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The last Bennet daughter remaining at Longbourn, Mary leads a quiet life in Hertfordshire, where gossip about the intriguing new vicar provides the only entertainment. Having developed a taste for novels, Mary lives vicarious adventures through their heroines. But when a mysterious book arrives addressed to her, she embarks on a magical and thrilling adventure of her own.The last Bennet daughter remaining at Longbourn, Mary leads a quiet life in Hertfordshire, where gossip about the intriguing new vicar provides the only entertainment. Having developed a taste for novels, Mary lives vicarious adventures through their heroines. But when a mysterious book arrives addressed to her, she embarks on a magical and thrilling adventure of her own. In London she meets Mr. Hartbustle, a charming old bookseller, who invites her to a meeting of the famed Bloomsbury Coven. There she learns about their dreadful enemy, known only as the Glastonbury Sorcerer, who has stolen a very powerful book of spells. Before long Mary finds herself at the center of a deadly war between light and dark forces. Set in Jane Austen's England a year after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven is the first book of the Regency Magic Series, whimsical tales of magic and manners published by Luminous Creatures Press....

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mary bennet and the bloomsbury coven Reviews

  • Abigail Bok
    2018-10-13 04:29

    What a hoot! I was a little apprehensive as I approached this book—Jane Austen and magic? I didn’t see it at first. But it took me all of no time to become delighted with the juxtaposition, and as I went along I gained a deeper appreciation of what they might have in common: issues of powerlessness, gaining power in one’s own life and over others, and the ethical use of one’s power. Truly an original idea, and it works!Beth Deitchman writes in a polished Austenesque style; having read a number of contemporary books about magic, I was in stitches over her “Austenification” of the typical Intro-to-Magic preface. My little red pencil had to be whipped out only a couple of times throughout the book—high praise from a severe copy editor and proofreader. Aside from a few lapses in manners—Mary Bennet would not have been allowed to walk out in London without a maid accompanying her—the period details seemed quite good. The character of Mary, though different from what we see in Pride and Prejudice, was plausible to me. She gained more prominence in the family with the departure of her sisters; I can see her having a closet passion for novels; and her spirit of mischief was very welcome. The magic elements were a lot of fun, but perhaps Mary’s skills were too easily acquired. The climactic scene could have been a good deal longer and more challenging for Mary, with the villains getting more licks in (not saying more to avoid spoilers). I would also have expected Mary and the Vicar to discourse more fluidly on religious subjects; it seemed as if the author simply didn’t want to do the research here. In general, the book suffered a bit from brevity—we don’t see much of other family members, even when they are living in the same house. (I would have expected Darcy and Elizabeth to have more scenes when Mary is staying with them, for instance.)I guess this is all praising with faint damns: I was having so much fun that I wanted the story to go on longer! I look forward to reading more from this very capable author.

  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    2018-09-21 05:34

    *Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Regency Magic (March & April 2016)Mary Bennet never thought that she would be the type of girl to pick up The Mysteries of Udolpho instead of Fordyce's Sermons, yet here she is spending another night in with her parents secretly following the adventures of Emily St. Aubert. It all happened innocently enough; Wickham, in an attempt to ingratiate himself with his new family bought the racy book for Mary. Mary thought it would be churlish not to read the book, it was a present after all. The last remaining Bennet sister at Longbourn had her heart and her eyes opened for the first time and even fancied herself a bit in love with the man who changed the world for her. Though Mary knew she didn't really love her brother-in-law, she was just lonely and grateful. Her ravenous appetite for literature was easy enough to disguise from her parents, they never looked at what she was reading so they assumed that the content hadn't changed from "improving" texts. But Mary was changing, becoming quieter, more introspective. Though the arrival of another book is about to change her world for a second time. One night Mary receives a package, she expects it to be her long awaited copy of A Sicilian Romance, instead it is An Introductory Guide to the Sorcerer's Craft: a Brief History and Simple Spells for the Novice, written by Mr. A.H..Could magic be real? If this book is any indication then it is! That night Mary secrets herself in her room and starts to read this book she received by mistake. It isn't long before she's devoured the book and actually mastered all it's spells. Her previous longing for books is now turned to a longing for magic books. If this book showed her how to move objects, what else could she learn? Though how to go about finding such books... There are stores mentioned in her book and even famous covens, like the Bloomsbury Coven, but they are nowhere near Hertfordshire. Luckily Mary is soon to spend time in London with her sister Lizzy and her husband Mr. Darcy. Sneaking away one day to a market she meets Mr. Hartbustle of Hartbustle and Son, purveyors if books large and small. Purveyors of magic books! She is soon invited to a meeting of the famous Bloomsbury Coven and learns that magic isn't just about amusing herself at balls but about stopping bad people, like the Glastonbury Sorcerer. Though could the coven be using her and hiding the truth about the Glastonbury Sorcerer? She will find out soon enough when she comes face to face with the enemy of the coven and learns who her true allies are.Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven is unique in the Regency Magic books that I have read, and not just in the fact that it's felicitously part of a series called "Regency Magic." This book is unique in that unlike the other authors who took their inspiration from Jane Austen this book actually deals with characters from Austen. Now I'm not one to like continuations of Austen generally. She had such a unique voice that to try and mimic her tone is welcoming failure. Plus each of her six books ends perfectly, why should we want or need more? But that is human nature, we can't get enough of a good thing, hence the massively successful industry of just cranking out more and more continuations and prequels and what have you. I'm fine with read-alikes, but seriously, this is a pastiche subgenre that I avoid. Which brings me to Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven. While this book could fit the loose definition of this subgenre because it's a continuation, it systematically breaks all the conventions that make me dislike those other books. And it's not just the magic, it's that Beth Deitchman writes smart. She stays clear of those characters most loved in the canon and gives us new and startling insight into Mary Bennet, that most maligned of characters after Mr. Collins. Which brings me to the Mary Bennet factor. The truth is we have all at some time or other sadly related to Mary Bennet. Yes, in reading Pride and Prejudice we like to imagine ourselves as Jane or Lizzy, in fact when watching the Colin Firth miniseries I like to shut my eyes and pretend he's talking to me, but deep down, we fear we are really Mary. Therefore, despite initial appearances, Mary is the most relatable of characters. She's awkward and outspoken at the most inopportune moments. In fact, doesn't she, just secretly between you and me, remind yourself of how you were in high school? You haven't quite found your footing and you're totally committed to your opinions no matter how many times people tell you you're wrong and you're just totally awkward. Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven gives us some insight as to why exactly she was this way, how she was no one's favorite and all her opinions and readings from Fordyce's Sermons and her pianoforte playing was just a cry for help. I mean how teenage is that? But it's Mary's growth that is where this book shines. Through her reading she has developed self-reflection and depth. Look to how she's improved in playing the pianoforte. Before she had technical ability, but technical ability can only get you so far. You need emotion to give your music passion. That is what reading has given her, empathy and drive.What struck me about these initial changes in Mary is that she started to become a little like one of Jane Austen's other heroines, Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. Yes, it is a bit because of the love of the lurid Gothic novel, but more than that there's an initial silliness to how Mary uses her magic before she learns of the greater dangers and ramifications in the world and is forced to grow up. The scene at the Darcy's ball in London wherein she entertains herself by causing a calamity is pure silliness. She loves her magic just for the fun of it all. There's this joyous air that Mary has that is similar to what you feel when you finally find something that is so right, that's so you, that you are overwhelmed by actually finding your place in the world and the joy comes burbling out. This changes as time goes on, but Mary still retains that feeling of finally getting it. The joy that Beth Deitchman brings forth in her manipulating the original text reminds me of when I recently saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I of course tried to read the book being a true Janeite, but just couldn't stand it. The movie though wasn't into self-reflection, it was just pure fun and the genius that is Matt Smith. While Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven does have depth, it has that same entertainment value that I found unexpectedly at the movies and was so happy to find again between the covers of this book. As for the worldbuilding, that magic that's overlaid onto the work of Austen, it's handled wonderfully. While Beth Deitchman claims inspiration from the world of Harry Potter, I actually found it very much refreshingly her own. I loved the concept that spells could eschew the ancient and long dead languages and it was simplicity and intent that make spells work. Think how much trouble Ash would have avoided in the Evil Dead franchise if this had been the case! Or how fast Giles could have gotten work done banishing demons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer if clarity was what mattered. Though what really peaked my interest was the extracts from the magical texts peppered throughout the book. Going back to Harry Potter, yes, J.K. Rowling did write two of the Hogwarts textbooks and release them for charity, but being taken out of context they just didn't quite work. They fell horribly flat in fact. By incorporating extracts in this book there's a symbiotic relationship that happens wherein they make each other better, stronger, more real. You feel the joy Mary feels each time she finds a new spell or a new section of a book catches her interest. Not only does it add depth and reality to this world, but it makes you a part of Mary's journey, and what could be better than that?In the end what really grounded and polished the text were the parallels to Pride and Prejudice that through Mary's journey were just as shocking and surprising as the first time you read Austen. I am of course talking about the duplicity of man and how they are two-faced and power hungry. Could anyone reading Pride and Prejudice the first time think Wickham as such a scoundrel? No! Yes, he might be too good to be true, but you still believe him, you still think that Darcy is the villain of the tale until you know better. While Mary doesn't suffer an exactly similar fate, between the Bloomsbury Coven and the Glastonbury Sorcerer she is placed in a situation of who to believe. Does she trust appearances, stories, feelings? When you are being manipulated where do you turn? But much like her sister Lizzy, she stumbles through and accepts the truth, the real truth. And if she just happens to find a little happiness at the end of a long fought battle between appearance and truth? Well, wouldn't Jane Austen herself be pleased?

  • Jessica Grey
    2018-09-18 06:33

    Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven is a delightful mix of romance and magic. Beth Deitchman’s novella combines the best of Austen’s wit, setting, and dialogue with a type of magic and world building that’s very reminiscent of the Harry Potter series. Deitchman selects for her unlikely heroine Miss Mary Bennet – the Bennet sister with the least beauty, wit, or natural talent. Yet it seems that Mary does have a natural talent for sorcery and this aided by her dedication and perseverance. In fact, it is the things that make Mary so sometimes dreadfully “Mary” that allow her to become accomplished in the magic arts.When Mary Bennet is accidentally sent a book about magic spells instead of the one she was expecting, a whole new world opens up for her. One of magic, intrigue, deception, danger, and possibly love. But in this new world everything is not what it seems and Mary must figure out who to trust – the powerful and legendary Bloomsbury Coven or the man they claim as their enemy.One of the best aspects of Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven is that even as the story delves deeper into magic practices and the existence of dark magic it never loses it’s Regency roots. The importance of society and propriety aren’t just window dressing but really anchor the story in Austen’s world. Her characters are still her characters. Mr. & Mrs. Bennet’s dialogue and interactions especially were so pitch perfect that I found myself laughing out loud often.Mary’s growth was also very realistic throughout the story. However, I did feel like we started off a bit quickly with Mary having already embraced a love of novels before this story even started. While this sets her up for being more receptive to the adventure to come, it is so very un-Mary-like that I would have liked a bit more time dedicated to it. Though it felt quick at the start, the circumstances were explained well and it’s always entertaining to think of Mr. Wickham still causing upheaval in the lives of young ladies.Overall this is an incredibly well written novella that takes Austen’s world and characters in an entirely new and enjoyable direction. The reader is able to accept the magic because the rest of the story is so well grounded in Austen and the Regency era. The magic itself is beautifully described and obviously has been thoroughly and completely imagined by the author. Building a magical system is never an easy task and if a reader is a fan of fantasy they can often be quick to spot the gaps. There were no distracting gaps in the world building here, it was fleshed out and well integrated – a true pleasure to read.Five out of five stars.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-12 05:45

    Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven was super fabulous.The story begins soon after the events in Pride and Prejudice and we find Mary Bennet stuck at home to deal with her over-doting mother with no sisters in the way to deter her attention. One day, a book arrives that contains spells and Mary finds she is quite adept at wielding magic. From there begins intrigue and adventure. There's a visit to London with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, a meeting with other sorcerers, and a mysterious new vicar appears in Longbourn. Could he be the Glastonbury Sorcerer? You'll have to read to find out.I've always felt poor Mary got the crap end of things in P&P so reading stories about her winning the day are great. This story is fun and is very much in the vein of Austen, except with, you know, magic spells and such. Some of the story was predictable but in no way did it hinder the reading pleasure for me. Beth Deitchman brought a wonderful story to life with just the right amount of whimsy added.

  • Sophie
    2018-09-22 06:32

    Ok. I admit it. Jane Austen + Harry Potter = a combination I would not usually go for. However, when I was contacted by the lovely Beth Deitchman I thought it would be fun to give this story a shot – although I admit I was a little dubious. Having said that, Mary Bennet is a character very little explored in the original and so I was looking forward to reading a story developing her character further. And as it turns out, I had no need to be doubtful as I really, really enjoyed it, reading it in one sitting as I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next! I very much enjoyed seeing more to the unexplored Mary Bennet – although her character takes a very different and magical turn from the Mary Bennet we know. It was fun to see a side to Mary who has finally discovered the pleasure in reading novels – the works of Mrs Radcliffe and such – as opposed to only reading books to inform your mind and refine your moral opinions. It is this which accidently lands Mary with a magic book for beginners. Mary, seeing this as her opportunity to live a more exciting life, decides to read this unexpected book and so begins her journey to sorcery! I really found it rather amusing seeing magic spells being used in the refined and polite world of regency England, as Mary begins practicing her new found skills causing confusion with moving tea cups, infatuations with old gardeners, rather slippery fans and flying violin bows! It made me laugh as it is such an unusual and funny setting for magic! The whole story and mystery surrounding the Bloomsbury Coven and the illusive Glastonbury Sorcerer was very intriguing. Throughout the story, I found it harder and harder to work out who were the good guys and who were the bad guys – my trust in all the different characters kept wavering and I couldn’t make my mind up about who to trust! I had my suspicions some of which were confirmed, but some which were not, but then something else would happen, making you reconsider what you first thought only a few chapters beforehand! The relationship between Mary and the different members of her family was nice to see; I always thought it is a shame the sisters are so divided in Pride and Prejudice, so it was nice to see a new relationship between Jane, Lizzy and Mary, and even Kitty to some extent. Also, Mr and Mrs Bennet were fun as well. All the characters (apart from Mary, obviously) seemed to stay true to their original characters which is always great because I like characters to remain true to themselves in fan fiction. The relationship between Mary and her parents was my favourite; now that all the other sisters have left Longbourn, her parents begin to take more notice of their plainest daughter - especially her father. I enjoyed Mr Bennet in this story – I always knew Mr Bennet was cleverer and more observant than he cared to let on! But I shall say no more on this subject.I am finding this a hard review to write as I do not wish to give anything away – you need to read it for yourself to find out what happens! Safe to say, there are many new characters to love as well as those to hate, and there is a bit of romance thrown into the mix for all you romantics out there, just like me! There is an exciting climatic battle to this story (which wasn’t too drawn out and overly long which I was pleased about), and it was great to see all the spells coming together which had cropped up before in the story. This was such a well written book, if a little short (but then “if a book is well written, I always find it too short”) and it flows brilliantly and the story never drags. It was full of excitement with battles, mystery and adventure! Most characters kept true to the characters we know and love, while others take an exciting and very different route. I enjoyed this story a lot more than I was expecting to as it was Jane Austen meets Harry potter - however, if you enjoy Harry Potter and you enjoy Jane Austen and her Regency England (as I do) I can assure you that the combination of the two very different worlds does work rather well, however strange it may seem! I was unsure about this story, but I can assure you that this is my honest and unbiased opinion.If you are looking for a story with fast paced adventure with delightful humour, intriguing mystery and an adorable romance thrown in, then this is a highly enjoyable book which I would recommend you read. I am really looking forward to the next instalment of this Regency magic series!

  • Georgiana 1792
    2018-09-19 01:21

    Quando la magia non è magicaConfesso di aver acquistato Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven perché volevo leggere Margaret Dashwood and the Enchanted Atlas, il secondo libro della serie, di cui avevo scaricato l'estratto del kindle, e che avevo trovato molto interessante. Chissà perché, malgrado le parole di Jane Austen su Margaret,Margaret, l'altra sorella era una ragazza di buon cuore, cordiale. Ma poiché era già un bel po' impregnata del romanticismo di Marianne, senza avere tutto il suo buonsenso, non poteva, dato che aveva tredici anni, augurarsi di eguagliare le sue sorelle in un periodo futuro della sua vita.Margaret sembra un personaggio più affascinante di Mary Bennet. Forse è l'abbinamento con questo atlante, le cui immagini ci fanno ripensare alla trasposizione di Sense and Sensibility del 1995, con Margaret che si nasconde in biblioteca e cerca luoghi remoti sull'atlante discutendo con Edward, a renderla più avventurosa e più accattivante.Tuttavia non nego di essere stata incuriosita anche da Mary che, all'improvviso, scopriva di avere doti magiche.Come ho detto prima, ero stata gradevolmente colpita da Shades of Milk and Honey di Mary Robinette Kowal, in cui personaggi molto vicini ai personaggi austeniani si muovono in un mondo carico di magia. Ma quando Mary riceve da questa libreria di Londra, al posto di Romanzo Siciliano di Ann Radcliffe, il libro An Introductory Guide to Sorcerer's Craft: a Brief History and Simple Spells for the Novice, Written by Mr. A. H., un manuale di magia per principianti, e si mette, come al suo solito, con tutta la sua buona volontà a studiare in modo ossessivo per cercare di eseguire al meglio gli incantesimi, semplicemente c'è qualcosa che non funziona. La magia non dovrebbe essere qualcosa che una persona riesce a padroneggiare con lo studio, per quanto meticoloso esso sia! Bisogna avere un talento di base; invece la Deitchman fa quasi capire che qualsiasi persona, con molta buona volontà e applicazione - e il libro di Mr. A. H. - può diventare un mago. Proprio quella stessa Mary che, pur studiando il pianoforte per ore e ore ogni giorno, non riusciva comunque a essere all'altezza di Elizabeth, che non lo studiava mai ma aveva una sensibilità artistica più apprezzabile della sorella "secchiona". E la magia dovrebbe essere una dote ben più difficile da avere del talento musicale, no?Mary comincia a spostare gli oggetti tramite la telecinesi, ma nel testo non si percepisce quell'atmosfera incantata che colpisce in un libro in cui la magia è protagonista. Una volta superata la delusione iniziale di questa magia troppo facile da ottenere, quasi si vendesse un tanto al chilo al mercato, il romanzo scorre, con scene che potrebbero essere state ambientate nel mondo di Harry Potter, a Diagon Alley, duecento anni fa, prima dell'avvento di Voldemort, ma in cui, com'è ovvio, c'era già il contrasto tra maghi oscuri, alla ricerca di un potere più completo, e maghi "buoni". Mary, nella sua ingenuità (ma con il suo grande talento che, ripeto, non si capisce da dove provenga), rimarrà coinvolta in questi giochi di potere. È pur vero che alcuni dubbi vengono chiariti più avanti, quando Mary incontrerà gli altri maghi, prima il Bloomsbury Coven e poi lo Stregone di Glastonsbury, ma la storia non riesce a convincere sino in fondo.Una nota positiva è costituita da Mr. e Mrs. Bennet, che non si smentiscono mai, malgrado la magia!E ancora, fa tenerezza la nuova passione di Mary per i romanzi gotici, ispirata dalla lettura di Udolpho, un dono di Wickham per ingraziarsi la cognata (che sembra essersi quasi infatuata del mascalzone, all'inizio!)E ora sono curiosa di scoprire cosa combinerà Margaret Dashwood col suo atlante incantato; se per lei la magia arriverà con altrettanta facilità che per Mary, o se, nel suo caso, resteremo affascinati dai suoi incantesimi.Potete leggere la recensione completa QUI:http://ildiariodellelizzies.blogspot....

  • Neocortext
    2018-10-17 04:45

    It's not easy to find a good, unique concept for a series in this Age of The Paranormal in which we seem to be immersed--thank goodness for writers like Patrick Rothfuss, who shines brightly in a sea of authors marching through plot like their book is an assignment due the next day--but I think Beth Deitchman has landed on an original vehicle for potentially developing Jane Austen's pathetic and annoying Mary Bennet into a more three-dimensional and sympathetic character while showing some real depth of understanding for the regency period. Given our own era's lack of instruction in manners, the book made me consider manners more closely and consider their potential for developing story and character in a way that, surprisingly, Jane Austen hasn't done for me (likely my critical failing rather than Austen's). But our own era seems to conceive of manners as manipulative, insincere, or performative--an act with a series of built-in to-dos or a masking or dampening down of the "true" (or id) self--rather than delving into and appreciating manners for what they are: a nuanced, psychologically complex means of showing sincere consideration for others: a means of achieving a balance among self, other, and situation that requires tremendous grace, awareness, and a strong sense of oneself as a compassionate but not martyred being. Austen's Mary (not to mention Lydia, Mrs. Bennet, or those mean girls crashing at the Bingley's pad) is just such a character, desperately in need of a stint at a very good finishing school. In Deitchman's own tale, Mary's accidental encounter with a magic book acts as the catalyst for such a shift in her character, providing her with some introductory correspondence courses in that field. Magic and manners, as it turns out, go hand in hand.Learning not just the what but the why of manners creates fantastic opportunities to develop Mary's character and her conflicts from her ego-driven, self-oriented, greedy-for-attention teen, as established in Austen, into the more sympathetic character Deitchman presents in this introduction to her Regency Magic series. Combining a tacit inquiry into manners more generally with the clever "performance vs. intent" aspects of spells as Deitchman begins to explore here (in the guise of sorcerers who fetishize the trappings and flourishes of ostentatious spell-making compared to Mr. Huntley's circumspect focus on the point of the spell itself) opens the doors for sequels to attain not just the usual paranormal entertainment, wherein the template so often supersedes the richness offered by those paranormal concepts, but to develop a highly complex and satisfying social drama. While I found myself wishing the novel/la were a bit longer so it could spend more time showing Mary's development dramatically, the elements Deitchman introduces here--religion, romance, sibling/parent relationships, the difficulties of maturing without adequate support and guidance, not to mention Deitchman's specific vision of magic during a specific historical era--are rich with possibilities. I look forward to the next installment and to seeing how these threads weave together into the rich, multidimensional world hinted at in this first adventure.

  • Jeanette
    2018-10-10 02:31

    Mary Bennet is my favorite minor character in Pride and Prejudice, and I tend to devour any sequel which features her. I finished this book in a day, and I really enjoyed it. I liked the development of Mary's character, and how she is still without her faults. But most of all I liked the magical aspect of the story. I thought the magical world was wonderfully created and integrated nicely into the era. It left me wanting to see more of it. Yet, considering that the book is in Mary's point of view, it makes sense that the reader should only learn and see as much as the magical world as Mary does. I was conflicted about wether to give this book 3 or 4 stars, but decided on 4 because of what I said in the previous paragraph, as well that I would definitely re-read this book more than once. Now this are the reasons why I almost rated it 3 stars. I wished the book was longer, paced slightly slower, and more detailed. But to be fair the pace also works in the story's favor at times, specifically in the time shifts. I was mostly disappointed (SLIGHT SPOILER) by the battle. *BIG SPOILER ALERT* (I go more into detail about the battle here so anyone reading this review who doesn't want a SPOILER, I recommend to stop reading now). There were both good things and bad things about the battle. I liked how it was written, I liked the imagery, and I liked that it ended in Mary and and Mr. Huntley's favor. However, the Bloomsbury Coven from the beginning was established as being strong and powerful. Even during the battle when the members showcase their special talents, I was disappointed in how Mary was still able to get the upper hand on them. I understand that Mary is powerful, and that she used some of their weaknesses against them, but I just thought Mary had a lot of luck on her side, especially since Mr. Huntley is presumed to be this powerful sorcerer, and yet Mary comes out unscathed. I was unsatisfied with the battle and I'm holding on to hope that we haven't seen the end of those members who appeared to have met their demise during the battle. *END OF SPOILER*I liked how the book ends with Mary conversing with her father. Overall I really liked this book.

  • Emily Street
    2018-10-12 02:47

    I'm not much of a reader of spin-off fiction, but this one by my writing partner Beth Deitchman is worth reading. Mary Bennet, the awkward and somewhat tedious Bennet sister, finally gets a share of the limelight when she discovers she has magical powers. She soon gets swept up in a pressing conflict with other sorcerers --those of the Bloomsbury Coven, most particularly. The story features love potions, a book faire, a secret magical route through London, blood magick, letters from Christopher Marlowe, and a small, satisfying romance. It's well-written with an eye to maintaining historical diction. Deitchman excels at Austenish dialogue and vocabulary. Best of all, this novella's magic is whimsical, marvelous, and funny, lending the story a zest and freshness that sets it a step above the average Austen spinoff.

  • Maria Carvalho
    2018-10-05 23:30

    I found this book to be quite entertaining. It's an interesting combination of Jane Austen and Harry Potter, and makes for a fun read. Deitchman does a fine job of using the style and cadence of Austen, and fills the book with entertaining wit and humor. This, combined with some good old-fashioned romance and an interesting world of magic and sorcery, results in a clever, engaging tale that holds the reader's interest. My only complaint is that there were some scenes and descriptions that felt a bit too brief or abrupt, including Mary's reaction when she first discovers she can do magic, and certain aspects of the book's conclusion. But overall I found this book to be a highly enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

  • Susan
    2018-10-09 04:39

    In this re-read of a Pride and Prejudice sequel Mary and Kitty remain unmarried, but with Kitty spending most of her time at Jane and Elizabeth's homes. Mary due to a gift from Wickham has developed a fondness for novels. Then one day she is accidentally sent a book on magic. Then her life is transformed and she sets out on an adventure of her own. An enjoyable, entertaining well-written story.

  • Dave Peticolas
    2018-10-15 01:43

    My wife Beth's first novel, it's a period fantasy piece set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Mary Bennet as the protagonist. It's a fun read I think Austen fans will enjoy.

  • Talese
    2018-09-25 23:24

    Very Entertaining!