• The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet

  • By: Katherine Cowley
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Upon the death of her father, Mary Bennet’s life is thrown into turmoil. With no fortune or marriage prospects, she must rely on the kindness of her relatives. When a mysterious late-night visit by an unknown relative - a Lady Trafford from Castle Durrington - leads to an extended stay and the chance for an education, Mary gratefully accepts the opportunity. 

But even as she arrives at the castle, she’s faced with one mystery after another. Who is Lady Trafford really, and what is she hiding? Do her secrets and manipulations place the small seaside community at risk of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte? Always curious, Mary sets out to discover the answers. But when she finds the dead body of a would-be thief she outed prior to her father’s funeral, she jeopardizes her position at the castle and her family’s good name in her quest for the truth.

©2021 Katherine Cowley (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Cozy Period Mystery

I've already recommended this as an aromatic-friendly read. I very much enjoyed the premise and I think the author really nailed the characterization of Mary. It was good to see poor Mary take center stage and see how she grew once given a chance to make something of herself.

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An interesting Mary Bennet

I read and listened to this novel-both excellent in style and narration. I especially like the fact that this is ‘book 1’ i can’t wait to find out how this version of Mary Bennet’s life progresses!

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Superbly Original!

I absolutely LOOOOOVED this listen! Thank you, Katherine Cowley, for creating an incredibly unique JAFF based on Mary Bennett. The characterization of Mary Bennett stays true to canon (making it not a simple task to turn her into a lovable h) while developing a natural and believable growth in her. It is quite simply masterful! So many writers make the jump too abruptly and drastically that it is merely fantastical and without a measure of realism. Not so with this book! I absolutely can't wait for the next book and hope there will be still more to come! Alison Larkin did an outstanding job of giving the characters their own individual voices. Masterfully done!

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Surprised- Clean Mystery -good read

I'm not much of a reviewer, but I'll try. I really like listening to Alison Larkin and this book had a good semi-long play time so I spent the credit. I was very surprised. First of all It's a "spin off" of Pride and Prejudice and focuses on Mary Bennett, but it's not a romance. I feel it was worth the credit, and if things start out slow for you, just stay with it, surprises follow.

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A lot of fun

A fun new perspective on the Bennett’s and the Darcy’s. An interesting historical insight. Clever and clean

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Hot garbage

I listened to a lot of this book hoping for some shred of any kind if entertainment and was constantly disappointed. The main character, who is obviously neuro divergent, and ok that's cool and different, but maybe give her some semblance of a redeeming value? No, she is hot garbage just like this book. And the other characters? Not one shred of decency among them. Maybe some of them are cool! I will never know because more than halfway through the book and the only perception we see is from an obviously clueless prissy bore who is obviously wrong about everything. I am so frustrated that I bothered for so long hoping this would get better and I'm angry for this book even existing.