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Mary Bennet

Mary Bennet [Kindle Edition]

Kate Allan
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No one who has ever seen me would suppose me a heroine. My situation in life, the character of my father and mother, indeed my own person and disposition are all against me.

Mrs Bennet is determined that all five of her daughters must marry. Mary knows she is the least attractive of her sisters but to hear her parents laughing at her attempts to overcome this by being intelligent and accomplished send her into a depression.
Mary and her her sister Kitty are sent to Derbyshire so that their elder sister, Mrs Darcy, can introduce them to suitable young gentlemen. On the journey Mary meets a strange gentleman whom she considers ill mannered. However she is intrigued by his knowledge about old buildings.
On arrival at Pemberley, the grand home of the Darcys, Mary discovers that the stranger is a Mr Sharnbrook of Kent and also a house guest. Mr Sharnbrook is an amateur archeologist and has come to Pemberley to excavate possible ancient burial mounds. Mary is interested in his work and her spirits begin to lift.
A continuation of Pride and Prejudice beginning eight months after the end of Jane Austen's novel, Mary Bennet tells the story of how the Bennet's neglected middle daughter tries to overcome the disadvantages of her person and character to find happiness.

About the Author

Kate Allan lives in English countryside close to the Chiltern Hills. She developed plans to be a novelist at the age of seven after reading about the career of prolific children's author Enid Blyton, whose adventure and mystery story books she read avidly. She taught herself to use her mother's typewriter to try and make her stories look like proper books. Endlessly fascinated by the past, Kate took a degree in History before starting a commercial career. She took a notebook with her on the train to make best use of her commute to work and wrote two historical novels before receiving an offer of publication for the second. Fateful Deception is a romantic adventure set in the early 19th century and was shortlisted for the 2005 RNA New Writers Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495245098
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9758NK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Kate Allan writes contemporary and historical romantic fiction and lives in the English countryside close to the Chiltern Hills with her family and West Highland White Terrier. Her debut novel, Fateful Deception, was shortlisted for the RNA New Writers Award.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat for Romantic Fiction Fans 15 Jun 2014
This story carries on the on the tale of Mary - the least attractive Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice.

Or is she? The story (told mostly through Mary's eyes) follows her on her journey from plain, gauche spinster in waiting, to ... well that would be giving too much away!

Mary seems to have sworn never to marry: when she and younger and apparently more attractive sister Kitty are invited to Pemberley to stay with recently married Lizzy, everyone seems to realise that the idea is form them both to find someone to marry, but Mary sees her role as helping her sister to a husband. But that's before she meets Mr Shornbrook, the archaeologist who is also a guest of the Darcys. When Mary is invited to help him with his work, and we discover that he is possessed of a reasonable fortune, we see that the two may well be a match. But as usual the course of true love doesn't run smooth and Mary and the reader are left wondering if all can turn out well till the very last page .

I loved the ball scene where the champagne goes to Mary's head and causes here to speak too freely to the object of her affections. And the scene where the couple are chased across a field by a bull and in the emotionally charged aftermath end up in an embrace will please every lover of romantic fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, easy story 19 July 2014
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I do love P & P variations and this one was no exception. It follows Mary Bennett as she visits her sister Lizzie at Pemberly in search for a husband, albeit against her will. It gets a little farce like at times but it's entertaining all the same.

Nice light read, some humorous parts, could do with some editing to bring it up to scratch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stream of consciousness work 15 Feb 2014
By stephen b boucher - Published on
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I liked the author's approach to the feelings, dreams and aspirations of a young, insecure person. The tale seemed to ring quite true and was entertaining. Sadly, the frequent spelling and grammatical errors,
seemingly on every page, were off-putting. Please, does nobody proofread anymore?
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4.0 out of 5 stars It sounded authentic 10 April 2014
By Kitty Karr - Published on
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Pride and Prejudice spin offs seem to take the characters' names and then nothing else of the flavor, personality, or disposition of the characters. This one did a good job of keeping Mary - Mary. It did change a few other minor characters to fit the story which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. It was an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What became of Mary Bennet? Kate Allan offers one theory 31 Mar 2014
By Shannon Leigh - Published on
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Mary Bennet is a familiar, if somewhat neglected character, in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. Mary, the middle child of the five Bennet sisters, lacks the vivacity and beauty of Elizabeth and Jane and lacks the boy crazy flirtatiousness of Kitty and Lydia. Not surprisingly Mary fades into the background as readers are drawn to the fates of her sister.

Kate Allan gives us the story of Mary, the much maligned middle sister, who for most of her life has been an embarrassment to her family by her complete lack of social grace so important at the time. As a result Mary is often the source of ridicule by some of her siblings and, not surprisingly, her mother. At last, in Mary Bennet, Allan gives Mary center stage and a chance to develop in her own unique way. Allan does not rewrite Austen and I believe that the many fans of Pride and Prejudice will find that Allan remains true to the spirit and characters that Austen created. In this way, Ms. Allan provides an extension to Pride and Prejudice focusing on Mary, the sister that Austen introduced but did not fully explore. The characters that Austen crafted remain identifiable and true to their portrayal by Austen within Allan’s novel.

Allan innovatively gives Mary an academic leaning and it is through research that she meets, collaborates and then come to love Nick Sharnbrook in her own time. Kate Allen lets Mary remain who she is and allows her to find acceptance and love from someone who appreciates her for herself. In the end she needn’t conform or master social grace to accomplish the near impossible, a love match.

Mary Bennet is a wonderful accompaniment to Pride and Prejudice and will appreciate Kate Allan’s exploration of the life of Mary. Mary Bennet is a true must read for anyone who enjoys the novels of Austen as well as those who enjoy the exploration of the life of women constrained by society and family expectations. Who doesn’t love the woman who defies the norm and finds contentment and fulfillment in a life of her own making?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Continuation from P&P! 17 Mar 2014
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I have read, and re-read, Pride and Prejudice, many times. It is my favorite book that Jane Austen wrote, although I am a huge fan of all of her work. In this book, Mary Bennet, Kate Allan uses much of the same pattern, experiences, and characters that Jane Austen created in Pride and Prejudice. It helped create a natural extension of Jane Austen’s book, and was crafted in a way, that the characters in Mary Bennet stayed true to their characters, first revealed in P&P.

Mary is the middle child, the forgotten one (so it seems), and she is quite content to be so. Why? Because she has already decided that fate has determined she will be a spinster and will not marry. While it is difficult for her parents to accept, Mary is content reading, singing, and enjoying the activities that were often limited for her male counterparts. However, rather than feel comfortable doing so, her parents and family see that if she were to only “change” and be more “girl-like” with dancing and entertaining…well, then, perhaps she may find someone to marry. Kitty is no different- in that she is also wanting to marry and while she wants love, more than anything she wants security.

I loved the storyline, how Mary and Mr. Sharnbrook become friends and to see how they both evolve over the course of the book. As in P&P, Mary also is in a bit of a triangle with Mr. Sharnbrook and Mr. Collins, and Kitty quickly becomes a little like Lydia, in attitude and choices-although not quite ( I won’t divulge). Fans of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth will absolutely love how their relationship evolves and the new adventures they embark on. With so many cameos from the P&P cast, readers will enjoy learning more about their journey, relationships, and little adventures along the way.

I appreciated Kate’s desire for Mary to be accepted for who she is and to see that everyone is meant for someone, just as they are. I also loved the research that Mr. Sharnbrook and Mary collaborate on together. It was amazing to be reminded again, how limited their resources were back in those days and how they excavated and recorded their findings. Those little tidbits were what made this book fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good read 16 Mar 2014
By carol p - Published on
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I don't expect to find a book about Mary Bennet of great interest, but then it just depends on who writes it and what happens. The author keeps Mary in character. She thinks of herself as a spinster, but things change when she goes to visit Lizzy and Darcy. Catherine comes of pretty immature and silly, but you enjoy the story very much as it unfolds. Don't miss this book.
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