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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 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 and 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.


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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 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 and 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.

30 review for What Kitty Did Next

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I was feeling that I was on a one way train to Slumpsville, but this book rejuvenated my book loving soul Those who have read a few of my reviews know that I have been a fan of Jane Austen since age 13( thanks Emma Thompson!) and I cannot resist any type of sequel. The tagline teases us that this is the book Pride & Prejudice fans have been waiting for and in a way, it certainly was. Just for old time sakes, I am going to just remind readers where Jane Austen left her beloved characters. Ex I was feeling that I was on a one way train to Slumpsville, but this book rejuvenated my book loving soul Those who have read a few of my reviews know that I have been a fan of Jane Austen since age 13( thanks Emma Thompson!) and I cannot resist any type of sequel. The tagline teases us that this is the book Pride & Prejudice fans have been waiting for and in a way, it certainly was. Just for old time sakes, I am going to just remind readers where Jane Austen left her beloved characters. Excerpt from the original P&P( 1813) Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.....Mr. Bennet missed his second daughter exceedingly; his affection for her drew him oftener from home than anything else could do. Mr. Bingley and Jane remained at Netherfield only a twelvemonth...... Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters.... Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by Mrs. Bennet's being quite unable to sit alone... As for Wickham and Lydia, their characters suffered no revolution from the marriage of her sisters. Chapter 61 excerpt from Jane Austen, Project Gutenberg So, having married three of the Bennett sisters, Austen concluded her story, but I think we all wanted happy endings for sweet Kitty and the proper minded Mary and to journey back to Austen's much loved world that she had created. Although Mary finds her happiness quickly( yet in a satisfactory fashion), Catherine "Kitty" Bennett is at the centre of this sequel and the book takes us on a quest as she tries to step out of the shadows of her three married sisters and form her own identity. I was so hooked into this story that I felt as if this was a lost manuscript recently found among Austen's papers. Author Carrie Kablean is certainly a kindred spirit and this is certainly a Jane Austen sequel that I would re-read again. Trust me, I have read a few that I REALLY wish I could forget! Kablean takes us from Longbourn to the inner rooms of London society to the splendor of Pemberley and exposes us to the many trials of the becoming of Kitty Bennett. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced e-book copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A Charming read Ok so for me I haven't read Jane Austen so I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect. I know sometimes books based on classics don't always live up to expectations. However I really enjoyed What Kitty Did Next. It was wonderful to see Kitty mature from a young women into a lady. Kitty doesn't have it easy, but as she grows so does her maturity to deal with situations. I really liked her character she is strong, independent, yes a lil immature at times but that only added to 4☆ A Charming read Ok so for me I haven't read Jane Austen so I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect. I know sometimes books based on classics don't always live up to expectations. However I really enjoyed What Kitty Did Next. It was wonderful to see Kitty mature from a young women into a lady. Kitty doesn't have it easy, but as she grows so does her maturity to deal with situations. I really liked her character she is strong, independent, yes a lil immature at times but that only added to her charm. This isn't a fast paced book at all. Carrie creates the perfect ambiance. It really is the perfect read if you adore historical fiction with a dash of romance. I can only speak as I find as I haven't had the pleasure of reading the previous originals. But I would definitely recommend reading this beautiful enchanting read. Thank you to Love Book Group Tours for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website:- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    In this engaging, gently paced, Pride & Prejudice sequel, the author delivers a thoughtful, 'coming-into-her-own' story with the fourth Bennet daughter, Kitty getting her time to shine. What Kitty Did Next starts out by setting up the situation which begins shortly after the events of Pride & Prejudice. Life is somewhat dull and flat for Kitty after Lydia and Wickham are bustled off to Newcastle and her two oldest sisters are married and move away. Kitty is stuck with dull, prosy Mary, a In this engaging, gently paced, Pride & Prejudice sequel, the author delivers a thoughtful, 'coming-into-her-own' story with the fourth Bennet daughter, Kitty getting her time to shine. What Kitty Did Next starts out by setting up the situation which begins shortly after the events of Pride & Prejudice. Life is somewhat dull and flat for Kitty after Lydia and Wickham are bustled off to Newcastle and her two oldest sisters are married and move away. Kitty is stuck with dull, prosy Mary, a querulous still match-minded mother, and a stern father who came down hard on her after Lydia's misadventures. Kitty wallows a bit, but then catches a break when sweet Jane and Bingley invite her to stay with them in Town for the Season. It was slow going, but very necessary as the author shows the steps of Kitty's maturing process and introduces her new situation while keeping the reader up on all the Bennet sisters. I enjoyed Kitty's unique personality and voice among the others. She doesn't suddenly become a heroine overnight and her growth has its halts and starts, but with each encounter and adventure she steps out of her sisters' shadow and becomes her own woman. The story really gets moving when Kitty is tested, severely. Nothing like injustice when you're doing the right thing to get a gal to step forward the stronger for it. I really liked this version of Kitty Bennet and enjoyed her self-reliance and spirit. She has to work for what she wants and it was fun seeing her get there. And, it wasn't just Kitty. There were a few new and original characters that were great to meet. I really liked this version of Bingley and Jane in particular and then Mr. Bennet. There was some added sparkle, there. All in all, this was a well-written, heartwarming tribute to the classic and a fabulous sequel effort that I can heartily recommend. I rec'd this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Linda

    Kitty Bennet, freed from her sisters' shadows, begins to find her own personality through writing and music. Love may follow, but a person from the past may cause Kitty to lose all of her newfound friends and confidence. Kablean develops some of the lesser-known Pride and Prejudice characters, as well as introducing new ones, and gives Kitty a satisfying ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    After taking about a month to get a quarter of a way through this, I think it is time for me to call it quits. I gave up on Pride and Prejudice spinoffs awhile ago partly because there was so many being produced and also because they all pale in comparison to the original masterpiece. I LOVE P&P. It was my first Jane Austen, and I have read it many, many times. I am uber critical of books that take the beloved characters and try to create a new story with this. I get annoyed with tone, dialo After taking about a month to get a quarter of a way through this, I think it is time for me to call it quits. I gave up on Pride and Prejudice spinoffs awhile ago partly because there was so many being produced and also because they all pale in comparison to the original masterpiece. I LOVE P&P. It was my first Jane Austen, and I have read it many, many times. I am uber critical of books that take the beloved characters and try to create a new story with this. I get annoyed with tone, dialogue, story and characterization in some form or another. This was no different. It was no better or worse. It may be an enjoyable story to the less critical. I was initially drawn in by the fact that it was about the most overlooked character, Kitty. It takes her and makes into a free-thinking feminist. I did not buy into her transition into being a Wollstonecraft reader or an appreciater of fine music and learning to play. I may have been able to buy-in if it was sold appropriately, but it wasn’t here for me. *I received an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "What Kitty Did Next" is a Regency romance set in 1813 in England. It starts about a year after Pride and Prejudice and is told from Kitty's viewpoint. Kitty knows that her family thinks very poorly of her, but she's not sure how to improve things. Jane takes pity on Kitty and invites her to London to see the sights and learn to mix in society. Then she's invited to Pemberley! Just when Kitty feels like she's proved herself to her family and that new friends have recognized her worth (including "What Kitty Did Next" is a Regency romance set in 1813 in England. It starts about a year after Pride and Prejudice and is told from Kitty's viewpoint. Kitty knows that her family thinks very poorly of her, but she's not sure how to improve things. Jane takes pity on Kitty and invites her to London to see the sights and learn to mix in society. Then she's invited to Pemberley! Just when Kitty feels like she's proved herself to her family and that new friends have recognized her worth (including some potential suitors), things start to crumble as old prejudices combine with a misunderstanding, forcing Kitty to return home. The author did an excellent job of capturing the personalities and tone of Jane Austen's novel. The characters' acted in ways that were consistent with their behavior in Pride and Prejudice, and the style of writing was similar to Austen's. The author did add more historical detail--things which help bring the setting and time period alive to the modern reader. This is the best Pride and Prejudice sequel that I've read. It's an excellent novel on it's own, too. I enjoyed how Kitty grappled with how her family treated her and questions about her future. I liked how she grew as a person. While the romantic interest didn't have a lot of scenes with Kitty (as they weren't constantly together), they did have plenty of "off-screen" time to get to know each other better. He built up her confidence, and they shared interests. And the author has done her research. I enjoyed the little historical details that were woven into the action. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this story and I look forward to the author's future novels. I received an ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Picking up where Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice left off, Catherine "Kitty" Bennet is left behind at Longbourn with her parents and sister Mary after the marriages of her older sisters Jane and Elizabeth, and younger sister Lydia, over a period of 6 months. Kitty (with no clue about the scandal Lydia's marriage to George Wickham almost caused the family if not for the kindness of Mr. Darcy) is lonely without Lydia, who was her closest friend before her sudden departure from home Picking up where Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice left off, Catherine "Kitty" Bennet is left behind at Longbourn with her parents and sister Mary after the marriages of her older sisters Jane and Elizabeth, and younger sister Lydia, over a period of 6 months. Kitty (with no clue about the scandal Lydia's marriage to George Wickham almost caused the family if not for the kindness of Mr. Darcy) is lonely without Lydia, who was her closest friend before her sudden departure from home. Soon Kitty is invited to stay with the Bingleys in London where is overjoyed to find culture and society unknown to her before. She does her best to improve her manners and make her sister Jane proud, enjoying the company of new friends, including Georgiana, Mr. Darcy's sister. Thanks to Georgiana, Kitty receives an invitation to Pemberley, which she gladly accepts. Here her friendship turns to sisterhood with Georgiana and she becomes closer with Elizabeth and the standoffish Mr. Darcy. In the middle of Elizabeth's preparation for her first ball, the family is shocked when Lydia arrives without an invitation. Lydia (also unaware of the gallant actions of Mr. Darcy or the truth of her husband's intentions) and her inappropriate behavior in polite society leaves Lizzie anxious, so Kitty keeps an eye on her young sister to make everything as uneventful as possible. It doesn't take long for Lydia's behavior to bring about a scandalous scene during the Pemberley ball which Mr. Darcy witnesses and interprets as a betrayal by Kitty. Kitty returns home in shame without the chance to explain herself, but life as she's always known it at Longbourn is about to change forever. Once considered "silly and ignorant", Kitty has turned into a well mannered lady who carries herself with grace through dark times. Everything you wanted to know about what happened to the Bennet family after the happy ending of Pride and Prejudice is here: love, loss, births, deaths, and the strong bonds of sisterhood. What Kitty Did Next is a charming continuation of Pride and Prejudice told through the story of this often overlooked sister. Thanks to RedDoor Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review. For full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  8. 3 out of 5

    Alex

    I loved this book! Reading 'What Kitty Did Next' was like visiting old friends and I so enjoyed being immersed in their world and lives again. I have read a number of Jane Austen wannabees and spinoffs, and Carrie Kablean is the first modern author who has really captured Austen's voice and spirit. The dialogue is natural and flowing, remaining true to the period. The storyline and characters are perfectly credible - their joys and their woes - and all cleverly tied together with the same Austen I loved this book! Reading 'What Kitty Did Next' was like visiting old friends and I so enjoyed being immersed in their world and lives again. I have read a number of Jane Austen wannabees and spinoffs, and Carrie Kablean is the first modern author who has really captured Austen's voice and spirit. The dialogue is natural and flowing, remaining true to the period. The storyline and characters are perfectly credible - their joys and their woes - and all cleverly tied together with the same Austen spark and wit that we are used to. Great fun. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

    "Notice and approval did not go hand in hand in her world." (quote from the book) What became of Kitty Bennet after the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth? What affect did Mr. Bennet's strictures have on her and Mary after the scandalous elopement of Lydia and her eventual marriage? This delightfully charming story provides us with Kitty's emotional and enlightening journey to finding, not only who she is, but what she wants out of life. This, for me, was a very satisfying read that provided a gradu "Notice and approval did not go hand in hand in her world." (quote from the book) What became of Kitty Bennet after the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth? What affect did Mr. Bennet's strictures have on her and Mary after the scandalous elopement of Lydia and her eventual marriage? This delightfully charming story provides us with Kitty's emotional and enlightening journey to finding, not only who she is, but what she wants out of life. This, for me, was a very satisfying read that provided a gradual growth of character to one who is so overlooked by her family and lacked confidence in herself. I am a huge fan of Kitty Bennet stories and this one is a gentle read but does provide enough challenges for her to overcome and test her mettle...and is it ever tested! From despondency to joy and everything else in between, we get to experience her inner battles and thoughts. We also get to see a bit of married life for Elizabeth and Darcy as well as Jane and Bingley. Jane is her sweet self with words of wisdom and encouragement. I must say though, that Charles in this story was such a delight and a positive influence on Kitty. As Kitty has never been outside of Meryton, he provides a whole new world to her when she goes with them to London. "She thought the music sublime, reverential, as if it were reaching into her soul providing a balm, a release and something akin to joy." (quote from the book) There are wonderful new characters in this story that blend well with the old. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's lives are certainly turned on their heads as each of their daughters fly the nest. Life at Longbourn will never be the same. My only quibble would be no epilogue. I would dearly love to know more, especially about Mary. I highly recommend this well written continuation to Pride &Prejudice.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    As is the norm for me, I tucked into this book without reading the synopsis and I couldn’t help thinking I had heard of these characters somewhere before, I also had a voice of some of them in my head, it was strange so I read the synopsis and realised that this was a book about Kitty Bennett, one of the Bennett sisters from Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen’s classic book and love the film. So a new to me author writes a book about characters I am already familiar with, this is quite bazaa As is the norm for me, I tucked into this book without reading the synopsis and I couldn’t help thinking I had heard of these characters somewhere before, I also had a voice of some of them in my head, it was strange so I read the synopsis and realised that this was a book about Kitty Bennett, one of the Bennett sisters from Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen’s classic book and love the film. So a new to me author writes a book about characters I am already familiar with, this is quite bazaar. I remember Kitty and Lydia being the really silly annoying girls, who were fixated with “Officers”, getting noticed and married. The author has taken over the story of Kitty and I really loved the way she has done this. The often left out one, ignored one or in the way and stupid one, my heart really did go out to her. It was great to see a change in this character grow and develop. Once out of the shadow of Lydia, Kitty comes to the realisation that she is indeed very childish and in order to be more readily listened to she must learn to grow up. As the story progresses the author has not made it easy for Kitty, there are some obstacles that have been added and it is interesting to see how Kitty approaches these and acts to them. I really found myself warming to her as the story continued and it wasn’t long before I was willing her onward to find what she wanted in her life. The whole feeling of the story from start to finish oozed the sense of fashion, social gatherings, etiquette as along with the setting I felt as if I had been transported back into the early 1800’s and a great continuation to a story I adore. I would absolutely recommend this to readers of historical fiction, romance and general fiction. It is a story that continues on from a classic and reads well as a stand alone. If you are not a reader of classics then do not be put off, this is a fabulous and well paced book that will appeal to many readers

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michaela's Journey into Books

    *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics and I’ve read and watched the TV adaptions and movies several times, so I was really excited to jump back into this world and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed. This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set after the events of the original book following the second youngest Bennet girl Kitty as she navigates Regency Britai *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics and I’ve read and watched the TV adaptions and movies several times, so I was really excited to jump back into this world and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed. This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set after the events of the original book following the second youngest Bennet girl Kitty as she navigates Regency Britain Society, learns how to live outside of her elder sister Lidia’s shadow and find a husband. Before I read this I didn’t have much of an opinion on Kitty other than her being a Lidia copycat but once I read this I realised I was very wrong. This book adds a lot more depth to her character and I loved learning more about her. I also loved seeing more of Elizabeth and Jane and getting to spend time at Pemberley. However, I swear Lidia is one of my most disliked fictional characters and this book just enchances my dislike of her Overall this was a great read and I loved learning more about Kitty.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    What Kitty Did Next is a book I approached with both eagerness and a little trepidation. After all, books of this nature tend to be either hugely enjoyable or a complete disaster. I am happy to say that this story fell into the former category. It was well written and picked up nicely from the end of Austen's novel. The characters all felt 'in character', and though slow to start, Kitty's tale soon picked up the pace as conflict ensued. I read it with a smile on my face and was eager to get back What Kitty Did Next is a book I approached with both eagerness and a little trepidation. After all, books of this nature tend to be either hugely enjoyable or a complete disaster. I am happy to say that this story fell into the former category. It was well written and picked up nicely from the end of Austen's novel. The characters all felt 'in character', and though slow to start, Kitty's tale soon picked up the pace as conflict ensued. I read it with a smile on my face and was eager to get back to it each evening to see how Kitty would fare. Though you could read this on its own, I believe you will get more from it if you are already familiar with the events of Pride and Prejudice. All up, a fun historical fiction with a splash of action and a dash of romance. 4.5 stars from me. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Buchli

    Closer to 3 1/2 stars, really, but a fairly enjoyable Austenation featuring the neglected Kitty Bennett. Non Austen fans may not enjoy it so much, I'm afraid. No striking anachronisms, and the language and characterizations were acceptable, but it started pretty slow -- all Bonnets and Balls for the first two thirds.. Once a conflict finally arose the pace picked up a lot and I enjoyed the final resolution. I would certainly read another by this author. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with t Closer to 3 1/2 stars, really, but a fairly enjoyable Austenation featuring the neglected Kitty Bennett. Non Austen fans may not enjoy it so much, I'm afraid. No striking anachronisms, and the language and characterizations were acceptable, but it started pretty slow -- all Bonnets and Balls for the first two thirds.. Once a conflict finally arose the pace picked up a lot and I enjoyed the final resolution. I would certainly read another by this author. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this free ARC ebook in exchange for an impartial review.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    I received a free copy of What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean in exchange for an honest review. This tale tracks the life of Catherine “Kitty” Bennet following her sisters marriages in Pride and Prejudice. Kitty takes the critical words of her father to heart and tries her best to improve herself. However, even though Kitty evolves, it takes time for her family’s perception of her to shift. As a result, Kitty finds herself at the mercy of those views. This was an entertaining book. I liked it v I received a free copy of What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean in exchange for an honest review. This tale tracks the life of Catherine “Kitty” Bennet following her sisters marriages in Pride and Prejudice. Kitty takes the critical words of her father to heart and tries her best to improve herself. However, even though Kitty evolves, it takes time for her family’s perception of her to shift. As a result, Kitty finds herself at the mercy of those views. This was an entertaining book. I liked it very much. The only negatives were a couple of language things that did not seem to fit the time period and the author’s maneuvering the beloved Darcys into being a source of pain for Kitty. Otherwise, Ms. Kablean did an excellent job of joining Jane Austen’s love of social satire with her love of books and writing. Overall, this is a worthwhile read for Jane Austen fans. #WhatKittyDidNext #NetGalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Westwood

    I was lucky to see an advance copy and found this was a delight to read. The author's take on the most overlooked of the Bennett sisters was a terrific idea and she pulled it off with a very relatable story of a young woman struggling with finding her identity in the shadow of her (now married - its post 'Pride and prejudice') sisters. What impressed me was the lovely funny, delicate and touching style, and how the author totally nailed the language, mores and environment of Austren's England. F I was lucky to see an advance copy and found this was a delight to read. The author's take on the most overlooked of the Bennett sisters was a terrific idea and she pulled it off with a very relatable story of a young woman struggling with finding her identity in the shadow of her (now married - its post 'Pride and prejudice') sisters. What impressed me was the lovely funny, delicate and touching style, and how the author totally nailed the language, mores and environment of Austren's England. For Austen fans there's the pleasure of reading more on favourite characters but really the book is also a strong stand-alone piece of fiction in its own right. Couldn't put it down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    In this Pride and Prejudice sequel, Mrs Bennet has three daughters married, but what to do about the remaining two. Kitty is invited to London to join with the Bingleys. Can she take this opportunity to change. How will Lydia interfere. Does Elizabeth turn into Darcy and think she is always right and judge before knowing all the facts. I would wish that authors would be more imaginative in their disposal of Mary Bennet who is my favourite female character. Which was really the only thing I didn' In this Pride and Prejudice sequel, Mrs Bennet has three daughters married, but what to do about the remaining two. Kitty is invited to London to join with the Bingleys. Can she take this opportunity to change. How will Lydia interfere. Does Elizabeth turn into Darcy and think she is always right and judge before knowing all the facts. I would wish that authors would be more imaginative in their disposal of Mary Bennet who is my favourite female character. Which was really the only thing I didn't care for in the book. There are not many books written about Kitty so I found the story enjoyable at that level, it was also well-written, though it was slow in its start. The story certainly developed Kitty's characters and made her much more likeable. A NetGalley Book

  17. 3 out of 5

    Kristin Davison

    I would like to thank netgalley and RedDoor Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. Kablean's prose is the closest I have ever found to Austen's. This book is so well written and the characters are true to Austen's creations and even fit into the ending she had imagined herself. It did start a little slow, but by the end I was loving it.

  18. 3 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan so when I heard that there was a new novel continuing the Pride & Prejudice story by following Kitty's life, I was very excited but also a little cautious because I'm always worried that it will fall short of the excellence of a classic. But I'm happy to report that WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean exceeded my expectations and made me fall in love all over again. Kitty Bennet is a little lost in her life. With her three sisters married and living away, she feel I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan so when I heard that there was a new novel continuing the Pride & Prejudice story by following Kitty's life, I was very excited but also a little cautious because I'm always worried that it will fall short of the excellence of a classic. But I'm happy to report that WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean exceeded my expectations and made me fall in love all over again. Kitty Bennet is a little lost in her life. With her three sisters married and living away, she feels lonely and unsure of who she really is and what she really wants in her life. Having always been Lydia's shadow she is still being blamed for Lydia's hasty actions which almost ruined the family, but Kitty isn't Lydia and yearns for more from her family and for her future. And when she finds herself accompanying Jane and her husband to stay in London. suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opens up in front of her eyes as she tries to find her place in this new world. But when one night changes it all, will Kitty ever get the opportunity to show everyone exactly who she is and what she is made of? From London to Pemberley, WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean really brings the world of Austen alive again and I eagerly delved into the sights, smells, and homes of the time period. I loved the characters, the flow of the story, and I devoured this book in one sitting. ​ WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean is the perfect story for Jane Austen fans and all historical fiction fans alike, and I highly recommend it. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser

  19. 3 out of 5

    Ellie (crackthespine)

    3.75 Good, but not great until the last quarter or so. I probably would have hated this had I not already been a big Austen fan, but it was enjoyable.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Lynn Brown

    I began to read this book with a little trepidation - would it live up to Jane Austen? I have read other books which are a follow on to great works and been disappointed - but not this time - I LOVED it. I cannot imagine how you go about writing a novel where the speech and nuances of the characters have to transport you to 19th Centrury England, but this book did just that. So faithfully did it recreate the characters of Pride and Prejudice that I began to forget it wasn't written by Austen hers I began to read this book with a little trepidation - would it live up to Jane Austen? I have read other books which are a follow on to great works and been disappointed - but not this time - I LOVED it. I cannot imagine how you go about writing a novel where the speech and nuances of the characters have to transport you to 19th Centrury England, but this book did just that. So faithfully did it recreate the characters of Pride and Prejudice that I began to forget it wasn't written by Austen herself. I loved catching up with Lizzie and Jane to see what happened to them after their respective marriages and of course the dashing Darcy. Never once did I think "that would never have happened" but rather I had a train of thought of "so, that's what happened next" lol! We catch up too with Georgiana, Darcy's sister. When Georgiana takes Kitty into her confidence and reveals what went on between Lydia and Wickham and her brother's part in it, I was at first confused. Because I forgot of course, that I as the reader knew what had happened, but not everyone in the book did! When Kitty gets invited to Pemberley a terrible misunderstanding occurs. So true to Austen was this tale, that I felt the author really must have found an unpublished manuscript by Austen. The social history aspect of the book was wonderful. So many well written details that brought the book to life. I loved the character of Felicia and her announcement to Kitty that one day she will dare not to ride side saddle!!! As I neared the end of the book I was delighted in the outcome for Kitty - I had a little tear in my eye. The very ending made me smile so very much. I don't do spoilers so you will need to read it for yourself - really! if you have been wondering what happened when Pride and Prejudice ended this is the book for you. I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars - Carrie Kablean is a very worthy successor to Jane Austen. My thanks to Love Books Group for an advance copy of the book for review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elspeth

    I received an advanced ecopy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I'm not a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, even though as a former English major, I'm not sure I'm allowed to say that. So a book written as a sequel to it, written in Austen's style, is never going to be a favorite of mine. However, if you like Pride and Prejudice, and want to read more about the escapades of the Bennet sisters, this is a good book for you. Kablean does a good job with the writing style, I received an advanced ecopy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I'm not a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, even though as a former English major, I'm not sure I'm allowed to say that. So a book written as a sequel to it, written in Austen's style, is never going to be a favorite of mine. However, if you like Pride and Prejudice, and want to read more about the escapades of the Bennet sisters, this is a good book for you. Kablean does a good job with the writing style, and the subtle humor of dialogue and situations. The plot is a natural follow on to Pride and Prejudice. It is not fast paced; it took over half the book for us to reach the evening of Kitty's fateful actions. I would have liked to just get to the point a little sooner. I realize Kablean is trying to set up a transformation of Kitty's behavior, but it sure took a long time to do that. The resolution is neat and tidy, as expected, but also with one or two little surprises. The fleshing out of the characters was clever, both major and minor. I felt like I learned more about each of them, and since it has been a long time since I read Pride and Prejudice, it was fun to be reminded of each of their individual personalities. If I was rating this for myself, I would give it three stars. Rating it for others, it is four stars, because for what she is trying to do, it is well done. Just not my style.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Since it’s been ages since I read or watched Pride and Prejudice, I was a little hesitant about reading this one. Not just because I thought I might have been too unfamiliar with previous events but also because this is Jane Austen and it’s always a little tricky picking up something so iconic. But I shouldn’t have worried, as within the first few pages I once again found myself completely immersed into the lives of the Bennett family. What Kitty Did Next focuses on daughter Catherine, also known Since it’s been ages since I read or watched Pride and Prejudice, I was a little hesitant about reading this one. Not just because I thought I might have been too unfamiliar with previous events but also because this is Jane Austen and it’s always a little tricky picking up something so iconic. But I shouldn’t have worried, as within the first few pages I once again found myself completely immersed into the lives of the Bennett family. What Kitty Did Next focuses on daughter Catherine, also known as Kitty. Life at Longbourn has changed dramatically since Kitty saw three of her sisters get married. Kitty is lonely and bored, especially without her sidekick Lydia, and feels trapped at home with just her parents and sister Mary for company. But then she’s invited to stay over in London and even Pemberley. Suddenly the world looks incredibly different and Kitty might just figure out what kind of person she really is. If someone had told me this was always supposed to be a kind of sequel and it was actually written back in the day, I would have believed them. The author does a fantastic job at creating the right atmosphere and staying true to the characters most of us are so familiar with. The story flows and it all feels very natural, as if it was always meant to be like this. It’s been wonderful having the opportunity to spend some more time with these delightful characters and a part of me would actually be quite happy with more. If you like Jane Austen, you will most definitely enjoy this but I also feel it’s a novel for any historical fiction reader, whether you’re familiar with Pride or Prejudice or not.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Sheenah

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy of this book for my honest review. As someone who loves Pride and Prejudice, who rereads it every few years, I was both excited and nervous to read What Kitty Did Next. Would it reflect the characters I love so much? Would I be horribly disappointed by an underwhelming tale about the least discussed Bennett sister? I was so thrilled that this novel lived up to my expectations! The story follows Kitty Bennett after both Jane a Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy of this book for my honest review. As someone who loves Pride and Prejudice, who rereads it every few years, I was both excited and nervous to read What Kitty Did Next. Would it reflect the characters I love so much? Would I be horribly disappointed by an underwhelming tale about the least discussed Bennett sister? I was so thrilled that this novel lived up to my expectations! The story follows Kitty Bennett after both Jane and Elizabeth have married and started living their Happily Ever Afters. In my mind, Kitty was such a filler character. The only thing I ever retained about her was that she followed her younger sister's lead and as a result behaved poorly. I think by Kitty being the main character, we have an entirely new perspective and do not have as many expectations for the character herself. Without Lydia there, Kitty quietly comes into her own. She realizes the error of her past ways and endeavors to not be the embarrassment her family thought her. Her growth and development were admirable and made you care for this character that you thought you had known for so long. Carrie Kablean created a version of Longbourne and the Bennetts that felt true to Austen's telling.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I loved this story, it is so easy to read and very well written. It was the blurb that really sold this book to me, I'm a massive fan of Pride & Prejudice so this rally had a lot to live up to as a follow up and I was genuinely pleased to see that Kitty was the star of the book. The characters are great as I had expected and Kitty is delightful. The book really allows her to come in to her own and out of the shadow of her older sisters. The setting is p https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I loved this story, it is so easy to read and very well written. It was the blurb that really sold this book to me, I'm a massive fan of Pride & Prejudice so this rally had a lot to live up to as a follow up and I was genuinely pleased to see that Kitty was the star of the book. The characters are great as I had expected and Kitty is delightful. The book really allows her to come in to her own and out of the shadow of her older sisters. The setting is perfect and I loved that we got to visit both London and Derbyshire in the story. The writing style was spot on and I love this era in history. I loved how the story developed and I flew through the book, five stars from me - an excellent story and very enjoyable!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gregandemy

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing a digital copy of this book with me via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Oh I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I love, love Jane Austen and any recreations of her books either seem to be well done or terrible. I was worried that this attempt at a follow-up novel to Pride and Prejudice could easily disappoint, but I need not fear. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to other Austen fans. I felt t Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing a digital copy of this book with me via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Oh I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I love, love Jane Austen and any recreations of her books either seem to be well done or terrible. I was worried that this attempt at a follow-up novel to Pride and Prejudice could easily disappoint, but I need not fear. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to other Austen fans. I felt the author did a great job keeping with Austen's writing style and true to her characters. I loved the look into what happened next and thought it was well thought out, creative, witty, and fun. I love that Kitty was given a redemption in this novel without ignoring her behavior in P&P. Great, fun read that I will happily pass on to friends.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Andrea Johnson

    Really enjoyed reading this! Great for fans of Pride & Prejudice! This book picks up where the Pride & Prejudice left off, creating a story around Kitty and what happens in her life. It is written in a similar style to Jane Austen’s and is highly probable and likable.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Annarella

    A truly enjoyable read, perfect for fan of Jane Austen who wondered what happened to some characters. The book is well written, in a style that reminds of the original Austen one. The plot is enthralling and it answers to all questions left by the original Austen text. The historical settings is perfect and the writer has a good grip of the Regency world. I highly recommend this book, a page turner that kept hooked since the first page Many thanks to RedDoor Publishing and Netgalley for this ARC

  28. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    **I have received an ARC from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review** With all these classic retellings, it was a breath of fresh air to see a continuation of a classic!! Also i liked the fact that it concentrates on Kitty Bennett and not one of the main characters in Pride and Prejudice. The book was very well written in my opinion and portrays Kitty's journey in a very nice way! In addition, the whole book had i believe the air of the original books of Jane Austen, so the author did a ver **I have received an ARC from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review** With all these classic retellings, it was a breath of fresh air to see a continuation of a classic!! Also i liked the fact that it concentrates on Kitty Bennett and not one of the main characters in Pride and Prejudice. The book was very well written in my opinion and portrays Kitty's journey in a very nice way! In addition, the whole book had i believe the air of the original books of Jane Austen, so the author did a very good job there! Excellent for Jane Austen's fans and for fans of classic books in general!! :D

  29. 3 out of 5

    Margaret Sankey

    This is a good Pride and Prejudice pastiche, following Kitty, left at home with Mrs. Bennett by the sudden marriage of Mary to an India-bound missionary (I called that one on first reading the original), and her expanding world of London and the estates of Elizabeth and Jane and the local gentry in search of a husband. Kablean has a very good sense of the time period, and what constitutes a happy ending, as well as a realistic grip of how gender and class hierarchy makes misunderstandings catast This is a good Pride and Prejudice pastiche, following Kitty, left at home with Mrs. Bennett by the sudden marriage of Mary to an India-bound missionary (I called that one on first reading the original), and her expanding world of London and the estates of Elizabeth and Jane and the local gentry in search of a husband. Kablean has a very good sense of the time period, and what constitutes a happy ending, as well as a realistic grip of how gender and class hierarchy makes misunderstandings catastrophic that for us are resolved easily.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Evers

    **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** This book was a very pleasant surprise for me! I expected to read one of the usual attempts to write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but this exceed my expectations. I enjoyed the fact that the author chose to focus on a character whom I feel is often overlooked when it comes to Austen sequels. That is not to say that the novel was perfect, I felt at times that some of the character development was a bit forced a **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** This book was a very pleasant surprise for me! I expected to read one of the usual attempts to write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but this exceed my expectations. I enjoyed the fact that the author chose to focus on a character whom I feel is often overlooked when it comes to Austen sequels. That is not to say that the novel was perfect, I felt at times that some of the character development was a bit forced and out of touch with what I had always envisioned those characters to behave like. Some changes though were for the better, and a I can say, without trying to spoil the story, that any Austen fan will enjoy this book!

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