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."