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The Other Bennet Sister
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
The Other Bennet Sister
Written by:
Janice Hadlow 
Read by:
Kristin Atherton 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
17 
Duration:
20 hours 1 minutes 
Published:
January 09 2020 
Available Date:
January 09 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529041811 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical; Historical Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice’s five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own.

It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable. The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. One by one, her sisters marry but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins. But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all. Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world.

'Janice Hadlow has dusted down Mary, the ugly Bennet sister, and fashioned her into a heroine that even Miss Austen would approve of. A treat for Austenites and for anyone who likes their fiction to have sense and sensibility.'
Daisy Godwin