Saturday, June 9, 2018

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean

England, 1813. Nineteen-year-old Catherine Bennet lives in the shadow of her two eldest sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, who have both made excellent marriages. No one expects Kitty to amount to anything. Left at home in rural Hertfordshire with her neurotic and nagging mother, and a father who derides her as "silly and ignorant," Kitty is lonely, diffident and at a loss as to how to improve her situation. 

When her world unexpectedly expands to London and the Darcy’s magnificent country estate in Derbyshire, she is overjoyed. Keen to impress this new society, and to change her family’s prejudice, Kitty does everything she can to improve her mind and manners—and for the first time feels liked and respected. 

However, one fateful night at Pemberley, a series of events and misunderstandings conspire to ruin Kitty’s reputation and she is sent back home in disgrace. But Kitty has learnt from her new experiences and what she does next does next will not only surprise herself, but everyone else too.

My Review: What Kitty Did Next is a fun novel that plunges the reader back into the amazing world Jane Austen created with the original Pride and Prejudice. Her characterization of not only Kitty, our main protagonist in this novel, but also the other members of the family (to include Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine de Bourgh) are spot on. It's as Jane was channeled from the other side to inspire this tale. Focusing on young Catherine "Kitty" Bennett create a strong coming-of-age story for the younger sister and her willingness and tenacity to overcome her unfortunate set back gives absolute satisfaction.

A must-read for Jane Austen fans - however - I do feel like it's not a summer read and that is my bad for reading it in the wrong time of year. Curl up with this one come Fall with a cup of Chamomile tea and a light rain outside - that would be perfection! In fact, I will be revisiting it then. But I still give the story and the writing a hearty 🍷🍷🍷🍷for Kablean's ability to capture the language, setting, dialogue, and dynamics of Jane Austen's original masterpiece. 

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