The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch
by Melinda Taub
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date Not set
A "witty, magical, romantic and altogether brilliant" (Lev Grossman) reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, told from the perspective of the troublesome and—according to her—much-maligned youngest Bennet sister, Lydia.
In this exuberant retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Lydia Bennet puts pen to paper to relate the real events and aftermath of the classic story. Some facts are well known: Mrs. Bennet suffers from her nerves, Mr. Bennet suffers from Mrs. Bennet, and all five daughters suffer from an estate that is entailed only to male heirs.
But Lydia also suffers from entirely different concerns: her best-loved sister Kitty is really a barn cat; Wickham is every bit as wicked as the world believes him to be, but what else would one expect from a demon? And if Mr. Darcy is uptight about etiquette, that’s nothing compared to his feelings about magic. Most of all, Lydia has yet to learn that for a witch, promises have power . . .
Full of enchantment, intrigue, and boundless magic, The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch, has all the irreverent wit, strength, and romance of Pride and Prejudice—while offering a highly unexpected redemption for the wildest Bennet sister.
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Though I have a deep and abiding love for P & P variations, I will admit to avoiding those that place either Mary or Lydia in the spotlight. I don't like them, I don't want them to be humanized, and I may even disproportionately enjoy disliking them. Well friends, I've been quite wrong. This is clever and charming and, no, let's go all the way with it and say - enchanting.
Everyone is living their own story, and you only get to read the part that you’ve been given.
In this utterly perfect remix of Pride and Prejudice, Taub gives us the story of Lydia, as we’ve never seen her before. Witch Lydia bounces through the narrative with irrepressible spirits, tangles in supernatural shenanigans, and displays a depth of emotion and intelligence and complexity that forever seals this novel’s place in the extended Austen universe.
I have to be honest, I picked this book up not expecting much. I’ve read and watched Austen-takes that were bad, and some that were just fine but I read anyway because they were comforting. A few others were good, actually. And then there’s this one. Every time, every single time, I spotted an overused trope, Taub flipped it on its head. Every time I was uneasy about the direction the story was going, I found myself zipping up a completely different path.
A rollercoaster, a waltz, a love letter to literature’s powerful women. Simply delightful.
I love a good retelling of pride and prejudice. This book was very well done and I highly enjoyed it. The book was very interesting and it kept me entertained. I highly enjoyed the authors writing style and will definitely pick up more books by her.
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this was such a unique concept for a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, I loved the idea of witches and the original tale. The characters worked well with the reimagining and as their own thing. I enjoyed how good Melinda Taub wrote this, I was invested in what was going on and loved the story itself. I can't wait to read more from the author.
"Darcy laid his hands on the table. “Very well, Miss Bennet,” he said. “You’re quite right. I did call you here because my sister seems to be under the effects of a dangerous spell. You are the only—” His jaw twitched. “—the only witch of my acquaintance, excepting her incompetent schoolmistress. And your conduct this past summer, while far from commendable”—I rolled my eyes—“did show a great deal of ability."