Rec: Wedding Is Destiny, and Hanging Likewise by sqbr

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Title: Wedding Is Destiny, and Hanging Likewise
Author: sqbr
Podficcer: gracicah
Canon: Pride and Prejudice
Pairing: Mary Bennet/Anne de Bourgh
Rating: Teen [PG]
Word Count: 58,187
Summary: In which Mary Bennet becomes a companion to Anne de Bourgh and neither of them gets quite what they were bargaining for.

Recommendation: Oh, I almost don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this story. It was *chef’s kiss* p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n. I thought that the characterizations were all so spot on to the novel, even were the character had been expanded it felt so organic and just . . . right. Mary is so interesting in this in that she has not been soften from her novel persona to be more appealing, instead sqbr does a wonderful job of making her “herself” whilst also giving us a deeper understanding of her that allows us to like her more. Anne who was less featured in the novel is more of a new creation but her character still feels right as an extension of her mother and her circumstances as well as a rejection of same. She is a disaster lesbian and I love her. I’m not sure if the author intended this or not but I also read Mary as neurodivergent. And if the story itself wasn’t wonderful enough, gracicah has put forward as truly stellar podfic performance of this story that enjoyed greatly. I can not recommend this all highly enough.

Link to the Story on AO3 | Link to the Podfic on AO3

Recommendation #2,322

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