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Caroline Bingley

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  533 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
When Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy made proposals of marriage to the Bennet sisters at the end of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Caroline Bingley was both distressed by her brother's choice of bride and humiliated by Mr. Darcy's rejection of her. And she made her objections known. Now banished from her brother's household, Caroline must return to her mother's home in t ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Whiteley Press (first published September 16th 2011)
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I was drawn to this book because secretly, I've always sympathized with Caroline Bingley. Afterall, she saw Darcy first, she was friends with him first, and her brother was his best friend...didn't she have a right to feel she could be considered the obvious choice for his wife?
I thought Darcy's leaving her in the cold was a bit heartless. And, Jane Austen's treatment of poor Caroline as a villianous, hateful creature seemed harsh. She was the jilted maiden, wasn't she?

Thus, Jennifer Becton's bo
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Caroline Bingley, “handsome, clever, and rich,” with no home of her own and an unpleasant disposition, seemed to desire nothing more than to be accepted into the upper echelons of society; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very much to distress and vex her. Because of her humiliating and unsuccessful pursuit of Mr. Darcy, and her refusal to apologize for her part in separating Jane and Bingley, Caroline loses her brother's good opinion and is banished from his home and care ...more
Jessica Grey
Oct 07, 2011 Jessica Grey rated it it was amazing
Caroline Bingley. For Austen fans, even hearing the name can bring up feelings varying from annoyance to revulsion. For me, the feeling I get is kind of the same as the one that shimmies up your spine when someone scrapes their nails down a chalkboard. That “Oh my gosh, why? Make it stooooop” feeling. Caroline is one of the best examples of what I call “Austen’s smack-able characters,” and she could write some pretty darn smack worthy characters (pretty much everyone in Sense and Sensibility for ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Jaylia3 rated it really liked it
Caroline Bingley comes into her own--

Caroline Bingley retains all the often misguided feistiness she deployed in Pride and Prejudice, and yet author Jennifer Becton has for the most part convincingly pulled off an enchanting miracle by turning her into a sympathetic and worthy heroine. In P&P, Caroline did everything she could to keep her brother Charles from marrying Jane Bennet, who she considered unworthy of him, and she hoped to finesse a marriage proposal out of the proud and wealthy Da
Stephanie Behling
Oct 31, 2011 Stephanie Behling rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I really felt like I was reading a novel by Jane Austen. Jennifer Becton really knows how to write. I was a little nervous reading a book about Caroline Bingley, I truly hated her in Pride and Prejudice. But this book really gave me a good understanding of her. And I know Jane Austen has to approve. Also, loved loved loved Mr. Rushton. He is definitely on par with Mr. Darcy. And he doesn't have the pride thing getting in his way. Good book, I highly recommend it.
Kate  Maxwell
Oct 27, 2011 Kate Maxwell rated it really liked it
While I absolutely loved Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton, I enjoyed Caroline Bingley’s story. Jennifer stayed true to Caroline’s character from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You still wanted to smack Caroline and tell her to grow up, but she has to find her own way, and Ms. Becton did a very nice job.

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Oct 03, 2011 IndieJane rated it it was amazing
Caroline Bingley. The name stirs up intense emotions in anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. Caroline is the closest thing that story has to an antagonist. She partnered with Darcy in separating Bingley and Jane Bennet, “involving them both in misery of the acutest kind,” and she constantly belittled Elizabeth to Darcy.

I admit I was surprised then to learn that Caroline was to be the subject of Jennifer Becton’s second Personages of Pride and Prejudice novel. Why would she choose to write about
Oct 22, 2011 Marcie rated it it was amazing
Last year I read Jennifer Becton's debut novel, Charlotte Collins and I fell in-love. This was one of my favorite books last year. Then Becton released the short story, Maria Lucas and once again I enjoyed it thoroughly. So when Jennifer Becton announced she was writing a novel about Caroline Bingley I was thrilled. For those who are not familiar with Caroline Bingley, she is the sister of Mr. Bingley who spends most of Pride and Prejudice pining for Jane Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett's older siste ...more
Eustacia Tan
Jul 02, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
Caroline Bingley is obviously the character you'd love to hate. She's stuck-up and hypocritical (you'd think being 'new money' she'll be nicer to Jane and Elizabeth). And worst of all, she was the competitor for Darcy's attention. You'd think that with all these negative traits, major character surgery will be required to make her likable.

Well, this book convinced me otherwise. Caroline doesn't have to be likable to be the protagonist of an insanely addictive Pride and Prejudice sequel. This is
Jess Swann
Sep 28, 2013 Jess Swann rated it it was amazing
Alors... Déjà je me dois d'être honnête et d'avouer que Caroline Bingley est l'un de mes personnages favoris dans P&P. Donc j'ai aimé l'histoire. Alors oui, c'est cousu de fil blanc et la fin est prévisible dès les dix premières pages, c'est aussi moraliste que romantique mais le personnage de Caroline est bien traité, attachant, sans toutefois montrer une complaisance sans objectivité de l'auteure. Caroline y est aussi pédante, intéressée et froide que dans P&P mais a une face vulnérabl ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Patti rated it really liked it
I must say that I am very impressed with Jennifer Becton as a writer! I ordered “Caroline Bingley” because I really liked “Charlotte Collins”. (Both books extend the P&P characters into their own stories.) I gave Caroline 4 stars but in my review I will give it a little more, so make it 4 stars.

In P&P Caroline Bingley was definitely not a character we have no love lost for. She was a conniving snob from the beginning and remained so throughout the whole story. (Standard procedure for at
Oct 11, 2011 Candy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
Caroline Bingley is a woman most people care little about...okay, dislike a lot. So why write a story about her? Why indeed! Jennifer Becton did a marvelous job writing this story. We see Caroline for who she really is. We see her struggle to get back what she lost or what she had hoped to gain, without having to admit doing anything wrong.

The story starts when Caroline is banished, by her brother Mr. Bingley, to the home of her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Newton, in Northern England.
Robin R
I am a fan of Jane Austin's work and so enjoy reading other authors ideas as to what happened after Pride and Prejuice. This one is obviously about Caroline and although although I never warm up to the character she does a good job of showing us the struggle women had during that time period.
Margaret Gleeson
Only Austen can do Austen
May 06, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My English review

On surfe beaucoup en ce moment sur la vague Orgueil et Préjugés. En effet, on retrouve de nombreux livres narrant tel ou tel personnage, nous permettant d’en apprendre plus sur ce roman mythique ou en tout cas de l’approfondir. Je l’avoue avec une grande honte, non… je n’ai pas lu Orgueil et Préjugés ! Mais j’espère avoir l’occasion de le faire un jour, d’autant plus que je l’ai dans ma PAL en version originale (d’autant plus que le livre est très joli). Mais ! Oui parce que je
Jan 16, 2012 Jakki rated it it was amazing
Maybe it’s the English teacher in me, but I love finding literary elements in literature. Caroline Bingley is flowing with imagery, similes, static and dynamic characters and much more. Without giving too much away, I loved how certain events and conversations at the beginning of the novel foreshadowed what was to come. I found this kept me in anticipation for these scenes to play out. For instance, Caroline’s paid companion, Mrs. Pickersgill, has all of the manners of a genteel lady, yet she is ...more
May 04, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qui n'a pas adoré détester Caroline Bingley, que se soit en lisant Orgueil et Préjugés ou en visionnant l'une des adaptations existantes. Pourtant, j'ai toujours eu le sentiment que Jane Austen ne dédaignait aucun de ses personnages. Elle les critique certes, montrent leurs mauvais côtés mais ils sont souvent également le fruit de leur époque ou de leur éducation et leur créatrice me parait prompte à leur pardonner ou tout au moins, à avoir pitié d'eux. Et c'est plus exactement ce que je ressen ...more
AUTHOR: If you have read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, this book begins where P&P ends. If you are not familiar with Jane Austen’s books I suggest you get busy reading. Not at all boring.

GENRE: Historical romance

SETTING: 19th century England

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: Caroline is the sister of Charles in Pride and Prejudice. All she wants is to marry into high society. She looks down her nose at practically everyone except for those that are considered the upper class. She is rude and
Jun 16, 2012 Opal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Bingley is banished to the north country where her Mother resides upon refusing to apologize to Elizabeth Bennet. Once there her machinations to climb back into society's good graces begins. Except Mr. Rushton, a wholly unsuitable tradesman, might throw her plans awry.

The character Caroline Bingley was the one that I found most easy to hate in Pride and Prejudice. She was wholly despicable. So I was eager to see how she'd come off as a heroine in her own book.

She is still conniving an
Claire Saim
Apr 24, 2013 Claire Saim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Bingley... Pour les spécialistes de l’oeuvre de Jane Austen, ce personnage détestable est l’équivalent d’une Nelly Olson dans La Petite Maison dans la Prairie... Autant dire une véritable teigne. D’elle, on devine qu’elle est jolie, qu’elle a des manières et une éducation raffinée, mais elle a aussi un but pour lequel elle est prête à tous les sacrifices : s’élever dans la société.

A la fin d’Orgueil et Préjugés, Monsieur Darcy épouse son grand et unique amour, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, pou
Samantha Adkins
Aug 16, 2014 Samantha Adkins rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Becton took on quite the task in making Caroline Bingley the heroine of her story. In Pride and Prejudice, Caroline is a mean, spiteful snob. She vies for Mr. Darcy’s attention and continually snubs Elizabeth Bennet and her family. Becton had her work cut out for her!
Based on my prior prejudice, I’ll admit it took me some time to get into this charming and clever novel. Becton begins her story where Austen left off. Caroline starts as heartless and unlikeable. Becton took her time to sl
When Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy made proposals of marriage to the Bennet sisters at the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Caroline Bingley was both distressed by her brother’s choice of bride and humiliated by Mr. Darcy’s rejection of her. And she made her objections known.
Now banished from her brother’s household, Caroline must return to her mother’s home in the north of England until she can make amends with both Bennet sisters. Desperate though Caroline may be to return to polite
May 05, 2012 Bria rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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This Pride & Prejudice 'sequel' picks up the continuing story of Caroline Bingley, who has been banished from Netherfield Park due to her opposing the marriages of her brother to Jane Bennett and of Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennett. The book was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed Jennifer Becton's writing; I thought she caught the spirit of Jane Austen and the story transitioned neatly from the end of P&P to another place and other characters. The only real problem I had with the story was Caro ...more
Laurence (Chroniques d'une Fleur Bleue)
Un mot : WOW! Je suis une grande admiratrice d'Orgueil et préjugés et je me suis toujours demandé ce qui serait arrivé à certains personnages, si l'histoire avait suivi son cours. Eh bien, bien j'ai pu découvrir ce qui est arrivé à Caroline Bingley, la fameuse sœur de Charles Bingley qui convoitait Mr Darcy et qui voyait le mariage de son frère d'un très mauvais œil. Dans Orgueil et préjugé, elle peut se montrer méprisante, assez détestable et un peu hypocrite sur les bords. Je l'ai détesté, mai ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is one of those times that I really think Goodreads should give us the ability to rate with 1/2 stars, I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if I could.

"Caroline Bingley" is another very good "Pride and Prejudice" sequel by Jennifer Becton. In the spirit of Becton's other novels, "Charlotte Collins" and "Maria Lucas," the author chooses to focus not on the typical ELizabeth and Darcy stories, but on what happens to some of the other characters after the original story ends. Without givi
Carol Perrin
Feb 05, 2015 Carol Perrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

For being a story about Caroline Bingley, this painted her a bit better than most Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice variations. Bingley finally grows a backbone and tells Caroline if she cannot apologize to both Jane and the new Mrs. Darcy, she will remain with their mother in the Northern part of England. Mother's suspicions there is more to the story that Caroline is not telling, but accepts her daughter home. While home, Car
I really enjoyed this book. The character stays true to original but still continues to learn and grow.

**Spoilers below**

The character we disliked in P&P is still pretty much the same. She does learn her lesson the hard way by having the very thing she did to hurt Jane and Elizabeth happen to her. She was asked to apologize to Elizabeth but thankfully she can’t bring herself to do it. I think if she had it would have changed the character into something she wasn’t. She and Elizabeth came to
Holly Bush
May 01, 2012 Holly Bush rated it really liked it
Jennifer Becton continues in the style and mood of P & P to give us a glimpse into the workings of Caroline Bingley's mind, the woman we all love to hate. Miss Becton does so beautifully with discriptive language and dialogue that fit my expectations of the period.

I did not like Caroline Bingley anymore during the first few chapters of this book than I did at the end of P & P. But then slowly my opinion of her changed. I began to understand why she said and did certain things. And then
Dec 15, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Do we really know the real Caroline Bingley? Well this story gives us insight to Miss Bingley and the understanding of what makes her so hautie to the Bennets. Ms Becton truely does a great service to dipicting her character. What makes her tic and though we all love to hate Miss Bingley she is very much understood. A lot of books make her character out to be extremely evil and mad! This story I feel is more a true rendering of the Character Jane Austen created. She is not sugar coated nor is sh ...more
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