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What can I say? If you think about this and Pride and Prejudice as being completely independent – different characters with the same name etc, then you might just like it. If you can’t do that, then you will hate it (and rightly so – Darcy does not have a hired thug who does his dirty work!).

The best I can say is that it’s not bad as a trashy regency novel – no where near as good as Georgette Heyer, but I can see that a bit of research had been done. Although as Austen did say

while Mary obtained nothing higher than one of her uncle Philip’s clerks, and was content to be considered a star in the society of Meriton

Taken from  A Memoir of Jane Austen

I’m not sure why McCullough felt the need to alter the story.

One Response to “The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet – Colleen McCullough”

  1. sparselykate says:

    Oh I agree! I’m on just into this story but already I’m shaking my head…no no no! I think I shall reserve full judgement though until I read the whole novel. Will get back to you! 🙂

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