Title: What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean
Publisher: Red Door Publishing
Date Published: 28th June 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction
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. Accused of theft – a crime worse almost worse than murder among the Georgian aristocracy – 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.
Based on Jane Austen’s much-loved characters, this is the story of one young woman’s struggle to overcome the obstacles of her time and place and truly find herself.
I want to thank Kelly from Love Books Group Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Three of Kitty’s sister have married and moved away from Longbourn, with her parents and her sister Mary left for company she is exceptionally bored. But a chance invitation from her sister Jane sees her heading for London for the season then on to Pemberley for a magnificent summer ball. But Lydia, now Mrs Wickham, shows up causing chaos which eventually leads to poor Kitty being accused of theft and sent home in disgrace. What will Kitty do next?
I loved Pride and Prejudice so when I read the blurb for this I thought I have to read that! I call Kitty the forgotten sister, just because when I think about the original book, I think of Lizzy or Jane or Lydia, so it’s nice that Carrie Kablean wrote a story just for her.
You see Kitty come out from under Lydia’s influence and become her own person, reading, playing music and going to art galleries instead of chasing the idea of a ‘good marriage’ to someone of means, which was nice to see. You also catch up with the other Bennet sisters Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia and even Mary the serious and studious sister, gets her own little happy ending.
The style of writing sticks quite well to the original Austen, so it’s not exactly a quick snappy read. I found the first half of the book exceptionally slow, getting caught up on the minutiae of Georgian society and introducing characters, some of which did appear in Pride and Prejudice but only had a small role and some new ones too. In the second half the story and the drama really picks up which culminates to a sweet and satisfying ending.
I would recommend this book to any fans of classic literature and especially Jane Austen for obvious reasons.
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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.