Revisit the world of Jane Austen’sPride and Prejudice, through the eyes of the woman who is determined to win Mr. Darcy’s affections, in this sumptuous and romantic novel.
To Jane Austen’s faithful readers, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the hearts of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are forever entwined. But if Miss Caroline Bingley has her way, all will transpire very differently.
Ever since she met him, Caroline has intended to wed Mr. Darcy. Intelligent and well educated, Caroline is an ambitious rising star in fashionable societyâ??some might say connivingâ??but in Regency England, what can she do to better her situation but marry well? Surely, Mr. Darcy is aware that Caroline will make the perfect wife and hostess at Pemberley, his grand estate. Now, all she need do is await his proposal.
Caroline’s brother, Charles, takes a country estate, Netherfield Park, where he is drawn to Jane Bennet. To Caroline’s initial amusement, Mr. Darcy takes note of Elizabeth Bennet, but humour turns to concern when his interest increases.
At the same time, Caroline meets Mr. Tryphon, a young man new to London and introduced to society by Caroline’s friend, Lady Eleanor Amesbury. Try as she may, Caroline finds it well-nigh impossible to maintain her decorum in his company. Despite her growing feelings for Mr. Tryphon’s dark eyes, and the touch of his firm forearm beneath her gloved fingers, Caroline knows that her future life is entwined with that of Mr. Darcy. And nothingâ??not love, passion, friendship, or loyaltyâ??shall stand in the way of Caroline’s aspirations inMiss Bingley Requests, Judy McCrosky’s richly romantic reimagining ofPride and Prejudice.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland,Judy McCrosky lived there only a month, alas, not enough to get a Scottish accent. She grew up in Toronto, went to Oakwood Collegiate Institute, studied psychology at McGill University, and then at Queen’s. She worked in psychology for a few years, but thankfully discovered that she belongs in the arts. She now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which has been immortalized by many leading literary lights, including Mark Twain.
Praise forMiss Bingley Requests:
"This charming tale told by Eliza Bennet’s rival will allow enthusiasts to peer through the windows of Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley estate."
"A glimpse into the inner workings of Caroline Bingley's mind... Alternately funny, naive, catty, and caring, Caroline is surprisingly relatable."
—Elizabeth Adams, author ofOn Equal Ground
"I thoroughly enjoyed the unique perspective of Caroline Bingley... [Judy McCrosky] is particularly talented at replicating Austen's style of writing, the period setting, and some of her wit."
—Marsha Altman, author of the Darcys & the Bingleys series
"[An] introspective reimagining ofPride and Prejudice...McCrosky turns her hand to the difficult accomplishment of working the unlikeable character of Miss Caroline Bingley into a sympathetic one."
—Historical Novels Review