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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062274244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062274243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is the socially awkward, bookish middle sister who is rarely mentioned. In her first adult novel, YA author Mingle (Kissing Shakespeare, 2012) plucks the character from obscurity and brings her to life in this delightful spin-off. Of the five Bennet sisters, Mary is the one viewed by everyone as least likely to wed. Twenty-two years old and still living at home with her younger sister Kitty, Mary resents her predicament and her parents’ expectations. Her life takes a turn when her very pregnant and disgraced sister Lydia arrives home, and Mary and Kitty are shuttled off to live with their older, married sister, Jane. There, at High Tor, Mary meets the handsome and prosperous Henry Walsh. While Kitty vies for his attention, it’s Mary who holds Henry’s interest. But Mary is reluctant to open her heart to the love she longs to receive. The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is the story of a woman’s search for acceptance and identity and a man’s quest for her affections. Mingle makes no attempt to replicate Austen’s voice. Rather, she lets Mary speak for herself in this romantic charmer that will leave the reader sighing with pleasure and remembering what it feels like to fall in love. --Diane Holcomb

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"This novel is hard to put down.  As an emotionally deep story of one woman's re-invention of herself,it is a character piece that transcends genre....Highly recommended."
Elizabeth Knowles, Historical Novel Review Society


Austenophiles rejoice! Here at last is the untold story of the forgotten Bennett sister. Pamela Mingle transports us to Regency England for a delicious tale of the triumph of love over awkwardness. (Susan Fales-Hill, author of Imperfect Bliss)

“Delightful...[a] romantic charmer that will leave the reader sighing with pleasure and remembering what it feels like to fall in love.” (Booklist (starred review))

More About the Author

I live and write in Lakewood, Colorado, and if I peek around one corner of my balcony, I have a wonderful view of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

I was a teacher and librarian, and somehow, with hard work and a little luck, I've found a third career as a writer. I love the sound of that! In the summer of 2012, Delacorte Press published my debut novel, KISSING SHAKESPEARE, a time-travel romance for teens. In the fall of 2013, my second novel will be published by William Morrow. It's a PRIDE AND PREJUDICE sequel about the socially awkward middle Bennet sister, Mary. If you're an Austen fan, I hope you'll watch for it.

I share something in common with you--I love to read! Besides YA, I love mysteries, historical fiction, mainstream and women's fiction, and fantasy. I'm always curious about what other people are reading, because whatever that is might become my new favorite book!

My husband and I have done several walking trips in England, Scotland, and France. That means going from one town to the next, on foot, sometimes fifteen miles a day! It was on one of these walks that I discovered Hoghton Tower, the setting of KISSING SHAKESPEARE.

Nothing has made me happier than hearing from readers.

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It is not a bad book though, so don’t get me wrong there.
Sheri Newton
We have the hysterical Mrs. Bennett, the dour Mr. Bennett, that bad-boy-and-bad girl Wickham and Lydia and jealous Kitty.
Clarissa Simmens
I think if the sub plot had been dropped this book would have had potential.
minnie winnie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I can’t resist a well written book that takes a less prominent, somewhat maligned character from one of Austen’s novels and convincingly rescues her (it’s usually a her) from the shadows with a plausible alteration of manners and a fitting happy ending. On all these accounts, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet delights.

Since Lizzie and Jane have gotten married Mary Bennet is much improved, though it took soul searching and hard work, and when upset she sometimes slips back into old patterns. Her singing is still atrocious, but at least now she knows it, and Darcy has thoughtfully provided her with lessons on the pianoforte so her playing is both pleasing and heartfelt. Mary still loves to read, but with Lizzie gone she has been encouraged by her lonely father to switch from moralizing tomes to history, philosophy, and poetry. She hasn’t lost her tendency to forthright speech, but with more life experience her judgements have softened so she's no longer a sermonizing prig.

It’s of course impossible to match Austen’s wonderful prose, but author Pamela Mingle made the smart and--I think--unusual choice of writing this Pride and Prejudice sequel in the first person, which both removes some of the comparison and takes the reader straight past Mary’s sometimes stiff exterior and into her heart. She also keeps Lizzy off stage more than the other Bennets, another wise decision because it’s very hard to capture Lizzie’s lively, intelligent wit, and when authors try the results are usually disappointing, at least to me. Mary Bennet she captures definitively. Mary’s character growth makes sense, and it’s that hard won betterment that is challenged when plot circumstances (rash actions by Lydia and the uncertain attentions of a potential suitor) throw her life and sentiments into disorder. Reading The Pursuit of Mary Bennet was a treat.

I read an advanced review copy of this book provided by the publisher, the opinions in this review are all mine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on November 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you are a Jane Austen fan of Pride and Prejudice, you will love this novel. If you haven't seen Pride and Prejudice, watch it and then deeply immerse yourself in the richness this novel offers when it picks up where the original leaves off. It had been quite awhile since I had read or even watched the movie and in order to reacquaint myself in the characters of the Bennet girls I spent some time watching the movie. Since this novel takes a look at life from Mary Bennet's point of view I had to remember who she was. Since she isn't addressed much I wondered why Pamela Mingle chose this particular Bennet girl to write a sequel on, but trust me when I tell you, she needs to be applauded for her efforts. Jane Austen would be proud!

Mary Bennet was the middle of five Bennet girls and one that most of her sisters and often times parents ignored. She wasn't pretty or even possessed any real talent a man looking for a suitable wife would find worth turning his head for. In fact, in Pride and Prejudice, Mary is chastened by her father for her lack of musical talent at playing the pianoforte or even singing. Now after spending time working at music, she possess a fine talent in those areas, but lacking the self esteem or even being bold enough as her sisters, she prefers to read alone or take walks, much like the wall flower she sees herself as.

Even her parents know that Mary will undoubtedly be an old spinster lacking in finding a suitable husband and her best outcome in life will be the governess for her older married sisters Jane or Elizabeth. But deep down inside Mary wants more but isn't sure how to find it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen S D Robinson on December 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a Christmas present. I started reading at 8 that evening, and reluctantly went to bed at midnight, then woke up at 5 the next morning and finished it that morning. The writer does not try to copy Jane Austen's voice, and I find that a positive thing. Too many writers try and fail. Instead the writer uses Mary Bennet's voice, and captures her quiet rage and frustration, and her growth as a person. I enjoyed the story very much, and in my mind it will now be canon. I've always sympathized with Mary Bennet, and I'm glad to see her get her own story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grammar Warden 73 on November 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Generally I don't like stories written in the first person, so I was a little peeved when I received the book (having pre-ordered it months ago) to find out that such was the case.

It turns out that my prejudice against first person perspective was ill-founded in this case. I really liked delving into Mary's mind, especially her thoughts about her bratty younger sisters, and it was enjoyable to see her slow-developing romance with Henry. Although that particular plot bore a suspicious resemblance to P&P - boy proposes, girl rejects rudely, separate, meet again, get to know each other again - it had enough of its own flavour that I could live with this.

Mary - the 'spinster' daughter - develops a deep love for her newest niece. Unfortunately, I really didn't like the part where she put her niece to her breast - there was a deep 'ick' factor for me there. For me; this was what reduced the rating from a 4 to a 3.
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