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A review for Lydia Bennet's Story from Jane Austen Today

Sunday, December 30

Lydia Bennet's Story: A Review
Lydia Bennet’s Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe is a fun and spirited romance. In it, the narrator follows Lydia to Brighton, where she meets up with Wickham and runs off with him. She thinks he is taking her to Gretna Green, but when he announces that they have only enough funds to get them to London, this foolish young girl naively goes along with his plan, still thinking her “Georgie” intends to marry her.

We already know the story as written in Pride & Prejudice from Elizabeth Bennet’s perspective. In her narrative, Jane Odiwe gets into Lydia’s mind. She contrasts Wickham’s general disinterest in Lydia (except to get her into his bed) with Lydia’s youthful ardor. Through Lydia’s journal, we come to understand the process that brought her to forget her strict and genteel upbringing, and throw everything to the wind to follow a worldly man, one who has merely toyed with her in order to escape h…

Lydia Bennet's Story available on Amazon.com

At last, Lydia Bennet's Story is now in stock and can be ordered from Amazon.com in the States, as well as here in the UK, France and Germany. The book may also be ordered from all good bookshops.

Thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to write to me about my book - I've stolen some of Lydia's blog space to talk a little about her story. The book starts in April, at a point when Lydia is enjoying the attentions of the regiment who are stationed in the nearby town of Meryton. Her sister Lizzy is away visiting Charlotte Collins and Jane has gone to stay with Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London, so Lydia is making the most of the situation.

Here is Chapter One

The true misfortune, which besets any young lady who believes herself destined for fortune and favour, is to find that she has been born into an unsuitable family. Lydia Bennet of Longbourn, Hertfordshire, not only believed that her mama and papa had most likely stolen her from noble parents, but also considered it a…

A Review for Lydia Bennet's Story on Pemberley

They are talking about me on Pemberley! How delightful!!!!
From a review found on the Austenuations page at Pemberley.com

I've just finished this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lydia was lively and fun, just as she is in Pride and Prejudice, and there were some appearances by the Darcys and the Bingleys as well as the rest of Lydia's family.
Lydia's story starts at Longbourn. It's written as a novel, but every now and again the narrative is interspersed with Lydia's journal entries, which provide interest and novelty. The tone is very bright and lively, just like Lydia, and her journal entries are very funny. I often laughed out loud, which is not something I do with many books.
It's a funny book, written with a detailed knowledge of Pride and Prejudice, and I enjoyed it immensely.
I am in print! La! What a giggle! I should never have imagined that I should be in a book, but then, my beaux have always told me I am quite the most fascinating creature they ever beheld! I declare I cannot help it!!!!

In Lydia Bennet's Story we are taken back to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, to a Regency world seen through Lydia's eyes where pleasure and marriage are the only pursuits. Lydia's dream of following the regiment to the fashionable resort of Brighton comes true, she is soon the darling of all the officers and tempted not only by a handsome royal dragoon, but drawn to the irresistible charms of one already well known to her. But the road to matrimony is fraught with difficulties and even when she is convinced that she has met the man of her dreams, she quickly discovers that her hero is not the man she believes him to be. Before long his reputation has her running back to Hertfordshire to be reunited with Bennets, Bingleys and Darcy…