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The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
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Who would have believed McCullough would write a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, and quite an unusual storyline. Fast forward 15 years and the sisters are as follows: Mr. Bingly and Jane, who is worn out w/ childbearing, have a houseful of children; Lizzy and Mr. Darcy have lost their passion and are stuck in a loveless marriage w/ four daughters and only one male heir, who is a disappointment to his father; Mary has been her mother's caregiver and is recently released w/ Mrs. Bennet's death; Kitty married a wealthy older man and is a very merry widow; and Lydia is a drunk, who is free w/ her favors, and is still in love w/ Wickem. Mary, who was a late bloomer, has become an attractive twin to Lizzy. She has broadened her education, still has strong opinions and shares them openly, and wants her independence from all her relatives. While on an adventure to promote the plight of the poor, Mary is robbed by a highwayman, left for dead, and abducted by a religious zealot w/ his own cult followers. Meanwhile, her silent admirer/would-be-suitor, Angus Sinclair, along w/ her nephew and others are searching to find her. The rest of the story is much more involved and read it for yourself for the ending.
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