Lydia Bennet faces the music...
Running off with Mr. Wickham was a great joke--until everything turned arsey-varsey. That spoilsport Mr. Darcy caught them and packed Lydia off to a hideous boarding school for girls who had lost their virtue.
It would improve her character, he said.
Ridiculous, she said.
Mrs. Drummond, the school's headmistress, has shocking expectations for the girls. They must share rooms, do chores, attend lessons, and engage in charitable work, no matter how well born they might be. She even forces them to wear mobcaps! Refusal could lead to finding themselves at the receiving end of Mrs. Drummond's cane--if they were lucky. The unlucky ones could be dismissed and found a position ... as a menial servant.
Everything and everyone at the school is uniformly horrid. Lydia hates them all, except possibly the music master, Mr. Amberson, who seems to have the oddest ideas about her. He might just understand her better than she understands herself.
Can she find a way to live up to his strange expectations, or will she spend the rest of her life as a scullery maid?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this story originally as it was being done on a blog site and I enjoyed it then, but having it all at once is awesome. The completed novel is such a great read, I devoured it immediately. I love a rehabbed Lydia. And not just an overnight change, but a gradual (realistic) change of her fundamentals with the best possible HEA. So glad I have it to read over and over.