Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe

From Amazon: In Lydia Bennet's Story, we are taken back to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, to a Regency world seen through Lydia's eyes where pleasure and marriage are the only pursuits. But the road to matrimony is fraught with difficulties and even when she is convinced that she has met the man of her dreams, complications arise. When Lydia is reunited with the Bennets, Bingleys, and Darcys, for a grand ball at Netherfield Park, the shocking truth about her husband may just cause the greatest scandal of all.

I've never read Pride & Prejudice, as each time I try to read it, I just can't get into the language and style of writing. For these reasons, I wasn't sure I'd like Lydia Bennet's Story. How very wrong I was!

I enjoyed this book so much I'm now thinking of trying to read Austen again. It's written in a very easy to read yet old style, and I couldn't wait to get home from work to read more. Lydia Bennet is the main focus of the story, and is presented as an outgoing, vibrant character. Together with her sisters, friends and love interests, she discovers that growing up isn't all she thought it would be.

I loved Lydia's character, as well as Mr. Fitzalan and even Mr. Wickham. Each character comes to life on the page, and I was immediately transported back to Regency England, where I'd now quite like to live. Everything was so much nicer: men were chivalrous, ladies were wooed and romance was romantic. Who wouldn't want that?! Although it was a different time, relationships were still the same. Between cheating men and confusing feelings for friends, Lydia gets a pretty good insight into the world of boys and marriage, and is just like any other teenage girl making her own decisions and choices.

By the end of this book, even I was quite tempted to wear a big Regency dress and walk around saying "Oh, good Sir, I'm frightfully cold". As I'm one of those girls who refuses to own dresses or skirts, this is quite an accomplishment. Lydia Bennet's Story reminded me of The Luxe series, only much, much better. It's captivating and compelling, and is a book I'm sure will appeal to a wide range of YA readers.


Chicklish said...

Brilliant review - I just love the thought of the book tempting you to wear Regency dresses! Well, good blog, I thought this review was frightfully good! :)

Kate said...

Amazing review. Will you be attending the ball? I'll settle for a nice cup of tea. This sounds like a really good book. And do tell darling, where do you purchase your regency dresses? :)

Sadako said...

Sweet, this looks good. Loved your review.

Jo said...

I do and don't like the sound of this book! I love the Pride and Prejudice story as TV adaptations, but like you I can't get round the language. I know you said it's easy to read, but it's still old, and that puts me off. I think I'm better off with modern re-writes myself. Great review!

pirate penguin said...

wow, I didn't know there was a P&P novel in Lydia's point of view. She's just usually viewed as a silly, vain young girl who rushes into marriage with the wrong guy. But you've made me curious enough to go look for this now. :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I finally got round to reading P&P and loved it so I might have to pick this one up.