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5.0 out of 5 starsLizzy's accidental trip to her "Aunt Kate" through the wardrobe and much, much more. Great addition to the series.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2017
More side views of the Bennett Wardrobe series, yes! Delightful look at a short trip 10 year old Lizzy made when she uses the wardrobe as a hiding place while playing with neighborhood children. The wardrobe takes her 100 years into the future to her "Aunt Kate". No only do we learn about Lizzy's short visit but also the connection she and Darcy will have in the future with Lord Byron, Shelly and Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein). So excited to read these books by Don that fill in some of the gaps in the history of the families associated with the Bennet wardrobe. I encourage readers to start reading the books in order of publication to get the full value of this amazing series. I love the aspect of the wardrobe and the growth of the families (Bennet, Darcy, Bingley, Fitzwilliam, and Robard) as we visit these families through several generations. Enchanting story premise so very well written and filled with endnotes for the history buff like me. Job well done Don. Please keep giving us these peeks at these families.
This series gets better with each new book. I really enjoyed this chapter of it, the characters and the story's development. The description of Lizzy's intelligence and capacity is endearing, and the manner in which her sister and father protect her from her accidental traveling is interesting, to say the least.
5.0 out of 5 starsLizzy Bennet Meets the Countess: A Bennet Wardrobe Novella..........
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
What a great adventure for 10 year old Lizzy Bennet to travel 100 years in the future to meet her relatives through the Bennet Wardrobe. I imagined curious Lizzy taking in all the sights as she travels not only on a boat but an automobile with those big brown eyes in a mysterious wonder. The way Don writes, it makes you feel that you are with her on her adventure. He shows her curious, observant nature as he writes her travel through the world 100 years in the future. She notices the changes in her surroundings, the clothing of the day and I got a big kick out of her looking for the perfect hat with the big flower on it. When she wants to go home, she puts on her old clothes and does know that she has to go back through the Wardrobe because she misses her parents and siblings. In her nightmares after she is married she sees parts of that travel and does remember that hat with the flower on it however, the past seems to torment her. In her travels with Darcy, they meet Byron, Shelley and Mary Godwin and Mary becomes Lizzy's dear friend. Later Mary becomes Mary Shelley who eventually writes, "Frankenstein." I would advise any one who would want to go on an adventure through the Bennet Wardrobe to make sure you read them in order and you will see how this family in all entwined. It is a remarkable series and it will keep you interested throughout the series . Thank you for another great reading adventure.
4.0 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars! Precocious Young Lizzy Wanders Into the Future!
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2019
Note: Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess is the fourth installment in The Bennet Wardrobe series, and it is recommended that readers read The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Adventure, Henry Fitzwilliam’s War, and The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque prior to reading the Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess.
For those who are unfamiliar with The Bennet Wardrobe series, it is an inventive and engaging series filled with time-traveling Bennets, who are able to travel forward in time – thanks to the magical properties of a specially-crafted wardrobe that has been in the family since the late 1700s. In the first few books of the series there is a focus on Mary, Kitty, and Lydia Bennet and what happens to them post Pride and Prejudice. However, this two-part novella focuses more on Elizabeth and features two significant times in her life.
The first part of this novella, “Through the Looking Glass” illustrates what happens when Lizzy makes accidental use of The Bennet Wardrobe during a game of hide-and-seek (can you blame her, it is a perfect hiding spot!) The Wardrobe brings ten-year-old Lizzy to the year 1907 (talk about a startling change!), and Lizzy makes the acquaintance of Jacques and Maggie Robard from The Exile, and encounters several relations that would be hers and her family’s descendants – including someone very near and dear to her. I loved seeing Lizzy’s adventures in the future, I’m so glad she got to use the the Wardrobe (Finally! I’ve been waiting!) And I thought Don Jacobson wonderfully captured what Lizzy would be like at such a young age and what her thoughts would be of all the modern inventions and changes she witnesses. Young Lizzy was delightfully precocious, inquisitive, and unsurprisingly wise beyond her years.
The second part of this novella, “Finding Prometheus” takes place in 1816 when Darcy and Elizabeth are in the midst of their travels across Europe. After a chance encounter with Lord Byron and his traveling companions, the Darcys end up accepting Byron’s invitation to spend some time with them in Lake Geneva at the Villa Diodati. What I loved most about this part of the story was Elizabeth’s blossoming friendship with Mary Godwin (Percy Shelley’s future wife), and witnessing Elizabeth’s emotions as she continues to heal from a heartbreaking event a few months back. In addition, I appreciated how this portion of the story tied into real history, as this gathering of literary greats really did take place in Lake Geneva in 1816, and Mary Godwin really did began writing what would eventually become her full-fledged novel, Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus during this time. What an interesting encounter for all involved!
I loved how this two part novella paid tribute to two diverse classic works of literature – Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein! And I enjoyed how the themes of each – whether they be absurdities and exploration or questions about life and science – were creatively woven together into the fabric of this tale. In addition, I greatly appreciated how the events of this story tied into the history of the Bennet family and the other novels of this series. My only quibble would be that I still have some unanswered questions about Lizzy’s experience/understanding of the Bennet Wardrobe. (Maybe I need to reread parts of The Keeper for my answers…) Lastly, I love that Mr. Jacobson included a Preface and an excerpt from The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Adventure to help set up the events of this tale. However, I do think a list of dramatis personae to easily reference would be a wonderful addition to these books as more characters are introduced in each tale.
In Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess, Don Jacobson takes readers on another captivating adventure with the The Bennet Wardrobe that continues to augment the complex and fascinating history he is building for the Bennet family. I recommend this series to readers who love imaginative stories about time-travel and the idea of Jane Austen’s beloved characters encountering other literary characters and historical figures!
Lizzy is looking for a place to hide and is accidentally transported to meet the Countess who helps shape her life. She returns to her own time on the same day and therefore the same age. The story moves to further in their marriage after a miscarriage and they decide on a journey, meeting Byron and Shelley with their paramours. This is just a short review snd my fuller review can be found on book 6.