Book Review: Return to Longbourn

Return to Longbourn (The Darcys of Pemberley, #2)Return to Longbourn by Shannon Winslow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads:
What will happen to the Longbourn family when Mr. Bennet dies? --Seeing that his estate is entailed away from the female line. The question was first posed by Jane Austen herself 200 years ago, in the opening chapter of Pride and Prejudice, and it’s still hanging there, unanswered. The matter is settled once and for all in this next installment of Shannon Winslow's Pride and Prejudice saga. Return to Longbourn picks up the story about five years after the close of The Darcys of Pemberley, and centers on Mary, Kitty, and the heir to the Longbourn estate – Mr. Tristan Collins (the younger, pleasanter, and surprisingly handsome brother of Mr. William Collins, deceased).
This is the book about Mary Bennet I have been waiting to read! She is the perfect mix of her sisters but entirely her own woman.  Mary has been the governess for the three Farnsworth children at Netherfield for a number of years and seems content at her place in life.  She gets swept up in her mother's plans to keep Longbourn in the family.  It is through these events that we see Mary grow and become a strong woman.

I will admit I had to peek at the end, something I have done with all three of Shannon's wonderful novels and I'm never disappointed with the results. 

Shannon's has also written a stand alone Regency novel For Myself Alone.

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