Friday, December 31, 2010
Review: Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
We've all seen it on messageboards and on facebooks--someone's sister, not too discerning, making bad choices with the wrong men. And haven't we all hoped that this person would wake up, grow up, and turn their life around? Well, in Austen, Lydia Bennet is that flighty sister--and as long as we are talking fantasy fulfillment, that's what Odiwe delivers here. The first half of this book tells Lydia's thread of the story already written in _Pride and Prejudice_--specifically the details about her visit to Brighton and elopement with Wickham (who is, of course, the brother-in-law from hell we've also all seen or heard about). In the second half of the book, Lydia wakes up and grows up, and Odiwe manages to grab her a happy ending, too. I believe this ending, in the same way I believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy and romance heroes with a 30-second refractory period.
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