Revisit the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, through the eyes of the woman who is determined to win Mr. Darcy’s affections, in this sumptuous and romantic novel.
To Jane Austen’s faithful readers, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the hearts of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are forever entwined. But if Miss Caroline Bingley has her way, all will transpire very differently.
Ever since she met him, Caroline has intended to wed Mr. Darcy. Intelligent and well educated, Caroline is an ambitious rising star in fashionable society―some might say conniving―but in Regency England, what can she do to better her situation but marry well? Surely, Mr. Darcy is aware that Caroline will make the perfect wife and hostess at Pemberley, his grand estate. Now, all she need do is await his proposal.
Caroline’s brother, Charles, takes a country estate, Netherfield Park, where he is drawn to Jane Bennet. To Caroline’s initial amusement, Mr. Darcy takes note of Elizabeth Bennet, but humour turns to concern when his interest increases.
At the same time, Caroline meets Mr. Tryphon, a young man new to London and introduced to society by Caroline’s friend, Lady Eleanor Amesbury. Try as she may, Caroline finds it well-nigh impossible to maintain her decorum in his company. Despite her growing feelings for Mr. Tryphon’s dark eyes, and the touch of his firm forearm beneath her gloved fingers, Caroline knows that her future life is entwined with that of Mr. Darcy. And nothing―not love, passion, friendship, or loyalty―shall stand in the way of Caroline’s aspirations in Miss Bingley Requests, Judy McCrosky’s richly romantic reimagining of Pride and Prejudice.
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About the Author
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Judy McCrosky lived there only a month, alas, not enough to get a Scottish accent. She grew up in Toronto, went to Oakwood Collegiate Institute, studied psychology at McGill University, and then at Queen’s. She worked in psychology for a few years, but thankfully discovered that she belongs in the arts. She now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which has been immortalized by many leading literary lights, including Mark Twain.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A unique twist on Pride and Prejudice, with one of its most detested characters, Caroline Bingley, taking center stage. She of the arrogant mien, so hateful toward the Bennet women, so desirous of Darcy. MISS BINGLEY REQUESTS is true to Austen’s original story, but takes us full into Caroline’s life beyond the original. I disliked Austen’s character then and here so much that I found it hard to be invested in her. 3/5 Pub Date 13 Nov 2018. Available on Amazon. Thanks to the author, Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #MissBingleyRequests #NetGalley
Ever since she met him, Caroline has intended to wed Mr. Darcy. Intelligent and well educated, Caroline is an ambitious rising star in fashionable society―some might say conniving―but in Regency England, what can she do to better her situation but marry well? Surely, Mr. Darcy is aware that Caroline will make the perfect wife and hostess at Pemberley, his grand estate. Now, all she need do is await his proposal. First, I should say that I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and have good and bad versions, spin-offs, and sequels. Caroline is definitely my most disliked character. That being said, the author did an excellent job recapturing a vapid character and making her true to Jane Austin’s original character. With that, I didn’t want to see her get her happy ending, which puts me at odds and splits me right down the middle. I would like to see this author’s take on some of the more likable characters. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Miss Bingley Requests by Judy McCrosky is Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice from Caroline Bingley's point of view. While covering all of Austen's plot points and fleshing out Miss Bingley's life, McCrosky does nothing to change the fact that Caroline Bingley is a snide, unlikeable character. I couldn't even feel sympathetic when she finds out the truth about Mr. Tryphon and Lady Amesbury. Having read Jane Austen's original and many variations and viewed every movie version available, including one from Bollywood, I was open to new takes on the story line. While McCrosky writes well, this didn't cut it for me. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Well, the description tells you most of the basics about this book, so I will not repeat them. I found this book to be a fascinating character study of Miss Bingley. Now, she is often viewed as a dreadful snob--and that is probably true. But how did that come about? That is what we learn in this book. Caroline Bingley has done all that is expected of her in the society of her day. She is an obedient daughter, a loyal and supportive sister. She has become quite accomplished in sewing, embroidery, singing, and keyboard playing. She has learned all the skills of managing the staff of a sizeable estate. She maintains impeccable social connections with all the right people. Her sense of fashion and style is admirable always. She prides herself on her ability to write an effective and appropriate social letter. She firmly believes that she is never rude. She feels she has done everything required to become a gracious wife for Mr. Darcy. But as we all know before we read the first words, she does not achieve her goal. One could feel quite sorry for Miss Bingley, but she would not appreciate those sentiments. She is a survivor, and she will continue to go forward as she has begun. What else can she do? I did enjoy reading this book and appreciated the way the author revealed to us the inner Miss Bingley. The book is well written and stylish. Oh, and I really do admire the cover art--it captures the spirit of the book quite well. My thanks to NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.