Thursday, September 13, 2012
Lydia Bennet’s Story by Jane Odiwe
Though the cover of this book is an insipid pink, the contents are anything but.
I have been very keen to get my hands on this book as I thought Lydia was such an unpleasant and silly girl, it would be difficult to get the reader to care about her and what becomes of her.
But, this book stays true to Jane Austen’s horrible, thoughtless Lydia and yet takes you along on her journey from Longbourne to Brighton and into London with Wykham, then beyond Pride and Prejudice, continuing the story in a way that draws you in and makes you care, even though she is still very much the self absorbed Lydia we all love to hate.
She see’s her dreams and her heart broken and has to admit to some of her own faults, starting to grow up in rather extreme conditions.
In our world at 15-16 she would still be a child and forgiven a lot of her silliness.
Jane Odiwe weaves a great tale and Wykham is just as horrible, conceited and selfish as you would want him to be, there is a great twist in the story line which I would not dream of spoiling.
I certainly enjoyed this book and I am sure you will too.