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The Other Bennet Sister
The Other Bennet Sister | Janice Hadlow
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June 29 #BookMoods Set in another century @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Great choice💙💙 2mo
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I'm not usually into these books as I find the way woman were treated as sad. I would never have survived in this world. These books are so predictable as you know the couple would eventually find their true love. #NSR221 @Nessavamusic This is a Historical Romance

StayCurious I thought it made for a good sequel 3mo
LiseWorks @StayCurious I did too! 3mo
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#Pemberlittens What a great continuation to our beloved P&P. Mary is a great character and deserves to have her story told. The author did a great job of immersing us into Austen‘s world. Thank you to @sprainedbrain for allowing me to lead our read through and thank you to those who read along with me! See you all for the next Austen-esque read!

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Smarkies This was a fun read! Thanks for your chapter recap. 😄 4mo
AllDebooks TOBS is not a book I would ordinarily choose but I loved it and Mary. Your chapter breakdowns were great, accurate and amusing. Thank you for hosting. Now, what's next?.... 4mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for leading such a great discussion! ❤️ 4mo
DebinHawaii You did such a great job hosting. I had to read ahead but I loved seeing your chapter recaps! This is one of my favorites now—go Mary! 🤩 4mo
julieclair Thank you for leading our discussion! I always looked forward to your posts... Guaranteed to make me smile and occasionally laugh out loud. Such fun! And a great discussion as well. 👍 4mo
KristiAhlers I had so much fun. You did a great job hosting! I can‘t wait for the next read! 4mo
Ruthiella Thanks for hosting! I enjoyed the book and the discussion around it. 😊 4mo
eeclayton I've just finished the book. I was often behind (busy period at work) but whenever I managed to catch up, I always checked out your recaps immediately and loved the memes 😂 Thanks for hosting! 4mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.91&92 Mary knows she can‘t marry Ryder when she is in love with Tom so she turns him down - Mrs.B is pissed and leaves in a huff. Mary is so depressed, and to make things worse she runs into Caroline who tells her that Ryder is now going to be rich and can Mary promise she‘ll never marry him? The nerve! At least Mary stands up for herself well. Tomorrow we finish the book and see if Tom finally makes us (er..Mary) stop waiting.

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ravenlee Ugh, Caroline is the worst. And trying to pull a Lady Catherine move when she doesn‘t have the stuff to pull it off! 4mo
BarkingMadRun Caroline is such a brat! Why does she constantly want men who don‘t want her? 4mo
ElizaMarie @BarkingMadRun Ugh YES!!! 4mo
Christyco125 I‘m glad Mary is so aggressive in a civilized manner. 4mo
KristiAhlers Caroline is so bratty why anyone puts up with her is beyond me. 4mo
KristiAhlers @Christyco125 I totally agree! 4mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.89&90 Well, Ryder comes back and apologizes for his free love no marriage idea. He actually proposes for real, the way a lady deserves. But Mary still loves Tom and doesn‘t accept right away. Her mother is badgering her to accept, no surprise there, but even her aunt says…maybe accept Ryder and be secure. Although I wonder how much money he‘d still get from Lady C de bourgh if he married Mary…either way, big decision for Mary now

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#Pemberlittens Ch.79&80 Mary and Tom climb a mountain- literally and figuratively- it seems as though their romance is an uphill struggle and it‘s all self inflicted! Can they get over themselves and the restrictions society imposes upon them in time to save their budding romance and put us readers out of our misery?

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#Pemberlittens Ch.73-78 Sorry for being MIA! The Gardiners, Tom & Mary are joined on vacation by none other than Ryder, Caroline 😬 and the Hursts. Their idyllic little party is sadly interrupted by snobbery and of course, Ryder - a competitor for Mary‘s attention. Tom is jealous and instead of simply talking to Mary about his feelings, he gives up. And Mary, instead of declaring herself, gets mad. Gah these two! So frustrating!

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julieclair Honest to goodness... If only they would just talk to each other! Or if at least one of them would talk to the other. So frustrating! 4mo
BarkingMadRun I was screaming at the book lol 4mo
peanutnine @BarkingMadRun me too! 😂😭 They are so frustrating 4mo
KristiAhlers @BarkingMadRun OMG so was I and my husband oh so casually asks “is that helping any? Are they responding to you?” 🤣 no they aren‘t and yes it is lol thank you very much. 4mo
SRWCF @KristiAhlers lol! These comments are great! 4mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.71&72 Mary, Tom and the Gardiners are having a spectacular time going around the countryside. Mary and Tom are feeling closer than ever and Mary realizes she‘s in love with him! And she thinks maybe he loves her too! Everything is coming up roses-but wait, there‘s a midnight arrival at the inn. Whoever could that be? 🙄 I think storms are in the forecast.

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#Pemberlittens Ch.69&70 The Gardiners leave on their journey to the Lake District and stop in at The Bingleys‘. Mary is at first worried about returning, but Jane greets her warmly and her mother…isn‘t terrible. They continue on their way and stop at an inn to meet up with Tom. Mary and Tom admire the scenery and he says her first name! That‘s a big deal back then! If this was a 90‘s sitcom, the audience would be saying “Oooooooooohhhhhhh!”

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MaureenMc 😂 4mo
julieclair Great meme! 😂 But oh my goodness, that photo of The Lakes. That has been a bucket list destination of mine for years. (edited) 4mo
Ruthiella Totally swoon-worthy when he calls her by her first name. ❤️ 4mo
AllDebooks That meme 🤣 You needed a lot of patience in those days at the start of a relationship!! ❤🐌❤ 4mo
LitStephanie I am not even in this discussion and love that meme. 🤣 4mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.67&68 The Gardiners are set to go on their vacation to The Lakes and Mary is very happy to hear Tom is joining them. He writes her a sweet note which proves he hasn‘t forgotten her. But before they can leave, Mary runs into Ryder who talks her into getting ices with him - and proceeds to charm her. I hope Mary doesn‘t get too confused! Stay on the path to Tom, Mary! It‘s what you/we really want! Right?

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#Pemberlittens Ch.65&66 - Tom gets a clue that Ryder is interested in Mary, and gets the impression that maybe Mary likes Ryder back! Mary likes Tom but feels good at having Ryder‘s charming attention, and wants to stick it to Caroline. But will Tom stay away now that he thinks Mary isn‘t interested in him? Will Ryder keep pursuing her? Oy, this love stuff is tricky business. Can Mary handle it? Or will she go back to the rational side of life?

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#Pemberlittens Ch.63-65 Mary and the Gardiners go to Ryder‘s for dinner and Mary is exiled to the wrong end of the table by the conniving Caroline Bingley. Caroline is determined to keep Mary away from her man (poor Ryder) and goes so far as to warn her off! But our Mary doesn‘t cower-no, she stands up tall and gives it right back to the b—ch! Yay Mary! We‘re so proud of you! Keep it up - but try to go for Tom…that‘s where your heart is happy.

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#Pemberlittens Ch.59-62 (I think I‘m caught up now) - on a few fun outings (to Vauxhall Gardens and St.Paul‘s) Mary has run-ins with a new gentlemen, Mr.Hayward‘s friend Mr.Ryder. Ooh I sense a bit of trouble from him, especially since he seems to be Caroline Bingley‘s new target…That woman is just the worst! Can Mary hold her own against this vile shrew? If she keeps seeing Ryder will that jeopardize what she‘s building with Tom?

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MaureenMc Yes, Caroline Bingley is even more horrid in this story. Perhaps just because we‘re seeing her more frequently. 5mo
julieclair Vauxhall Gardens sounds like it was a very fun place! Caroline Bingley... Definitely not fun. 😂 5mo
Christyco125 The discussion of the women of the night was interesting. And then the Ryder party shows up. Caroline Bingley is never a good sign. 5mo
eeclayton I'm surprised Miss Bingley is still unmarried. She comes from a wealthy family and as far as I remember she's good-looking. Not the nicest girl around, true, but other horrible women got husbands, too. I wonder how old she is at this point. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.55-58 Ah Poetry, the language of love! Mary and Tom exchanged books and had some wonderful discussions over their choices. Mary realizes she can feel and has the heart for poetry. And perhaps she has the heart for Tom as well. Romance could be in her future after all. But is Tom just being friendly? Perhaps she should keep her feelings to herself.

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#200PnPcovers @CrowCAH @mabell Let‘s see if I can catch up on what were supposed to be daily posts…when #parents were raising gentle ladies, they were accomplished if they could play #music. Another acceptable past time was reading #novels - but not too much and nothing too intellectual! In The Other Bennet Sister Mary much prefers “smart” books and her mother, who reads novels, disapproves.

CrowCAH Woohoo, three down in one post! 👍🏻😁 5mo
mabell Love your collage! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.51-54 As we reach the 1/2 way mark, if anyone wants to be removed from the tag list let me know - I know some of you have finished the book already🙂 Mary decides to accept Lizzy‘s gift of new clothes and she gets to go shopping with Mrs.Gardiner. They have a great time much to her surprise and they meet Mrs.Gardiner‘s cousin‘s son, Thomas Hayward. Dare I say sparks fly between Mary and Tom? Especially at her first dinner party.

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KristiAhlers There is just something about Mary that makes me smile at time. 5mo
DebinHawaii I finished (sorry—I needed it!) but still love seeing your posts! 🤗 5mo
LeahBergen I finished early but, like @DebinHawaii , I‘m still loving your posts! 5mo
Ruthiella Sparks are flying right and left! 5mo
AllDebooks I really love seeing Mary starting to blossom with a little care and attention cast her way. 5mo
ravenlee 👆🏼 I second (third?) what @DebinHawaii and @LeahBergen said. 5mo
jenniferw88 I probably need to be removed now, as I'm not reading along currently and we're going into spoiler territory 😂 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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This week was long & tiring & the book I wanted to pick up & read was this one. At first I was just a bit ahead of the 2 chapters-a-day pace of the #PemberLittens then suddenly I was WAY ahead & finished last night.

I 💚 Mary Bennet & this book that gave her the attention she deserves. There was a lot of set up, awkward pain for Mary & P&P revisiting to get to her finding herself & path but I was happy with it all. A cozy book to curl up with.

LeahBergen This was a fun read. I sped through big chunks of it, too. 😊 5mo
sprainedbrain I loved this book so much! ❤️ 5mo
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#Pemberlittens -sorry I‘m a bit behind (baby is teething!) Ch.47-50 Mary loves being at the Gardiner‘s, a warm house filled with love. Mrs.Gardiner is wonderful and wants Mary to think better about herself. She also notices how dowdy Mary dresses on purpose and suggests some new clothes - Lizzy offers to pay for them as a way to make amends! But can Mary accept such a gift? Are we about to get our movie makeover moment?

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#Pemberlittens Ch.45&46 - Mary decides to visit the Gardiners in London, her aunt and uncle. She is warmly welcomed by the boisterous family and taken on a tour of Gracechurch street near Cheapside where you can buy anything if you have the money! Surprisingly Mary enjoys the crowds and shop windows - but she also had a great companion in Mrs.Gardiner. Perhaps Mary will find a kindred spirit in her friendly aunt.

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#Pemberlittens Ch.43&44 - The snotty Lady Catherine de Bourgh arrives, and points out that Mary should be a governess - after all what else has she got going for her? Charlotte encourages this and even goes so far as to tell Mary (finally) that she‘d better leave HER house and let her work on her marriage. Mary needs to find another situation for herself and quick, to avoid the prospect of miserable gainful employment.

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#Pemberlittens Ch. 41&42 - Mary has it pointed out to her by Mrs.Hill how it might look that she spends so much time with Mr.Collins in the library so Mary sadly has to put a stop to it. Mr.Collins understands but opens up that maybe he regrets not marrying her instead because they are likeminded scholars and could have been happy. Ugh. Poor Mary - that‘s what she said all along! I‘m surprised she didn‘t pack her bags right away and leave.

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BarkingMadRun I wanted to slap him when he said she was really smart… for a girl 5mo
KristiAhlers Yeah I agree @BarkingMadRun! I was all “oh no you didn‘t just say that!” I have to say I‘m really enjoying this book more than I thought I would. 5mo
eeclayton I also expected Mary to leave after her conversation with Mr Collins. She'd kind of overstayed her welcome anyway. 5mo
eeclayton @BarkingMadRun Couldn't agree more! 5mo
Christyco125 It‘s funny how completely unaware Charlotte is to Mr Collins‘s depression until someone else starts to make him happy. And then she‘s all back off my man, chick. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.37-41 Double Entry today! Mary continues her study of happiness, Mr.Collins finally notices her and the two start studying and discussing and dare I say flirting (for two people who don‘t know how to flirt) - and Charlotte is about to pack Mary‘s bags and show her the door.

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#PemberLittens

Yeah, so I read ahead this week because I needed to get Mary & I out of a funk. I‘m now at Chap 57. Whoops! 🤷🏻‍♀️
Anyway, no spoilers but in Chap 55, they have lemon posset after dinner. I adore possets (just citrus juice, heavy cream & sugar simmered together & set in the fridge) & make different variations like tangerine & lime. Lemon is my favorite though, so below I‘m linking to my blog post with Nigel Slater‘s recipe in ⬇️

DebinHawaii … case anyone is geeky like me & would like to try making it to go with your reading. It really is the easiest of recipes! https://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2017/01/nigel-slaters-lemon-posset-3-ingredi... 5mo
DebinHawaii Also in the post are links to a couple other recipes & here‘s a link to an article about possets: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/sep/19/how-to-make-per... 5mo
LeahBergen That looks lovely! 🍋 5mo
sprainedbrain Yummm. Thanks for sharing! 5mo
inthegreensandblues I didn't know what a posset was but it sounds delicious! TY for the recipes 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.35&36 Mary as usual tries to understand the world around her. While there should be no reason for the Collins‘ to be unhappy, it seems they are - at least Mr.Collins is. Why? Mary decides to turn to her old friends - her father‘s philosophy books - for answers. Does anyone else wonder how long these visits typically lasted? Was it rude for the mistress of the house to be like-you‘ve been here way too long?

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#PemberLittens This morning I read 4 chapters (31-34) which take place 2 years after Mr. Collins proposes to Charlotte & (slight spoiler) after Mr. Bennet dies. I read ahead because I NEEDED someone, anyone to be nice to Mary besides Mrs. Hill. Doesn‘t happen. Mary cycles thru the Bingleys, Darcys & Collins & goes from mistreated by Caroline to feeling awkward & ignored at Pemberley to feeling awkward with Charlotte, now Mistress at Longbourn. ⬇️

DebinHawaii …So far they are all letting me (& Mary) down. I need Mary to go someplace where she feels welcomed. Please tell me the Gardiners are going to jump in & help. This girl has got no where else to go! 🥺😢😩 We are over a 1/3 of the way in this book & I am hoping Mary comes into her own soon. I don‘t know how much more I can take! P.S. I used P & P Zombies movie Mary‘s pic because I need her to kick some butt attitude in her life! 5mo
Ruthiella Hang in Deb! Help is on it‘s way! 5mo
DebinHawaii @Ruthiella Thank goodness!!! 😱🤣 5mo
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SarahBookInterrupted @DebinHawaii Don‘t worry, now will be the time you love the book. I had forgotten how long the first horrible part is, but it gets so good and so Jane, that you‘ll want to read it again. 5mo
batsy Yes, it definitely gets better! I felt the same as you during the initial bit—I just wanted to whisk Mary away from her immediate family/society 😤 5mo
Susanita At least she‘s not living with the Wickhams? 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.31&32 Two years have passed and all the Bennet daughters are married except poor Mary. Mr.Bennet dies and the dreaded entail comes to pass, leaving Mrs.Bennet and Mary homeless. Mrs.Bennet is perfectly happy to stay with Jane forever, but Mary is quietly tortured by the horrid Caroline Bingley who puts the Mean in Mean Girl. When Mary can‘t stand the abuse any longer, she decides to escape to Pemberley, and contemplate her future

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#Pemberlittens Ch.29&30 - End of part 1 and Charlotte lands Mr.Collins much to Lizzy and Mrs.Bennet‘s dismay. Charlotte imparts advice: “I caught him because I went for it and really chased him, pride be damned. Also, how can you expect anyone, let alone a man, to like you if you don‘t like yourself?” I hate to say it but she‘s right. Mary sees what her future holds and it is bleak…will she have the courage to change her path?

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#Pemberlittens Ch.27&28 - I‘m not trying to be funny with that kitten meme. I genuinely feel sorry for Mary. She tries and tries and keeps getting kicked around. She tries to impress Mr.Collins but the clueless moron still proposes to Lizzy - who of course says no! And Mary is too distracted and distraught to swoop in and make her move. Good thing Charlotte is there - you know, such a good friend keeping Mr.Collins busy and all.

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Christyco125 I think Mary is doing a gut check on her future with Mr Collins when she sits at the mirror. Like is he REALLY worth it. (edited) 5mo
ravenlee I kept getting caught up in the vile male privilege Collins represents - of course he, this ridiculous, unappealing man, should have his pick of the Bennet girls. And which one does he immediately choose? The most beautiful, of course. She‘s unavailable? The next most attractive, surely. He never considers, as Mary so carefully does, who might make a reasonable match. He just wants the pretty wife. Ugh. 5mo
eeclayton @ravenlee So true. And when none of that works out, he accepts the flattery of the girl next door. 🤢 5mo
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I was frantically reading to get caught up on the chapters I missed last week...and just couldn't stop! Oops! But sorry not sorry, because this was such a wonderful experience. I loved diving into the "what it's?" of Mary's story, and seeing how "happily ever after" treated so many of our favorite characters. Most lovely of all was seeing Mary grow into herself, conquer old foes, and discover the life she was meant to live. #PemberLittens

sprainedbrain I loved this book so much. ❤️ 5mo
Andrea313 @sprainedbrain Same here! I'm not generally a fan of sequels and re-imaginings, but this one really made me change my tune, as did 5mo
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I haven‘t had much time for memes lately, but the past four chapters (21-24) have me wincing & cringing for our poor Mary. It‘s definitely a “Oh Honey…NO!” moment. 😬

We all know what‘s coming at the Netherfield ball. I almost can‘t look! 🙈😬😱 #PemberLittens

LeahBergen 🤣🤣 5mo
StayCurious Haha I love this! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.23&24 - Mary is certain she would make the most rational match for Mr.Collins. Despite Mrs.Bennet telling Mary to stay out of her matchmaking schemes (ugh!), Mary decides to take any opportunity she has to try to woo the clueless Mr.Collins. When he doesn‘t react much to their shared tastes in books, Mary thinks music will impress him. We‘ll see if her efforts are successful at the upcoming ball.

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#Pemberlittens Ch.21&22 Welcome Mr.Collins! While he gets busy making a fool of himself and being dismissed or made fun of by most of the family, Mary starts to see that perhaps marrying him and securing her future and the finances of her family is the rational thing to do - he can‘t be that bad, can he? And if he is, she can fix him right? So now she just has to catch him - I‘m cringing already.

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ErinSueMreads Omggggg ☠️☠️☠️☠️ the memes are too good today 5mo
Christyco125 Ever the true rationalist, Mary is prepared to take one for the team but mostly to rub it in Mama Bennet‘s face. 5mo
BarkingMadRun Poor poor Mary 5mo
ravenlee I‘ve always wondered why Mary wasn‘t the logical choice for Collins, as they at least had some commonalities. But seeing it from her perspective is so sad. 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @ravenlee that's what I thought too! 5mo
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TGIF! Today‘s Aloha Friday 🌺 work lunch was a “sashimi special” ahi, salmon & hamachi. You know it‘s good when the fish is fresh & the sashimi portion is more than the salad greens.😋

Catching up with my #PemberLittens reads. This is my favorite of the 3 books this month. I am struggling to keep up with Sanditon & North and South & keeping all of the characters straight. But I do need Mary to get some happiness pretty soon.🥺

StayCurious Ugh I‘m so with you. I‘ve fallen behind on the other two books but poor Mary had me rooting for her. 5mo
DinoMom Delicious!!!!!! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead That looks amazing! 🍣🍤🍣 5mo
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merelybookish That looks so good. 😋 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🍣 🍱 love! 5mo
LeahBergen I was reading all 3 as well and finding them too similar. 😆😆 I hurriedly read Sanditon (all in one go) and then finished off The Other Bennet Sister. I feel much saner with only North and South and a more modern read on the go! 😆 5mo
batsy This looks so yummy! My fave 🍣 5mo
DebinHawaii @StayCurious @LeahBergen Yes, the similarities are a chore. I may have to do like Leah & finish one or more.🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m glad you like this, since I still have to catch up. I skipped Sanditon because I read it after watching Season 1 of the miniseries. You and @LeahBergen are right that it can be challenging to have more than one book set in similar time periods going at once. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch. 19&20 -sorry for late post! We see the true genius matchmaking skills in Mrs.Bennet as she sends Jane out in the rain in hopes she will be forced to stay at Netherfield Park. Her plan works! Poor Jane takes ill and can‘t leave for like 2 weeks. Lizzy goes to check on her, Mary advises against it and Lizzy snaps, and Charlotte hopes Jane makes good use of her time to secure Mr. Bingley. We also find Mary is a closeted romantic.

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ElizaMarie I love/hate the whole … go get Sick. They have to take you in and then bam!!! Seduce them and marry! 5mo
AllDebooks I did a lot of huffing and tutting at this chapter. I feel as we move on in the story, there may be quite a lot of ffs at Mrs Bennet 🤔😬🙄 5mo
IndoorDame I find I‘m enjoying this more than most adaptations! 5mo
StayCurious @IndoorDame it‘s all due to the genius of my memes of course 😜 5mo
IndoorDame @StayCurious they‘re totally genius! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.17&18 At the infamous ball where Bingley takes a shine to Jane and Darcy finds Lizzy barely tolerable, Mary sits with the spinsters and mothers and is approached by Charlotte. In a gloomy mood, Charlotte reflects on her failures of the last decade, particularly in securing a husband, and she indicates that Mary and she have a lot in common. Mary starts to worry that her family‘s rejection will not be all she has to deal with.

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KristiAhlers I found these two chapters very quick reading. 5mo
StayCurious @KristiAhlers most of them are - I‘m enjoying them each day - and glad it‘s not a super long commitment as well 5mo
peanutnine I thought Charlotte's comment to Mary at the end to keep her opinions to herself was so rude! Her whole attitude screams of bitterness 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted I find this book doesn‘t put Charolette in the best light. But, I still love this book. It gives Charolette more gumption, rather then just the plan friend of Elizabeth‘s who settles because she has no other options. 5mo
ElizaMarie Every chapter I have read in this book makes me sad for poor Mary. Everyone just has to throw their opinions on her “shortcomings“ in her face all the time! Poor girl! 5mo
mollyrotondo Really don‘t like Charlotte. I like how this author fits this moment in this very important ball scene. When Charlotte marries Lizzy‘s cousin it‘s such a quick decision. Even though we understand why she does it, this book gives her more of a voice to the reader and explains exactly why she quickly chose Mr Collins. And the author does this very well. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.15&16 - Have you heard the news? Netherfield Park is let at last!! This occupies the Bennet household - certainly this rich Mr.Bingley will marry one of the girls! But only if Mr.Bennet goes to call on him-which he does eventually. Soon, all talk turns to seeing the new neighbours at the next Meryton Assembly. Mary finally decides she must go, if only to stop herself from becoming a complete recluse-and what‘s so wrong with that?

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Bookwormjillk That top meme is my favorite one ever. 5mo
mollyrotondo Yayy the men are making their appearance in this story! 😆 5mo
AnneCecilie 🤣🤣🤣 Loved the meme with Mrs Bennett 5mo
julieclair "Live each day as though Netherfield Park has been let at last." Love it! That one is being added to my list of inspirational quotes! ?? 5mo
Oryx Love the Mrs Bennett meme 🤣 5mo
ElizaMarie The the meme ===== perfection!!! 5mo
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Mary has discovered Fordyce, and his whole "beauty is deceptive and charm is fleeting" schtick makes her super jazzed. She will turn away from vain fripperies and be a woman of good morals! AND she can earn her father's love by making him a book of her favorite selections; they can bond over the written word! Too bad Mr. B is an utter jackass about Mary's faves, and when she desperately asks him to recommend a book, he totally blows her off. *sob*

mollyrotondo He is portrayed very badly in this book. Mary is trying too hard as well. She knows her father is a jerk so stop trying to appeal to him. 5mo
Andrea313 @mollyrotondo I hope she gets to the point where she can dismiss her parents' (terrible) opinions, but I also don't blame her for trying to forge a connection with at least one family member! She is so totally isolated. 5mo
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#200PnPCovers #dancing @CrowCAH @mabell In The Other Bennet Sister, Mary dances twice with a shopkeeper‘s son and sparks outrage in her mother - to think, dancing so familiarly with someone who works for a living! There were so many rules to follow in society, especially at dances, where the world was watching.

mabell I‘m sure it become second nature, but keeping track of all the rules - 🤯! 5mo
CrowCAH I agree with @mabell , I‘d forget all the rules. After all, they are more like guidelines anyway 😉 5mo
mabell @CrowCAH Ha a Pirates‘ reference! 😄 5mo
CrowCAH @mabell aye, ye know it! 🏴‍☠️☺️ 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.13&14 - Mary reads that novels aren‘t good for the female mind and believes reading should only be about intellectual gain; she craves her father‘s attention and decides to make him a gift of a book with her favourite handwritten passages only to find that he hates the authors she loves; also he adores Lizzy and will probably never look at Mary the same way…really hoping things start to look up for poor Mary soon!

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Ruthiella Those photos really made me laugh! 😂 5mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted Poor Mary. 5mo
mollyrotondo Mary just keeps getting left in the dust. Mr Bennet doesn‘t even try to suggest other reads to her. He just says that Mary can go find something on her own. It‘s so true that Mr Bennet doesn‘t hide that Lizzy is his favorite daughter 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.11&12 Poor Mary feels guilty over what happened between her and Mr.Sparrow - she hates that she couldn‘t stand up to her mother and society‘s expectations and go with her heart. But then, the more she thinks about it she realizes that feelings and following her emotions will only bring pain to herself and those around her like Mr.Sparrow:He never would have been hurt if she hadn‘t danced with him in the first place-so sad for her

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KristiAhlers Love these memes they totally are spot on lol. Not the emotion! Noooo! 5mo
DebinHawaii Finally got up & got ahead to chapter 13 & 14. This book is making me so sad for Mary. 😢 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted It‘s so sad that Mary is putting the blame on herself and comes to that conclusion. I‘m so glad I‘ve read this before. I forgot how bad it was in the beginning. Poor Mary. 5mo
mollyrotondo When are things going to turn around for Mary?! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.9&10 - the ball at the Meryton Assembly - what a crush of people! All so eager to dance and eat and have fun - Mary is at first a wallflower, sitting with the spinsters and matrons and feels panic until a nice young man - the oculist‘s son Mr.Sparrow, spends time with her! Mary likes him and is having a wonderful time, and dances with him twice, until she is reminded of what her mother might think…or do…this made me so sad 😞

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BarkingMadRun I was so angry for her! She was so happy and Charlotte ruined it lol even though she was right about how Mrs Bennett would feel! 5mo
MaureenMc So far, Charlotte is coming across as quite bitter. I‘m not sure how I feel about this characterization. 🤔 5mo
KristiAhlers @MaureenMc I was just thinking the same thing myself. 5mo
peanutnine Ugh and his reaction at the end, when he knows what's up 🥺💔 5mo
ElizaMarie It is so surprising to me how well Mary carries herself despite all the negativity and judgment that is facing her all the time! 5mo
DebinHawaii @ElizaMarie She really does carry herself well with so little positive reinforcement & so much negativity. 🥺 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted Poor Mary, she finally has someone that see‘s her and it‘s ruined because of her horrible mother. I also feel for him at the end. I feel bad for both of them. 5mo
mollyrotondo Uhhh I was so happy and then as soon as Charlotte came over I felt sick. Why did her connection with someone have to be ruined? I‘m annoyed! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.7&8 - the Bennet girls prepare for the autumn Meryton public ball and Mary is able to get in a dig at Lydia 😄 “Lydia glared from across the table. “Lord, you really are the most annoying prig!” “That may be true,” said Mary, quite calm now. “But at least I shall have the satisfaction of being a prig in a new dress.”” 👏 Also, thank God for Mrs.Hill!

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IndoorDame Loving Mrs. Hill! 5mo
batsy I've been unable to maintain discipline and have read quite far ahead, so I'm trying not to say anything in case I spoil stuff by accident 😆 it's an absorbing read! 5mo
Christyco125 I‘m so very glad that she decided to stand up for herself. Lydia and Mrs Bennet have never been a favorite but they have fallen even further down the list. 5mo
KristiAhlers I am enjoying this read way more than I thought I would! 💙 5mo
mollyrotondo Mrs Hill is incredible! She is the mother way beyond Mrs Bennet. She actually cares about building up Mary‘s confidence. Not keeping her down. 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy Yes, it is VERY easy to keep reading, isn‘t it! (edited) 5mo
DebinHawaii Hill is becoming a favorite. I love how she supports Mary. 5mo
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Hoo boy, here come chapters 5 and 6 to make me hate the Bennet parents. The very first thought I had was that Mr. Bennet was the #BeanDad of his day- smug and self-satisfied and totally hands-off as Mary wanders through the library in need of attention and guidance (anyone else remember those galvanizing, bean-centric early days of '21?). But my anger for him soon vanished because in swooped Mrs. Bennet to make things a hell of a lot worse!

mollyrotondo Wow that Bean Dad story 😬 Mr Bennet is at least realistic and agrees Mary needs glasses and shouldn‘t suffer just because her mother is worried about her appearance. I always believed Mr Bennet was practical. Just not a very attentive father. 6mo
Ruthiella Thanks for the BeanDad link! 😳 6mo
Andrea313 @mollyrotondo @Ruthiella Right? That dude is a piece of work. 5mo
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Catching up on chapters 3 and 4, when Mary decides to go all in on the piano to distinguish herself. Then Lizzy comes along with her charming, charismatic musical style and makes Mary feel about two inches tall. So onto the next thing- Mary wants to learn! Get this girl a governess! Too bad Mrs. B is not inclined toward book-learnin', and Lydia's outrage at actually having to do something kills that idea. So, regroup- onto her father's library!

StayCurious Haha I did like how later the dad was all for Mary reading to lower the level of stupidity in his house that Lydia seems set on flaunting 6mo
Andrea313 @StayCurious Yes, that was pretty good! Glad it's not just his obvious fave Lizzy who is allowed in there! But I do wish he'd actually, like...speak to Mary! Maybe ask what kind of reading she's interested in? Come on! 6mo
mollyrotondo @StayCurious ohh Mr Bennet pointing out how “empty headed” Lydia is and how everyone knows it was the perfect burn. I‘m not hating him right now. 6mo
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#Pemberlittens in Ch.5 and 6 Mary discovers joy in reading and learning but soon realizes she may need glasses to continue her newfound passion - easier said than done in Mrs.Bennet‘s household! Thank goodness for Mr. Bennet in this case.

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jenniferw88 🤣🤣🤣 I have an eye test in a few weeks' time and the oculist has a sing-song voice - bettER or worse? 6mo
KristiAhlers Man if I don‘t have my reading glasses on it‘s not pretty! 🤣 6mo
AllDebooks This version of Mary is making me really unsettled. She's a shadow in the Bennet household. I know she's not a main character in the original text, but still. I thought it a real shame that she was ignored by Mr Bennet in his library. She would really flourish with a little guidance and support to nurture her new found love of learning and natural curiosity. Not to mention actual conversation. 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @AllDebooks absolutely she would have flourished with a little guidance. 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Not rereading because #somanybookssolittletime but following along w/ discussions. This is when book grabbed me. Went back & looked through my Facebook posts & found this: "As someone who has worn glasses since she was 8 years and reads, I've never hated a fictional character more: "The oculist says she needs spectacles to read, but why, I might ask, does she need to read so many books?” - Mrs Bennet 6mo
mollyrotondo Mrs Bennet borders on being abusive toward Mary. She takes so much away from Mary. No learning. No reading. Your bad at sewing. You are too ugly and glasses will make you uglier so be blind instead. She‘s disgusting. I never really found her to be this despicable in P&P. Hadlow must have really hated her when she read P&P. 6mo
ElizaMarie Ugh this made me so mad at Mrs. Bennet. Poor baby just wants to see!!! 5mo
DebinHawaii @mollyrotondo She is so abusive & Mr. Bennet is so annoying with his neglect.😡 5mo
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#Pemberlittens we learn more about Mary in Ch.3 & 4, that she‘s good at playing the piano and is determined to excel at it even if she no longer enjoys it, and that she loves to read and wants to enhance her education. I am grateful to live where/when I have no limitations to what I am able to read and feel so much sympathy to those who are not in the same situation.

StayCurious I've been trying to tag my list but it is not working for some reason - Or I've tagged you all 16 times - if that is the case, my apologies! 6mo
Christyco125 Mary‘s story just keeps getting sadder with every chapter so far. I hope she starts realizing her worth as a human soon.

Also, who wants her kids to remain under educated? I know it‘s the time period but wow!
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mollyrotondo Uh the part when Mary asks her mother for a governess to teach them and everyone is against it so her mother turns her down just made me want to scream! Mrs Bennet doesn‘t view Mary as beautiful so she completely dismisses her. Why not try to build up other traits of Mary‘s then. Don‘t just stick her in a corner! 6mo
DebinHawaii @Christyco125 I am hoping it turns around for her at some point & she starts coming into her own. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens And so we begin our reading of The Other Bennet Sister with Chapters 1 and 2 which give us a good introduction to the Bennet family and our main character Mary. Poor Mary! I feel so sorry for her! If anyone deserves to have middle child syndrome it‘s her!

AllDebooks Can I be added to the Pemberlittens, please. I just got this out of the library today and startedNorth and South. 😁 6mo
StayCurious @AllDebooks absolutely! I‘ll add you to my tag list and let @sprainedbrain know you want to join! 6mo
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AllDebooks @StayCurious thank you so much xx 6mo
Smarkies Starting this book soon. Please tag me as well. 😁 6mo
mollyrotondo Uhh what a heartbreaking start. Mrs Bennet is the worst. I do understand the fear though that this entail brings upon a mother with only daughters. And unfortunately in this time period the only other way to ensure their future now is to have them marry well. But to brush your own daughter aside because of looks is just awful. This author also does a good job of describing Mr Bennet. 6mo
Ruthiella Yes, she is sadly left behind sandwiched between her older and younger sisters‘ close bonds. I‘m curious now how this story will move forward. 6mo
MaureenMc This author‘s Mrs. Bennet is certainly harsher than Austen‘s. And I have a feeling I‘m going to hate Lydia even more as the book progresses. 😆 6mo
AllDebooks I've never taken to Mrs Bennet, too frivolous and vacuous. I can't help but wonder if her opinions on beauty and what matters to a young girl is just a reflection of society's opinion. She is an incredibly self-absorbed person, would she be capable of independent thought and buck the trend? Interesting to see what the author does with Austen's beloved characters. 6mo
AllDebooks As for Mary, I do feel for her. She's portrayed as solitary initially, I do hope this changes quickly. I have high hopes she will come into her own as the story develops. 6mo
quietjenn Poor Mary! It's definitely easy to be on her side right away. 6mo
IndoorDame Great sketch! 6mo
StayCurious @IndoorDame I wish I could take credit but I found it on Google. It is great though isn‘t it? 6mo
IndoorDame @StayCurious perfect for this book! 6mo
Christyco125 I‘m a little behind on my reading but I just finished the first 2 chapters. In P&P, Mary comes off as completely unaware of how prickly and annoying she is. But it definitely makes me have more sympathy for her in this rendition of her character. 6mo
DebinHawaii I have always felt a kinship to Mary‘s awkwardness but this book makes me love & root for her all the more. 5mo
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#Pemberlittens, I‘m excited to be starting this with you tomorrow, Mar 1! I am tagging those who expressed interest in reading along with us. If I‘ve missed you let me know! And of course, if you want to be removed from the tag list, let me know that too. Happy reading!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm interested to read this one - it's been on my TBR for a while. 6mo
mollyrotondo I‘m so excited!!! Thank you!! 6mo
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julieclair Yay! Looking forward to reading this with you all! 6mo
ravenlee Picking up my library hold today! 6mo
Ruthiella Looking forward to this! 6mo
eeclayton Yay! Looking forward to it ☺️ 6mo
katy4peas Already started a bit early, but I‘m sure I‘ll fall behind and then catch up again! So maybe I‘m right on track? 🤔☺️ 6mo
LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to finally taking this down from my bookshelves. 😄 6mo
KristiAhlers I can‘t wait! 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm not rereading because it hasn't been that long ago since I read but I'm going to be following along with the discussion. 6mo
DebinHawaii I pulled it up on my Kindle & I‘m ready to go. 6mo
inthegreensandblues Looking forward to it! 6mo
melissajayne I‘m going to be a bit behind on the book (I left my book in my apartment and because of chemo tomorrow, I will have to wait for about a week until I can get to it, as I usually need about a week of recovery from my chemo until I am feeling better). 6mo
ElizaMarie I am a bit ahead on this one but... I am excited to be part of the conversation! 5mo
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@staycurious is leading a group read for the March/April #Pemberlittens buddyread. Everyone is welcome. Let @staycurious know if you want to be tagged in discussion.

KristiAhlers @StayCurious please add me! I actually downloaded this book a week ago! 6mo
StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 6mo
julieclair @StayCurious please add me! Thanks! 6mo
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