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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Heather Ridge Arts; 1 edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098902590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989025904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I simply loved this reverent and plausible development of Mary Bennet's character. Shannon Winslow did such an incredible job of maintaining the essence of the original Mary Bennet, yet at the same time transforming her into a fully realized, flesh-out heroine." - Austenesque Reviews


"Kudos to Shannon Winslow for bringing Mary Bennet to life as an admirable and sympathetic heroine in a novel filled with drama, suspense, and romance. I think Jane Austen herself would have approved!" - bestselling author Syrie James

About the Author

Author Shannon Winslow specializes in writing fiction for fans of Jane Austen. "The Darcys of Pemberley," her popular sequel to "Pride and Prejudice," was her debut novel in 2011. "For Myself Alone" – a stand-alone Austen-inspired story – followed in 2012. Now comes "Return to Longbourn," the next chapter in the continuing "Pride and Prejudice" saga. She has something entirely different waiting in the wings, though – a contemporary “what if” novel entitled "First of Second Chances" (date of publication yet to be announced). After that, she has in mind a "Persuasion" tie-in, which is currently in the planning stage. Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier. For more information, visit www.shannonwinslow.com. Follow Shannon on Twitter (as JaneAustenSays) and on Facebook.

More About the Author

Shannon Winslow says she was minding her own business - raising two sons and pursuing a very sensible career - when she was seduced by the writing bug ten years ago. Stirred by the novels of Jane Austen, she set out to produce more stories in the same vein, beginning with a sequel to her favorite, "Pride and Prejudice." "The Darcys of Pemberley" (published in August 2011) quickly became a best-seller, praised for being true to the original's characters and style. Three more Austen-inspired novels and a short story have since followed. "Winslow is one of the few authors who can channel Austen's style of prose so well that I could not tell the two apart if I tried," reports one reviewer. A life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Winslow resides with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.

Customer Reviews

The book is very well written, the characters attractive and well-developed.
Bookwoman
Return to Longbourn is a book written as a continuing book about Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.
D. Mangum
This is second one by author Shannon Winslow I've read and was pleased by her style of writing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beachgirl on March 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
So far I have read all of the author's books, so it is safe to say that I am a fan of her work. With that said, if you are a fan of the Pride and Prejudice cast then you are in for a treat. I loved getting to know a lesser known character, while still having the other more familiar people around, especially Lizzy. Without spoiling for those of you who will read this lovely rendering of what might have happened down the road, Mary has many things in store for her and I loved the balance of foreshadow and suspense. I also liked the snippets of Jane Austen's work weaved throughout the book, which made it feel familiar yet uniquely different at the same time. I am already awaiting the next installment and give this book my highest recommendation!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on April 22, 2013
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Mary Bennet. Is. An island. Or at least she tries to be... Growing up a home where she was continuously ignored, laughed at, and set down - Mary has built up defensive walls around herself. She prides herself on maintaing power over her emotions, of being impenetrable to the trials and trivialities that surround her. Instead of trying to prove herself as "the most accomplished girl in the neighborhood," Mary has spent the last couple of years achieving some independence by working as a governess to the new family living in Netherfield Park. But when her father passes away and the new owner of Longbourn comes to Meryton, Mary's hard-won composure and self-control is put to the test...

Squee!!! Mary Bennet is such an admirable and loveable heroine in this novel! Experience and serious self-evaluation has helped Mary lose some of her vanity and pride. Working with children and witnessing the blissful unions of her older sisters has softened her rigidity and self-righteousness. I simply loved this reverent and plausible development of Mary Bennet's character. Shannon Winslow did such an incredible job of maintaining the essence of the original Mary Bennet, yet at the same time, transforming her into a fully realized and fleshed-out heroine.

Here are some passages which perfectly display the emotional evolution Mary experiences in this novel:

"Despite her determination to remain cool-headed, uninvited emotions had instantly assailed her...she felt as if the combined pressure would burst her heart wide open, and it seemed impossible that her companions should remain unaware of her painful inner turmoil.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sandy on May 24, 2013
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I wanted to find a sequel that would broaden Mary's story and bought this with high expectations. Have to say I am a little disappointed but can't say precisely why; is it the striking similarity to "Jane Eyre", or perhaps a small resemblance to "Little Women", or perhaps I feel as though this is a paint-by-numbers sequel assembled around Mary, for a change. Whatever the reason, I can't recommended it any more highly. Just an average attempt to write a novel based on P&P.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2013
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I loved this story and it's twists and turns. Mary's triumphs and falls are very much felt and I love how Shannon Winslow ties in familiar characters ,like Charlotte, in her story. I can't help but think Jane Austen would be very pleased with Mrs. Winslow's continuation of one of her most beloved stories! The quote from Jane herself at the front of the book says it all. Thank you Shannon for taking on such a challenging task and making such a success of it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Fisher on May 10, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this "continuation" of my all time favorite. Some fresh characters, as well as the familiar ones made it seem like a natural followup. Interesting plot, well written, looking forward to another such as this from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2013
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The "Darcys of Pemberly" was a disappointment. This book was not. Is it Jane Austin? No. Is it reminiscent and enjoyable to read? Absolutely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Jackson on June 23, 2013
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I love the Pride and Prejudice characters, so for that reason I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the quotes inserted fro P&P. However, it's just really hard for any mortal to compete with the master herself....I thought it was good-an enjoyable read-but not great literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CarolinFL on June 15, 2013
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The spirit of Jane Austen is contained in this novel. I enjoyed reading it very much and now I will get another of this author's books to read because it was that good.
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