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A Match For Mary Bennet: Can A Serious Young Lady Ever Find Her Way To Love?

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  49 reviews

A unique and inspirational Pride and Prejudice sequel that will resonate with all readers who can relate to Mary Bennet's determination to live according to God's wishes

Written by a Franciscan nun, this is a sympathetic tale of the middle Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice. Pious Mary Bennet tries to do her duty in the world as she thinks God envisions it.

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Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
At last, an Austen follow-on by a modern author who can write grammatical English and respect the original characters and story, while adding depth and development to Austen's universe! I never thought I'd see the day.

I must admit that while P and P is not my favourite of the Austen canon, I've always had a fellow-feeling for Mary, and whenever I've read it or seen a film/series adaptation, always wondered why the Bennets didn't think of offering to let Mr Collins marry Mary. Granted, Mr B. woul
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Katie
Hmmm. I did like parts of this a lot, but ultimately, it was pretty long and the love story wasn't set up quite well enough.

But I'm glad it exists. Mary is probably the sister I relate most to, really, and it was nice to see her growth. And the book itself feels very Austen-like.
Laurel
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jane Austen’s minor character Mary Bennet is not exactly heroine material. With only eight passages of dialogue in Pride and Prejudice she has made a lasting impression on readers over the centuries as a pious young woman who often insensitively offers advice of “threadbare morality” to her family at the most inopportune moments. Author Eucharista Ward has taken a bold step in devoting an entire novel to this pedantic and socially clueless young lady. She is not the first to tread this path. Las ...more
Susan
A Pride and Prejudice sequel which concentrates on Mary Bennet, though the lives of other Bennets are included. I admit that Mary, with the Colonel, are my two favourite characters. This story is where Mary learns of her mistakes concerning her family and spends her time mainly with her two older sisters at their estates. I enjoyed reading about these, and the new characters added to the story. I found the style of writing very easy to read.
This is a re-read of the book and on the whole I enjoye
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Susan
Nov 06, 2009 added it
I liked the character of Mary (and especially the fact that the author didn't feel compelled to transform her into a beauty, as did Colleen McCullough in her own Austen spinoff). I did find the pacing a little slow, and I think the novel would have been better if the author had jettisoned some of the subplots and some of the minor characters and spent more time on the main characters and the love story.
Baja Janeite
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mary Bennet is quite satisfied. Now that Lizzy and Jane have married wealthy men, Mary can ignore her mother’s schemes to find Mary a husband. She can withdraw into her music and books. She no longer has to worry about her fate when Longbourn is invaded by the Collins’ family. She need never marry. Well, at least that is what Mary hopes…



Two very different men become part of Mary’s life.



Stephen Oliver, gentle and intuitive, glories in his vocation as a minister. He asks Mary to help him, but s
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Serena
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen lovers
Eucharista Ward O.S.F.'s A Match for Mary Bennet is delightful and reminiscent of the regency craftswoman Jane Austen herself. The novel's pace is dead on, unfurling Mary Bennet's character slowly, allowing readers to sit with her, getting to know her mind, her choices and motivations, and her true heart's desire.

"'I fell asleep in Inferno, and the candle went out. I awoke in Purgatorio. But all the light is on now. I have found Paradiso.'" (Page 323 of ARC)

With her older sisters, Jane and Eliza
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Debbie
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Shelves: historical, romance
This novel is a historical romance set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It's a "sequel" focusing on Mary Bennet and, to a lesser extent, her sisters. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book.

The story was written in much the same tone and style as Pride and Prejudice, and the author stays true to the characters and events of that book. The pacing was a bit slower than most modern novels, but it's consistent with the pacing of Jane Austen novels. The world-building was excellent with ma
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skein
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This was written by a nun. Does that make a difference? (yes.) Should it make a difference? (no.)
(maybe.)

A charming novel, albeit slow, and a generally thoughtful Austen spin-off that doesn't try (and fail) to imitate. I appreciate (because it is so rare.) the calm development of Mary's character, and her change from a young lady who understands only music and The Word Of God to a woman who learns to value also the companionship of love, and family, and her own human capability. (And her implie
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Alana
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it
While I like this book okay there were some aspects to it that bugged me like characters jumping into the story suddenly and just as suddenly disappearing again never to be heard of again. Also, the book focused on Mary's over analytical perception of marriage which over time went from distorted to pleasing but when she finally marries herself you don't find out what she finally thought about it. Grrr! Overall I thought it was a nice read with a loose end from Pride and Prejudice tied up in to a ...more
Rebecca
May 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found it to be rather dull and predictable. However, it was readable- meaning I was at least able to finish it.
Doris
One of the better Pride & Prejudice sequelae. ...more
Ashley-Marie
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I started this simply because I wanted a Mary story. I went in fully aware that this book is written by a nun, and that's not really my cup of tea. But, oh my! Did I love this book! Though staying true to Austen's characters, I found this book interesting, and funny, and charming, with a lovable and very relatable Mary. The book takes place over a few years, and follows all the Bennets through their lives, with births, balls, and going to church. I loved the very realistic lives of characters ...more
Alethea
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jane-austen
This P&P companion novel was written by a former nun, so I should have expected the heavily-Christian undertone throughout. Mary seems overly rigid and entirely uninteresting, completely satisfied with the single life and dozens of religious platitudes with which she can judge her neighbors and relations. Her ultimate love-match is predictable, in that the author leaves few choices, but despite its obvious approach, it is still too sudden. Mary speaks not once of any attraction to Mr. Oliver, an ...more
Kate
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's always fabulous to revisit characters I loved from Pride and Prejudice, even written from a slightly different perspective, which is what I found in books such as the excellent books "The Other Bennet Sister" and "Mary B". This book, however, is not like those ones. By the end, the characters words and actions were so far removed that they bore no relation -- with the exception of Lydia -- to the originals. An entertaining although long read from the regency era, but with many word and acti ...more
Nina De Lorenzo
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book as the author’s purpose was to tie up all the lose ends of Pride and Prejudice- which she did very well! The hero of this story is Mary Bennet who evolves beautifully over the course of the book. She starts off much as she was in P&P, serious and honest but more blindly trusting of others than her own discernments. I loved watching her grow in wisdom to match her intelligence! This is my first foray into Jane Austin sequels and it sets a high bar. ...more
Gigi Black
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book does justice to Austen’s work, here Mary Bennet has a gorgeous character development and actually has a great resemblance to the original Mary in Pride and prejudice. Lovely written a bit slow at times but it makes sense for the main character herself goes slow.

I absolutely recommend any Austen lover to read this if you wanna see a possible future for Mary Bennet after the events of Pride and prejudice.
Karen Sofarin
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the more enjoyable Austen sequels I have read. Interesting with an occasional delight.
Gyoza
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
The premise is interesting but I found the book much too slowly paced and without the nuanced, sometimes wry observations of Austen on her characters and their society. It seemed like the author spent too much time trying to develop detailed plot lines and not enough on making the characters seem real or bringing out insightful commentary about their situations. I lost interest and bailed out about halfway through. Not surprised, though. Jane Austen is a hard act to follow.
Donna
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Considering the fact that I've resisted P&P sequels on principle, I have to say that I did enjoy reading this book. However, I have to consider it in two separate ways--1. As a Regency novel in its own right and 2. As a Jane Austen wannabe sequel.
First, when considered in its own right, the book is delightful. The characters are mostly interesting and the plot is believable for the most part. However, I did feel that the resolution between the two main characters was too easy and happened way to
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Marcia
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked this book but didn't love it. I thought it was better than other Jane Austen fiction I've read. At times for me it gave too much detail. The characters where I thought where well done and very similar to the originals. I like the way Mary matured and grew through the book. Overall it wasn't too bad.
Anna
Jun 09, 2009 added it
Shelves: austenesque
I didn’t have extremely high expectations for A Match for Mary Bennet, given that Mary isn’t the most exciting or engaging character in Pride and Prejudice, but I thought it would be entertaining to find out how the least marriageable Bennet sister handles the marriage-obsessed Mrs. Bennet (one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever encountered) after Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia all are married off. But the book completely blew me away. Eucharista Ward completely “gets” Jane Austen. The langua ...more
Keishua
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite continuations. Well done and fun!
Alice
At first glance, this book is charming as it reunites the cast of Pride and Prejudice. The main plot of the novel is Mary's growth and maturity. Her falling in love and getting married is more of a subplot in this novel, and I'm okay with that. The new characters also add a freshness to this story. That said, it never raises to the heights that Austen's novel does. On its own merits, the plot is overdrawn, and the characters that Ward didn't create are shadows of their former glory.

The novel's c
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Carole Rae
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This book has been sitting on my shelf since 2010. Waaaaaaaay too long. Now I regret it.

I always felt for Mary and I've read few books that give her a HEA and that is why I picked this up. Young Carole was Mary - serious and kinda prudish. Now that I'm older I'm more like Lizzie. But I am so happy Mary got a good book and a HEA.

The beginning is very, very deceiving. The Colonel gets a few pages of having a POV - which had me thinking he was going to be one of the young men in a bid for heart, w
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Becky Wooler
Set after the events of Pride & Prejudice, this story explores Mary and her thoughts on marriage as she observes those of her sisters. She also becomes acquainted with two young men–one who is addicted to gambling and overtly courts her as a means to his inheritance, and one who is a clergyman in the parish where Pemberley is located–and her relationships with both of them, as well as her faith, test her resolve that she has no need or desire to marry.

This one definitely has a much stronger focu
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Victoria
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
After reading this novel, I read many of the reviews and while I don't share the same rating, I share many of the same sentiments.

It was great to see a story about Mary, and I find that Ward did a very good job with her characterization. She did Mary Bennet and Jane Austen a great credit. I found the prose to be well written and not bogged down with historical inaccuracies.

I enjoyed the Darcy & Elizabeth that we saw in the story. They weren't out of character and there was just the right amount
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Zette
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eucharista Ward does a wonderful job of continuing the P&P story and staying true to the time period, the style and the standards of Jane Austin. This is my first P&P sequel and I didn't expect to like the book but thought it would be interesting to see how someone else would continue the saga of the Bennet sisters. Although Mary began as the prudish, bookish and overly pious young lady she was when Darcy and Elizabeth married, she transforms throughout the story into a likeable, young woman who ...more
Brooke
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this "sequel" and the depth that it added to Mary and surprisingly, to Mrs. Bennett. The characters were in keeping with the original, along with the language and writing style for the most part.
Two quotes I loved:

"Inconveniences she could predict displeased her far less than did surprising ones."

"By then, he had found her and proposed to her more times than she had bothered to count. These proposals had come at times off-handedly, at times pleadingly, at times with simulated p
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Chelsea
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
As always, I am drawn to anything Austen. I enjoyed the author's exploration of Mary Bennet's character. She allowed for a kinder interpretation than one derives from Pride and Prejudice. Instead of being stuffy, unoriginal, and studious only because she was no match in beauty to her sisters, Mary is simply serious, reflective, and utterly guileless (and a bit gullible). Throughout the story, Mary's character is allowed to mature into a woman more capable of reading people and determining their ...more
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