Match for Mary Bennet: Can a serious young lady ever find her way to love?

Match for Mary Bennet: Can a serious young lady ever find her way to love?

by Eucharista Ward

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A unique and inspirational Pride and Prejudice sequel that will resonate with all readers who can relate to Mary Bennet's determination to live according to God's wishes

Written by a Franciscan nun, this is a sympathetic tale of the middle Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice. Pious Mary Bennet tries to do her duty in the world as she thinks God envisions it.

Initially believing (mistakenly) that her sister Elizabeth married well only in order to provide for her sisters, Mary is happy to be relieved of the obligation to marry at all so that she can continue her faithful works.

But she begins to have second thoughts after further studying marriage through her sisters' experiences as well as spending time with two young men. One is a splendid young buck whose determined courtship must have ulterior motives; the other is a kindly, serious young clergyman whose friendship Mary values more and more. One day she realizes that God very much made man and woman to be together...but which is the man for her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402245312
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 244,605
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Eucharista Ward is a Sister in the order of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, with an MA in English. After retiring from teaching she became a licensed nurse's aid and currently works nights in an assisted living residence, where—to pass the time—she writes sequels to Jane Austen's beloved novels.
Eucharista Ward is a Sister in the order of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, with an MA in English. After retiring from teaching she became a licensed nurse's aid and currently works nights in an assisted living residence, where-to pass the time-she writes sequels to Jane Austen's beloved novels.

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Match for Mary Bennet: Can a serious young lady ever find her way to love? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Giggles49 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. So like Jane Austin in the writing. The characters were much the same as the original Pride and Prejudice, just with even more depth, especially the main focus of the book, Mary Bennett. I just finished another Mary Bennett sequel that was not as pleasing as this one.
sagustocox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eucharista Ward O.S.F.'s A Match for Mary Bennet is delightful and reminiscent of the regency craftswoman Jane Austen herself. The novel's pace is dead on, unfurling Mary Bennet's character slowly, allowing readers to sit with her, getting to know her mind, her choices and motivations, and her true heart's desire."'I fell asleep in Inferno, and the candle went out. I awoke in Purgatorio. But all the light is on now. I have found Paradiso.'" (Page 323 of ARC)With her older sisters, Jane and Elizabeth married to Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, and her youngest sister, Lydia, married off to Mr. Wickham, Mary and Catherine Bennet are left at home with their meddling mother, eager to marry them off. Mary continues her ways of sitting alone with her books and her music, content to expand her mind rather than chase after men in society."'You sat so creep mouse in a corner with, of all things, a book! What a way to comport yourself at a dance! Why, you might as well scream to all the world that no man is good enough for you. . . .'" (Page vi of ARC)Despite her shyness and unconscious judgment of others, Mary comes to learn there is more to life than just books and music, though they certainly enhance her journey and even direct her ultimate place in society. Readers will revisit with Mr. & Mrs. Darcy and Mr. & Mrs. Bingley following their marriages and how Mary perceives their married lives. Lydia, Mr. Wickham, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, her daugher, and Kitty Bennet return as well. But there are new characters to love and dislike from the new pastor Mr. Oliver to the odd Mr. Grantley and the musical Mr. Stilton. Ward lives in Austen's world, manipulates language easily to emulate regency England, and expands the characterizations sketched out in Pride and Prejudice without losing Austen's vision. However, Ward's Mary Bennet is more than the thinly sketched, judgmental, religious, bookworm on the sidelines. She is observant, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to her family and her faith. Overall, readers will find A Match for Mary Bennet fills out the other Bennet sisters deftly and makes a perfect addition to any Austen lovers' collection.
eas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Apparently written by a Franciscan nun - though I can find no real evidence to support this - I would recommend this easy read wholeheartedly. Far from the usual Austen sequel industry output, Euchrista Ward has given life to the young middle Bennet daughter Mary. Euchrista Ward is kind and sincere in her portrayal of Mary as a prim and social inadequate young woman with fixed ideas on what the future holds for her. From a bookish miss interested only in music and service to the community through Godly works, we see Mary¿s character develop and her perspective on life change dramatically. She is courted by the sophisticated and raffish James Stilton and, more quietly and gently by the young clergyman Charles Oliver. The friendship and understanding of the latter wins through over the worldly charm of the former, and the experience Mary gains in her acquaintance forms the core of this book.Set firmly in the Regency period Jane Austen¿s wonderful characters people and pepper the story. Mr and Mrs Bennet, her sisters Elizabeth and Jane, together with their new husbands Darcy and Bingley: Kitty and Lydia, and Darcy¿s sister Georgiana make their appearance as does Lady Catherine de Bourgh and even the unfortunate Charlotte Lucas and her husband the awful Mr Collins to name but a few.Light and completely entertaining from beginning to end I would recommend this book whether your are an Austen fan or merely searching out a really good read.
LiterateHousewife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Bennet Darcy's younger sister, Mary, is quite a serious girl. She has seen a younger sister run off with a many who is not her husband and has sworn not to even mention her name again and she has seen two sisters marry respectably, but did they really love their husbands or did they marry simply to provide for their younger sisters down the road? While all the world(read Mrs. Bennet) seems to be pushing her toward the altar, she'd like nothing better than to read, play the pianoforte, and spend time with her family. She will not lower herself to do the frivolous things that her sister Kitty does to catch a man's attention and she is much too modest to wear the latest fashion. She is convinced that marriage - say nothing of childbirth - is not for her and she sets about making herself a welcome guest in her sisters' homes in order to thank them for the sacrifices they made for her. Will she ever see that her black and white and sometimes wrong view of life may not be serving her well?It has been such a long time since I've read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I know that it has quite a following. There are Darcy sequels galore and, until recently, I've not been very interested. When Danielle from Sourcebooks sent information about A Match for Mary Bennet, I could not pass it up. What fascinated me about it was that it was an inspirational sequel written by Eucharista Ward, O.S.F., a Roman Catholic nun. The Regency era is not a Roman Catholic one and I had to find out more. I'm glad that I took the chance. Her writing was crisp and clean and paced in such a way as to remind me of Austen's novels. It is full of humor, too. The first lines of the prologue made me laugh and reminded me immediately of Mrs. Bennet's character:One might say that using the divine gift of human memory for the recitation of three-month-old annoyances represents talent misspent. Mary Bennet thought, as she sat with her hand poised over the silver tea urn, that not even all four evangelists together had documented Jesus's public life as thoroughly as her mother insisted on recounting Mary's social life.As soon as I finished those lines I was pretty certain that this was going to be a novel I would enjoy.In 2007, I reviewed a memoir called Without a Map. In it, Meredith Hall remembers her life as a pregnant teenager who ultimately places her first born son for adoption. As a mother of two daughters and an adoptive mother, reading that memoir infuriated me. The 1960s weren't that long ago, but I could not get over how cold and cruel Hall's parents and physicians were. A reader left a comment asking me if Without a Map changed my opinion about Pride and Prejudice and how Georgiana and Lydia were portrayed. I remembered that comment when I first picked this book up. That aspect was actually the most inspirational aspects of this novel. Upon the advice of Mr. Collins, Mary has refused to even speak her sister Lydia's name because of the disgrace she caused herself. She believed that doing so would cause her to realize the error of her ways and repent. Not long after she meets Mr. Oliver, the new vicar at Kympton, brought up her quite obvious attitude toward Lydia. As gently as was his nature, he prompted her to think further about her stance and question its validity.A Match for Mary Bennet explores the young adulthood of a woman who didn't find marriage desirable in a world where marrying off one's daughters was the highest priority. It is a charming novel that also updates the reader on the entire extended Bennet clan. There was nothing rushed about this novel, but it wasn't drawn out either. If you've read Pride and Prejudice, you'll be comfortable with the characters and it was interesting to see how forgiveness and misconceptions come into play. Eucharista Ward has written a novel that is as entertaining as it is inspirational. I wish I could have relaxed and read it at a much lazier pace. It would make a gr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting through out
NCF More than 1 year ago
In general I found this one of the more enjoyable Jane Austen spin-offs. Not wishing to give a spoiler, I'll just say the only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I do think the drama in Mary's choice between two suitors is a little far fetched, but that wouldn't stop me from recommending this book.
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