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.
I loved this story, it is so easy to read and very well written. It was the blurb that really sold this book to me, I’m a massive fan of Pride & Prejudice so this rally had a lot to live up to as a follow up and I was genuinely pleased to see that Kitty was the star of the book.
The characters are great as I had expected and Kitty is delightful. The book really allows her to come in to her own and out of the shadow of her older sisters. The setting is perfect and I loved that we got to visit both London and Derbyshire in the story. The writing style was spot on and I love this era in history.
I loved how the story developed and I flew through the book, five stars from me – an excellent story and very enjoyable!!