." - Book Zombie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780954572211
Publisher:
Paintbox Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Odiwe (UK) is an artist and author. She is an avid fan of all things Austen and is the author and illustrator of Effusions of Fancy, annotated sketches from the life of Jane Austen. She lives with her husband and three children in North London.

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