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From Jenny at Wondrous Reads:

I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice, as each time I try to read it, I just can’t get into the language and style of writing. For these reasons, I wasn’t sure I’d like Lydia Bennet’s Story. How very wrong I was!

I enjoyed this book so much I’m now thinking of trying to read Austen again. It’s written in a very easy to read yet old style, and I couldn’t wait to get home from work to read more. Lydia Bennet is the main focus of the story, and is presented as an outgoing, vibrant character. Together with her sisters, friends and love interests, she discovers that growing up isn’t all she thought it would be.

I loved Lydia’s character, as well as Mr. Fitzalan and even Mr. Wickham. Each character comes to life on the page, and I was immediately transported back to Regency England, where I’d now quite like to live. Everything was so much nicer: men were chivalrous, ladies were wooed and romance was romantic. Who wouldn’t want that?! Although it was a different time, relationships were still the same. Between cheating men and confusing feelings for friends, Lydia gets a pretty good insight into the world of boys and marriage, and is just like any other teenage girl making her own decisions and choices.

By the end of this book, even I was quite tempted to wear a big Regency dress and walk around saying “Oh, good Sir, I’m frightfully cold”. As I’m one of those girls who refuses to own dresses or skirts, this is quite an accomplishment. Lydia Bennet’s Story reminded me of The Luxe series, only much, much better. It’s captivating and compelling, and is a book I’m sure will appeal to a wide range of YA readers.

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Odiwe emulates Austen’s famous wit, and manages to give Lydia a happily-ever-after ending worthy of any Regency romance heroine.

Foreword Magazine

Odiwe’s Lydia is as wild and reckless as readers of Austen’s novel could imagine. It is satisfying to see a plausible description of their relationship and lifestyle during their marriage, and the few glimpses readers are offered of Elizabeth, Darcy, and other original characters is faithful to the original.
Her new acquaintances are interesting and well developed, and Wickham is just as scandalous as ever. The ending will be a complete surprise.

Publisher’s Weekly

In this pleasant addition to the growing microgenre of Austen knockoffs, Odiwe pays nice homage to Austen’s stylings and endears the reader to the formerly secondary character, spoiled and impulsive Lydia Bennet… devotees will enjoy.

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine

Jane Odiwe…gives us a heroine who is remarkably likeable…Lydia’s diary… a catalogue of frivolity – reveals a great sense of fun, an engaging lack of self-pity and an unerring eye for a good-looking chap …(Odiwe’s) technique of interspersing third person narrative with ‘diary extracts’ works particularly well as a way of counterpointing the disastrous events in Lydia’s life with her indomitable optimism and spirit.’

The Bath Chronicle.

A new twist in the tale for Austen’s Lydia. Jane Austen fans are in for a treat with Jane Odiwe’s sequel to Pride and Prejudice detailing Lydia Bennet’s story. Lydia, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in flirting with officers and getting married before her sisters, has a chance to redeem herself in this novel. Creatively interweaving the narrative with extracts from Lydia’s diary, the reader begins to understand her actions and the motives of others. Throughout the book new friends are introduced and old ones are revisited against a vivid background of Regency England. In Bath, all the familiar haunts from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are revisited; the Pump Room, the Upper Rooms, Queen Square and even Gravel Walk.
An unexpected twist brings about a happy ending for Lydia.

The Historical Novel Society, A Review for Lydia Bennet’s Story

The flirtatious Lydia Bennet, the youngest sister in Pride and Prejudice, is the heroine of this delightful Jane Austen sequel….The narrative is interspersed with Lydia’s diary entries, which are hilarious. Lydia matures quite a bit through the course of the novel and at the end is no longer the self-centred flirt she was at the beginning. The author makes this transition gradual and quite believable. The new characters are all very much in the spirit of Austen. I highly recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen or Regency romances.

Jane Austen Today

Lydia Bennet’s Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe is a fun and spirited romance. Simply know that when you purchase this novel, you will be transported to Brighton and London and all their Regency charms, and revisit some of your favorite Pride & Prejudice characters.

Jane Odiwe has a knack for describing the settings in her narrative, and writing in Lydia’s breathless tone in the journals. I enjoyed the book, much to my surprise. I only say this because I generally don’t read sequels. This one was entertaining, and had me turning the page to find out how the story ends.

Austenprose

…what Jane Austen introduced Jane Odiwe has cleverly expanded upon picking up the plot and style without missing a beat. Not only are we reminded that thoughtless, wild and outspoken Lydia is “the most determined flirt that ever made herself and her family ridiculous,” we begin to understand (but not always agree) with her reasoning’s and are swept up in the story like a new bonnet bought on impulse. Oh, to be but sixteen again without a care in the world except the latest fashions, local gossip, and which officer to dance with at the next Assembly are a delightful foundation for this excursion into Austenland that is both an amusement and a gentle morality story.

How it all turns out for the young lady from Longbourn in Hertfordshire, I will not say. However, I will only allude that the concluding adventure of the most determined flirt to ever make her family ridiculous, might make Jane Austen smile. Lydia Bennet’s Story Adventure is rollicking good fun with a surpise twist. Now that my hope of a novel about her has come to fruition, it can only be surpassed by Lydia Bennet the movie. Imagine what folly and fun would ensue. La!

The Jane Austen Centre web site

New friends are introduced and old ones are revisited with grace and charm. Romances are concocted, and hearts are won and lost against a vivid background of Regency England. Brighton is brought forth in all its gaudy splendor; a whole camp full of soldiers with balls and parties every night. Newcastle becomes a real place, far more than just a northern banishment; a seaside city full of full of merchants and warehouses, shops and gossips. In Bath, all the familiar haunts from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are revisited; the Pump Room, the Upper Rooms, Queen’s Square and even the Gravel Walk, so often the trysting place of young couples.

With an unexpected plot twist the story of young Lydia rapidly comes to its satisfying conclusion. Readers will not be disappointed by the creative way the author brings justice to all. Lydia’s story is thoroughly entertaining. Despite the illicit nature of the Wickham’s relationship at first, readers will find the matter delicately handled with no reason to blush. Lydia’s voice is sweet and lively. Hers is not a nature to be weighed down by care or sorrow. A greater understanding of her nature and situation brings the reader a new compassion for her and an admiration for her overcoming spirit.

Lydia Bennet was, indeed, born to an extraordinary fate, and I, for one, am grateful to Ms. Odiwe for sharing her story.

Pemberley

I’ve just finished this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lydia was lively and fun, just as she is in Pride and Prejudice, and there were some appearances by the Darcys and the Bingleys as well as the rest of Lydia’s family.
Lydia’s story starts at Longbourn. It’s written as a novel, but every now and again the narrative is interspersed with Lydia’s journal entries, which provide interest and novelty. The tone is very bright and lively, just like Lydia, and her journal entries are very funny. I often laughed out loud, which is not something I do with many books.
It’s a funny book, written with a detailed knowledge of Pride and Prejudice, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Diary of an Eccentric

Odiwe’s writing style made me feel almost as though I were actually reading Austen. I had to remind myself it was a sequel several times.

I know not everyone enjoys Pride & Prejudice sequels; there are a lot of them out there. But if you like Jane Austen and her heroines, I recommend Lydia Bennet’s Story. Lydia Bennet is not a name that comes to mind when thinking about Austen’s heroines, but Odiwe’s story of Lydia’s adventures shows her strength and shows that there’s more to the flighty Bennet sister than meets the eye

Reader’s Respite

The term “sequel,” I am happy to report, has no application whatsoever to Jane Odiwe’s delightful novel, Lydia Bennet’s Story.

By the end of the story, Lydia’s actions were quite forgivable in my eyes. She made mistakes many of us can sympathize with, having made many of them ourselves, albeit in a different century. Over-weening pride – an allusion to the novel from which she springs – only compounds her misjudgments.

… the novel is lighthearted enough for enjoyable read and I was quite pleased to discover that it may be considered a stand-alone story, meaning that one need not be an Austen aficionado nor even to have read Pride and Prejudice in order to enjoy this book. If, however, you are a serious Austen fan and are loath to try reading one of the many “sequels,” you can safely set aside that fear in this instance and sit down with a very enjoyable tale. Happy reading!

Austenblog

Jane Odiwe has given Lydia Bennet a plausible backstory that, if it doesn’t redeem her, at least gives her the benefit of the doubt; and a happier ending than one would expect, and happier than the cynical Janeite might think she probably deserves.
…absorbing and well-written, sexy without being explicit, and like the best of such alternative-viewpoint Austen paraliterature, we get a new, thoughtful, and sympathetic perspective on a well-known, well-loved classic.

Savvy, Verse and Wit

Lydia Bennet’s Story does not miss a beat, Odiwe has a strong command of Austen’s language, style, and characters, but she puts her own flare on the wild maven that is Lydia.
Readers of Jane Austen and Austen enthusiasts will enjoy this novel, but even those readers looking for a fast-paced “romance” will enjoy Lydia Bennet’s Story.

The Reviewer

I loved this book. I fully expected to hate this book. I expected to finish it and thank my lucky stars that I only had one Austen related book on my desk. I was sad when this book ended.

ExLibris

A Wonderful Austen Sequel

I enjoyed Lydia Bennet’s Story immensely. It was a fun story with everything I love about good Regency fiction – good writing, plenty of period descriptions and background information that lend authenticity, and romance that is exciting but not over the top. Odiwe did an excellent job of staying true to Austen’s style while creating new characters and plots to make the story fresh and interesting. She also gave me a new appreciation for the character of Lydia. In an age of numerous Austen sequels, this one is definitely worth reading.

Diary of an Eccentric

I recommend Lydia Bennet’s Story. Lydia Bennet is not a name that comes to mind when thinking about Austen’s heroines, but Odiwe’s story of Lydia’s adventures shows her strength and shows that there’s more to the flighty Bennet sister than meets the eye.

Book Zombie

Lydia Bennet’s Story is not only a terrific story but also a wonderful example of Jane Odiwe’s talent at character development. With just a bit of background she has transformed Lydia into a character worthy of her own novel. I believe this is a fantastic Austen sequel, because it changes nothing of the original Austen creations, instead it digs deeper and adds more personality to a secondary character creating a story line that veers in another direction.

Pictures and Conversations

…like Austen’s stories, the plot always takes a backseat to tone and wit. Lydia Bennet’s Story is no different. While some of the comments are more ribald than dear Jane would have penned, Odiwe really captures the playful social commentary that Austen loved to present.

Library Queue

Lydia Bennet’s Story is a fun Regency period read. It was a little naughty for me in some parts, complete with heaving bosoms, but overall I found it enjoyable and true to the Austen spirit.

Once upon a Romance.

Lydia Bennet’s Story gives great insight into Lydia’s character and spins an entertaining tale of Lydia’s life. Lydia Bennet’s Story is an entertaining story, which shows Lydia in a sympathetic light. Ms. Odiwe does something, that I thought nearly impossible–redeem Lydia Bennet.

Reading Romance books

…entertaining to read. Lydia learned from her folly and matured somewhat, though not changing in essentials. I was happy to see that things ended ideally for her.

Book Blogger’s Diary

The author nicely makes use of existing material on Lydia Bennet to incorporate, and later expand on, in her own style to craft a story that’s overall fun and makes for light, entertaining reading.

Random Jottings

Jane Odiwe has caught Lydia’s gushing, breathless manner beautifully in those parts of the book which are purporting to be her diary.

Jane Austen in Vermont

And how rich that Austen’s flighty Lydia becomes Odiwe’s ‘fish out of water’ in the very first sentence of the first narrative chapter: ‘The true misfortune, which besets any young lady who believes herself destined for fortune and favour, is to find that she has been born into an unsuitable family.’ A stronger opening has seldom been set down on paper. Lydia’s self-contention of being a child snatched from noble parents at birth nicely sets up the story to come, positioning the reader firmly on Lydia’s side.

Amazon

From the first chapter to the very last page, paragraph,even sentence….I was enthralled. The conversations, descriptions of characters, clothes, scenes… all are brought to life so well that I got completely wrapped up in this new world.

I loved this book from its first page – Ms Odiwe’s writing is so descriptive – it sends you back to the Regency World in all its sensuous detail.

I only got this book at Christmas and read it within two days as I could not put it down!

I really enjoyed reading `Lydia Bennet!’ Jane Odiwe has beautifully captured Lydia’s giddiness and zest for life in this sparkling Regency romp. Fans of the period can rest assured Jane has done her research carefully. There are some nice touches of humour, and watch out for the surprise `twist’ – I nearly jumped out of my chair!

What a delightfiul story. Full of Regency detail and Jane Austen style.

The “piece de resistance” is the twist to the plot at the end which readers should keep to themselves!

I’d recommend this book for people who enjoy Jane Austen’s novels and especially for those who like the Masterpiece Theater adaptations of said novels.

Excellent book. Took it on holiday for the duration. Lasted one day. Could not put it down.

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I’ve had two lovely reviews from Bath this week, the first from Joceline Bury of Jane Austen’s World Magazine and the second from The Bath Chronicle, Bath’s own newspaper.

Joceline Bury says ‘Jane Odiwe…gives us a heroine who is remarkably likeable…Lydia’s diary… a catalogue of frivolity – reveals a great sense of fun, an engaging lack of self-pity and an unerring eye for a good-looking chap …(Odiwe’s) technique of interspersing third person narrative with ‘diary extracts’ works particularly well as a way of counterpointing the disastrous events in Lydia’s life with her indomitable optimism and spirit.’

There is also a competition in the magazine to win three copies of my book. If you’d like to enter you can subscribe to the magazine by clicking here
The new format magazine is just the right size to pop into your handbag and has some very interesting articles:

Credit Crunch: Austen Bank Goes Bust
Pride and Prejudice – The New Musical
Lost in Austen: Hugo Rifkind on the TV series
Christmas in Regency England

The above are just a few examples of what’s to be found in this month’s issue, plus there is news from JAS and JASNA, as well as being sumptuously illustrated throughout.

Next from Bath’s own newspaper,’The Bath Chronicle’ comes this review.

A new twist in the tale for Austen’s Lydia

Jane Austen fans are in for a treat with Jane Odiwe’s sequel to Pride and Prejudice detailing Lydia Bennet’s story.

Lydia, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in flirting with officers and getting married before her sisters, has a chance to redeem herself in this novel.

Creatively interweaving the narrative with extracts from Lydia’s diary, the reader begins to understand her actions and the motives of others.

In part one Jane Odiwe focuses on Lydia’s description of the events which take place in Pride and Prejudice.

In part two where Austen’s novel leaves off, Jane and Elizabeth are happily settled in their estates while Lydia is finding life hard with her husband, the dashing-but-deceiving George Wickham.

Throughout the book new friends are introduced and old ones are revisited against a vivid background of Regency England.

In Bath, all the familiar haunts from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are revisited; the Pump Room, the Upper Rooms, Queen Square and even Gravel Walk.

An unexpected twist brings about a happy ending for Lydia.

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/new-twist-tale-Austen-s-Lydia/article-436418-detail/article.html

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When I received Lydia Bennet’s Story from Source Books (and oh how I love receiving fed-ex book parcels at work – makes my day!), I was a little doubtful about it. I was pleasantly surprised. Jane Odiwe has caught Lydia’s gushing, breathless manner beautifully in those parts of the book which are purporting to be her diary. Too many explanation marks for my liking, but I daresay Lydia would have written like this, all dash and full of enthusiasm.

Lydia is thought of as the villain of the piece along with Wickham, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in officers and flirting and getting married before her sisters and we forget that when this happened she was only sixteen years old. Precocious yes, but still young. The interesting thread in this book is the constant striving by Lydia to win her father’s approval and affection. She thinks of Jane and Lizzy as boring and proper and destined to be old maids, but it is clear that these are the thoughts of a childish and jealous younger sister who is aware that her father thinks she is one of ‘the silliest girls in the country’ and that he is wrapped up in his close relationship with Elizabeth. Lydia adopts the attitude ‘ok he expects very little of me so I will prove him right’ and continues to behave in a silly and outrageous manner hoping to gain his attention and is disappointed when she hopes, optimistically, that when she comes home with her husband, Mr Bennet will greet her and congratulate her on her marriage.

Lydia’s behaviour is classic look at me, attention seeking and outrageous, to obtain a reaction which never comes and I found myself rather warming to her as I read her Story. She is honest enough to realise that she has made a terrible mistake in marrying Wickham and to admit that she has nobody to blame but herself and to feel sadness at the obvious affection and happiness in her sister’s marriages which is sadly lacking in her own.

So, a story that turned out to be better than I thought, rather sweet and made me feel sorry for Lydia. A silly feckless mother and a father who ignored her, two elder sisters regarded as the beauties and best of the Bennett girls, no wonder she behaved as she did. I found it quite a coincidence that I finished reading this book the day before the papers were full of the hasty marriage of Peaches Geldof and the ensuing publicity. I found it rather sad that she left her new husband behind and rushed straight to see her father. One assumes to seek his approval. She certainly gained his attention.

A book that gave me more food for thought than I was expecting and, as will all those I have received from Sourcebooks so far, beautifully presented, lovely smooth paper and clear print which make it a pleasure to hold and look at as well as read.

There are lots of reviews and news on this interesting blog – click here to see more ‘Random Jottings’ at http://www.randomjottings.typepad.com

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When I received Lydia Bennet’s Story from Source Books (and oh how I love receiving fed-ex book parcels at work – makes my day!), I was a little doubtful about it. I was pleasantly surprised. Jane Odiwe has caught Lydia’s gushing, breathless manner beautifully in those parts of the book which are purporting to be her diary. Too many explanation marks for my liking, but I daresay Lydia would have written like this, all dash and full of enthusiasm.

Lydia is thought of as the villain of the piece along with Wickham, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in officers and flirting and getting married before her sisters and we forget that when this happened she was only sixteen years old. Precocious yes, but still young. The interesting thread in this book is the constant striving by Lydia to win her father’s approval and affection. She thinks of Jane and Lizzy as boring and proper and destined to be old maids, but it is clear that these are the thoughts of a childish and jealous younger sister who is aware that her father thinks she is one of ‘the silliest girls in the country’ and that he is wrapped up in his close relationship with Elizabeth. Lydia adopts the attitude ‘ok he expects very little of me so I will prove him right’ and continues to behave in a silly and outrageous manner hoping to gain his attention and is disappointed when she hopes, optimistically, that when she comes home with her husband, Mr Bennet will greet her and congratulate her on her marriage.

Lydia’s behaviour is classic look at me, attention seeking and outrageous, to obtain a reaction which never comes and I found myself rather warming to her as I read her Story. She is honest enough to realise that she has made a terrible mistake in marrying Wickham and to admit that she has nobody to blame but herself and to feel sadness at the obvious affection and happiness in her sister’s marriages which is sadly lacking in her own.

So, a story that turned out to be better than I thought, rather sweet and made me feel sorry for Lydia. A silly feckless mother and a father who ignored her, two elder sisters regarded as the beauties and best of the Bennett girls, no wonder she behaved as she did. I found it quite a coincidence that I finished reading this book the day before the papers were full of the hasty marriage of Peaches Geldof and the ensuing publicity. I found it rather sad that she left her new husband behind and rushed straight to see her father. One assumes to seek his approval. She certainly gained his attention.

A book that gave me more food for thought than I was expecting and, as will all those I have received from Sourcebooks so far, beautifully presented, lovely smooth paper and clear print which make it a pleasure to hold and look at as well as read.

There are lots of reviews and news on this interesting blog – click here to see more ‘Random Jottings’ at http://www.randomjottings.typepad.com

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