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- File Size: 1573 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HIP20BQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
As you may have already guessed, this is the untold story of Lydia, the youngest and at the time unruly of the Bennet sisters. These types of stories are really growing in popularity with me and it does not matter at all that it is not from the original author. Also it's clear that Natasha has kept to the original story as much as she could and really did feel like dipping back into the beloved story, but it was still fresh and unique to Natasha's writing style and it worked so well being told through Lydia's diary.
I must admit, with the way Lydia is portrayed in the original story, I did find her a bit annoying. She was often called silly and wild and compared to her sisters at the time, yes she was. This new story however with Lydia's perspective has got me looking at her very differently. What I came to quickly realise was that in fact Lydia was a girl ahead of her time. She wanted to have fun, she wanted to explore the world and not be confined by the constraints of being a woman in the 1800's and it is very safe to say that my opinion of her has greatly changed. It was a real treat to get to see Lydia's point of view and give her voice to what really happened in Brighton with Wickham.
Lydia turned out to be such an enjoyable and fun-filled read and completely got me out of a reading slump that I was in. I would love the other sister's untold stories now.
Narrated as a diary, this begins and ends with tailpieces from P&P, then heading for the majority of its length to Brighton, where the scandalous doings of Lydia and the soldiers are uncovered and told by Farrant.
Except - what if they aren't so scandalous? I have to say that, for me, Lydia is always a "determined little flirt", her character is "set" from Austen's own writing, but I quite happily turned off my own prejudices and sat back to enjoy Farrant's take on the youngest Miss Bennett.
Lydia feels here like a teenage girl out of today's world, though in carefully written language that isn't QUITE Austen's but certainly doesn't stand out as being the words of today's young people (it will be much easier for readers to get to grips with than P&P can be).
Lydia herself knows how her family see her, and her story in Brighton develops nicely with Wickham of course present, but other new faces brought in, loves and friends, balls and gowns, and her character develops far beyond anything an Austen fan would ever have supposed possible.
I really enjoyed Farrant's direction, and how it all tied up in the end with what we know of the original (very cleverly tied together as well). Even Wickham comes off well, which I never dreamed possible!
One for fans of P&P, but may also help Austen-phobes get a feel for the period (sea bathing scenes are fascinating!Read more ›
When I read Pride and Prejudice, I dubbed Wickham "Dickham". That's how much I didn't like him, and nothing in this book makes him redeemable at all. He finds money and he goes after it, but I can admit that at times he was a good friend to Lydia, in his own self serving kind of way. I mean at the end I was like "aw this is cute...maybe he's not such a douche" but then the other shoe dropped and it was like ah Dickham. Still alive and well I see.
I also didn't much like Lydia when I read Pride and Prejudice, I thought she was selfish, among other things. Reading Lydia reminded me how childish she was, and how shallow. I loved the diary entries and I loved reading about the world Lydia inhabits. I understand and can relate to how she feels, I can see her logic and her reasoning but I still couldn't quite like her in this book. But then she'd have her moments and I'd start to like her but then she'd screw it all up by being selfish or shallow and she'd start to bug me all over again. That's what she does. She bugs me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading some books, it quickly becomes clear you are in the hands of a master - and so it is here. This is an absolute gem of a book, imaging the 'lost' weeks of Lydia Bennett's... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Vince Evans
Such a brilliant and clever 'spin-off' story! Lydia becomes a funny, brave and utterly inspiring heroine. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katie