Scandal in the Sun
The Further Adventures of Lydia Bennet
by Jean Burnett
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Pub Date 14 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2023
A Regency romp featuring Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, now a widow determined to see the world, catch a rich husband and have as much fun as possible. After adventures with the Prince Regent, Lord Byron, and a handsome highwayman (see Who Needs Mr Darcy?) she is en route for Brazil to join the Portuguese Court in exile. As a lady in waiting to a princess she catches the eye of the heir to the throne with serious and not so serious consequences. Accompanied always by her faithful maid and partner in crime, Adelaide, she eventually returns to Pemberley to annoy Mr Darcy, travelling via the West Indies where she snares a new husband who is not what he seems.
After various misfortunes she and her husband embark for India. A shipwreck, an affair with an Indian prince. lots of jewels and notoriety, Lydia and Adelaide return to Europe alone. Paris is in her sights. She hopes to meet the great violinist. Paganini, lover of women and believed to have sold his soul to the devil.
'Just my kind of person!'
"The still wild Lydia Bennet takes us on a romp of an adventure across the ocean to Rio where the Portuguese court is in exile. There she attracts the attention of the heir to the throne and... but you'll be getting no spoilers from me on that score. The novel is full of twists and turns and has a distinctly Georgian flavour, namedropping heroes of the Regency era (including Lord Byron, who else!) with gay abandon. There is excitement, danger, and, of course (we are in the Austen universe after all), Mr Darcy."
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This is the first book by this author that I have read. I don’t usually read books concerning Mr. Darcy and the Bennetts, but I really enjoyed this one. It was not what I expected but found the travel and experiences that Lydia had, made the book a real page-turner. I loved the fact that there was no described sex. I am not one for a lot of description but it was needed in the book and helped set the places and adventures. The characters were well-written and the storyline flowed well. I was a little disappointed in the ending but am hoping for more of her adventures. Well worth the read. I received this as an ARC and freely give my review.
Lydia Bennet takes center stage in Jean Burnett's "Scandal in the Sun." This engaging novel invites readers into Lydia's colorful world, where her relentless pursuit of adventure, romance, and fun continues.
The story picks up with Lydia as a widow, no longer restrained by her family's disapproval or societal expectations. Freed from the shadows of her elder sister Elizabeth's life, she is determined to see the world, secure a wealthy husband, and savor every moment of life's pleasures. Burnett's tale unfolds as Lydia embarks on a journey filled with escapades, intrigues, and newfound love.
"Scandal in the Sun" is a Regency novel featuring a bold primary character. Lydia is brilliantly developed, capturing her essence as a fearless and flirtatious young woman who knows how to make the most of her circumstances. She's a character readers can't help but love, even when her actions raise eyebrows. Her exuberance and zest for life are contagious.
Lydia's adventures take her on a whirlwind tour of Regency England. Readers are treated to encounters with historical figures such as the Prince Regent and the renowned poet, Lord Byron. These interactions illustrate the vibrant and glamorous society of the time.
At the heart of Lydia's escapades is her loyal and equally mischievous maid, Adelaide. The dynamic between these two women is a prominent feature of the book. Their camaraderie and shared adventures infuse the story with humor and warmth. Adelaide's character adds depth to Lydia's journey and serves as an important counterpart to her.
The story's backdrop is vividly painted, transporting readers to various locations across the globe. From Brazil to the West Indies and India, Burnett's descriptive phrasing captures the essence of each place, setting the stage for Lydia's escapades. She conveys the atmosphere and culture of these various places.
Romance is included, with Lydia's journey marked by encounters with men who pique her interest. The romantic entanglements keep readers engaged. While some relationships lead to passionate liaisons, others are mired in secrets and intrigue.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Lydia's journey is her quest to meet the violinist Niccolò Paganini. Paganini's legendary reputation for both his musical skills and his notorious affairs captures Lydia's imagination. This pursuit leads her to Paris, where Paganini resides. Burnett's depiction of Lydia's interactions with Paganini introduces a fascinating twist to the story, blending historical and fictional elements.
"Scandal in the Sun" balances humor, intrigue, and romance. It's a continuation of Lydia Bennet's adventures, offering readers a fresh perspective on this character. Burnett's witty and engaging storytelling captures the essence of the era. Lydia's unapologetic pursuit of pleasure and excitement make her an irresistible heroine.
"Jean Burnett takes Pride and Prejudice's Lydia Bennet on a thrilling and romantic globetrotting adventure, where scandal and passion reign supreme."
"An unputdownable historical story, 'Scandal in the Sun' paints Lydia Bennet as an audacious heroine who dares to defy convention, mingling with royalty, encountering real historical figures, and indulging in extravagant pursuits."
"Lydia Bennet is back, and she's bolder than ever! 'Scandal in the Sun' introduces a vivacious and daring Lydia, ready to conquer Brazil, the West Indies, India, and even Paris, all with her loyal confidante Adelaide."
"Prepare for a literary escapade as Lydia Bennet, the infamous flirt of Austen's world, embarks on a series of escapades across the globe. 'Scandal in the Sun' delivers a mix of romance, adventure, and intrigue."
"Lydia Bennet takes center stage in this Regency tale of scandal, seduction, and spirited pursuit. Jean Burnett's vivid storytelling brings Lydia's character to life."
"Jean Burnett crafts Lydia Bennet as a captivating and bold heroine, offering readers a glimpse into the thrilling world of the Regency era in 'Scandal in the Sun.'"
"'Scandal in the Sun' explores the world of passion, power, and romance in an adventurous journey."
"Jean Burnett weaves historical authenticity and fictional charm in 'Scandal in the Sun.' Follow Lydia Bennet's escapades, flirtations, and enthralling adventures."
"Jean Burnett's 'Scandal in the Sun' captures the essence of Lydia Bennet's vivacious spirit, creating an engaging and unpredictable Regency tale brimming with desire, travel, and escapades."
I always look forward to reading more in Pride and Prejudice world and this worked perfectly. It had a strong feel for the world itself and the characters. I enjoyed going on another adventure with the Bennet’s. Jean Burnett has a fantastic feel for this setting and I’m glad I could read this.
A fun book for Pride and Prejudice fans!
This is exactly what you would expect of Lydia Bennet. All over the plan and seeking a hot guy with money to spare.
A non-traditional fun take on a Jane Austen character. Give it a read!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc. All opinions expressed are my own.
Firstly, what a great cover!
Jean Burnett's writing jumps right off of the page, and her storytelling, characters, and world-building are visceral and detailed.
This book explores what might have happened to Lydia Bennet after "Pride and Prejudice". Throughout this book, she and her maid Adelaide travel around the world. Various historical figures feature, and the author seamlessly weaves history and fiction together as part of this story.
If you enjoy Austenesque sequels, I highly recommend this book!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of this book! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This is a first time read for me by this author and it won't be my last. I always love picking up a Pride and Prejudice retelling or reimagining, and this one did not disappoint. The story follows Lydia as she is now a widow and is ready to leave her home and see the world. She never was one to sit back and watch the world go by, and she is determined to have as much fun as possible and hopefully find a rich husband in the process. As she travels and has many great adventures, she also has some mishaps and misfortunes along the way. Exactly what you would expect from Lydia Bennet!
This was a fun and enjoyable take on the life of a bold and determined character from my favorite novel. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the characteristics and essence of Lydia, who always seems to make the best of whatever situation she finds herself in. The story offers a fresh perspective on Lydia's life after Pride and Prejudice ends. It was well-written and the storyline flowed smoothly, resulting in a very enjoyable read. I would love to read more of this author's work in the future!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.