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I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Bennet Sister. Hadlow really develops Mary as an individual working her way out from under her mother's critical eye. Not just a side prop to the action around Elizabeth, Jane and even Lydia (Kitty didn't get much attention in P&P either). You find yourself rooting for Mary. Very entertaining read.

Haven't read any of the others so far.


Thank you, Mary - lovely to see a book so 'universally' enjoyed!

Kristine Hammond

"Patch Work" is simply stunning, an incredibly beautiful book that will become a classic. It is so poignant, so beautifully written. I can't recommend it highly enough.


That's great to hear, Kristine! Thank you so much.

Rebecca Leamon

I listened to The Other Bennett Sister, which is a slightly different thing than reading it: the reader was terrific, and while the plot dragged a bit in places, I enjoyed it overall. A bonus was the Mr. Collins reclamation, which I didn't see coming, as well as the Mary re-creation. My husband is also listening to it and is enjoying it a great deal!


I have not read it but it is on the list - I've been interested in Mary's story since reading Hilary Mantle's portrayal of her.

susan hall

patch work and the other Bennett sister , big thumbs up, both very enjoyable in their different ways.
the appeal by janice hallet , i didn't enjoy at all, in fact I've given up on it.
the format is tiresome and feels rushed and perfunctory.
the story is also tiresome the characters both boring and unpleasant people who i struggled to find any interest in let alone care about.... sorry janice hallett , i tried but really ...

Lois Smith

A bit late to the party but I found Patch Work intriguing: snippets of the talented author's personal and professional life (cf. Secrets of the Museum tv series). Claire Wilcox has a delicate and discerning approach to both strands.


Thank you, Lois.


Great, Rebecca!

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