Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. I will tell you the story of how I knew myself to be plain and therefore devoid of the one virtue which it behooves every woman to have. What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center st...

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Title:Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author:Katherine J. Chen
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B076Z12VYV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice Reviews

  • Nancy
    Jun 01, 2018
    It is a bold, and perhaps dangerous, mission to "reimagine" a much beloved classic novel like PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Ms. Chen demonstrated courage in taking on this challenge, as well as skill in presenting her story. Make no mistake, rabid Austenites may be outraged. The characters...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Apr 02, 2018
    Warning, a semi-spoilers rant ahead. The latest cash-in on Jane Austen, I think, might have been an okay book if it had been set in Austen's period with original characters, instead of wrenching and distorting the plot, characters, and moral substrate of Pride and Prejudice out of a...
  • Barb
    May 25, 2018
    Full review closer to publication date, but here are a couple of quick comments. In the JAFF world there are many unwritten rules which most authors follow. This story basically breaks almost all of those rules. Chen chooses to demonstrate a few things which may have been hidden fr...
  • Tammy Buchli
    Mar 20, 2018
    This book surprised me. Throughout the first third, I was convinced it was a 2-star book. I caught a number of anachronisms and the descriptions (a slovenly Longbourne and a diminutive Mr. Collins) made me think more of the Keira Knightly film than the original novel. But something hap...
  • Kathleen Flynn
    Aug 03, 2018
    Sometimes the disparity between the opinions of professional reviewers and ordinary readers is huge, and that has certainly been the case here. Reviewers seem to love the liberties that Katherine J. Chen has taken with Austen?s characters; an unusual number of early readers are outra...
  • Aimee
    Apr 08, 2018
    I was really excited to read a book about an often overlooked character from Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet. Unfortunately I did not end up liking the book at all. The author seemed to go out of her way to make every other character in the beloved book become selfish and awful in ord...
  • Shawn
    Apr 09, 2018
    Okay... So, here?s what we?re not going to do... we are not going to take THE most beloved characters of THE most beloved classic, and rewrite them to be completely and utterly devoid of the virtues and morals that made Pride & Prejudice the masterpiece that it is. You want...
  • Liz
    Jul 09, 2018
    I still count Pride and Prejudice as my favorite novel of all time. So, it?s always with some trepidation that I tackle any book that?s meant as a continuation or spin off or story told from a different viewpoint. There have been some that have worked well. Longbourn comes to min...
  • Judy Lesley
    May 17, 2018
    This is not a sympathetic Pride and Prejudice variation. Readers for these books usually fall roughly into three categories: (1) the readers who want a new slant but keeping the main characters intact, (2) the readers who want to go completely off the rails from the original story, or ...
  • Suzanne
    May 26, 2018
    As I worked my way through the first third to half of the book, I came to the realization that its biggest challenge is Mary Bennett. She is just not that likable. You do feel a little sorry for her, but at the same time, she is her own worst enemy. Honestly, she's irritating. What...
  • Emily
    Mar 28, 2018
    I really liked this book. While I am sure that Austen fans will be split on the book as it definitely upsets the fairy tale ending to Pride and Prejudice, I was fascinated to see the transpiring events through Mary's eyes. Chen's in-depth look at a socially awkward girl who never quite...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jul 19, 2018
    Die-hard Jane Austen fans, those especially smitten with Pride and Prejudice, may find themselves in a fit of rage or tears (...or both) if they pick up this retelling covering the events before, during, and after the timeline of the original story. Told by overlooked middle sister ...
  • Cora
    Apr 11, 2018
    This made me so, so angry. I thought it might be interesting to read a novel from the point of view of the overlooked, oblivious Mary, and looked forward to reading it, but the characters and surroundings are so twisted around as to be almost unrecognizable - if it had been an original...
  • Susan
    Jul 03, 2018
    From a very young age Mary Bennet realised that she was of no consequence to her family. She would never make a match that could save her family, that was for Jane. In this variation and sequel we read of events from Mary's point of view, her view of her relations which have been colou...
  • Linda Zagon
    Jul 11, 2018
    Katherine J. Chen, Author of "Mary B" An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice, writes her novel on Mary Bennet the middle sister.  The author deals with "What if"about Mary  using a unique and fresh perspective. In the original "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin, there is very littl...
  • Dawn Wells
    Jul 19, 2018
    I was super excited to read this book as pride and prejudice is one of my favorite books and I wanted to enjoy Mary?s story. This one was a slight disappointment. I do believe the author tried heard to give a voice to Mary?s character. Unfortunately, it was hard on the other charac...
  • Tonya
    May 16, 2018
    This story is about exploring different endings than what was envisioned in Jane Austen?s beloved Pride and Prejudice. The middle sister, Mary, is perceived as plain and that is how she lives her life. Until one day, she decides to escape her boring life and start writing? The writ...
  • Erin
    Jul 28, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review It is a truth that must be universally acknowledged that Jane Austen retellings don't always leave me satisfied. Earlier this summer I felt myself very giddy after reading about Kitty Bennett in What Kitty did Next...
  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    Jul 07, 2018
    Also posted on lampshadereader.com Received a review copy from NetGalley. A truly unique take on the world of Pride and Prejudice, with Mary being the main character. Imaginative and different, take all of your preconceived notions about P&P and hold them back; don't brin...
  • Becky S
    Apr 09, 2018
    If you go into this expecting it to be like the original book, then you won't like it. Nice twist on a classic by spinning off of it and developing another sister. Go into it with an open mind and you'll enjoy it for what it is. ...
  • Amy
    Jun 10, 2018
    An untold story of Pride & Prejudice? More like the most twisted untold (that no one wants to know) story of Pride & Prejudice. There's an appeal with a book like this, because first, that cover and title snagged my attention hook line and sinker. Mary suffers from the plai...
  • Nancy
    Jul 03, 2018
    Mary Bennett begins her story with, "A child does not grow up with the knowledge that she is plain of dull or a complete simpleton until the accident of some event should reveal these unfortunate truths," later adding "It was therefore acknowledged" that all beauty and goodness and int...
  • India
    Aug 02, 2018
    Like the author, I was (and still am) very sympathetic to Mary Bennet in the original novel. I always thought there was more to be explored with her, so I was thrilled try this book. However, while reading this book, my sympathy and curiosity about Mary evaporated. It's entirely po...
  • Kristin Davison
    Apr 13, 2018
    2.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Random House Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. Just about any tragic thing that could happen to the Bennets did happen to them in this book. The plot became ridiculous and the only redeeming feature is that lots of bo...
  • Anne Morgan
    Jul 24, 2018
    Retellings or 'untold stories' of classic and beloved books are always risky. They can go into avenues that the original author could not follow, they can be spicy or modern. They can explore from the point of view of servants or secondary characters. They can allow readers to revisit ...
  • J. W. Garrett
    May 26, 2018
    ?Gloom, despair, and agony on me? Deep, dark depression, excessive misery?? GLOOM, DESPAIR AND AGONY ON ME From the TV show ?Hee-Haw? (1969 ? 1992) Buch Owens & Roy Clark Warning: To those who love P&P and Austen?s characters? this could be hazardous to you...
  • Tracy DeNeal
    Aug 06, 2018
    Miss Mary Bennet Still waters run deep indeed. A lovely P&P variation by a first time author. My favorite Bennet sister tells her story. At times melancholy, at times hopeful - we delve into the inner workings of Mary?s mind in first person POV. It works in this setting. I...
  • OLT
    Jun 26, 2018
    (If you are a Janeite like me, you may well feel that this well-written "untold" story of P&P should have remained untold.) Was it Orson Welles who said, "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story"? So author Katherine Chen wants a happy ...
  • Mary Dolan
    Aug 06, 2018
    THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN HEAVY SPOILERS AND A RANT. I was SO excited to read this one when I read an interview with the author online. If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan, I do not recommend this book as it will probably anger you, as it did me. I do not mean any offense to the a...
  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us
    Aug 13, 2018
    Thanks to Random House for a free copy to review honestly. Quick thoughts because I believe this book had some great potential. I've wondered about Mary, sister of Jane and Lizzy (crazy Lydia) and Kitty. She liked music, read books and for the most part, doesn't play that big of a ...