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The Other Bennet Sister
The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel | Janice Hadlow
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Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudices five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own. What if Mary Bennets life took a different path from that laid out for her in Pride and Prejudice? What if the frustrated intellectual of the Bennet family, the marginalized middle daughter, the plain girl who takes refuge in her books, eventually found the fulfillment enjoyed by her prettier, more confident sisters? This is the plot of Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister, a debut novel with exactly the affection and authority to satisfy Jane Austen fans. Ultimately, Marys journey is like that taken by every Austen heroine. She learns that she can only expect joy when she has accepted who she really is. She must throw off the false expectations and wrong ideas that have combined to obscure her true nature and prevented her from what makes her happy. Only when she undergoes this evolution does she have a chance at finding fulfillment; only then does she have the clarity to recognize her partner when he presents himselfand only at that moment is she genuinely worthy of love. Marys destiny diverges from that of her sisters. It does not involve broad acres or landed gentry. But it does include a man; and, as in all Austen novels, Mary must decide whether he is the truly the one for her. In The Other Bennet Sister, Mary is a fully rounded charactercomplex, conflicted, and often uncertain; but also vulnerable, supremely sympathetic, and ultimately the protagonist of an uncommonly satisfying debut novel.
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emmaturi
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1. Well it depends on the length of my holiday. From 1 to 5 books.

2. Yes always and I usually leave them in the place I stay.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView How nice that you leave books for others. Thanks for playing! 3w
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lirahlu

I HATE giving up on books but life is too short to read books you don't enjoy so I threw this one in the DNF folder. I felt so sorry for Mary and while she often is ignored I was too depressed by her story after reading a third of the book to continue.

eeclayton I finished and overall enjoyed it, but I can see why one could give up on it. It's definitely very wordy. 3w
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eeclayton
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Some characters were different from how I would imagine them, and the P&P references/quotes were amusing in the beginning but became cringy after a while. The whole book is a bit too long, with especially the final drama going on and on forever.
That said, it was an enjoyable read with lots of empathy towards the other Bennet sister, and Mary Bennet absolutely deserves this novel.
Thanks for hosting the buddy read @StayCurious 😊
#pemberlittens

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StayCurious
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#Pemberlittens Ch.93-95 Whew, we did it! Finally, our prayers are answered and Mary and Tom actually speak to each other honestly about their feelings, and he proposes! Thank heavens because they‘re perfect for each other and I really wanted to see Mary happy. We hear that Ryder ran off with Caroline (😲), Mrs.B gets the satisfaction of seeing all her daughters married, and I think we can safely say that Mary and Tom get their HEA. A great ending!

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BarkingMadRun Loved the ending and couldn‘t help feeling a little sorry for Caroline, who ended up living in sin 1mo
julieclair I must admit I was a little surprised about Caroline Bingley! She really must have been quite desperate. And I was so happy that Mary and Tom finally worked up the guts to share their feelings with each other! 1mo
KristiAhlers The Caroline thing really surprised me. I found this to be such a satisfying read! I was honestly hesitant but I‘m so glad I did this buddy read! 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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I loved this book about the middle sister in Pride and Prejudice. The first third is from the novel and the rest is just Mary‘s own story.

I loved reading about Mary finding out who she is and learn more about her.

And an author how make Mr Collins seem like a nice guy is definitely doing something right.

#PemberLittens
@sprainedbrain

I loved your daily summaries and memes @StayCurious

Andrea313 I love this cover! 😍 1mo
sprainedbrain What a gorgeous edition! I loved it too. ❤️ 1mo
AnneCecilie @Andrea313 @sprainedbrain I loved the cover too. 1mo
StayCurious Thanks for reading with me! 1mo
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Pickpick

I couldn't resist finishing this one up last night! I really enjoyed Mary's story, especially reading at the chapter-a-day pace with the #pemberlittens - I just had to get through the last bit and witness Mary's ending! I liked all the new development that this author gave to the smaller characters from P&P and I loved all the little nods to the original story scattered throughout.
Very enjoyable read, thanks for your fun daily posts @StayCurious

StayCurious I‘ve been so tempted to just finish lol! Very close now! 1mo
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StayCurious
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#Pemberlittens Ch.85-88 - Back in London, Mary waits desperately for Tom to make contact but he‘s MIA. She does see a lot of Ryder, though, and unfortunately her mother comes for a visit. Mrs.B senses prey in Ryder and attacks - trying to get him to propose to her last unmarried daughter, even when Mary begs her to stop. Ryder does tell Mary he wants to run away with her- and thank heavens she declines because it isn‘t marriage he‘s looking for😳

BarkingMadRun That guy 🙄🙄 1mo
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Karons1 Bloody love ❤️ that book 📕 one or the best Austen take offs Iv ever read - it‘s a long one but so so worth it ! Poor Mary , Caroline bingley is one of the most horrible 😣women in literature ! Enjoy 😊 1mo
Christyco125 Let‘s explore free love in Italy. What!?! 1mo
julieclair Ryder. Such a rake! 👎 1mo
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StayCurious
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#Pemberlittens Ch.81-84 A storm‘s brewing on the mountainside. The guide and Tom insist they must head down but the rest of the party (ugh - Mary included) resist. They stay, get soaked and Tom is angry - and rightfully so. Why must Mary be so stubborn? Tom leaves their holiday with nothing but a note and Mary is heartbroken. Can she repair the damage done? Or is it too late for them?

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TheAromaofBooks
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It's amazing how you can find #ThingsInCommon between two books that are really 100% opposites 😂 @Clwojick

Clwojick Agreed! I had so much fun planning my month. Some books are complete opposites yet still had the same word in the title, or similar cover colours. Such an easy challenge, but it‘s been so fun. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Pickpick

I couldn't resist finishing this one, mostly because Mary was driving me CRAZY these last couple of days! 😂 I overall really enjoyed this one, but I am not sure I would have liked it as much if I hadn't been reading just two chapters a day, because the story was really slow in parts, which I think would have bogged me down more if I had been reading this all in one go. 463 pages was just tooooo long for the amount of story we have here. I did ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) like Mary and felt like she grew as a person, but some of the other characters felt uneven (especially Charlotte - felt like sending her into bitch mode was a bit strong) and the final drama went on rather too long for my liking. So one that I liked but not one I see myself rereading. However, I'm super glad the #PemberLittens chose this one, as it has been fun to see everyone else's thoughts as well!! 1mo
Roary47 Awesome! 😊💛 1mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1mo
Clwojick Woohoooo! 1mo
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melissajayne
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Misplaced my copy of the book so I ordered a new copy of the book.

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Smarkies
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Pickpick

A little draggy in parts but overall a pleasant read.
I loved joining the author on this book of the overlooked Bennet sister.
Read for #pemberlittens but also considering this for #aboutsisters for #booked2022

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Christyco125
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I‘ve been doing a read along of this but I couldn‘t stay at the 2 chapter a day pace. (Discovered an unknown #readinghabit) The first half of the book includes some of the P&P story from Mary‘s perspective and details after that gives her character more depth. It is was hard in many places because it was so sad at the beginning but like an Austen novel this heroine gets a satisfying end as well.

#Pantone2022 #AutumnBlonde #Midnight

Clwojick Wow! Those are near perfect matches! Awesome! 2mo
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I‘m between pick and so-so, but I‘ll round up. It was hard to read the early sections with Mary getting mistreated by everyone (Mrs. Bennet is just awful, and Charlotte‘s a queen bitch), but when Mary moves in with the Gardiners things got much better. What I disliked was the bits “borrowed” from Austen novels (Caroline Bingley and Mary have a Lady Catherine and Lizzy exchange, there‘s a Knightley-esque declaration), which might be 👇🏻

ravenlee something other readers particularly do like, it just didn‘t sit right for me. The last section felt more like a traditional romance-novel conflict and resolution, but it worked. Overall a solid read with the #PemberLittens and second finish for #20in4 2mo
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StayCurious
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#Pemberlittens Ch.33&34 - Mary arrives at Pemberley and is happy and bonding with Lizzy until Darcy returns with his sister Georgiana-Lizzy‘s new BFF. Mary realizes there‘s no place in their bliss bubble for her so she heads to Longbourne to visit Charlotte Collins. Maybe the former spinster can give her advice on her future. Maybe, after she gives Mary the tour of all the improvements she‘s made to her former home - kinda rude, no?

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BarkingMadRun Charlotte is so disappointing, and yet I‘m not surprised. I think she‘s enjoying this a little too much! 2mo
Christyco125 Does Mary‘s life never improve? Almost halfway through the book and it has been a lot of sadness and misery. I‘m really hoping for an upswing soon. 2mo
StayCurious @Christyco125 I agree completely- it‘s so depressing. But I‘ve heard it gets better. 2mo
Smarkies I thought that this was the point at which her life turned. But it was not to be. 😞😞 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I can't see Darcy being uncomfortable having Mary at Pemberley. First off the place is huge, it's not like she's underfoot. Second of all his sister is already living there. Darcy is nothing but honorable. Giving unmarried female relations a home is what a Gentleman did. I think he would try to make Mary welcome albeit in his quiet manner. Perhaps this is a bit of Unreliable Narration on Mary's part and used to move the story along. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig ^also I'm not rereading but this is what I remember and have in my Goodreads Review. One of the reasons it was 4 stars for me not 5. 2mo
StayCurious @Crinoline_Laphroaig I also wonder how much is what Mary perceives because of how her self esteem is so low 2mo
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StayCurious
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#Pemberlittens Ch.25&26 It‘s the Netherfield Ball and the Bennets come crashing through polite society like the Kool Aid man crashes through a wall - it‘s messy, and there will be a lot to clean up afterwards. Mr.Collins oversteps, Mrs.Bennet loudly gossips - Elizabeth is ashamed, Mr.Bennet is amused - but don‘t worry, Mary‘s singing will surely win the night and smooth ruffled feathers. Right?

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I'm not usually big on variations and adaptations, but so glad I decided to read this with the #pemberlittens. I found it super absorbing (if a wee bit too long) and an so glad the slighted Mary got the chance to be her own heroine and make her own happiness in this accomplished book.

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I enjoyed this rehabilitation of Mary Bennet, the much maligned, bespectacled sister of the Bennet family in Austen's Pride & Prejudice. My main issue with it was that it was far too long & went over the same path repeatedly, & I felt like I could do without some of the mawkish sermonising in places. But otherwise it was absorbing & entertaining. I wouldn't have minded a single, revolutionary Mary Bennet, though! However, Marriage Is Everything.

LeahBergen Nice review (and I agree on all points)! 2mo
BiblioLitten I agree! I bailed on this halfway hoping to pick it up later but I had the same thoughts. 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you 😘 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I can understand bailing, I almost thought I might not continue during the initial bit (the rehashing of P&P events through Mary's eyes). But the author builds on that to show Mary's development as a character so that worked out in the end :) 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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I am so very bad at #ChapterADay #ReadALongs, especially when I. have to borrow the book. Anyway finished this one yesterday. I enjoyed it. I was thinking it would be a “so so“ because I felt so sad for Mary the whole time! And so mad at her momma!

Continue to look forward to the #PemberLittens discussions though :) @StayCurious

#the52BookClub2022 Prompt : Jane Austen Inspired

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Q84
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Started this one last night.

#pimberlitten

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staci.reads
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What a fantastic take on one of the most underdeveloped characters in literature! I've read Pride and Prejudice countless times and rarely given Mary Bennet a second thought, so I was not prepared to find this book and Mary's story so wonderfully engaging. Mary is the heroine I never knew I needed! I'm so glad this was one of the #pemberlittens chosen books this month!

LeahBergen Yes!! It was delightful. 😊 2mo
sprainedbrain It‘s so good! 2mo
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LeahBergen
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This was an exceptionally well-done pastiche of Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, telling the story of the much maligned bookish sister, Mary. Only the first third of this novel covers the same ground as the classic and then we jump two years ahead and see events after the death of Mr Bennet.

It‘s perhaps a trifle long but this author knows her stuff. She wrote one of my favourite Georgian era biographies of the last few years, The Strangest Family.

staci.reads I'm about 3/4of the way through, and I'm loving it! And I never like P&P adaptations. 2mo
MaureenMc I‘m loving this one, too! I‘m hoping Hadlow writes more fiction in the future. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @staci.reads I feel the same way about adaptations (probably because they usually focus on Lizzy and I seldom find that they get her quite right)! Mary‘s character is much more open to interpretation. 2mo
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LeahBergen @MaureenMc I was thinking the very same thing. 👍 2mo
readordierachel Oh good! I have this one on my shelf. 2mo
LeahBergen @readordierachel It would be a nice easy palate cleanser if you‘ve been reading something heavy. 👍 2mo
batsy It's really absorbing, isn't it? And my criticism at the start was that she was taking Mary's characteristics as a given as an Austen character, but then the book branched out beautifully in a different way, letting Mary become her own character. It's really well done. I've still got a bit to go because it is a bit long 😅 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Yes, exactly! And it could have been trimmed down a wee bit, I thought. 😆 2mo
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emmaturi
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Happy International Women's Day! This is just some of the many books by women authors that I still need to read. #tbr

readordierachel I really liked Frannie Langton 👍🏼 2mo
emmaturi Ok, I have had for years and should really get to it! @readordierachel 2mo
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Andrea313
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Mary endures two chapters of post-dance shame and regret for dancing with Mr. Sparrow. Surprise, surprise, her mother and Lydia are both horrifically condescending and snide to her, and Mary internalizes their criticism once again, deciding that since she cannot trust her traitorous heart not to get her into trouble, she will henceforth read only instructive texts and be solely head-driven. Gah, this poor girl! #PemberLittens

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ElizaMarie
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My husband and I do this a lot. I love it when he recommends a book for me. He has gotten me into so many lovely books!

#PemberLittens @StayCurious
The Other Bennet Sister

StayCurious That‘s awesome! 2mo
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melissajayne
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1. The Other Bennet Sister, Hamnet and Judith, The Last Rose of Shanghai

2. Library Holds; I do browse from time to time.

3. Anxious People, The One Hundred Years of Lenin and Margot, Bringing Down the Duke, The Silence of the Girls

#weekendreads

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Andrea313
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Man, Mary just cannot catch a break from her scrutinizing, critical mother who is a heinous bitch about Mary dancing with kind John Sparrow- after all, his father is only an oculist who keeps a shop with a bell on the door! UGH. Whenever I'm confronted with this disgusting classism in period novels, I always think of the sweet, wonderful, wise Betsy Ray, who asks, "How can she love money so much and yet despise the good hard work which earns it?"

ElizaMarie Yes!! ALL the time! 3mo
mollyrotondo Wow great quote. It‘s true. If money is earned by hard work it‘s low class but if it‘s inherited by a past generation‘s hard work then it‘s high class 🙄 get over yourselves people! I wonder if Mrs Bennet knew John was making plans to become a doctor if she‘d fell differently about him? 2mo
Andrea313 @mollyrotondo Somehow I still don't think Mrs. B would be impressed by his becoming a doctor; he's still not from a "good" family and has no inherited wealth. And if Mary was the first sister to marry, would she see it as setting a precedent for the other girls and the types of men who could expect to come courting? 2mo
mollyrotondo @Andrea313 ahhh yes to Mrs Bennet this would set a bad precedent for the rest of the girls. It‘s just awful for Mary. To her mother she‘s not pretty enough for a man and yet if she is to Mary it must be to a man that would never look beyond her appearance. Her mother is just setting Mary up for a lonely life. 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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Sometimes, I don't know if this book is for me. I mean... I don't hate it (by any means) but it's just so so depressing to me.

#PemberLittens @StayCurious
The Other Bennet Sister

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It is a sad fact in life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come to the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful.

#FirstLineFridays a day late
@ShyBookOwl

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ElizaMarie
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Awe... “If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you going to love anyone else“

#PemberLittens @StayCurious
The Other Bennet Sister

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AllDebooks
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#bookspinbingo picks for March. I have a good feeling about this month. 🤞❤📚😁

#bookspin 19
#doublespin 3

Thank you for all your hard work organising this fun game @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I don't read many Austen adaptations, but I'm glad to be reading this! The beginning shows much of what we already know about the Bennets, but also makes us think about the girls' childhoods, positing that Jane, Lizzy, and Mary used to be thick as thieves. But Mrs. B's treatment of Mary as an ugly ducking made her withdraw into herself, and isolated her within her own family. The writing feels very true, and heartbreaking, and I'm already hooked.

batsy That's the bit that I found sad, too—she knows she's not really valued by her mother and she's also outside of the two pairs of sisters. And with a father who can't be much bothered. 3mo
sprainedbrain I‘m just here to say that‘s an excellent meme. 🙌🏼 3mo
nanuska_153 😂😂😂 3mo
ElizaMarie I love it!! 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Let‘s see what Janice thinks Mary is up to! #buddyread #pemberlittens

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melissajayne
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My #bookspinbingo list for March

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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ElizaMarie
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I am enjoying this one but... it's super slow-moving for me. Maybe I don't care about this sister? Really like this quote though :)

#PemberLittens @StayCurious

BiblioLitten I understand what you mean.. it moved too slowly for me and I kept the book aside for the time being. I might pick it up. I feel guilty saying that even in this book I was more interested in the other sisters 🙈 3mo
ElizaMarie @BiblioLitten Ha! Yeah me too. I mean I just find Mary not as interesting. But ... I do feel bad for her.. but then again.. do I want to read a whole book because I feel sorry for the main character? 3mo
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StayCurious
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Hello fellow #Pemberlittens! I‘m so excited because @sprainedbrain has graciously allowed me to lead the readalong for one of our books in March/April, The Other Bennet Sister. I‘ve never read this one so I‘m really looking forward to discovering it with you all. Please let me know if you want to be tagged in my daily posts. I will be reading 2 chapters a day starting March 1. @LitsyEvents

ravenlee I‘m in! Please tag me. I don‘t know if I‘ll keep with the chapters a day schedule as it‘s a library book, but I‘ll definitely be reading. 3mo
melissajayne I‘d like to be tagged 3mo
MaureenMc Count me in! Thank you! 😊 3mo
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BarkingMadRun Tag me!!! Can‘t wait! 3mo
AnneCecilie I would love to be tagged 😊 3mo
Andrea313 Feel free to tag me; can wait to read along! 3mo
LeahBergen Count me in! 3mo
peanutnine I'll be reading along! Would love to be tagged in your posts 🙂 3mo
MeganAnn Looking forward to reading this one! I‘d love to be tagged. 3mo
mollyrotondo I would love to be tagged. Thank you!! 3mo
inthegreensandblues I'd like to be tagged, please. Thank you for leading! 3mo
eeclayton Please tag me ☺️ I'm looking forward to reading this with you all ☺️ 3mo
Christyco125 Tag me please. So excited. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Please put me on your tag list!!! My copy came in from the library yesterday so I'm excited to read along!! 3mo
katy4peas Tag me please!! 😊 so excited to read this one! 3mo
IndoorDame Please tag me! 😊 3mo
sprainedbrain Please add @DebinHawaii to your tag list! 😊 3mo
DebinHawaii Yes please! 🤗 3mo
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The #Pemberlittens Austen adaptation for March/April is The Other Bennet Sister. I read this P&P variation not so long ago (loved it!), and it‘s a bit soon for a reread for me.

@StayCurious will be leading the readalong. This book has 95 chapters, and I believe Renee is planning two chapters per day, starting 3/1.

Tagging those who have expressed interest in comments. If you want to be added or removed from the list for this book, let us know!

ElizaMarie I‘m a bit ahead … but I‘m really enjoying them!!! 3mo
sprainedbrain @ElizaMarie I saw your posts! I‘m so glad you‘re liking it. I still think about that book. ❤️ 3mo
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ravenlee I‘m in for this one, thought it‘s a library book so I don‘t know if I‘ll do the 2/day schedule or just read it through. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read this @ 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m going to try to do this one, too. 👍 3mo
jenniferw88 I'm probably just going to read this through, as it's a kindle book. (Chapter a day is easier for me if it's print). 3mo
inthegreensandblues I'm really looking forward to this! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm planning to read this one as long as it comes in at the library!! 3mo
mollyrotondo I already bought it! Lol I will definitely participate in 2 chapters a day @StayCurious thank you! 3mo
MaureenMc Looking forward to heading back to Longbourn! 😁 3mo
MeganAnn Already ordered a copy of this. Hopefully it arrives on time! Not sure I can handle the chapter a day schedule for 3 books though so I may just read it through as well. 3mo
katy4peas I‘m in! 3mo
eeclayton My copy arrives last week so I'm good to go ☺️ Like @MeganAnn I'm having second thoughts about juggling 3 books chapter-a-day style, though. 3mo
DebinHawaii Please tag me. I have had this one on my Kindle for a while now. 🤗 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted Yes, still in! I love this book. 3mo
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ElizaMarie
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I love Mary's love of reading!

#PemberLittens

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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check out my review of The Other Bennet Sister for Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday Blog. I gave a shout out to the Pemberlittens. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-the-other-bennet-sister

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ElizaMarie
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Poor Mary just wants to see.

#PemberLittens

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ElizaMarie
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This is a pretty chunky read! I just read Chapter 1 to get a “fill“ for if I will commit. So far... I believe I will.

#PemberLittens

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kathedron
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A chunkster about an overlooked bookworm? Yes, please! Despite its 600+ pages it was a quick, easy read. It soon gets very "tropey" and no spectacles are needed to see clearly where the plot is headed. It could be said that this book is to Pride and Prejudice as Mary is to Elizabeth: verbose and lacking wit and sparkle. On another day, then, it would merit a solid so-so but I wanted something undemanding (for a change) and it delivered.

BiblioLitten I couldn‘t finish it. I was rooting for Mary but I kept comparing it to Pride and Prejudice and that‘s when this wasn‘t enough. I might pick it up again. 4mo
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kathedron
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Thus spoke Elizabeth Bennet!
Ha! 😆

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Kdgordon88
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#12Booksof2021 #June

This didn‘t make my top #21of2021 but it is one of the most enjoyable Pride and Prejudice adjacent books I read in 2021.

Andrew65 Great choice. 5mo
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tdrosebud
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Debra thank you soooo much for my #wintersolsticeswap package! I've been wanting to read these books for some time. I love the votive holders, the tea smells lovely, and the Santa Claus. It is just the style of Santa I like and it has a fox which is my favorite animal. Thank you very much. A very happy Solstice and holidays to you and our wonderful hosts.
@Kdgordon88 @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 🙌🤍❄️🤍🙌 5mo
Crazeedi The votive holders look beautiful!! Everything is awesome 5mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m so glad you like everything especially Father Christmas! I hope it gives some light and peace to your home. It was a fun box to put together. 5mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️

I am drawn to most retellings of Pride & Prejudice. I've recently been enjoying reading the narratives of some of the minor characters in "The Heiress" and "The Clergyman's Wife". I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so badly for disregarding Mary's character. She always seemed to have no real inner life, no hopes or aspirations. It was a bit long, tbh.

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BookishTrish
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Utterly delightful. Mary is such a well-drawn heroine that you can‘t help but hope she gets everything her heart desires. I wanted to squeal whenever any P+P characters made an appearance. Highly recommended.

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BookishTrish
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Talk dirty to me, Haywood

charl08 Lol. I did like this book. Poor Mary. 10mo
Reggie Lolol 10mo
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BiblioLitten
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My weekend is booked with the other Bennet sister. Didn‘t quite get to know her well before. I love how Mary‘s character is developing and whenever the other characters are mentioned I feel as if someone is talking about my friends. 💙

#currentlyreading
#letstalkaboutMary
#classicaltwist

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Schlinkles
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For this month‘s Jane Austen book club

charl08 Loved this one: hope you have a great discussion. 11mo
janeycanuck I really enjoyed this one, hope you do, too! 11mo
sbains1980 So good! Enjoy ❤️ 11mo
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