Austenprose has named The Unexpected Miss Bennet one of the Top 10 Jane Austen sequels, prequels, and retellings.

And Austenesque Reviewer Jeffrey Ward named The Unexpected Miss Bennet one of his top Pride & Prejudice sequels of the year as well.

I am very honored to be in such company. And thanks to everyone who read and loved Miss Bennet and shared their opinion with the Internet and their friends. As someone who is a reader first, I know the joy of finding a good book. To be able to give others that same experience is why I write.


jeffrey · January 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

If I had the talent, I’d write my own sequel for Miss Anne DeBourgh but I don’t. You, Ms Sarath, certainly do! Give it some serious thought…

Patrice Sarath · January 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

You know, I just might do that. I ended up liking Anne de Bourgh a lot, as well as the formidable Lady Catherine herself.

dave · January 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Pretty sweet. Great choice of title, too, btw.

Jean · January 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Loved your book and I hope you will continue. I think Anne de Bourgh ends up with Colonel Fitzwilliam. He a good, well-bred man who (unfortunately) needs to marry money and would be acceptable to Lady Catherine. Anne could keep improving and become charming to him, especiallly if he sees her wooed by others – just a thought. Well it’s true that Austen lovers are insatiable aren’t they?

Patrice Sarath · January 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

That is a very Austen-esque solution. It feels right too. But I don’t think that Lady Catherine would allow Anne to fall in love with even the most well-connected officer. In fact, I have a feeling that Lady C really likes having Anne just the way she is. Of course, that means Miss de Bourgh is a rebellion awaiting to happen.

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