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Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Becton
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Book Description

When Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy made proposals of marriage to the Bennet sisters at the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Caroline Bingley was both distressed by her brother’s choice of bride and humiliated by Mr. Darcy’s rejection of her. And she made her objections known.

Now banished from her brother’s household, Caroline must return to her mother’s home in the north of England until she can make amends with both Bennet sisters. Desperate though Caroline may be to return to polite company, she absolutely refuses to apologize to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and instead, she seeks an alternative route back into society in the form of Mr. William Charlton, heir to a barony.

Through her connections with Mr. Charlton’s sister Lavinia, Caroline begins to infiltrate the household in the hopes of securing the gentleman and his title for herself. However, she must also contend with her vexing emotions regarding Mr. Patrick Rushton, a once-wealthy landowner, and the meddlesome opinions of Mrs. Rosemary Pickersgill, the companion sent by her brother.

When all that Caroline has ever dreamed of attaining—an ancient family name, a title, and a home of her own—is finally within her reach, will she grasp for it even if it means disregarding the workings of her own heart? Or will she cast off the trappings of society and give herself to true love?

Other Works in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection
Charlotte Collins (A Novel)
"Maria Lucas" (A Short Story)
Mary Bennet (A Novella)

* Approximately 78,000 words
* Specially formatted for ebook
* Linked table of contents
* Two deleted scenes
* Bonus excerpt from A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park by Mary Lydon Simonsen

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  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Publisher: Whiteley Press, LLC (September 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R92LBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Caroline Bingley. For Austen fans even hearing the name can bring up feelings varying from annoyance to revulsion. For me, the feeling I get is kind of the same as the one that shimmies up your spine when someone scrapes their nails down a chalkboard. That "Oh my gosh, why? Make it stooooop" feeling. Caroline is one of the best examples of what I call "Austen's smack-able characters," and she could write some pretty darn smack worthy characters (pretty much everyone in Sense and Sensibility for example)! You love to hate Caroline.

So what is Jennifer Becton thinking centering a whole entire Pride and Prejudice continuation on this smack-able, nails-down-the-chalkboard, crazy girl? I have been wondering that every since I heard Caroline Bingley was coming out. I loved Jennifer Becton's other Personages of Pride and Prejudice novel, Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I really, really loved it. I also really enjoyed her thriller Absolute Liability: A Southern Fraud Thriller. I mean the woman can write . . . but CAROLINE BINGLEY? Surely, you jest.

I don't know quite how she did it, but at the end of this book I like Caroline. Not only do I LIKE Caroline, I totally get her. I sympathize with her. I want her to succeed. I want her to be happy. Up is down . . .wrong is right . . . "Dogs and cats living together . . . MASS HYSTERIA!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so little much to read! October 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Caroline Bingley is a woman most people care little about...okay, dislike a lot. So why write a story about her? Why indeed! Jennifer Becton did a marvelous job writing this story. We see Caroline for who she really is. We see her struggle to get back what she lost or what she had hoped to gain, without having to admit doing anything wrong.

The story starts when Caroline is banished, by her brother Mr. Bingley, to the home of her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Newton, in Northern England. While in Kendal, Caroline forms a plan to get into the upper society, a place she has always wanted to be. An old school friend is back in the area with her brother, William Charlton, who, with the passing of his father, will become a baronet. If she can marry him she can come back to London and not apologize for anything! Of course, every good plan has a few flaws.

Then there is Mr. Rushton, a person Caroline wants nothing to do with, but he is someone who stirs something inside her.

Before leaving London, Mr. Bingley has hires a companion for Caroline, Mrs. Rosemary Pickersgill. I love Mrs. Pickersgill! She takes all of Caroline's rude behavior with such dignity and in the end proves to be a great value.

Mrs. Pickersgill and Mr. Rushton were my favorites! They didn't let Caroline get away with much and they helped her see things clearer.

Amazing! I actually came to care for Caroline Bingley! This is a great story!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staying true to Caroline October 6, 2011
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Kudos to the author for not stripping Caroline of her wit and sarcasm! Buy this book specifically for the scene she has with the new Mrs. Darcy. I love that this story is more of a journey of self-acceptance for Caroline instead of a conversion tale.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it so much October 29, 2011
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This is an amazing book. It is so becuase this is not a straight up Pride and Prejudice something or another, but a story or conflict of character, romance, and intrique.

Becton is a great writer. She understands Caroline Bingley, portrays that understanding well so that we, the reader, understand her as well. Caro is annoying, yet we still root for her and understand her every motivation. A very fine line, I assure you. In fact, I was surprised at my resentment towards Lizzy Bennet in this book; I was seeign everything through Caro's eyes. It is truly delightful.

I want more. Jennifer Becton should write continuations of every P&P character. I would read it, regardless of the person in question, even if it was Mrs. Bennet.

Caroline Bingley, I'd say, is a better paced than Charlotte Collins, which started off rather slow. Caroline Bingley takes off from the start and keeps up the pace easily till the end. It is truly enjoyable and rewarding to read, which is somewhat lacking in the larger P&P continutation community.

I was also extraordinarily pleased with Caro's resolution. Becton understands the character, and doesn't try to resolve her story by making her completely change her entire self. At the end of the book, she falls in love, but in the way a Caroline Bingley would. She is the same person, only wiser and maybe a bit more humble.

I do hope to see more of Jennifer Becton's writings in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Maybe it's the English teacher in me, but I love finding literary elements in literature. Caroline Bingley is flowing with imagery, similes, static and dynamic characters and much more. Without giving too much away, I loved how certain events and conversations at the beginning of the novel foreshadowed what was to come. I found this kept me in anticipation for these scenes to play out. For instance, Caroline's paid companion, Mrs. Pickersgill, has all of the manners of a genteel lady, yet she is a mere employee. Is there more to Rosemary Pickersgill than she is letting on?

Upon arriving in Kendal, Caroline is soon faced with two suitors: Mr. Charlton, a future baron, and Mr. Rushton, confirmed fortune hunter.

There is one thing Becton does particularly well: She writes an amazing hero, and I'm not talking about some Fabio wannabe. While Mr. Charlton has a title and some well-chosen words to recommend him, Mr. Rushton's wit, perception, and manners make me wish I would meet a real-life Rushton (if I weren't happily married, that is). The banter between Rushton and Caroline is well-written, and at times, the heat between the two is palpable. Caroline's father once told her that her piano playing will win her a gentleman of great worth. Having not succeeded winning Mr. Darcy's affection, will her accomplishments be enough to win either gentleman?

As much as I love when authors portray Caroline as the unrepentant, heartless and cold "bad girl," Becton makes her readers actually like and empathize with Caro. (It is shocking, I know, to feel anything but the desire to strangle the chit!) I enjoyed reading all of the new and conflicting emotions Caroline experiences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good!
Published 1 month ago by Susie Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars Get to know Carolyn better even if you think you don't like her.
Very well done. I've so enjoyed reading all the author's P&P continuations that I can't wait for another. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
For being a story about Caroline Bingley, this painted her a bit better than most Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice variations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phantom Phan
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading Pride and Predjudice. I wish there was a sequel to this book.
Published 2 months ago by Julie Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!
Published 2 months ago by Sherry Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen Fan Fiction Read
This is another instance where half stars would come in handy. Since I can't give 3.5 stars, I'm rounding up to 4 since I really did enjoy this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tamra
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
This book was perfect from beginning to they end! Caroline was so much more the a snobbish girl, I absolutely loved her in the end
Published 4 months ago by Danielle Corrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Caro Bingley
This was the first novel by Ms Becton I read, and I found it excellent. I always wondered about Caroline's fate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lucia
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. Very true to Caroline though at first ...
I loved it. Very true to Caroline though at first the book was a bit tedious with all her whining. It picks up I promise.
Published 6 months ago by Illeana
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It
Of all the characters in Pride and Prejudice, Caroline Bingley was the least sympathetic: snobbish, elitist, and a social climber. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fan of Jane Austin
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More About the Author

Jennifer worked in the traditional publishing industry for twelve years as a proofreader, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 2010, she accepted the challenge to self-publish her first novel Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, LLC, an independent publishing house.

Jennifer also writes thrillers under the pseudo-pseudonym J. W. Becton ( Absolute Liability, the first in the six-book Southern Fraud Thriller Series, spent eight weeks on the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list and three nonconsecutive weeks on the Indie Reader Best Sellers list. Death Benefits, At Fault, and Moral Hazard are available now!


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