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The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  838 ratings  ·  173 reviews
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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Published November 26th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“I stared at my sister, who seemed grotesquely large. A cow about to calf.

For the Lord’s sake, how much of her simpering was I to endure? Have a care, Kitty. A good dunking would be just the thing for you.”
This is the tale of the bitchiest, boringest, stupidly self-sabotaging, sister-hating, sanctimonious cluck of the Bennett sisters. She is judgmental and hypocritical. A self-made social disgrace. A thief who would steal a sister's potential mate.
"“Was I willing to risk their censure by ste
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Really enjoyed it! Review to come later, closer to publication. :)

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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 stil
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
La Quête de Mary Bennet reprend le cours d'Orgueil et Préjugés quelques années après le mariage des Darcy et des Bingley. Il se centre sur Mary Bennet et sa quête de bonheur, et c'est d'ailleurs elle qui nous raconte l'histoire.

Entre ce livre et moi, ça a plutôt mal démarré. Tout d'abord, à la lecture de la première page, j'ai du consulter la quatrième de couverture pour vérifier que l'on était bien dans une austenerie "Regency" et non moderne alors que le langage n'aurait pas du me laisser de
I have owned this book for awhile and have put off reading it because I had so many other Austen Variations to read and frankly, Mary just was not a very interesting character in Pride and Prejudice. She perplexed me. She studied sermons, but not the bible and did have some sense of decorum but behaved a little foolishly in public. So, who wants to read about Mary when Elizabeth is there?

But, from the onset, this book surprised me and amazed me. Mary has grown up three years since we leave P&
Most readers are familiar with the five Bennet girls from Pride and Prejudice. Most came to love fiery Elizabeth and sensible Jane and cheered at the end when these two got their happily ever afters. I admit that Lydia always bothered me in the novel and I felt that in the end she was not really impacted by how her behavior could have ruined her family. Kitty seemed to just be giggly and Mary was a non-entity. There really was not much to Mary in Pride and Prejudice except that she acted like a ...more
Georgiana 1792
Mary Bennet: un trait d’union fra Jane Austen e Charlotte Brontë

A Longbourn ci sono ancora due figlie nubili, ma Mrs Bennet è sicura che Kitty riceverà presto una proposta di matrimonio da Mr Walsh, il vicino di casa di Charles e Jane Bingley a High Tor, la tenuta che Mr Bingley ha acquistato in Derbyshire. Anche Mary ha conosciuto Mr Walsh nell’ultima sua visita e il giovane non le è indifferente, ma sa di avere meno attrattive della sorella (come la madre spesso le fa notare). Il rapporto con
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aradhna Kaur
This is everything I wanted in a Mary Bennet story. A story not just about Mary falling in love, but about her finding herself in the process.

Full review will be up on my blog soon.
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.
I have always believed there was a story for Mary Bennet - and this is a wonderful one. I recommend it highly.
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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
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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