- File Size: 385 KB
- Print Length: 21 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Whiteley Press, LLC (March 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QTOETO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Maria Lucas: A Short Story in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection Kindle Edition
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“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.
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!
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