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The Bad Miss Bennetby Jean Burnett
Synopses & Reviews
Lydia was never the most upstanding of the Bennet sisters, but who ever said that moral rectitude was fun?
At least she bested her elder sisters and was the first to get married. She never could understand what all the fuss was about after she left Brighton with her gallant. It is a shame, though, that Mr. Wickham turned out to be a disappointing husband in so many aspects, the most notable being his early demise on the battlefields of Waterloo. And so Lydia, still not yet twenty and full of enterprising spirit, is in urgent need of a wealthy replacement. A lesser woman, without Lydia's natural ability to flirt uproariously on the dance floor and cheat seamlessly at the card table, would swoon in the wake of a dashing highwayman, a corrupt banker, and even an amorous Prince Regent. But on the hunt for a marriage that will make her rich, there's nothing that Lydia won't turn her hand to. In the meantime, she has no qualms about imposing on her sister Elizabeth's hospitality at Pemberly. After all, what is the point of having all that fine fortune if not to aid a poor, newly widowed younger sister?
While Lydia rattles around the continent from Paris to Venice and to the home of the disgraced Princess of Wales in Italy and back again to Darbyshire, you, dear reader, will be greatly diverted by the new adventures of Jane Austen's consummate and incorrigible anti-heroine, who never ceases to delight.
"In her debut novel, Burnett picks up Lydia Bennet, Elizabeth's frivolous and shallow sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy live happily ever after. Lydia isn't quite so lucky in love. As a widow of the less-than-honest Mr. Wickham, she now resides with sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Darcy, but her sights are set on Paris and a life of high society and glamour. After convincing Darcy to allow her to join her friends in London, she begins plotting her climb up the social ladder, her main objective to gain entry to a dance at Almack's in King Street, 'the acme of society,' in the hopes of scoring a wealthy husband. But between gambling, toying with a wealthy married banker, and dalliances with a disreputable but charming highwayman, Lydia always lands on the wrong side of fortune. As Pride and Prejudice resembled its protagonist — thoughtful, with a wry sense of humor — so too does this book favor Lydia — fun, frolicking, and always on to a new adventure. Burnett captures the essence of Lydia, and Austen fans will enjoy seeing her world from a new vantage point. Agent: The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, U.K." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Picking up where Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice left off, The Bad Miss Bennet takes readers on a wild Regency romp with Lydia Wickham, née Bennet, who finds herself in dire need of a new husband
About the Author
Jean Burnett studied at Exeter University and has a Masters degree from Cardiff, University of Wales. She has worked at the University of Bristol and has taught creative writing and written for a variety of agencies and magazines. Jean lives near Bath, England.
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