Welcome to Lydia’s Bennet’s story.
An extension of Pride & Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet told her story in Pride and Prejudice. Now Lydia Bennet tells her side of her whirlwind marriage to Lieutenant Wickham. The youngest of five daughters with a pittance of a dowry and no hope for a good marriage, Lydia feared her life was doomed from the start. She learns how to set herself apart from her sisters and gain the attention of young men. She hones charm and flirtation to an art. Willing to take risks, she manages to acquire a substantial dowry and marries her beloved Wickham. Yet, her life remains on the brink until she gains the patronage of a wealthy Duke trapped in a loveless marriage.
“Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless.”
quote by Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
As the carriage took off, Wickham frowned with the realization the driver was headed to Gretna Green.
Evidently, noticing his distress, Lydia gripped his arm. “What’s wrong?”
His mind sought an explanation as to why they mustn’t go to Scotland. He stared at the bag gripped in her right hand. Damn, what if she bolted? She had his money.
Lydia followed his glance and then pressed her hands to her cheeks. “Oh, the box! We’ve taken more than your pay and they’ll want it back.”
He grimaced, hoping to hell she wasn’t going to insist he return the money.
She patted his chest with her gloved hand. “Do not fret another second about the matter. I will get the box open. I am most adept at opening locks. My father was dreadfully close fisted with my pin money. Then at the first town we stop, we’ll get another carriage and go somewhere else so they cannot find us.” She then pulled back and grinned. “May we go to London? No one will expect us to go there.”
He pulled her tight and kissed her. Lydia Bennet was proving to be far more than he thought. Not only was she pleasantly responsive to
making, but she also claimed a useful proficiency of lock picking. If that
turned out to be true, he might reconsider selling her the moment they reached
London. The girl could be useful, especially since she had proven she was no
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More About the Author:
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
the southern mid-section,
Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a
journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a
business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again …go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ moments. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.
Here are additional Historical Novels by Liza O’Connor
A Humorous Sleuth Series: The Adventures of Xavier & Vic
The brilliant English Sleuth, Xavier Thorn, takes on a cheeky apprentice who turns out to be a young woman. Vic prefers to dress as a young man so she can live a more interesting life in the Late Victorian era.
Overtime, Xavier makes her his partner in all ways.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner —
Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to
rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an
eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A Romantic spin off from the Adventures of Xavier & Vic. The gypsy pirate Jacko falls in love with a compromised lady of high society.
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
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