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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and in keeping with Austen
This is one of the best Austen retellings I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it in keeping with Jane Austen's style. The author has clearly done a great deal of research into Regency period manners, conventions and language, which can be seen clearly throughout the book. The storyline is fresh and interesting, and flows well. A must-read for any Jane...
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3.0 out of 5 stars mrs Darcy
I gave this only three stars as I felt it ended very suddenly and gave no insight into what was going to happen next. As an alternative to Pride and Prejudice it showed a lot of promise which was let down by the shortness of the story
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and in keeping with Austen, 29 July 2012
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This is one of the best Austen retellings I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it in keeping with Jane Austen's style. The author has clearly done a great deal of research into Regency period manners, conventions and language, which can be seen clearly throughout the book. The storyline is fresh and interesting, and flows well. A must-read for any Jane Austen fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful view of the Bennett family, 14 July 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it gave a wonderful insight into the relationships within the Bennett family. I can't wait for volume 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Lizzy Could have learned some lessons sooner, 15 Jun 2013
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This is book two in the Given Good Principles series, but it could be read without having read book one, since book one deals with Darcy in Derbyshire, and this deals with the Bennet sisters in Hertfordshire, prior to the Netherfield party arriving in the area. I found this book much easier to get into than book one. We begin our tale with a vile neighbour of the Bennets who is paying attentions to Jane. He leaves the area, citing the reasons as his sisters being led astray by the savage society of Meryton, and in particular the unrestrained behaviour of the younger Bennet sisters. It has come to the attention to a few of the sisters that their neighbours are beginning to avoid them and not receive their social calls etc, and this neighbour's comments are being widely circulated which can only be harmful to their reputations and respectability.

The elder Bennets behave as we would expect - Mr Bennet refuses to do anything, and Mrs Bennet takes other room, but their motives are not apathy and ignorance as you may have imagined. The upshot is that the elder girls will have to manage the household and they resolve to improve their reputation (with the exception of Lydia, who is selfish and generally awful). One of the things I particularly liked about this book is how the sisters pulled together in their family's time of need to help each other and how much closer they became as a result.

The characters of the Bennet family are dawn slightly differently than P&P; Mr and Mrs Bennet had more sense of responsibility, Mary and Kitty were less silly and quite starved for attention, Jane was a bit less nice, but in a good way and Lizzy had some lessons to learn (just as she does in P&P). Lydia is not portrayed flatteringly - she is selfish, spiteful and spoiled and arrogantly unconcerned with the repercussions of her behaviour for her sisters.

In Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy tries to take steps to improve her sisters' behaviour once she has had time to digest her anger at Darcy's criticisms of her family and is able to deal constructively with the deficiencies he raised. This is a glimpse of how things may have been different if she'd learned those lessons sooner.

I suppose this could be categorised as both a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and a variation. Do not be expecting romance, Mr Darcy appears in this book but only at the very end, newly arrived in Hertfordshire. Off to book three!
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3.0 out of 5 stars mrs Darcy, 6 Sep 2013
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I gave this only three stars as I felt it ended very suddenly and gave no insight into what was going to happen next. As an alternative to Pride and Prejudice it showed a lot of promise which was let down by the shortness of the story
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2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, or course, 13 Feb 2013
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Every voracious reader has a secret vice: the occasional Barbara Cartland lookalike is mine. I bristle to see it masquerading as culture, however.
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