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- Print Length: 288 pages
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- Publisher: White Soup Press (March 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CTLTE6I
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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This is a truly original look at the characters of Pride and Prejudice. This is a sequel to Mistaking Her Character: A Pride and Prejudice Variation. You aren't required to read the first book to enjoy this one but it will add to your enjoyment.
This story begins with Lydia Bennet arriving alone at a Seminary for Young ladies in the English countryside. She has been sent there as a result of her attempted and thwarted elopement with Wickham. Mr. Bennet; who is a cruel tyrant in this series, has washed his hands of her; while the Darcy's have opted to send her to be reformed and reeducated.
The early Lydia is the silly, spoiled creature of Miss Austen's original, but quickly learning her place in the world and how her missteps not only ruined her reputation but damaged her family. She sees and experiences life on the other side of the baize door; forced to clean and mend and care for others. Gradually she comes to the realization that she had little to offer and was unnecessarily cruel.
As she improves in not just attitude but mind and soul we meet other damaged young ladies; who are also attempting to work work their way back to the good graces of society and their families.
This story is beautiful and compelling. A must read.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Source: I was provided an ARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
I have to start this review by commending Maria Grace for writing a story about Lydia Bennet that felt true to Lydia’s character while at the same time telling a story that even someone like myself could truly sit back and relish with delight. Typically, I have a hard time reading about Lydia Bennet in JAFF. She’s the spoiled, reckless sister who nearly ruined the happiness of everyone in her family, and like some other readers, I have difficulty mustering empathy for her character.
That was until Maria Grace’s book,”The Trouble to Check Her,” came along. Maria’s storytelling brilliantly demonstrates Lydia’s evolution from a selfish, thoughtless girl, into a more mature, yet vulnerable and likable young lady, who has come through her experiences at Mrs. Drummond’s school in a manner that feels realistic, as well as quite true to her character. Naturally, this doesn’t happen overnight, and that’s where the talents of Maria Graces’s writing really shine through in this story.
When Mr. and Mrs. Darcy become Lydia’s guardians and decide to check Lydia into Mrs. Drummond’s school after her attempt to elope with George Wickham, she is seething with anger and exhibits none of the remorse that one would prefer to witness in a young lady in her current situation. Yet, why should she be pleased as punch about their decision? She can’t bring all of her pretty dresses to wear, she has to share a room with a rather plump and “prudish” girl, and she has to do chores around Mrs. Drummond’s house that she never had to be part of at Longbourn. So where’s the fun for a girl like her?
Well, Lydia doesn’t really get to have her kind of fun and that’s where the story became really interesting to me. After being encouraged, or rather forced to join into the routines established at Mrs. Drummond’s school, Lydia slowly begins to experience the joys and rewards of these simple pleasures. Once she starts to develop relationships with some of her classmates, she comes to learn lessons that extend far beyond the walls of the schoolhouse. When the new music master comes to teach at the school, he recognizes a talent within Lydia that has been previously neglected. Being surrounded by people who see her outside of the Bennet family allows her to become better acquainted with who Lydia Bennet truly is and this turns out to be the greatest lesson of all for her!
Ms. Grace’s story really shines due to her ability to flesh out a cast of characters that were easy to relate to and who had their own imperfections and challenges to overcome throughout the story. As a group of ladies who find themselves in a place where they have been given one final chance to redeem themselves, there are plenty of opportunities for the ladies to move forward or backward in their “progress” and the difficulties that placed them at Mrs. Drummond’s may prove once again to be their undoing. While the ladies are curious to know about each other’s past indiscretions, they come to gain a sense of compassion for each other in a way that helps them forge special bonds with each other. It’s these imperfections and various struggles of her characters that only made me love them even more!
I also enjoyed the way Maria Grace connected Lydia’s story with the members of her own family. We were thankfully not provided with constant flashbacks of her first book to help readers follow the story since Ms. Grace skillfully included only subtle references to the first book in a way that didn’t bog down the pace of her story. The Darcys play a minor role in this story, yet they are significant to the life Lydia will lead when she does resume her life away from Mrs. Drummond’s school. I encourage any JAFF readers who may have resisted stories focused on Lydia Bennet to seriously consider placing this on their TBR list, as I am confident that they will find this story to be a thoughtful and hopeful journey of Lydia’s formative years.
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