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on March 26, 2017
The book blurb said it was 21 pages, was a post script to Charlotte Collins, although it was said it could be a stand-a-lone. I’m not sure I agree with that. I suppose without the background this was just a young couple surviving an argument.

“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.” Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

This was a window of time that focused on Maria and her husband. I don’t believe I’ve read anything quite this quickly before. I hadn’t even gotten comfortable when it was over. There was a misunderstanding between the couple and they needed to work it out. I liked the scene, I like the outcome and I like the couple that rose out of the ashes. It was a cute, clean [although steamy], and can be read in less than an hour.
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VINE VOICEon March 23, 2011
Austen scarcely mentions Maria Lucas in Pride & Prejudice. She's a foil to her much wiser older sister, Charlotte. Charlotte is a foil to Elizabeth Bennet. Jane Austen's characters were often painted in some detail, with that image deftly sharpened by contrasting them with other characters, sketched more lightly with much less color. Austen's works still seem modern, contrasting sharply with the much longer more florid descriptions and moralizings of fiction of her day. Austen's genius was in her economy, illustrating characters by their words, actions and reactions.

But she leaves many readers wanting to know more about these characters. This conveniently makes room for present-day writers to supply such information in a whole fiction sub-genre, continuations of Austen's works, most especially Pride & Prejudice. Many extoll Austen's spare prose and sharp story telling, then attempt to 'improve' on it by continuing her stories. Coincidentally this provides occupation and subject matter for Austen fans who would be authors. It's also a market for reworking masters or doctoral theses, turning scholarly research into salable popular fiction. It's one great way to try to repay college loans. Taxpayers everywhere salute you!

Jennifer Becton's book, Charlotte Collins: A Continuation, etc., was her first publication, explaining what happened to Charlotte. This short story continues that continuation, explaining what happened to Maria Lucas. Maria was such a minor character in Austen's work, there's not much to build on. Ms. Becton played it safe, spinning a short, well-written story in the life of Maria, laying out that character's problem and its resolution in a half dozen pages or so. It's well worth the price, and good practice for her own tale, whenever Becton finishes writing it. Of course, I'm hoping it's a regency!
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on February 6, 2015
Good short, and I mean short, story of how Maria Card realises that she finally loves her husband. Mr. Jonas Card has found that his mother and Mr. Ransom Crumbleigh's estate manager have been cheating the tenants out of their share of the estate's crop gains. Maria finally realized that he sent her London, not because he didn't love her or have a mistress, but because of financial problems. Once she figures this out, she returns to Crumbleigh. Both are totally in love and by selling the house in London, repay the tenants what was owed them. Good heart warming story, but was really too short. I felt the story was getting good and then it was over.
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on June 23, 2016
Very disappointing read. I had just finished a long book and was looking for a short, quick read. This fit the bill, but was not worth the few minutes it took to read. I have read Jane Austin, many times. Please authors, leave her out of your stories if you can't come even remotely close to her depth and style. This story had no story line, no character development, and nothing in common with Austin.
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on July 19, 2014
This is such a brief story with out much substance, but I knew it was only 30 pages when I bought it so I shouldn't be surprised. I didn't like it enough to buy the other book she wrote. But it was okay for 99 cents. Was Maria really that silly and such a money grubber? She just seemed like a delightful and very young girl in P&P. But I read most of the P&P books that authors come up with so you have to decide if you want a very short story that does not develop much of anything.
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on October 21, 2012
This short character sketch is fun to read. Ms. Becton is apparently making a study of each individual character in the original Pride and Prejudice, either amplifying or giving fictional accounts of "what next" after the end of P&P. I applaud her efforts, as her writing is lively.
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on March 18, 2015
Being a younger sister I know how Maria Lucas feels, in some way she has a good head on her shoulders and sometimes not, but how doesn't really.
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on November 20, 2014
It was a cute short story of Charlotte's sister, wish the characters were developed more though, you didn't get to know the characters well.
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on August 4, 2013
Surprisingly, although I wasn't expecting much, this was a delightful read with likeable characters and an interesting love story spin off of the Charlotte Collins story.
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on June 21, 2011
Please read Charlotte Collins before reading Maria Lucas - it will help you understand the characters and situation much better. (Besides, you'll LOVE Charlotte Collins anyway).

This is a brilliant short-story/follow-up from Charlotte Collins. Absolutely delicious. I'm a big Jonas Card fan anyway, so this just tickled my fancy.

Can't wait for Caroline Bingley! :D

Thanks, Jen, for your fantastic writing skills!! xox
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