Afternoon Delight: Almost Persuaded: Miss Mary King by P.O. Dixon

Posted December 16, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight: Almost Persuaded: Miss Mary King by P.O. Dixon
Almost Persuaded: Miss Mary King

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Genres: Historical Romance
Released on October 17, 2013
Pages: 48
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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I adore Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and I love it that the author took a rather minor character in the story and made her come to life as the heroine of her own story.  This particular short piece is a parallel story.  It follows chronologically to what could have happened in the background of the original story.  The story is faithful to P&P, but everything happens through the eyes of Mary King.  There are scenes that look familiar like the fateful Meryton Assembly, the card party at Mrs. Phillip’s house, the Bennets meeting Mr. Wickham, etc, but there are also new scenes that told what went on just in Mary’s story line and all from her point of view.  I enjoyed it thoroughly even if I was disappointed at the brevity of the piece.

Mary King is a forgettable young lady compared to other young girls of her acquaintance or so it would seem to her.  Her companion, Anne, is always telling her that she is just as worthy of the regard of nice gentlemen as others.  It’s hard to be persuaded to this line of thinking when before her eyes she sees the newest marital prospect in the neighborhood, Mr. Bingley, focus on the oldest Miss Bennet.

But then Mary sets sight on a handsome militia officer, Lt. Wickham, who is new to the regiment and the neighborhood.  It frustrates her to see that yet again the Bennet sisters capture his eye first and she goes unnoticed.  However, that all changes when by a stroke of good fortune she inherits a significant amount of money making her an heiress.  Now she has Mr. Wickham’s attention and his words and expressions are everything they should be when she dreamed of a romance with him.  Too bad Anne is not in favor of Mr. Wickham and suspects his motives.  Even when her father weighs in against Wickham, she still thinks they are both wrong.  Then events take a bad turn and she is left miserable and bereft of her dream.  How could it all fall apart so fast?

Reading this one was such a pleasure.  I love the alternate plot path, the development of Mary’s character, seeing a different view of the P&P story and even relishing the opportunity to see the slimy Wickham in action once again.  My only niggle is that I felt the story just abruptly ended.  There is a small amount of closure and hints as to future path, but I wanted something more solid to feel that her story was wrapped up.

Because of the nature of this story, I think it would be best appreciated by those who are familiar with the P&P story either through the book or one of the movie/tv adaptions out there.  I felt like the book is more of a companion story that needs the other to give it depth.  So instead of recommending this to Regency Romance/Regency fiction lovers in general though I suppose it would not be impossible for those folk to appreciate the story, I’d recommend it to those who are familiar to the P&P world.

My thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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You’re getting some really interesting ones this month! Love when authors do something creative like this.

Sophia Rose
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It was really odd. About the time I had the idea to do a Jane Austen birthday post, I literally had six related books for review. All of them came at the story with something new and wonderful.