The regiment has come to camp in Meryton. Many young ladies are pleased, but not all share their enthusiasm. Among them is Mr. Carver, who decides to remove his family from Meryton's savage society. He puts the blame, not on the militia officers, but on the shoulders of the Bennet family. The flirtations and boisterous ways of the youngest sisters are too much to be borne. Not even Jane’s renowned beauty and charm can make up for them.
Elizabeth denies the allegations at first, but rapidly uncovers the shocking truth. The Carvers are not the only family to cut the Bennets from their acquaintance. Their reputations have been materially damaged and soon the family borders on social ruin.
The news is too much for Mrs. Bennet, who collapses from the shock. So, Elizabeth and her sisters must manage the estate until she recovers, a task for which none of them is prepared. Their duty becomes even more challenging when Mr. Bennet is called away on business and allows Lydia to stay with the colonel’s wife, surrounded by officers.
Warned by Mr. Pierce, the local curate, that several of the officers have unsavory designs on the local girls, Elizabeth must find a way to honor her father, rein in her sister, and salvage the family’s reputation, all in the most ladylike way possible.
©2012 Maria Grace (P)2013 Maria Grace
I loved reading this series looking at what might have happened if Darcy had a mentor who encouraged him to better act upon the good principles he knew were right, and what might have happened if Lizzy and her sisters worked to counteract Lydia's stupid behavior. This second book in the series focuses on the Bennet family right before Collins comes to visit and before Bingley comes to Netherfield. It 's a journey of discovery for Elizabeth, and it's nice to see the four oldest sisters work together to encourage their different gifts as they face challenges thrown their way. The ending of the story is delightful, as Lizzy is able to be her shining self, after some trying times.
I really enjoyed the narration of this story, which definitely brought the story to life even more.
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