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Picking up where Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice left off, The Bad Miss Bennet takes readers on a wild Regency adventure with Lydia Wickham, née Bennet, who finds herself in dire need of a new husband.

Lydia was never the most upstanding of the Bennet sisters, but who ever said that moral rectitude was fun?


At least she bested her elder sisters and was the first to get mar
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ebook, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Eustacia Tan
I hardly ever do this. I've been putting down more books (I'm too lazy to read a book I can't connect with), but I hardly ever write a review for a book that I put down halfway. But yet, this book infuriated me so much that not only did I have to stop reading (I tried, I really tried), but I had to rant about it.

Yes, you have been warned, this is a rant.

I think, if you know me well, you can tell that I hate it when sequels change characters drastically. Especially for classics like Pride and Pre
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Georgiana 1792
Quando Lydia diventa Tom Jones in gonnella

Si sa che Jane Austen scriveva solo di quello che conosceva per esperienza. Molti le rimproverano questo suo limite, che ci ha fatto conoscere solo la parte più rispettabile, patinata e senza macchia della società. Eppure, nel periodo Regency non era tutto moralmente irreprensibile, anzi! Con The Bad Miss Bennet esploriamo insieme a Lydia ogni vizio e malcostume dell’epoca. Perché la sorella Bennet meno rispettabile non disdegna di abbassarsi ai più sord
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Tintaglia
E infine cedo le armi.
Anhce se ci tengo a precisare una cosa: non abbandono questo libro scappando via urlante, come per i tremendi A Little Bit Psychic: Pride & Prejudice with a Modern Twist e Prom and Prejudice: lo abbandono sbadigliante, senza esser riuscita minimamente a interessarmi alle vicende della novella vedova Wickam, ai suoi nuovi compagni d'avventure nè alla maniera in cui vede i personaggi austeniani classici.
Non ho trovato verve nemmeno nella scrittura dell'autrice, purtroppo:
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Kalika
I found this book truly boring and the only reason I finished it is that I usually finish all the books I start. I picked it up because being an ardent Austen fan, and totally into Pride and Prejudice (like many many women of my generation), I found the premise interesting. One always wondered what Lydia Wickham nee Bennet had gotten up to after her marriage with the wicked Capt. Wickham. I know that it is a farce but heavens, just how farcical can you really get. Lydia is cast as a 19th century ...more
Louise
The title of this book caught my attention immediately as I am a huge Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books and Mr Darcy is one of my favourite fictional heroes. So I was very interested to discover how the author would treat the subject.

The story follows the adventures and many mishaps of Lydia Bennet, the youngest Bennet daughter who infamously elopes with the charming rake Wickham. The book opens when Lydia is a widow after Wickham dies in battle at Waterloo (t
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Lisa
I put it on my "gave up on" shelf but it was more of an, "eh, I don't feel like finishing this," than an "omg I hate it." I don't agree with many of the enraged readers who were offended by the book's offhand references to Darcy and Lizzy because I think they missed that this is Lydia's opinion of them, not an objective description of their characters. The book had a very sarcastic narrative style, and I think some of those nuances can get lost in print. So I will give the author more credit tha ...more
Marty
**Caution - Some spoilers ahead**

Cross Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet with William Makepeace Thackery's Becky Sharp, and you have Jean Burnett's version of the scandalous but likable Lydia Bennet of Pride and Prejudice infamy.

Lydia is slightly older and wiser now. She's recently become a widow, Mr. Wickham having died at the battle of Waterloo (or so she tells anyone who asks). Still 'extravagant in her wants,' Lydia is not quite as 'heedless of the future' as she used to be. She's become a succ
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Caz
2.5/3 stars

I normally steer clear of modern sequels to the classics, but this one looked intriguing. The eponymous heroine is, of course, Lydia Wickham, née Bennet, the youngest and arguably silliest of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.

We meet her again three years after her elopement and marriage, and it’s immediately clear that she has not changed very much in the intervening years. She is still shallow and self-centred and at nineteen, is a widow of meagre means. Her marriage was not
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Heather
The Bad Miss Bennet adds onto the life of Austen's famously wild, Lydia Bennet.

I have a few thoughts on this book:

First, I want to say that I am a big fan of Jane Austen. I enjoy most fan fiction sprouted up by fellow Austen fans, however, I prefer the story to reflect the original author's draft of the character.

I enjoyed this story, but I would have enjoyed it so much more had the author not clung to her fan fiction goal.

As a story based on Lydia Bennet I felt it was weak. Operating in an atte
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Emily
Being a fan of all things Jane Austen, I tend to find myself picking up any and all 'off-shoots' from the original that people tend to write. This novel, being based around Lydia--the youngest and most indiscreet Bennet--caught my attention, as she is not usually the focus of a Jane Austen continuation novel.

Unfortunately, it was somewhat disappointing. Lydia is very much what you would expect: childish, impetuous and thoughtless. One would hope that she would improve and learn something, but sh
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Jeffrey
(Please visit www.austenprose.com where this review is originally published)

In a continuation of Pride and Prejudice, we revisit the former Miss Lydia Bennet who, to avoid total disgrace, has married Mr. Wickham, that rake-hell and tormenter of Mr. Darcy. As she embarks on her latest quest, we read from Mrs. Wickham’s personal journal as she lists her ‘modest’ goals in life:

“…….My wants in life have always been modest. A few pretty gowns, a sprinkling of diamonds, a matching pair of footmen (so
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Jennifer Joyce
Lydia jumps from one scrape to another, seemingly attracted to trouble. Her family despair of her actions but Lydia doesn't listen and finds them - and their lives - to be incredibly dull. Lydia's own life is far from dull as she meets musicians and royalty and travels across the continent. I found her to be snobbish at times and quite selfish but in a wonderful, amusing way. I loved the historic references, from Waterloo, Lord Byron and the tragic death of Princess Charlotte. The only (very sma ...more
Adrien
This was a mildly entertaining Pride and Prejudice sequel that follows Lydia Bennet and her escapades in her attempts to win a wealthy husband after Wickham’s demise at Waterloo. There were a few things I appreciated and a few things I did not. Mostly, I appreciated that the author did not use ‘period speak’ in the novel. It made for easier reading and let the reader focus more on Lydia’s character. As for Lydia’s character, I for the most part enjoyed this interpretation. I did feel however tha ...more
Lynn
The more Austen para-literature I read the more I am convinced that most of these authors are merely using the names of Austen's characters to convince people to read books they otherwise would not, while completely ignoring the book that is supposedly its inspiration. Such a book is The Bad Miss Bennett. The Bad Miss Bennet is Lydia, of course (who's actually Mrs. Wickham, now). Wickham is dead (Para-literature authors love to kill Wickham!) and Lydia is trying to make her way in the world. We ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Lydia Wickham is set free from the confines of her unhappy and ill-fated marriage just three short years after her imprudent and “infamous elopement” to George Wickham. Because of Wickham's untimely and misfortunate death, Lydia is left to depend on the generosity and sympathy of her relations. While the Darcys bestow upon Lydia an allowance that will allow her to live respectably, comfortably, and independently. Lydia prefers a more lively and luxurious lifestyle. She eschews their suggestions ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
So a large proportion of us have read Pride and Prejudice, and I think it’s fair to say that it was hard not to fall in love with the story and the romance in it. Who Needs Mr Darcy? however, is a completely different take of what happened after our beloved novel ended. And to make it even more refreshing, the leading lady in the book isn’t Elizabeth, but younger sister Lydia, trying to make her own way in life after the death of her husband Mr Wickham on the battlefield of Waterloo.

I must say I
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eyes.2c
'Marry in haste repent at leisure'

Thus Lydia describes the adage that fits her three years of marriage with Wickam after he perishes at Waterloo.
I really found it difficult to read this novel. Not because of anything the writer did, but because of my cherished vision of Austen novels. How can I blame an author for my disillusionment?
I felt that the novel certainly confirmed my opinion about the thin social veneer that Lydia Wickham entertains as a member of polite society and exposes even more t
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Deborah
Who isn't intrigued with the impulsive Miss Bennet, Lydia? Which of us didn't wish we had the wherewithall to run away with the handsome and romantic Mr. Wickham? And, which of us hasn't wondered how Lydia would fare over the years...knowing she surely wouldn't change her spots!?
Jean Burnett has given us a beauty of a book to take us from the years shortly after Mrs. Wickham becomes a widow in her early adult years.... But, Lydia never really grows up, and her escapades are just as to be expecte
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Karen
While the idea of following the adventures of Lydia, the youngest, silliest sister in "Pride and Prejudice", has potential, the author doesn't accomplish it. It's not actually poorly written. It's just one of the few books I've read that was so dull, I lacked the interest to finish it. A disappointment to those of us who would love to be thrown back into Austen's world. Read P. D. James "Death Comes to Pemberley" instead.
Dawn
Promising beginning but it fell into some time warp it never got out of. We know Lydia is the wild one but this story just went off some random road of crazy and never managed to get back on track. Too many ideas with no clear reason or destination. What I don't understand is how these kinds of books get published in the first place, doesn't someone advise the author that it's obviously lacking in areas?
Paula
I have to confess, I didn't finish this book. And that's a rarity for me. But as much as I wanted to know what happened to the Bad Miss Bennet, I just couldn't make myself go on reading. So halfway through, I stopped. The mishaps that occurred to Miss Bennet just became tedious. Style-wise I thought the book was funny, but the story with all the mishaps just got a bit too repetitive for me to finish--apologies to Ms Burnett.

Verity W
This has been sitting on the shelf for an aaaaaaaaaaaage. Still I have finally got around to it and it was a perfectly acceptable light and fluffy weekend read. It's not the best Pride and Prejudice inspired book that I've read, but it's not the worst either. Lydia's never been my favourite character, and I couldn't work out here if the author was trying to to be knowing with the reader or trying to make her more sympathetic. I didn't end up more sympathetic to her, but then I didn't end up want ...more
Lisa
I detest unreliable narrators. I thought I would love this book, but this was unbearable. I'm lucky I finished it, and I NEVER give up on a book once I've started it. This was repulsive. Meh.
Donna Church
After the death of Wickham, Lydia finds herself living on the benevolence of Darcy and Elizabeth. To escape, Lydia joins some friends in London where they stage gambling evenings to improve their purses. Several unfortunate events and liaisons lead her from London to Bath and back to Pemberley where Darcy confines her before putting her into service as a companion, once again in Bath leading to a continental trip and a new liaison with an old flame as well as a spy mission and more new adventure ...more
Kristine Ashton Ashton
A fun read, considering life from Lydia's perspective. At times hard to follow, and a little ridiculous. Worth reading once.
Hope
I really wanted to like this--the idea of a revisionist Lydia Bennet as Becky Sharp is appealing--but I can't get past Darcy's eyes "bulging" everywhere in the first few pages. Or the idea that married Lizzy is dull and boring. Sigh.
Leslie Hickman
the ending just popped out from nowhere...also the "Jerry" character just wasn't all that good...he just lingered beyond what was needed.
Susan
Lydia is much cleverer in this book than you would have any reason to expect from Pride & Prejudice, and she is determined to make her way up in the world - no matter what it costs her. To enjoy this novel, discard its supposed connection to Austen's work and substitute a much sillier, sort of based on Barry Lyndon-ish story. The meandering plot kept me interested, as I wondered what would constitute a 'happy ending' for such a creature, and if the author would reward all this unethical beha ...more
Will
A larking good time is had by the reader, as we follow the mostly amoral Lydia Bennet Wickham on her adventures, from London to Brighton, Pemberly to Bath, and back again, card sharking, consorting with a hirsute corrupt banker, an amorous highwayman, and finally, embarking on a grand tour of the continent as a lady's companion. At the novel's end, she is tricked into traveling to Brazil, as a companion to a member of the Portuguese royal family's entourage. More adventures are bound to ensue in ...more
Wintergal
A rather unusual heroine, but it's for the best - we get to know what was happening with a flibbertgibbet Lydia in between her brief appearances in Pride and Prejudice. I loved how the author portrayed Mr Darcy and Elizabeth - a view from another perspective - and they don't look as well as in the story of Austen. Lydia is brainless of course, but still it's interesting to read a very modern intake on how a silly and money-loving girl would live in Austen's time.
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