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Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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In Lydia Bennet's Story we are taken back to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, to a Regency world seen through Lydia's eyes where pleasure and marriage are the only pursuits. Lydia's dream of following the regiment to the fashionable resort of Brighton comes true, she is soon the darling of all the officers and tempted not only by a handsome royal drag ...more
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Published December 1st 2007 by Paintbox Publishing
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Laurel
The true misfortune , which besets any young lady who believes herself destined for fortune and favour, is to find that she has been born into an unsuitable family. Lydia Bennet of Longbourn, Hertfordshire, not only believed that her mama and papa had most likely stolen her from noble parents, but also considered it a small miracle that they could have produced between them her own fair self and four comely girls - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Kitty - though to tell the truth, she felt herself mos ...more
Vicki
Oh, Lydia. La, you are so silly.

It's always an interesting undertaking, picking up a Jane Austen spin off. It's hard not to picture Jane Austen herself, wringing her hands and saying, "Well, you've all missed the point completely, haven't you?"

I've noticed that a lot of the spin offs tend to be kind of racy. They often have naughty Regency romps in them, which is weird -- I know we're all thinking it, but still. Really?

Still Lydia gets a little bit more of a rounded character here -- some thi
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Lori
Jane Austen has become quite a valuable commodity within the last decade or so, both in the literary and movie worlds, and reading about a new (or relatively new) Austen sequel has become par for the course.

I found Lydia Bennet's Story interesting and original precisely because Jane Odiwe took a secondary character from Pride and Prejudice and elaborated on her own very twisted and dramatic plot. If you are familiar with Pride and Prejudice, you know that Lydia is Lizzy's youngest sister, and a
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Sarah
I am a sucker for anything with Austen or Darcy in the title, and a sucker for anything having to do with Pride and Prejudice.
Some have been good, some have been awful and some have been just right.
I would put this at "almost just right" at a 3 1/2 stars.
I have always kind of liked Lydia, I guess I could connect with her.(having been a silly girl growing up) So it was interesting to see her thought process, her feelings and kind of a "what was she thinking" .

This is a continuation, of sorts, of
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Lola4
This book is for lovers of kiddie-porn only. I found it to be super-creepy when one remembers that the main character is a naive, frivolous adolescent, below the age of consent, who had not yet had her debut, and because of a statutory rape was forced into an early marriage with a scum-bucket. Although one might believe Austen's premise that Mrs. Foster invited a young friend on a seaside vacation, from whence the foolish child stupidly crept off surreptitiously to meet with a charming seducer, ...more
Jannie
It was free to download onto my Kindle and I was curious. Lydia isn't a very likeable character in Pride and Prejudice, so I was wondering how the author would manage to make her more sympathetic. This book starts just before Lydia goes off to Brighton and follows her romance with Whickam, the infamous "elopement" and gives you a picture of her marriage to Whickam. You actually do feel sorry for her here because he treats her so poorly and she really had thought he loved her when she ran off wit ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
As I read attempted Pride and Prejudice sequels, I'm always hopeful that the latest one will be a delight. They rarely are, and this one is no exception. Lydia was never someone I really cared about as I read Pride and Prejudice. She's more the annoying gnat that keeps buzzing around your head: the one you keep slapping away. This book is simply a light peek into the life of Lydia Bennet, one of the silliest girls in all of England.

The story is told in a third-person narrative, with Lydia's fir
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Delaina
You know you're in for a story when the title has two (count them, two) subtitles. I feel that Jane Odiwe really did a good job of capturing the essence of the characters originated by Austen. The Bennet family and crew are all true to the originals, but also built up and fleshed out for modern readers, without feeling stilted or forced into unnatural molds. Odiwe clearly respects Austen, but writes in a very convincing early-Regency voice that is her own.

Lydia is vivacious and naively self-cent
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Susan
This was an entertaining, quick-to-read Jane Austen spinoff. Odiwe throws in a number of new characters and tells us what happened after Lydia marries Mr. Wickham, which makes for a fresh story instead of a retelling of P&P from Lydia's point of view. Her Lydia, a high-spirited, often irresponsible but loyal and loving young woman, is believable and sympathetic. My only real complaint was that there's a loose end that's never tied up, in the form of a young man who pursues Lydia in the first ...more
Christina
Lydia Bennett's Story is an okay read. Given all the sequels, prequels, and adaptations to Jane Austen's masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, it was only a matter of time before someone undertook the task of fleshing out a story of one of Elizabeth Bennett Darcy's four sisters. And since Lydia Bennett is one of the silliest girls in England, Jane Odiwe obviously thought Lydia would be the most likely candidate. From the start, as Lydia is not one of my favorites in Pride & Prejudice, Odiwe had a ...more
Christina
Lydia Bennett's Story is an okay read. Given all the sequels, prequels, and adaptations to Jane Austen's masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, it was only a matter of time before someone undertook the task of fleshing out a story of one of Elizabeth Bennett Darcy's four sisters. And since Lydia Bennett is one of the silliest girls in England, Jane Odiwe obviously thought Lydia would be the most likely candidate. From the start, as Lydia is not one of my favorites in Pride & Prejudice, Odiwe had a ...more
Courtney
Hmmm, I was not that impressed. The writing was okay... I guess I just really hate the character though :) I mean, she's annoying in Pride and Prejudice and fleshing her character out didn't do anything to lessen my annoyance. Odiwe writes Lydia as being a bit "loose" with her morals, which is another thing that I don't appreciate. It wasn't graphic or anything, unless you are offended by ankles, but it is made quite clear that Lydia has a one-tracked mind.
Kathryn
Feb 15, 2011 Kathryn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: regency-romance
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Jennannej
I suppose if you enjoy Regency romances, you might enjoy this novel. However, as a spin-off of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, I just don't buy it!

The first third or so of the novel follows somewhat accurately the Pride and Prejudice we know, yet from Lydia's perpective. I could kind of buy this, and didn't mind very much the liberties taken. But once the book went beyond the story we all know, all kinds of other shenanigans started cropping up! Including another love-interest, polygamy and w
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Urszula
In most of the sequels to Pride & Prejudice, Lydia does not change much. Even after many years she is still very stupid and of low morals. It was good to see that his book was different.

Part one starts with Lydia's trip to Brighton and her marriage to George Wickham. We did not learn anything new about her. She was still a very happy, free spirited girl, who thought that what she had with Wickham was the true thing.

Part two covered her first year of marriage. Poor Lydia had to grow up quite
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Milka
I've never liked Lydia. I think she is really annoying, stupid and reckless character. Reading this book by Jane Odiwe opened my eyes and I started to like Lydia a little more.

The book is divided into two parts; part 1 telling about the happenings in Meryton and Brigton and part 2 telling about what happened after the end of Pride and Prejudice.

In the part 1 reader gets to know how Lydia fell in love with Mr Wickham and how their relationship developed. In the part 1 Lydia is that silly young gi
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Rebecca Irvine
This past week I read Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe. I found it on the "new arrivals" shelf at the library and couldn't resist. I know, I know--it is not on the summer reading list I posted last week. But anything Jane Austen-related usually is too tempting for me.

Lydia Bennet's Story starts near the beginning of Pride & Prejudice and tells the story from the point of view of Elizabeth Bennet's younger sister Lydia. There is not too much about Elizabeth and Jane--Lydia is much too self-
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Lorie
In and of itself, this wasn't really a 5 star read, but for those who love PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, this book is a GREAT parallel novel that all Austin lovers SHOULD read and will enjoy! It adds so much depth to the original story, showing Lydia's perspective, and demonstrating more than the original what a silly, superficial (and typical) teenager that girl is. It also shows very realistically why she was so wild to marry Wickham, and what the upshot of that bad choice was in Lydia's personal life. ...more
Michele
Oct 26, 2008 Michele rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Jane Austen fan or even if you haven't read Austen and think you might like to.
Shelves: austen-esque
As a true Jane Austen fan, I had until recently shunned all attempted "sequels" to any of Ms. Austen's great works. Fearing disappointment, I did not want to sully what to me is the perfect novel: Pride and Prejudice. As it turns out, I need not have worried. The term "sequel," I am happy to report, has no application whatsoever to Jane Owide's delightful novel, Lydia Bennet's Story.

The novel explores the life of Lydia, the youngest and arguably most insipid Bennet sister. What if Lydia wasn't a
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Georgiana 1792
Il romanzo di formazione di Lydia

LizzyGee: Non avevo mai pensato che Lydia fosse un personaggio simpatico: Jane Austen la dà per irrecuperabile e la lascia alla mercé di quello scellerato di Wickham e alla compassione delle più fortunate sorelle. In The Bad Miss Bennet, Lydia procede lungo una strada in continua discesa e sembra non trovare mai il fondo. Continua a muoversi nell'Europa del vizio e, anziché riscattarsi, si perde sempre di più. In Lydia Bennet's Story Jane Odiwe, trasforma la più
...more
Lori
Sep 15, 2009 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Jane Austen has become quite a valuable commodity within the last decade or so, both in the literary and movie worlds, and reading about a new (or relatively new) Austen sequel has become par for the course.

I found Lydia Bennet's Story interesting and original precisely because Jane Odiwe took a secondary character from Pride and Prejudice and elaborated on her own very twisted and dramatic plot. If you are familiar with Pride and Prejudice, you know that Lydia is Lizzy's youngest sister, and a
...more
Serena
Oct 30, 2008 Serena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen enthusiasts
Recommended to Serena by: Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks, Anna Horner
Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe is a different type of sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice; it does not retell the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, their children, or modernize their story as a 20th century romance. Lydia Bennet's Story transports the reader back to 19th Century England to tell Lydia's woeful and headstrong tail of romance and intrigue, rather than the tales woven by Jane Austen for Lizzy and Jane Bennet.

We join Lydia on her journey from the balls at
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Anna
Lydia Bennet's Story takes readers on the journey to Brighton, where Lydia's romance with George Wickham begins. Most of the chapters end with a diary entry by Lydia, so you get a chance to see what's going on in her head and understand that she was just a foolish child who always had to be the center of attention. She was boy crazy, and with a mother who did nothing but talk about marrying off her daughters, it's easy to see why. I could sympathize with Odiwe's Lydia; she fell in love with the ...more
Melbourne on my mind
Okay, first of all, the blurb is misleading. It implies that the book is all about what happens post-marriage to Wickham when Lydia attends a ball at Netherfield. In actual fact, the vast majority of the book is instead the story from Lydia's perspective from the time that the militia first arrive in Meryton. There are quite a few major jumps, and a lot of the time is centred on Lydia's time at Brighton and how she comes to elope with Wickham.

So that's all fine, it lets us understand her motiva
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Elisabetta
Quando ho preso in mano questo libro ero decisamente restia a leggerlo in quanto ero certa, anzi certissima, che avrei trovato antipatica la protagonista.
Lydia.. La causa della, fortunatamente poi evitata, rovina delle sorelle Jane e Elizabeth Bennet.
Perchè mai avrei dovuto aspettarmi qualcosa di diverso dalla frivolezza e antipatia di Lydia che avevo già trovato in Orgoglio e Pregiudizio?
Invece la scrittrice Jane Odiwe apre una possibilità anche al personaggio più irrecuperabile, come non appre
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Michelle
Lydia is so self absorbed. She does not care who she flirts with or who she hurts with her flirting. Her goal in life is to marry a rich young man in the military before her four older sisters marry. Well, she gets her way in that a very rich man falls in love with her. But sh does not enjoy his kisses. Instead she falls in love with Mr Wickham, even though he always teases her, hurting her feelings, and has other ladies he keeps company. Finally, she runs away with him to elope. There is just o ...more
Sumi
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Retelling AND Sequel

TIME FRAME: Just before Lydia's departure to Brighton

MAIN CHARACTERS: Lydia Bennet, George Wickham, Harriet Forster, Mr. Darcy, and Isabella Fitzalan (new), Alexander Fitzalan (new)

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS: La! It's a novel ALL about Lydia – who wouldn't want to read it? No...seriously, Lydia is not one of my favorite characters, I quite agree with Elizabeth's assessment of her as “the most determined flirt that ever made herself and her family rid
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Qnpoohbear
I picked this book up wondering if the author could possibly make Lydia a sympathetic character. In the beginning, Lydia is silly and makes a lot of really bad decisions but then she redeems herself. The author does a good job developing Lydia's character while still keeping Lydia the high spirited, fun loving young woman she really is. The timeline of events is really fast and should be longer given the kind of transformation Lydia goes through, but the author succeeds in making Lydia a charact ...more
Melody McBride
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