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Charlotte's Wedding: A Modern Jane Austen Variation on Pride and Prejudice Kindle Edition
A Modern Jane Austen Variation on Pride and Prejudice
Love or money? A cousin's wedding sparks a mother into action on a mission to marry off her three daughters.
Every mother wants the best for her daughters and single parent Patsy has particular reasons for wanting her three daughters to have bright futures.
When their cousin Charlotte gets engaged to a man with little going for him other than a big bank balance, Patsy sets out a plan for her girls to raise their game in the marriage stakes.
The sisters are three very different independent women with their own views on getting married but in the preparations for Charlotte's wedding they meet new people and get involved in situations which change their lives.
This is a warm and engaging novel about the compromises and choices made by women as they negotiate their way through issues of independence and security, love and money.
- ASIN : B00KDP67L8
- Publisher : Moduno Books (May 15, 2014)
- Publication date : May 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4318 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, author Mary Rizza has taken on the challenge and I think she made some very clever choices. Her modern Fanny (Hattie) suffers through a chaotic and insecure early childhood, thanks to her alcoholic mother. But she isn't whisked away to the home of a baronet -- Rizza has substituted rock and roll nobility. Her uncle is a legendary guitarist (a la Clapton) and her aunt is one of three sisters who were beautiful ornaments on the arms of various musicians in their youth. Like Lady Bertram, "who was a beauty, and a prosperous beauty," all her life, Aunt Luella enjoys a luxurious existence in a massive Welsh mansion and she has a house in Richmond as well. Yes, there is a selfish, self-satisfied Aunt Norris character--what would Mansfield Park be without Aunt Norris--and two vain and shallow sisters. The Crawfords get a clever and plausible update as well, with an added surprise twist near the end.
Rizza also cleverly deals with the "ick" factor of cousins in love, which again, wouldn't translate well to a modern setting. Hattie is a sensible, ethical, well-grounded person who loves reading and learning, and also manages to get off some very quiet, very droll jabs at her relatives. Hattie's happy ending does not depend entirely upon snagging the right man, it also includes coming to terms with her introverted nature and finding a career that suits her. The romantic climax, in fact, is subtle and understated, just like Austen liked to write.
I would have liked more showing instead of telling, and sometimes the POV hopped a lot inside the heads of the various characters. But I enjoyed the story and the setting and all the characters and I thought it worked very well. Even if you haven't read Mansfield Park, or you have read it, and think Fanny is a drip, you can enjoy this story.
Meredith seems to always attract the wrong guy – men that take advantage of her goodwill. Her latest, Clint, just broke up with her. After the mother / daughter meeting, she begins reading “Why Bitches Get Husbands and Nice Girls Don’t.” Ben Forsyth, heir to Bessington Manor, seems to really like her. But, she’s taking the book very literally and is literally spurning his every overture.
Rachel meets Ben’s friend, Daniel D’Abarnville. He’s really handsome! She then meets author, Gavin Jameson who was a guest speaker at her bookshop, ‘Books and More’. Gavin has told her all about Daniel’s past and it doesn’t sound good. But, Gavin is giving her mixed signals also.
Shelly is the youngest and flightiest sister. She may take mom’s advice seriously – someday.
There is some mystery woven into the story about what really happened to the girl’s father, Patsy’s husband. Patsy hasn’t even talked about him since the girls were children. The sisters have a very close relationship that Patsy had worked hard to cultivate. Once I began reading, I was engrossed hook, line, and sinker. The name would imply that Charlotte is the protagonist. She’s not. The primary character is Rachel who I believe is the middle sister and she is the ‘brainiest’ of the three. This is a short, easy read; it’s fun and enjoyable. I rated the novel at 4 out of 5.