A Match For Mary Bennet: Can A Serious Young Lady Ever Find Her Way To Love?
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.
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 ...more
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.
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 she ...more
"'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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Eucharista Ward's tone and writing style fit in well with writing style of the period; The writing style wasn't totally off like Jane Austen fanfiction usually is.
As far as plot goes, the story was quite slow. It was almost as if I actually was living the two or three years that were supposed to have passed in this book while reading this book. I also expected t ...more
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 wa ...more
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 ...more
This one definitely has a much stronger ...more
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 am ...more
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 ...more
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. It was a very nice sequel that showed all of the original characters and introduced a few new faces. I cannot wait to re-read it one day, after I reread P&P, as this is the best sequel that I have come across (and I have read quite ...more
The book had me guessing several times who Mary might marry. ha ha.
It was interesting to see her personality and prejudices change during the story.
I would highly recommend this book for the author's writing style and the topic.