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What Kitty Did Next

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  586 ratings  ·  150 reviews
England, 1813. Nineteen-year-old Catherine Bennet lives in the shadow of her two eldest sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, who have both made excellent marriages. No one expects Kitty to amount to anything. Left at home in rural Hertfordshire with her neurotic and nagging mother, and a father who derides her as "silly and ignorant," Kitty is lonely, diffident and at a loss as to ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by RedDoor Press
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May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
I was feeling that I was on a one way train to Slumpsville, but this book rejuvenated my book loving soul Those who have read a few of my reviews know that I have been a fan of Jane Austen since age 13( thanks Emma Thompson!) and I cannot resist any type of sequel. The tagline teases us that this is the book Pride & Prejudice fans have been waiting for and in a way, it certainly was. Just for old time sakes, I am going to just remind readers where Jane Austen left her beloved characters.

Katie Lumsden
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was just brilliant. Rich, warm, fun, clever, thoroughly Austen-esque and with a brilliant plot. I adored it.
Dash fan
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ A Charming read

Ok so for me I haven't read Jane Austen so I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect. I know sometimes books based on classics don't always live up to expectations.
However I really enjoyed What Kitty Did Next.

It was wonderful to see Kitty mature from a young women into a lady.
Kitty doesn't have it easy, but as she grows so does her maturity to deal with situations.
I really liked her character she is strong, independent, yes a lil immature at times but that only added to
In this engaging, gently paced, Pride & Prejudice sequel, the author delivers a thoughtful, 'coming-into-her-own' story with the fourth Bennet daughter, Kitty getting her time to shine.

What Kitty Did Next starts out by setting up the situation which begins shortly after the events of Pride & Prejudice. Life is somewhat dull and flat for Kitty after Lydia and Wickham are bustled off to Newcastle and her two oldest sisters are married and move away. Kitty is stuck with dull, prosy Mary, a querulou
Joanna Loves Reading
After taking about a month to get a quarter of a way through this, I think it is time for me to call it quits. I gave up on Pride and Prejudice spinoffs awhile ago partly because there was so many being produced and also because they all pale in comparison to the original masterpiece. I LOVE P&P. It was my first Jane Austen, and I have read it many, many times. I am uber critical of books that take the beloved characters and try to create a new story with this. I get annoyed with tone, dialogue, ...more
Jul 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this so much! I thought the author did a great job of realistically showing how Kitty matured when she was out from under Lydia’s influence. Kitty’s relationships with the Bingleys and the Darcys are realistic as well given the personalities of the individuals. We get to see Georgiana Darcy and the Gardiners again (such great characters!) and we get to go to both London and Pemberley! How can you go wrong with that? There is a romance in this of course but it’s pleasantly understated. ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. ~ Willa Cather

Full Disclosure: Kitty Bennet is my favorite of the supporting characters from canon Pride & Prejudice. I am always happy to find another story that develops Kitty into her own person rather than a parrot for her idiotic sister.

The story opens after the end of canon P&P with only Mary and Kitty remaining at Longbourn with their parents. Mrs. Bennet has intensified her efforts to find a husband for Kitty, having largel
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kitty Bennet, freed from her sisters' shadows, begins to find her own personality through writing and music. Love may follow, but a person from the past may cause Kitty to lose all of her newfound friends and confidence. Kablean develops some of the lesser-known Pride and Prejudice characters, as well as introducing new ones, and gives Kitty a satisfying ending. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
"What Kitty Did Next" is a Regency romance set in 1813 in England. It starts about a year after Pride and Prejudice and is told from Kitty's viewpoint. Kitty knows that her family thinks very poorly of her, but she's not sure how to improve things. Jane takes pity on Kitty and invites her to London to see the sights and learn to mix in society. Then she's invited to Pemberley! Just when Kitty feels like she's proved herself to her family and that new friends have recognized her worth (including ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
We were very pleased when a novel inspired by Jane Austen’s fourth daughter in Pride and Prejudice crossed our path. What Kitty Did Next is a continuation, as such, of one of the five Bennet sisters after the close of the classic novel, whose heroine Elizabeth receives most of the praise from her father and a marriage to Mr. Darcy of Pembeley in the end. Her younger sister Catherine on the other hand, or Kitty as she is called by her family, only earns put-downs and threats from her father after ...more
4.5-4.75 I agree with Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) about the evening.
Jul 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable Pride and Prejudice retelling and now a rival to The Other Bennet Sister for my favourite Austen spin off! It was so interesting to see Kitty mature into a young women with more positive influences on her. I also especially enjoyed all the time spent with Jane and Elizabeth both in London and Pemberley... the characterization and writing felt very true to Austen. The seasonality present throughout was wonderful, particularly the details about the 1814 Frost Fair on the fro ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan so when I heard that there was a new novel continuing the Pride & Prejudice story by following Kitty's life, I was very excited but also a little cautious because I'm always worried that it will fall short of the excellence of a classic. But I'm happy to report that WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean exceeded my expectations and made me fall in love all over again.

Kitty Bennet is a little lost in her life. With her three sisters married and living away, she feels lo
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It always fascinates me that such is the appeal of Jane Austen's great novel, Pride and Prejudice that so many authors attempt, in their own way, to continue the story. Some succeed and some don't and I'm pleased to say that What Kitty Did Next worked for me.

I've always felt really sorry for Kitty Bennet, so often overshadowed by her more high spirited sisters, she always seemed to be derided as silly Kitty, so it’s been really lovely to see her have her own exciting story where her personality
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Unsuspecting and Undistinguished Character Transforms into a Heroine!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

With three Bennet daughters marrying for love at the close of Pride and Prejudice, the two remaining unmarried daughters (Mary and Kitty) have always aroused curiosity and speculation. What kind of futures are in store for these ladies? Do they find their own happiness? Do they marry for love? Many writers have been inspired to pick up their pens and compose tales that flesh out these characters and
A fun read, aligned with what I expected - which is to say a sort of fanfiction. I was not very surprised by the twists but enjoyed it all the same :)
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Picking up where Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice left off, Catherine "Kitty" Bennet is left behind at Longbourn with her parents and sister Mary after the marriages of her older sisters Jane and Elizabeth, and younger sister Lydia, over a period of 6 months. Kitty (with no clue about the scandal Lydia's marriage to George Wickham almost caused the family if not for the kindness of Mr. Darcy) is lonely without Lydia, who was her closest friend before her sudden departure from home ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As is the norm for me, I tucked into this book without reading the synopsis and I couldn’t help thinking I had heard of these characters somewhere before, I also had a voice of some of them in my head, it was strange so I read the synopsis and realised that this was a book about Kitty Bennett, one of the Bennett sisters from Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen’s classic book and love the film.

So a new to me author writes a book about characters I am already familiar with, this is quite bazaa
Carole (in Canada)
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austenesque Readers, Romance
"Notice and approval did not go hand in hand in her world." (quote from the book)

What became of Kitty Bennet after the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth? What affect did Mr. Bennet's strictures have on her and Mary after the scandalous elopement of Lydia and her eventual marriage? This delightfully charming story provides us with Kitty's emotional and enlightening journey to finding, not only who she is, but what she wants out of life.

This, for me, was a very satisfying read that provided a gradu
Michaela (Journey into Books)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics and I’ve read and watched the TV adaptions and movies several times, so I was really excited to jump back into this world and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed.
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set after the events of the original book following the second youngest Bennet girl Kitty as she navigates Regency Britai
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Reading 'What Kitty Did Next' was like visiting old friends and I so enjoyed being immersed in their world and lives again. I have read a number of Jane Austen wannabees and spinoffs, and Carrie Kablean is the first modern author who has really captured Austen's voice and spirit. The dialogue is natural and flowing, remaining true to the period. The storyline and characters are perfectly credible - their joys and their woes - and all cleverly tied together with the same Austen ...more
Catherine T
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
So fun! A worthy sequel.
Nicki Markus
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-historical
What Kitty Did Next is a book I approached with both eagerness and a little trepidation. After all, books of this nature tend to be either hugely enjoyable or a complete disaster. I am happy to say that this story fell into the former category. It was well written and picked up nicely from the end of Austen's novel. The characters all felt 'in character', and though slow to start, Kitty's tale soon picked up the pace as conflict ensued. I read it with a smile on my face and was eager to get back ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since it’s been ages since I read or watched Pride and Prejudice, I was a little hesitant about reading this one. Not just because I thought I might have been too unfamiliar with previous events but also because this is Jane Austen and it’s always a little tricky picking up something so iconic. But I shouldn’t have worried, as within the first few pages I once again found myself completely immersed into the lives of the Bennett family.

What Kitty Did Next focuses on daughter Catherine, also known
Tammy Buchli
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Closer to 3 1/2 stars, really, but a fairly enjoyable Austenation featuring the neglected Kitty Bennett. Non Austen fans may not enjoy it so much, I'm afraid. No striking anachronisms, and the language and characterizations were acceptable, but it started pretty slow -- all Bonnets and Balls for the first two thirds.. Once a conflict finally arose the pace picked up a lot and I enjoyed the final resolution. I would certainly read another by this author.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with t
Bobbie Kirkland
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean in exchange for an honest review. This tale tracks the life of Catherine “Kitty” Bennet following her sisters marriages in Pride and Prejudice. Kitty takes the critical words of her father to heart and tries her best to improve herself. However, even though Kitty evolves, it takes time for her family’s perception of her to shift. As a result, Kitty finds herself at the mercy of those views.

This was an entertaining book. I liked it v
In this Pride and Prejudice sequel, Mrs Bennet has three daughters married, but what to do about the remaining two. Kitty is invited to London to join with the Bingleys. Can she take this opportunity to change. How will Lydia interfere. Does Elizabeth turn into Darcy and think she is always right and judge before knowing all the facts.
I would wish that authors would be more imaginative in their disposal of Mary Bennet who is my favourite female character. Which was really the only thing I didn'
Christine Westwood
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to see an advance copy and found this was a delight to read. The author's take on the most overlooked of the Bennett sisters was a terrific idea and she pulled it off with a very relatable story of a young woman struggling with finding her identity in the shadow of her (now married - its post 'Pride and prejudice') sisters. What impressed me was the lovely funny, delicate and touching style, and how the author totally nailed the language, mores and environment of Austren's England. F ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank netgalley and RedDoor Publishing for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Kablean's prose is the closest I have ever found to Austen's. This book is so well written and the characters are true to Austen's creations and even fit into the ending she had imagined herself.
It did start a little slow, but by the end I was loving it.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was born and raised in London, and came to Sydney in 1990. I love both cities - shame they are so far apart.
I have always loved reading and when I was a kid and the mobile library made its weekly stop nearby I read anything in the historical fiction genre I could get my hands on. Especially loved Tudor England. Then Jane Austen came into my life, and never left. And I started working my way thro

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