Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe

By Jane Odiwe

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Lydia Bennet is the flirtatious, wild and free-wheeling youngest daughter. Her untamed expressiveness and vulnerability make her interesting to readers who'll love this resourceful rendering of Lydia's lifestyles after her marriage to the villainous George Wickham. Will she mature or flip sour? Can a lady like her fairly locate real love?

In Lydia Bennet's tale we're taken again to Jane Austen's so much liked novel, satisfaction and Prejudice, to a Regency global visible via Lydia's eyes the place excitement and marriage are the single goals. however the highway to matrimony is fraught with problems or even while she is confident that she has met the guy of her desires, issues come up. whilst Lydia is reunited with the Bennets, Bingleys, and Darcys for a grand ball at Netherfield Park, the stunning fact approximately her husband may reason the best scandal of all ...

"A breathtaking Regency romp!"-Diana Birchall, writer of Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma

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3. England—Social life and customs—Fiction. I. Title. 92—dc22 2008022772 Printed and bound in the United States of America VP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To the memory of my mother Val, To my father David, and to Annette, Gaynor, and Richard, with love 8 Part One Tuesday, April 13th I have quite worn out my silk dancing slippers at the Assembly Ball tonight by standing up with several very handsome officers for every country jig and figure. Indeed, on entering the Rooms, I had barely cast my eye about before I was applied to by a string of gentlemen, though sadly, they were not all officers.

Once they had on their flannel gowns and caps, it was time to face Martha Gunn, chief dipper and a woman not to be opposed. She stood in the water whilst her servant and helper led them hand in hand down the steps, but as soon as they hesitated with a first toe in the freezing water, she stepped up and very firmly took charge. She was a strong woman, and before they realised what was happening, they were submerged. Lydia would never forget that first occasion. She declared the horror of it would stay with her forever.

Lord, now I have eaten too many muffins, and I shall have to sleep them off in the coach. Shall we go? ” With Harriet’s scolding retort assailing her ears, Lydia settled back into the coach for the next leg of the journey, and, as they crossed Blackfriars Bridge and took the road south, they felt they were really on their way. The tantalising rows of London’s shops were soon far behind, and now they were bowling along the quieter country roads of the old route, Harriet eager to avoid the worst of the stagecoaches and military wagons that would be descending on Brighton from all over the country.

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