Each character in Pride and Prejudice has made an impression on readers. Mary, the middle sister, may appear judgmental and a bit annoying — and perhaps the least likely to have her own spin-off — but Mingle intelligently allows readers more than a glimpse into her life and thoughts. Not a copy of Austen but a more modern, accessible approach to the story, this quick, light look into the lives of beloved characters is nicely done — though purists may balk at the updated version.

With her sisters Jane and Elizabeth well married, Mary spends her time visiting her family and looking back on her life. Mary’s evaluation has shown her that she has been too judgmental and even mean. She seems resigned to life as a spinster when a visit to Jane and Mr. Bingley opens the door to romance. Henry Walsh admires Mary and is determined to marry her. But he finds it a difficult task to convince her that she is his ideal woman. Mary is so mired in her own opinion of herself that she cannot see what Henry likes in her. It will take a great deal of persuasion to win her over. (MORROW, Dec., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin