The Other Bennet Sister
Jane fans rejoice . . . Exceptional storytelling and a true delight. --Helen Simonson, author of the New York Times bestselling novels Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Summer Before the War
Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice's five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own.
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"An immersive and engaging new version of a familiar world . . . at once true to the source material and to life . . . Hadlow's great achievement is to shift our sympathies so completely that . . . it's difficult not to race through those final pages, desperate to know if [Mary] will, after all, be allowed--will allow herself--a happy ending."
--Jo Baker, The Guardian
-O, The Oprah Magazine Debut novelist Hadlow manages it with aplomb.... [writing] with sensitivity, emotional clarity, and a quiet edge of social criticism Austen would have relished. Entertaining and thoroughly engrossing.
--Kirkus (starred review) "Absolutely magical. . . . It is a marvel that The Other Bennet Sister is [Hadlow's] first novel. Her writing is elegant and wry, the story wise and engrossing."
--BookPage (starred review) [A] spectacular debut. . . . Writing in prose with the crisp liveliness of Austen's own, Hadlow remains true to the characterizations in Pride and Prejudice without letting them limit her. . . . This will delight Janeites as well as lovers of nuanced female coming-of-age tales.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Delightful. . . . This is a charming and enchanting story . . . [that readers of Pride and Prejudice] will love, as will historical fiction readers looking for intelligent heroines with agency and heart.
--Library Journal (starred review) "Satisfyingly evocative of [Pride and Prejudice] and yet strikingly contemporary. . . . Hadlow grafts a contemporary coming-of-age story onto a literary masterpiece . . . building upon what Austen had achieved--writing boldly and honestly about women's lives."
-The Christian Science Monitor Gorgeous. . . . [The Other Bennet Sister] is a wonderfully, warm, comforting read--perfect on a winter's night.
--The Sun (UK) Impeccably researched, this lifts Mary from obscurity, as she breaks out of her mother's world and follows her own path.
--Daily Mail "Heartfelt. . . . A triumphant novel that is determined, romantic, and hopeful."
--Medium A heroine that even Ms. Austen would approve of. A treat for--and for anyone else who likes their fiction to have sense and sensibility.
--Daisy Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of The American Heiress and Victoria Jane fans rejoice! I loved this thoroughly estimable, worthy homage to Austen. Exceptional storytelling and a true delight.
--Helen Simonson, author of the New York Times bestselling novels Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Summer Before the War