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With warmth, wit, and infinite charm Pamela Mingle brings to the page Pride and Prejudice's reserved and awkward Mary Bennet and proves that there is always room for another Austen spin-off when it's this good

For most of her life Mary Bennet has been an object of ridicule. With a notable absence of the social graces, she has been an embarrassment to her family on more than
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 04, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans Who Aren't Too Picky
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Meh. Two Stars feels a bit stingy but Three Stars to indicate I actively liked it too generous. I pounced upon this book when I saw the giveaway in the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program because I was in dire need of comfort reading and I thought this might hit the spot. I'm a big Jane Austen fan. I've read not just the completed six novels but her two unfinished ones and some of her juvenalia--and reread them. And it's not enough. As Mingle wrote in the afterword an "intense longing for more ...more
Jaclyn
In this sequel to Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet finds herself the focus of the attentions of a young gentleman, Henry Walsh. A few years have gone by since the events of Pride and Prejudice; Elizabeth and Jane have both settled into married life and Kitty and Mary spend their time visiting their sisters. Mary has spent the years taking a hard look at herself and has changed dramatically from the hard and judgmental person that she was in Pride and Prejudice. Despite these changes, Mary is fair ...more
Alex
At First Sight: Used to being the ugly duckling of her own family, Mary Bennet spends most of her time alone. Knowing fully well that her sisters don't really like her, and that she has embarrassed her family on more than one occasion, Mary has started to change, becoming more thoughtful and acquiring some decorum. Even if she's still left alone most of the time -while Kitty is more often invited to visit their elder sisters Jane and Elizabeth - at least her relationship with her father is impro ...more
Misty
3.5 stars
A warm, charming continuation that follows the P&P formula with a few surprise twists. Mary gets a makeover, an attractive acquaintance named Henry Walsh, and a rush of maternal impulses. Fans of Austen and the sequels will enjoy Mingle's Austen-like touch and the chance to wander through the pastoral English countryside with familiar characters who behave exactly as we would expect them to.

Review from Femmeliterate excerpted below.

Mary is, in many ways, the least appealing of the B
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May
Who remembers Mary Bennet? You know, the least-thought-of Bennet Sister from "Pride and Prejudice"? The one no one was particularly fond of? Well, Mingle's taken her and turned her into a heroine, giving her her own moment in the Sun.

I was pretty impressed. Mingle took Jane Austen's writing style and combined it with her own unique voice. She stayed pretty true to the Bennet sisters' characters, though she did take some liberty with Mary. Of course, as there was little about Mary in the original
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Jaylia3
I can’t resist a well written book that takes a less prominent, somewhat maligned character from one of Austen’s novels and convincingly rescues her (it’s usually a her) from the shadows with a plausible alteration of manners and a fitting happy ending. On all these accounts, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet delights.

Since Lizzie and Jane have gotten married Mary Bennet is much improved, though it took soul searching and hard work, and when upset she sometimes slips back into old patterns. Her singing
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Maureen
This is a light and cute imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, that tells the story of everyone's least favorite Bennet sister. Maybe not *least* favorite, but probably most annoying or least noticeable. Anyway, in this story, Mary has matured and tried very hard to overcome her youthful obnoxiousness. So when circumstances force Mary to the home of her sister Jane and Mr. Bingley, she is much more open to the idea of a romantic overture from Henry Walsh. Elizabeth and Darcy make an appearance ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Really enjoyed it! Review to come later, closer to publication. :)

Full Review

Mary Bennet has always been the black sheep in her family. As the middle sister, she's on the outside of things while Elizabeth and Jane stick together and Lydia shares everything with Kitty. Now with three of her sisters married and Kitty on her way to being engaged, Mary is feeling more on the outs than ever. She has improved very much in the past three years, overcoming many of her youthful faults but everyone still
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Kim
Oh, Mary Bennet. What is there to say about her? Unfortunately, the most pedantic, priggish and un-proprietous Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice has not received the attention from Austenesque authors that her sisters have enjoyed so regularly: Jane is known for her beauty and kindness, Lydia and Kitty for their rambunctiousness, and of then of course there is the spirited and witty Lizzy. But where does poor Mary fit in? Perhaps you could say, “there’s something about Mary,” and now we hav ...more
Christina
Pamela Mingle writes with the eloquence and charm that reflects that of Jane Austen's own writing.

It has been around three years since the events that took place in Pride & Prejudice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have settled with their 2-year old twin girls and Jane and Mr. Bingley are still quite smitten with one another in addition to their 6 month old son David.

Life for 21 year old Mary Bennet has been pretty much the same; she still lives at home with her parents and Kitty, who has been incr
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you are a Jane Austen fan of Pride and Prejudice, you will love this novel. If you haven't seen Pride and Prejudice, watch it and then deeply immerse yourself in the richness this novel offers when it picks up where the original leaves off. It had been quite awhile since I had read or even watched the movie and in order to reacquaint myself in the characters of the Bennet girls I spent some time watching the movie. Since this novel takes a look at life from Mary Bennet's point of view I had t ...more
Christina
I received a copy of “The Pursuit of Mary Bennet” through a Goodreads giveaway. I was excited to read it as a big Jane Austen fan. “Pride and Prejudice” might be my favorite of her novels, and I’ve seen several adaptations and other works based on it. However, before this, I’d only read one spin-off (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, a very different book which I couldn’t get into.) I stayed away from stories about Lizzy and Darcy as I felt they couldn’t do Austen justice. However, I hoped this ...more
Rebecca Huston
This one turned out differently than most Austen sequels that tend to be awful for me. Focusing on Mary, the middle sister, we follow her reactions and thoughts as her married sister Lydia returns home -- announcing that she is pregnant and leaving her husband, Wickham. With Kitty in tow, the two unmarried sisters are sent on to their eldest sister Jane. While there, Mary meets Mr. Walsh, a gentleman who she's very attracted to, but there seems to be complications. How it all plays out is what m ...more
Cheri
Pride and Prejudice is social satire; The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is chick-lit. Austen never developed Mary as a character and I've always thought something interesting could be done there, but this book didn't do it. So disappointing. The plot was modeled on Pride and Prejudice in all the non-essential ways, missing completely the essence of the story.
Booksintheburbs
If you love Jane Austen and, “Pride & Prejudice”, then you will enjoy this book!! As Austen fans, we all remember Elizabeth’s sister, Mary. I’ve read follow-ups to the Jane’s book, “Pride & Prejudice”, but I must mention that is one of the best “sequels” I’ve read!! Jane Austen would certainly be proud. With a mix of Mary’s pursuits, some indiscretions on Lydia and Wickham’s part, and some special visits from Elizabeth Darcy, this is just a great combination of everything that will leave ...more
Veronica
This was a pretty good book and I would have given it five stars if it wasn't a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice." However, the author changed the characters; Jane was outspoken, Lizzie was barely there, Darcy didn't come across as dashing and Bingley was no longer easy-going. The story focuses on Mary Bennet, the awkward and purportedly ugly sister. Mary is different too, due to the fact she has matured and formed solid tastes and opinions. She makes for a likable heroine. She is intelligent and ...more
Amanda Harris
This is a fun Austen sequel. The first-person point of view makes the story more personal and emotional than P&P, and I identify well with Mary's habit of overthinking and reading into every look and gesture (as do many women, right?). Diction and style reflects Jane Austen's, but with an extra level of approachability for modern Austen fans who only watch the movies because they can't make it through older language of the books. (NOT me, by the way, but I teach high school and would recomme ...more
Cherylann
I read this sweet book in two days - most enjoyable visit to the Bennet girls and their families some three years after the close of Pride and Prejudice.
Rae
I have always believed there was a story for Mary Bennet - and this is a wonderful one. I recommend it highly.
MaryBliss
Another Mary Bennet story. This time she's both believable and unbelievable.

The Bennet family dynamics were well done. And the author makes a good attempt at trying to figure out the effect of the past dynamics on Mary's psyche. But her Mary needs to grow up.

The behavior of the main protagonists were sometimes reasonable and sometimes annoyingly and juveniley mercuric. The switches from one to the other made them both less sympathetic. The annoying petulance on the part of both the hero and the
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Laura
I *hate* not having 1/2 stars--here's another one that is between a 2 & 3 stars. This book is by no means amazing lit. It is by no means Jane Austen (not even close). I do ADORE Jane Austen (although Pride and Prejudice is not my favorite--I know, sacrilege), but I'm not one of those fans who hold her characters as sacred. So, with that said, it was an easy (like 4-hr), fun read while I was sitting in the park while my girls were at soccer camp.

With that said, I think readers long to imagin
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Bekka
Thanks to Edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks for early access to this title.

2 1/2 stars - Its probably me, and maybe I should just quit trying to read the Jane Austen take-offs. For me, at least, they almost always disappoint. Like most Janites, I long to see a continuation of the story. However, this one in particular was a disappointment in the complete disregard of the Regency time period it was supposedly portraying. I realize modern audiences need different plot points, but having char
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Caitlin
Mary Bennet is the most left-behind of the Bennet sisters. Her preachy, judgmental advice, determination to sing and play piano even though she does neither well, and generally bland personality make her a less interesting focus for a story.

But this is not that Mary. With most of her sisters married and gone, she's finally gotten some attention from her family. She reads and discusses books her father chose, gets piano lessons paid for by Mr. Darcy, and spends more time keeping her sister and Ki
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Dani
I was browsing a bookstore and came upon this work. I was happy to snatch it up as I love all things Austen and its been awhile since I indulged in that world. It has never sat well with me that Mary is cast as this silly girl in P&P. I think she is intelligent, but young and lacking any instruction on social niceties. The older girls are entirely wrapped up in each other, and the younger girls the same. Mary always felt left out and I think Mingle did a beautiful job of pulling that thread ...more
Jennifer King
A charming venture back into the world of the Bennet women, full of drama and romance. I enjoyed the fresh look at Mary's character as Pamela Mingle imagined her, and recommend THE PURSUIT OF MARY BENNET to fans of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, and those who love to become lost in a light, enjoyable book.
Jennifer
Delightful quick read about Mary Bennett and her prospects. Pamela Mingle has done a great job in breathing life into a character that Austen has marginalized.

Mary Bennett is a woman who has received constant verbal attacks from her mother and Lydia, resulting in low self confidence/esteem. At times, her lack of confidence is annoying, but it only makes you want to root for her, to tell her to step away from her comforts and go for it.


Other than Mary, the other characters have less character d
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Eileen
If you're going to read Jane Austen fanfiction, this is pretty decent. It doesn't fall prey to the main problems of the genre: rewriting the book from Mr Darcy's point of view in the most boring way possible, having Georgiana expound in raptures over how the grace of Our Lord Jesus saved her from Mr Wickham, dragging in all the characters from all of Jane Austen's other books, romancing the next generation of Darcys as they navigate the Victorian era, or, of course, adding a whole lot of differe ...more
Hiep Huynh
An easy-to-read short novel in itself, but as a continuation of Pride & Prejudice, it is lacking.

Mary Bennet is growing up and becoming the accomplished young lady she'd always thought she was. I found her exchanges with her fellow Accomplished Young Lady very amusing. However, Mary has met a Fellow that interests her. And it is her relationship with this Fellow that required too big a suspension of belief for me to really get into this book.

Let's just say that the man in question isn't too
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Makenna
Yes, I am soft when it comes to rating it, and no, I don't care what anyone else thinks. Pride and Prejudice was one of my favorite books for two years and is now right under this darling thing. I find it was well written and gave the more romantic twist on a series of unfortunate events(which is also a great series). I can relate to Mary in a lot of ways, I'm not very pretty, or stylish, or smart, but I can be awkward, I have a very loud opinion that I try to keep at bay, and have to be pretty ...more
Regina
Hurray, we finally get to see how Mary Bennett turned out! Wonderful story about Mary's overall transformation into a more confident and authentic woman. We experience her painful insecurities of being the invisible sister and over being flummoxed over the ardent attention of dishy Mr. Henry Walsh along with her growing feelings for him. Their romance isn't without misunderstandings and separation, similar to the romances of her sisters' Elizabeth and Jane. Mary doesn't see herself much changed ...more
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