Welcome to Lydia’s Bennet’s story.
If you’ve read Pride & Prejudice, you know Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet sisters. Like her siblings she has little chance of making a good marriage. Still, Lydia is not your typical heroine. She doesn’t cry over her hopeless future. She sets about to change it, without concern to propriety or decorum. Lydia falls to the charms of Wickham when she’s sixteen, certain a marriage to the handsome fellow is the beginning of her fabulous life. Wickham’s many failings reveal themselves in short order and Lydia realizes she’ll have to secure a better future for them both.
Here’s a bit of detail from Pride & Prejudice that touches upon Lydia’s story.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austin has Lydia and Wickham go directly to Longbourne after their wedding. However, that wasn’t practical, since Wickham needs to make arrangements to pay off debts and has yet to acquire a new position. So I’ve delayed their return to Longbourne in this story, allowing them both to get into more trouble.
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
After hours of passion beyond her former comprehension, Lydia lay in peaceful bliss, her head resting upon David’s hard chest. His hand gently stroked her arm.
“I will remember this forever,” he said, his voice filled with sadness.
Lydia frowned and pushed herself up. His words sounded like a goodbye. “Will I not see you again?”
Rolling off the bed, he lifted her gown off the floor, shaking it to lessen the wrinkles. “I cannot.”
Lydia could not make sense of his reply. How was it possible she could have incurred delight beyond imagination and he felt nothing? “Did I not provide you pleasure?”
He gasped in pain and turned to face her. “You cannot fathom the pure rapture you gave me.”
Now she was more confused than ever. “Do you dislike feeling such?”
Placing her gown on the bed, he moved away from her. “I consider myself a connoisseur of erotic enjoyments. But I have always kept it in check. While I crave pleasure, the women are not important to me.” He poured himself a drink. “I taste them for a month and then send them off.”
Taking a deep swallow, he turned and faced Lydia. “You are different. You are like opium to the blood. I crave you even now, when I should be satiated.” He sighed. “I dare not continue this. You are too potent, too desirable. I will return you to Wickham and be done with this. Otherwise, you’ll destroy my life.”
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…
Raised in 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 — Oops! 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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