Here’s a fairly controversial book for free from the Amazon Kindle store – I say controversial as people either liked it or hated it, with no in-between, as many people believe classics should not be “messed with” as well as what appears to be a different twist from an established author. At least it’s free on the Kindle today vs. the $26.00 hardcover price.
I’m talking about The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet: A Novel by Colleen McCullough, which has received an average user rating of just 2 out of 5 stars based on 64 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
McCullough’s (The Thorn Birds) sequel to Pride and Prejudice vaults the characters of the original into a ridiculously bizarre world, spinning dizzily among plot lines until it finally crashes to a close. The novel begins 20 years after Austens classic ends, with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy trapped in a passionless marriage, Jane a spineless baby machine, Lydia an alcoholic tramp, Kitty a cheerfully vapid widow and Mary a naïve feminist and social crusader. Shrewish Mrs. Bennet’s death frees Mary from her caretaker duties, and, inspired by the writings of a crusading journalist, Mary sets off to document the plight of Englands poor. Along the way, she is abused, robbed and imprisoned by the prophet of a cave-dwelling cult. Darcy is the books villain, and he busies himself with hushing up the Bennet clans improprieties in service of his political career. His dirty work is carried out by Ned Skinner, whose odd devotion to Darcy drives his exploits, the nastiest of which involves murder. McCullough lacks Austen’s gently reproving good humor, making the family’s adventures into a mannered spaghetti western with a tacked-on, albeit Austenesque, happy ending.
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