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Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite
In Margaret Lynette Sharp's Mr Broadwood meets the Bennets: A 'Pride and Prejudice' Variation Vignette, Mr Broadwood has just moved into town. Mr and Mrs Bennet discuss the possibility of having their daughter, Mary, teach his daughter piano lessons. When news of the expected arrival of a new family in Derbyshire first reaches her ears, Mrs Bennet's response to Mary's possible employment is ill-received. After discussing with her husband, Mrs Bennet discovers that the new owner, Mr Broadwood, is a 31-year-old widower with a 6-year-old daughter. She concludes that he must be in want of a wife. Mrs Bennet plans to arrange a meeting with her daughter. She compares the two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, in order to decide who would be the best match. Will everything go as planned?
Margaret Lynette Sharp's Mr Broadwood meets the Bennets features enticing and immaculate use of language and description of the characters appropriate for the period. As usual, Sharp gives us an unexpected and ironic twist at the end of the story. Once again, Sharp's story gives yet another example of how people jump to conclusions and make assumptions without getting all the information first. I found the conclusion of the story to be both ironic and hilarious. Margaret Lynette Sharp's Mr Broadwood meets the Bennets is a very professionally written romance story. It was quite easy to follow from start to finish and there was never a dull moment. Sharp's writing is brilliant and entertaining even in the brevity of the story. I look forward to reading more of her stories.