Almost Persuaded: Miss Mary King

Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Mary King admired George Wickham from the moment she first set eyes on him. Handsome and charismatic, he satisfied her every notion of what a consummate gentleman ought to be. She longed to garner his affection. He, on the other hand, never once looked her way.

What happens when Mary becomes an heiress of ten thousand pounds? As the adage goes, be careful what you wish for. In this engaging coming of age story, will Mary learn the meaning of this sentiment the hard way?

©2014 P. O. Dixon (P)2015 P. O. Dixon

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Poor Miss King/Lucky Miss King

Fun to listen a side story play out. I can never decide if I pity Miss King for her heartbreak or envy her the devotion of her friend and family who save her from such a leach.

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Almost persuaded, almost ruined

This story follows the steps of Miss Mary King as the militia enters Meryton and the steps that leads to the rumours of Miss King and Wickham in Miss Austen’s original “Pride and Prejudice.”
Miss King is a under appreciated minor character in Miss Austen’s book, but here in P.O.Dixon’s story, it is she who is the lead.

I was as lucky to be awarded this audiobook for free via P.O.Dixon spring giveaway 2019.

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A narrow escape.

ALMOST PERSUADED - MISS MARY KING (audio version)

This is an audio version of a short story so it's not a long listen at all and can be finished in one session very easily. In it, P.O. Dixon brings one of P&P's very minor characters into the limelight and tells of her short-lived relationship with a certain George Wickham. The usual major characters (apart from Wickham)from the original novel become the minor characters themselves here. The basic background to the plot is the events described in canon but we find out more about Mary's inheritance, how Wickham wormed his way into her affections and why she was suddenly removed to Liverpool.

I really liked this tale. Mary is very sweet and naive and Wickham is as dastardly and exploitative as we all expect him to be. The situation probably doesn't rate anything longer than a short story and it was well done. The narration, as with all of Pam Dixon's works, was excellently done as usual by the lovely Pearl Hewitt.

There is one scene that I'd probably say would almost rate a 'mature audiences' only warning, but there's nothing really explicit in it.

DISCLAIMER - I won a copy of this audiobook in a blog giveaway last year.