#BookReview – What Kitty Did next by Carrie Kablean @CarrieKablean @Lovebooksgroup #Lovebookgroup @reddoorbooks
Published by RedDoor Publishing on 28th June 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
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England, 1813. Nineteen-year-old Catherine Bennet lives in the shadow of her two eldest sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, who have both made excellent marriages. No one expects Kitty to amount to anything. Left at home in rural Hertfordshire with her neurotic and nagging mother, and a father who derides her as "silly and ignorant," Kitty is lonely, diffident and at a loss as to how to improve her situation.
When her world unexpectedly expands to London and the Darcy’s magnificent country estate in Derbyshire, she is overjoyed. Keen to impress this new society, and to change her family’s prejudice, Kitty does everything she can to improve her mind and manners—and for the first time feels liked and respected.
However, one fateful night at Pemberley, a series of events and misunderstandings conspire to ruin Kitty’s reputation and she is sent back home in disgrace. But Kitty has learnt from her new experiences and what she does next does next will not only surprise herself, but everyone else too
*Thank you so much to Kelly at Love books group, Red Door Publishing and the author Carrie Kablean for ARC of this book*
I feel that I should have read Pride and Prejudice, but saying that you do not have to have read it as all the characters are revisited. It has been on my list for forever and day, so I think it needs to be bumped up.
The writing is exquisite and easy to read. I love the language used in the book, albeit checking the meaning on some words, it felt like I had been tran08sported to the Austin era with the writing. The only thing I was confused about was the characters but that’s because I don’t know them when the names were being abbreviated! Maybe I just need to concentrate more when reading! So easily distracted, however when I got in the flow of the book it was ok as I began to pick up on everyone!
It was nice for me as a first-time reader of the sisters to meet them all. I loved being introduced to Jane and Lizzy, Kitty did a fab overview at the beginning of who was with who and what she thought of each and their current situations. I loved seeing things through Kitty’s eyes and her truth coming out when she writes her unsent letters to Lydia, the dark horse of the family. I only worry now upon reading reviews of Pride and Prejudice, that Kitty may not be my favourite sister anymore. Although I do love Jane, she might just be my favourite.
You are sucked in with lavish parties and sceneries of the places visited. The family in the country excited to visit London and the vivid imagery for you to really see London and the other places as they were back then. Reminding me of Downton Abbey!
Definitely, a book for all of the Pride and Prejudice fans out there and also a refreshing welcome for the newbies like me. Now off to get the Jane Austin book at last!
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About Carrie Kablean
Carrie Kablean began her career in London, where she was born, and now lives in Australia. Arriving in Sydney in 1990
(via eight years in Papua New Guinea, during which time she edited the local newspaper on Bougainville), she was with
The Australian newspaper for more than 20 years, and was, concurrently, a theatre critic for the Sunday Telegraph
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