Sunday, July 1, 2018

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean

 What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean

 Based on Jane Austen’s much-loved characters

Blurb: 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 Darcy’s 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. Accused of theft – a crime worse almost worse than murder among the Georgian aristocracy – she is sent back home in disgrace. But Kitty has learnt from her new experiences and what she does next does next will not only surprise herself, but everyone else too. 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.

About the author: Carrie Kablean began her career in London, where she was born, and now lives in Australia. Arriving in Sydney in 1990 (via eight years in Papua New Guinea, during which time she edited the local newspaper on Bougainville), she was with The Australian newspaper for more than 20 years, and was, concurrently, a theatre critic for the Sunday Telegraph.

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean 
Buyer’s Guide Price: £8.99 PAPERBACK
ISBN13: 978-1-910453-61-2
 FICTION Based on Jane Austen’s much-loved characters

What fun! I admit, I was a little reticent about reading this - I'm a huge Jane Austin fan. But Ms Kablean has taken a new look at an old story, breathed life into a forgotten character, and created a delightful story! Kitty is the least well-known of the five sisters in Jane Austin's "Pride and Predudice". As the story opens, she is living at home with her parents and her sister, Anne, and dreaming about Elizabeth and Jane, who have made stunning marriages. Jane is expecting her first child, and the family is both apprehensive (Jane is delicate) and excited. Kitty writes everything in letters and in a journal, wistfully comparing her boring life at home with her sisters' more complete, interesting lives. Kitty has also grown up. Her other sister, Lydia, with whom she was closest as a child, has married an officer, but Kitty suspects the marriage is not to her parents' liking. Then, to her delight, she's invited to her sister Elizabeth's house to be a companion for Darcy's sister, Georgia; a sweet, but rather naive girl. When Elizabeth plans a ball, to their dismay, Lydia shows up univited.  Kitty finds herself trying to keep Lydia from making mischief, but ends up in disgrace. She's sent home, where she confides in her father. But her mother is ill, and she discovers new strengths in herself as she cares for the household and her parents. There is plenty of romance, a dash of adventure, and lots of observation about people and the consequences of one's actions, especially in choosiing one's companions. I loved this book, and will look for others by this author. Highly reccomended!

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