The Other Bennet Sister (Hadlow)

The Other Bennet Sister (Hadlow)

If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you will enjoy “The Other Bennet Sister”. This novel is, in a way, partially a retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”, but told from Mary’s perspective and extending well beyond where “Pride and Prejudice” ends. Hearing the story as told from Mary’s point of view gives the reader some sympathy for how badly she is treated and leaves the reader rooting for Mary to get her happy ending!

The Other Bennet Sister Book Cover The Other Bennet Sister
Hadlow, Janice
Literary Fiction
Henry Holt and Co.
March 31, 2020
hardcover, ebook, eaudio

Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice’s five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own.

What if Mary Bennet’s life took a different path from that laid out for her in Pride and Prejudice? What if the frustrated intellectual of the Bennet family, the marginalized middle daughter, the plain girl who takes refuge in her books, eventually found the fulfillment enjoyed by her prettier, more confident sisters? This is the plot of The Other Bennet Sister, a debut novel with exactly the affection and authority to satisfy Austen fans.

Ultimately, Mary’s journey is like that taken by every Austen heroine. She learns that she can only expect joy when she has accepted who she really is. She must throw off the false expectations and wrong ideas that have combined to obscure her true nature and prevented her from what makes her happy. Only when she undergoes this evolution does she have a chance at finding fulfillment; only then does she have the clarity to recognize her partner when he presents himself—and only at that moment is she genuinely worthy of love.

Mary’s destiny diverges from that of her sisters. It does not involve broad acres or landed gentry. But it does include a man; and, as in all Austen novels, Mary must decide whether he is the truly the one for her. In The Other Bennet Sister, Mary is a fully rounded character—complex, conflicted, and often uncertain; but also vulnerable, supremely sympathetic, and ultimately the protagonist of an uncommonly satisfying debut novel.

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