Miss Bingley Requests

Crooked Lane. Nov. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781683318378. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781786154750. $21.99; ebk. ISBN 9781786154743. F
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is reimagined through the eyes of the "other woman." Self-absorbed Caroline Bingley believes neither love nor empathy should come before the Bingley family's fortune and social standing. For years she has planned to marry the aloof, wealthy, and sophisticated Mr. Darcy, best friend to her brother Charles—even though Darcy has never mentioned it. But when Charles leases a country estate, the group is bombarded by their neighbors, the Bennet family. Charles is smitten with Jane, and Mr. Darcy is mesmerized by carefree and outspoken Eliza. Not only does Eliza Bennet threaten her plans, but the charismatic Mr. Tryphon sends Caroline into an improper dither with his touch. Caroline must decide if securing a station in high society is more important than true love.
VERDICT With original passages from Pride and Prejudice unusually woven into the story, this charming tale told by Eliza Bennet's rival will allow enthusiasts to peer through the windows of Mr. Darcy's Pemberley estate, wondering who will marry whom.
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