"...the mystery at the heart of the story keeps you on edge. Not only in hopes of unraveling the mystery, but wondering if it will impact Darcy and Elizabeth in an unexpected way." 5 stars--Rose Fairbanks, The Darcy Obsession.
"What I loved most about this story was that it had a duel plot - besides the present-day story of Mr. Bingley letting Netherfield Park, readers learn about the traumatic experiences Mr. and Mrs. Bennet faced twenty years ago and how those experiences brought them together through periodic flashbacks." 4 stars--Meredith Esparza, Austenesque Reviews.
"Lauder sigue las líneas de la historia original, pero la hace suya al introducir en sus diálogos su propias interpretaciones, haciendo un contenido bastante ameno, dinámico y vivaz envuelto en un halo de misterio eintriga." Valoración: 4 Austen (Muy bueno) 3 llamas de fuego (Ardiente)--Warmisunqu's Austen, Reseñas de autores fánfic. Translation: Lauder follows the lines of the original story, but introduces her own interpretations to you in her dialogue, creating a pretty entertaining, dynamic, and lively content, wrapped in an aura mystery and intrigue." 4 stars, 3 flames--Warmisunqu's Austen, Reviews of Fanfic Authors.
"I love a book that gives something extra with the storyline, and this one has it in the bag, a twist with a twist, love it." 5 stars--Jules, Amazon reader.
"When lots of authors are giving the same personality to the characters with the same or very similar story line, it is a real pleasure to read something...refreshing but not too contorted. ...if you are open to those sort of variations which are making alterations in characters and story line, you'll like it. It's well written and well edited, plus besides Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley romance there is another equally wonderful story." 5 stars--Míra Magdó, Obsessed with Mr. Darcy.
"...after reading and enjoying Letter from Ramsgate, I searched for previous books by Suzan Lauder. And found Alias Thomas Bennet. And I'm very glad I did. The premise is, as far as I know, unique amongst JAFFs: it's almost like stepping through the looking glass." 5 stars--Janis B., Every Savage Can Dance.
From the Author
When I decided to change the entire personality of Mr. Bennet to remove his canon flaws, I realized that many key plot points of Austen's influential novel would be affected, and decided that nothing was sacred. The butterfly's wings had flapped, resulting in a "New and Improved Bennet Family." Whilst they remain the same in essentials, the Bennets have each learned to manage their personal weaknesses.
A warning to sensitive readers: there is violence and sex in this book. I thought long and hard about which mature scenes to retain, and was supported by my editor. As a result, those that are included are integral to this complex tale with two story streams surrounding the mystery of "Who is Thomas Bennet, and why is his family so different from the original?" The cover note warns of a brief,non-explicit scene of sexual violence, which is in the preview. The remaining mature scenes are mild, honest descriptions of youthful curiosity, natural passion, and monogamous love that complete these characters' stories.
Editor Gail Warner proposes one word to describe Alias Thomas Bennet: "unique." Without a doubt, this novel is singular as a Pride and Prejudice variation--and you'll die when you learn the identity of the true heir to Longbourn!