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Aunt Celia Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312053819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312053819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,508,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prequels, sequels, and spinoffs rarely are as successful as their antecedents. When attempted by someone other than the original author, beware. Gillespie has chosen to weave her tale around Frank Churchill, a fairly minor character from Jane Austen's Emma . The title character is Frank's 18-year-old half-sister, some 25 years his junior. The Churchills come to spend the summer near Celia and her father. Gillespie's besetting sin is trying to write with Austen's voice. What is dry, delightful, and witty in Emma is drab, ponderous, and stuffy here. When Gillespie sheds her Austen alter-ego, the pace picks up and the plot (if it can be called that) enfolds the reader. Gillespie is a talented enough writer to succeed on her own. If you have her other novels ( Ladys mead , Teverton Hall ) in your library, your readers will probably want this one. Otherwise this is not an essential purchase in the genre. A more successful Austen spinoff is Joan Aiken's Jane Fairfax, reviewed in this issue, p. 123.--Ed.
- Paula M. Zieselman, Li brary Consultant, New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on July 26, 2007
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Ever wonder what became of Mr. Weston, yes he married poor Miss Taylor. But did they have any children? Yes! and her name is Celia.

This is a sequel to Jane Austen's book "Emma," and takes place about 18 years later. This book does not mention all the characters from Emma, including Emma herself. This book is about the Westons and Churchills.

Celia is 18 and now motherless, during summer she comes across new acquaitences and is reintroduced to her half brothers family (Frank Churchill). In this books some characters are spiteful, some deceitful, and others just secretive. It was not an uneventful summer! I recommend this book for people who adored the characters from Emma and want to take a trip back into Highbury.

The only thing I found displeasing in this book is that sometimes the writing was not making sense. I feel that a better editing job was needed. But it did not take away from the pleasure of reading this book.
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By S. Schaffer on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A very basic story with not many twists and turns but enough to keep you interested. It's got alot of dialogue and is very innocent. No sex. It's a nice change of pace and an easy read. A quick picker upper. Mr. Weston has a daughter. Mrs. Weston is deceased. Frank and Jane show up with a house full of kids for a visit. Needy people are sponging off the Westons with some untoward results. The tutor plays a vital role.
Teverton Hall is actually my favorite of Ms. Gillespie's but I can't recall enough of it to describe but I gave it a 5 star rating.
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