Last night I started reading The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle. I have always felt bad for Mary, I feel she gets a bump wrap. When I first started reading Jane Austen sequel books, I never liked the ones that were focused on Mary. The past year I’ve noticed more books with Mary as a focus and they have all been great.
I’m only a few chapters in, but Pamela’s version of Mary realizes what we all saw of her in P&P and she knows she’s changed. I think she’s gaining some of Lizzie’s spark and I can’t wait to see how she’s grown in the handful of years since the conclusion of P&P.
For most of her life Mary Bennet has been an object of ridicule. With a notable absence of the social graces, she has been an embarrassment to her family on more than one occasion. But lately, Mary has changed. She’s matured and attained a respectable, if somewhat unpolished, decorum. But her peace and contentment are shattered when her sister Lydia turns up-very pregnant and separated from Wickham. Mary and Kitty are bustled off to stay with Jane and her husband. It is there that Mary meets Henry Walsh, whose attentions confound her. Unschooled in the game of love, her heart and her future are at risk. Is she worthy of love or should she take the safer path? In her journey of self-acceptance, she discovers the answer.