What Kitty Did Next
by Carrie Kablean
Red Door Publishing
Formats available: Electronic, Paperback
Pub Date: 6.28.18| 416 pages
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
eARC provided by NetGalley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 Darcys’ 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. . .
Based on Jane Austen’s much-loved characters, this is the story of one young woman’s struggle to overcome the obstacles of her time and place and truly find herself.
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In this engaging, gently paced, Pride & Prejudice sequel, the author delivers a thoughtful, ‘coming-into-her-own’ story with the fourth Bennet daughter, Kitty getting her time to shine.
What Kitty Did Next begins shortly after the events of Pride & Prejudice. Life is somewhat dull and flat for Kitty after Lydia and Wickham are bustled off to Newcastle and her two oldest sisters are married and move away. Kitty is stuck with dull, prosy Mary, a querulous still match-minded mother, and a stern father who came down hard on her after Lydia’s misadventures. Kitty wallows a bit, but then catches a break when sweet Jane and Bingley invite her to stay with them in Town for the Season.
It was slow going, but very necessary as the author shows the steps of Kitty’s maturing process and introduces her new situation while keeping the reader up on all the Bennet sisters. I enjoyed Kitty’s unique personality and voice among the others. She doesn’t suddenly become a heroine overnight and her growth has its halts and starts, but with each encounter and adventure she steps out of her sisters’ shadow and becomes her own woman.
The story really gets moving when Kitty is tested, severely. Nothing like injustice when you’re doing the right thing to get a gal to step forward the stronger for it.
I really liked this version of Kitty Bennet and enjoyed her self-reliance and spirit. She has to work for what she wants and it was fun seeing her get there.
And, it wasn’t just Kitty. There were a few new and original characters that were great to meet. I really liked this version of Bingley and Jane in particular and then Mr. Bennet. There was some added sparkle, there.
All in all, this was a well-written, heartwarming tribute to the classic and a fabulous sequel effort that I can heartily recommend.