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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite
Flirtatious by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a lovely short story based on the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. When a rumor begins to surface that Lydia Bennet and Maria Lucas have been flirting with the soldiers in town, Charlotte, Maria's older sister, runs to Elizabeth Bennet for help. She believes that Lydia is a bad influence on Maria and requests that Elizabeth talk to her father about putting stricter rules upon Lydia and her flirtatious personality. The entire family has understood this about Lydia for years, but nothing gets through to her. She is a very ambitious and outgoing young woman who gets what she wants, and nothing will stand in her way.
As a huge fan of Jane Austen, I loved this short story. It was a great combination of lighthearted and fun, while also having an aspect of dramatic intensity. It's been a few years since I read Pride and Prejudice, but I could tell that this short piece connected well with the plot of the actual novel. The Bennets are such an entertaining family, and it was fun to read more about Elizabeth, Lydia, and Mr. Bennet, who enters the story at the end of the piece. I would recommend this novella to anyone who is a fan of the classics and wants another insight into the characters from Pride and Prejudice. Flirtatious was cute, short read that I am glad I found. Margaret Lynette Sharp is a fabulous writer, and she crafted a beautiful piece!