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Mary and the Captain: A Pride and Prejudice Continuation Paperback – June 12, 2017
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The beginning of the story was a bit slow because we had to deal with the Bennets as they prepared to go out of town. Mary and Kitty were to stay with Charles and Jane at Netherfield. Little did anyone know that Caroline had invited herself, the Hursts and her bestie Miss Helena Paget to stay at Netherfield during the holidays. Her aim… a match between Miss Paget and her brother Captain Robert Bingley.
“A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul.” Minna Antrim
Miss Helena Paget was the perfect tiny porcelain doll. Her family had raised her on a velvet pillow and nothing was allowed to plague her. She could not tolerate the cold, would not put herself out and loathed even getting dirt on her shoes. Her voice, her playing, everything about her was perfection. And Captain Robert Bingley was smitten. It was only a matter of time before he made her an offer of marriage. And Caroline wanted him to make the match because Miss Paget’s uncle was a lord and Caroline wanted the connection for herself and the family.
Enter a young servant boy named Daniel and everything changes. Suddenly we see a new side to Miss Paget and Caroline also. I loved the story with this little guy. Somehow children change the tone of a story. I just loved him and his relationship with the Captain and Mary. Mr. Penrose the vicar attempted to help the family with the young man but he only discomforted Miss Bingley.
“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain
This story was really deeper than what you would think. It was the inner workings of Caroline Bingley and her relationship with her brother. It really was a beautiful relationship. We watch her struggle with her own emotions and feelings regarding where she came from, where she had been and who she was now. It was as much as story about Caroline as it was about Mary and the Captain.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” Bindi Irwin
You don’t really know a person until you see them in different circumstances than what they are accustomed to. Miss Paget did not have her mother nearby in order to help her curb her tongue. She was not in society that she had been raised to. She had to deal with persons she considered beneath her and it was not long before her porcelain veneer began to crack. Soon the claws came out as she insisted the Captain resign his commission, get rid of the boy and banish Mary Bennet from Netherfield forever.
The Captain began to see things in a different light when Miss Paget’s conduct was compared to that of Mary Bennet. For Mary, it was what was on the inside that counted. She was the real deal. She was honest, helpful, dedicated, and she was willing to do what was right, even if it was uncomfortable. Her intentions were pure and she had no ulterior motives to her actions.
The situation with Daniel was amazing and I wonder if there is a sequel planned for this story. There were many threads left dangling that would be amazing to see completed. It was a clean read that I didn't want to put down.
Problem: as the book progressed, the editing sort of fell apart. Miss Paget became Page at one point. Several times I encountered a strangely worded sentence. I had to back up several times to clarify what I was reading. As the story went on… it got worse. It was too bad.
Naturally, she had the help of a young captain that gave her confidence and boosted her in trusting him so that they worked together for the care of a so assumed street urchin. I won't go into the plot as to not spoil it for others but it is a very interesting part of the story.
Caroline Bingley can be lovable and hateful and that she was in this novel.
The story revolves mostly about Mary, Captain Bingley and a few others, however the others were important to the storyline.
This is the first novel I have read from the author and look forward to many more.
I thought her writing was remarkable, the plot held my interest and it was entertaining. (less)
Copied and pasted from my review on Goodreads!
This is very well-done with competent writing and a very likable H. The H, an active army captain, looks forward to getting to know the girl he wishes to affiance over the Christmas, while in the company of the Bingley's [including sister Caroline] and Kitty and Mary Bennet.
On the way to Netherfield, he is detained and must spend the night at an inn, where he witnesses an injustice that he just can't seem to shake from his consciousness.
This affects everyone at Netherfield, and their subsequent actions reveal their true characters and priorities, thus forcing the captain to reconsider his future.
Loved this, the story, the writing style, it kept me enchanted so much that I read it in one sitting. Definitely and easily in my top five JAFF books of the year.