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First of all, I struggled with what to call this book. I wouldn't really call this a Pride and Prejudice variation, as there is no real variation from the original plot (which to me, is splendid, as the original is of course awesome the way it is). However, it's not a sequel, either, as it takes place before, during, and after the original story. Instead, this novel takes the viewpoint of Mary Bennett from early childhood through shortly after the original novel ends. It really is a companion novel, and compliments P&P wonderfully. It's extremely well written, well edited, and Mary's POV comes through clearly, succinctly, and in a voice that is true to Austen's character.
Mary's story, of course, is at the forefront. This book is told in the first person, and follows her from her childhood at Longborn, through new friendships in Bath and Meryton, and even delves into the world "down under". Her personal journey is an identifiable one, and was well worth my time. What I think is really telling, however, is how well Mary's voice made me reevaluate some, if you'll excuse the term, universally acknowledged truths about the Bennett clan. The reason we all read P&P repeatedly, and look for fan fiction, or read sequels, is because the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy are so enjoyable. However, in watching Elizabeth's actions from Mary's perspective, the author makes you question some of your preconceived notions on Elizabeth, and at times (ok, many times), I really didn't like her! Her actions were no different than Austen's Elizabeth, but this change of POV reminds you that reality is often in the eye of the beholder. Afterall, while Elizabeth may bask in the joy of her close relationships with her sister Jane and her father, how does that effect the rest of the family?
Overall, I found this very enjoyable and a refreshing change on the P&P novels widely distributed on Amazon. If I were able (if Amazon let me do halves), I'd be giving this 4.5 stars instead of 5, simply because there were a few places that I felt things starting to drag a little bit, particularly when the events started overlapping events from the original story. Nothing overly tedious, and these parts were still good, they just made things move a little slower than I like. Still, I was very pleased with Mary's story and was very happy that she found her not-so-traditional happy ending.