Twelfth Night at Longbourn (Given Good Principles #4)


Ever since her sister Lydia eloped, Kitty Bennet has been shunned by the people of Meryton. So when an invitation to spend the Christmastide at Pemberley with her sister Lizzy arrives, she is delighted. She also gets to spend some time in London before heading off to Pemberley. She is to stay with Miss Darcy and she’s invited to a dinner with an Earl’s family! But she is not accustomed to the society, and how can Kitty Bennet fit in? Maybe it’s time for Catherine Bennet to step on the stage and dazzle everyone. She definitely didn’t count on meeting a man who once bruised her heart. 

It’s fascinating to see answers to a “What if?” in the “Pride and Prejudice.”  What if the danger with Wickham was averted earlier and he didn’t come to Meryton? What if Jane and Mr. Bingley weren’t meant for each other? What if…? However, since this book is the fourth in the “Given Good Principles” series, it can be a bit confusing. The reader isn’t aware of the ways the plot differs from the original, making for a rather confusing beginning. But when that’s sorted out, the rest of the story is a delight to read. Kitty is far more likeable than her counterpart in the original work. True, in the beginning she was a bit too fond of whining, but she matures beautifully as the story progresses. All in all, “Twelfth Night at Longbourn” is a perfect winter read for any fan of “Pride and Prejudice” spinoffs!

Ana Smith