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5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant for chasing the blues away!, 7 Jan 2008
Being an avid reader yet reluctant writer I have not submitted a book review before, but 'Lydia Bennett's Story' has shaken me out of my complacency - what a great read - brilliant for chasing the blues away! A friend introduced me to this book and, although a great fan of Jane Austen's work, I've never read a sequel before. I loved this book from its first page - Ms Odiwe's writing is so descriptive - it sends you back to the Regency World in all its sensuous detail (surely the result of many hours of meticulous research). The story fairly romps along and the clever device of interweaving the narrative with extracts from Lydia's diary gives fascinating insights into her character. If you are looking for a novel to lose yourself in I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I'm left with a quandary though - now I have a taste for Austen sequels will other writers live up to Jane Odiwe's penmanship? The only answer is to chain Ms Odiwe to her desk until she produces another - the sooner the better!