What will happen to the Bennet females, w that Mr. Bennet has died? With Mr. Tristan Collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. Bennet hatches her plan. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Nothing else will do. Will it be Mary or Kitty singled out for this dubious hor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Who will be the next mistress of Longbourn? Darcy, Elizabeth, and the rest of the Pride and Prejudice cast are back as the socially awkward Mary emerges from the shadows to take center stage in Shann Winslow's long-awaited sequel to her best-selling vel, The Darcys of Pemberley. Many Austen fans have a soft spot in their hearts for Mary and wonder if she might have the hidden makings of a heroine. Now, in Return to Longbourn, we learn what really makes her tick. Is she destined to be a governess forever, or will she overcomes the misfortune of being 'plain' to find love and her own happy ending?
Author Shannon Winslow specializes in writing fiction for fans of Jane Austen. The Darcys of Pemberley, her popular sequel to Pride and Prejudice, was her debut novel in 2011. For Myself Alone - a stand-alone Austen-inspired story - followed in 2012. Now comes Return to Longbourn, the next chapter in the continuing Pride and Prejudice saga. She has something entirely different waiting in the wings, though - a contemporary what if novel entitled First of Second Chances (date of publication yet to be announced). After that, she has in mind a Persuasion tie-in, which is currently in the planning stage. Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier. For more information, visit www.shannonwinslow.com. Follow Shannon on Twitter (as JaneAustenSays) and on Facebook.