Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel, by Pamela Mingle

NB: This book comes out from William Morrow in December. Mary is, in many ways, the least appealing of the Bennet sisters. She lacks Lizzy’s wit, Jane’s gentleness, Lydia’s insouciance, or Kitty’s harmless silliness. She certainly lacks Mr. Bennet’s wry … Continue reading

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Jane, by Robin Maxwell

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When I grabbed this book on the basis of the front cover alone, I secretly hoped it would be a retelling of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan story, but through Jane’s eyes. I started reading the Tarzan series in … Continue reading

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Surrendering to Motherhood: Losing your Mind, Finding your Soul, by Iris Krasnow

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I came to this book because I had picked up The Secret Lives of Wives at my library and in the first couple of pages realized this author had a history of an approach to marriage and motherhood that I … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Rivers, by Philippa Gregory

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As someone who’s read most of the Gregory oeuvre and likes her approach to historical fiction too much to be completely unbiased, I have to say that I’d give The Lady of the Rivers three stars for the writing, as … Continue reading

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Lydia Bennet’s Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Odiwe

Reading a sequel or a “retelling” by another author of a book one greatly loves is always a mixed pleasure. One ought, first, to distinguish whether one wants to spend more time in Jane Austen’s world, among her characters, or … Continue reading

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