Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #12 – Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice by Jennifer Becton
Oh, Caroline Bingley. You sad, snide, cranky little piece of work. As this book starts, Caroline is pretty much banished after the weddings of her brother and Mr. Darcy to the Bennett girls. She’s certainly earned it, so now she’s heading home to mother in the north of England, with a companion she treats poorly and clearly looks down on.
Caroline is not welcome to her brother’s home until she apologizes to Lizzie Darcy, which she refuses to do. So she’s stuck in the boonies trying to find a man with a title to marry and worm her way back into society. Of course, romantic complications ensue, the wrong man, hate turns to love, all that jazz. The plot’s fairly predictable, but that doesn’t mean the book isn’t entertaining. Like the Charlotte Collins book, it’s reasonably well written, and a decent escape from real life.
The author’s most impressive feat is making Caroline Bingley an actual sympathetic character – one almost ends up liking her in the end. Almost. Either way, it’s a good addition to the Austen-adjacent oeuvre, and considerably better than most of Jane fan-fic out there.