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The Bad Miss Bennet

2.68  ·  Rating Details ·  317 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Eustacia Tan
Oct 17, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
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
Oct 02, 2012 Tintaglia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, e-books, arcs
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:
Lydia is not one to be content with her lot, and with her ambitions tries to constantly advance herself to the life she feels she deserves. There's a whole host of secondary characters that surround her, but really it is Lydia herself that makes her fortune. There are plenty of mishaps, but in the end you feel optimistic for Lydia. Darcy, Elizabeth and particularly Georgiana's characterizations are terrible. Overall I think Jean Burnett overestimated how intelligent Lydia is, because I really fe ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Caz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing, arc
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
Jul 10, 2016 Suze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lydia Wickham is a young widow and Mr. Wickham hardly had any money, so she has to find a way to make a fortune on her own. She only has one huge weakness, an appalling taste in men. Together with her friends she organizes gambling evenings that should bring in some money. She also has an adventure with a highwayman, who keeps making her an accomplice because Lydia can't resists his charms. She even has a royal affair, but she can't seem to find a suitable husband. She can't marry any of the men ...more
**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
Robyn Smith
A silly book in many ways, but harmless fun. Lydia, of all the Bennett sisters provides more character and spunk than Mary or Kitty (though I often wondered if Mary had hidden depths) to develop in a book.
The plot borders on hopeless, but Lydia is true to Jane Austen's portrayal, in her lack of sympathy for Wickham's demise and her swindling, cheating and lying ways, honed to perfection by her marriage to Wickham, of course.
I cringed at Lydia's portrayal of Darcy; this is when I thought the book
Feb 24, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-inspired
Sure, the title is the BAD Miss Bennett, but that doesn't mean Lydia has to engage in every single dubious and immoral activity that comes her way. And honestly, what are the chances of a simple country girl getting the chance to sleep with the prince, become involved in an international spy ring and become a lady-in-waiting to foreign royalty. With each new event, I was just astounded-and not in a good way. I should have realized the direction the story would go-filled with anything and everyth ...more
May 30, 2013 Kalika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carlos Allende
Apr 30, 2015 Carlos Allende rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. I can't help to be cross at the people giving it 1 star. It is called "The Bad Miss Bennett," for God's sake not the other gooddie-goodie Miss Bennett! The main character, Lydia is selfish and inconsiderate and manipulative and that's the whole point! It is a comedy! She is immoral! It is not Pride and Prejudice revisited and not really a second part but a spin-off! If you are a fourteen year old that still believes in Prince Charming, this book ain't for you.

If you love
Jun 05, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2017
The Bad Miss Bennet is a bit of a misnomer; by the time the book opens, Lydia Bennet has been married for about three years, and is now the Widow Wickham. However, neither marriage nor widowhood has served to improve her character; she is still the same vain, foolish, egocentric, impulsive girl we met in the original Pride and Prejudice, without even a needle on her moral compass.

The book is written in the first person, from Lydia's viewpoint. Since she can hardly be considered an unbiased obser
Well written and interesting, but I did not like any of the characters. Lydia was horrid and I think she got what she deserved in the end. I did not feel bad for her at all. Not one person had any redeaming qualities. The saving grace for this audio book was Davina Porter. She's a fantastic narrator so she made it bearable to listen to even when I hated the characters.
Jun 01, 2017 Kari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish.
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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
Jan 21, 2016 Roxana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: P&P fanfic completists
The Bad Miss Bennett* is not the worst P&P spinoff I've ever read, but it's far from the best. Not withstanding a handful of anachronisms, Jean Burnett has a decent handle on Lydia's voice, in which descriptions of the gowns and jewels everyone is wearing are given just as much weight as depictions of murder and treason - but that's the only thing remotely resembling Jane Austen in this dizzyingly strange novel. The plot ricochets from one dramatic crisis to the next, and I frequently found ...more
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
Alethea White-Previs
This novel picks up shortly after Wickham's death in the Battle of Waterloo. Lydia, our young and restless heroine, finds herself at Pemberley in mourning black, a color she despairs does nothing for her complexion. And so we begin with the same reckless and foolish little girl we last saw headed to the north of England with her new husband. Widowed at 19, Lydia despises Darcy, Georgiana, even her sister Lizzy for adopting the quieter ways of her new husband. She wants nothing more than to dance ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Adrien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2012, read-on-nook
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
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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Written in the first-person as a diary, this is an amusing take on the life of Mrs. Lydia Wickham, née Bennet after Wickham dies at Waterloo. Never a girl to be restrained by social convention, three years as the wife of the very bad man, Wickham, has not improved her morals
Oct 06, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 18, 2016 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When you write a pastiche, especially one based upon one of the greatest classical authors of all time, you have to create an adaptation that is as faithful to the original as it is innovative in its own right. Burnett's 'Who Needs Mr Darcy' seeks to present the perspective of Lydia Bennet, "everyone's favourite Austen anti-heroine", but ends up presenting a poor perception, on the author's part, of the Regency period and of Austen herself.

'Who Needs Mr Darcy' does have its fair share of origina
Feb 16, 2013 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm not always a fan of Pride and Prejudice stories about Lydia; in fact, only Miss Drummond's School for Girls (currently on by Maria Grace has been well-worth the reading. This Lydia-centric novel was all right, but I'm never comfortable reading about a character whom I cannot admire.

Lydia definitely lives a life of adventure as a young widow after Wickham's death, something she celebrates more than mourns. Chafing at the financial restrictions and social expectations placed u
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
'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
Jennifer Joyce
Oct 06, 2012 Jennifer Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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