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. ...more
This is a re-read of the book and on the whole I enjoye ...more
I did find this to be an interesting characterization of Mary. We start of with the staunch version of the character and over the course of the book, see her grow and become more flexible. I thought it was a saying but maybe it was just said on a tv show about how an unyielding branc ...more
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 ...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
Given that this book is essentially Pride and Prejudice fan fiction written by a nun, I went into it with tempered expectations. I was not disappointed, but I was also not blown out of the water. Although the style is somewhat reminiscent of Austen--an omniscient narrator, a focus on events, development of relationships over a span of time--the tone was not. Austen's narrative voice is arch and amused, inviting the reader to laugh at the frailties of human nature. Ward's tone, by cont ...more
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.
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 ...more
The novel's c ...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