Saturday 20 April 2024

Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. This is Mary Bennet's story .


The Other Bennet Sister
By Janice Hadlow

Publication Date: 9th January 2020
Publisher: Mantle
Page Length: 673 Pages
Genre: Regency Historical Romance

A wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. This is Mary Bennet's story . . .

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.

The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father’s sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings – is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.

One by one, her sisters marry – Jane and Lizzy for love; Lydia for some semblance of respectability – but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins.

But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all.

Witty and uplifting, The Other Bennet Sister will make you feel – and cheer – for Mary as you never have before.

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The Other Bennet Sister

Janice Hadlow

Photo Credit: Martin Davidson

Janice Hadlow worked at the BBC for more than two decades, and for ten of those years she ran BBC Two and BBC Four, two of the broadcaster’s major television channels. She was educated at Swanley School in Kent and graduated with a first class degree in history from King’s college, London. She is the author of A Royal Experiment, a biography of Great Britain's King George III. She currently lives in Edinburgh. The Other Bennet Sister is her first novel.


  1. I always thought Mary was a bit short-changed. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

    1. That is exactly what I think as well. Mary deserves a happy ever after ending. She is the only Bennet daughter with an ounce of good sense.

    2. I think the exact same thing. Austen ridiculed her, but I think she was the most sensible of the lot of them!

    3. I agree with you all! Poor Mary. I am looking forward to reading The Other Bennet Sister.

    4. Wasn't Mary the one who could not hold a note?

  2. Poor Mary, always overshadowed by her other sisters.


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