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Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel (Warleigh Hall Press Jane Austen) Paperback – June 30, 2021
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"McVeigh's prose and plotting are pitch-perfect. Emma mingles with Pride and Prejudice in a delightful confrontation between the two books' worlds... This Austen-inspired novel echoes the master herself." (From Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize review 10/10 stars)
"McVeigh has created a strong character unwilling to conform to the expectations for women of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Susan's charm and beauty allures many, giving her the freedom that other women would not have had during the period. The writing style is witty, fun, and has all the hallmarks of an Austen novel. It will likely appeal to those who seek a modern continuation of British gentry romance and intrigue."
(RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books)
"I found the characters colorful and thoroughly entertaining, the dialogue witty and laced with humor... Alice McVeigh writes with a flow and eloquence that makes the narrative as smooth as melted butter, and she perfectly captures the era."
Pikasho Deka (editorial review for Readers' Favorite.com)
About the Author
- Publisher : Warleigh Hall Press (June 30, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1916882315
- ISBN-13 : 978-1916882317
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.74 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #817,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rich in comedy, romance, wit and satire, Jane Austen (born 1775) published 6 novels, are also reflections of her familial, social and geographical life in and around Hampshire, Bath and Dorset. Social, religious, domestic commentary around the time (1811-1813) informed her stories. She made ‘commonplace things and characters’ interesting.
The idea for this book first occurred many years ago, when the author happened to wonder what Austen’s beautiful-if-manipulative 35-year-old Lady Susan might have been like, when she was only sixteen.
We are connecting with the spirit of that time through Susan, in this book.
At that time the attention was on mistresses, flirting, condemnation it so clearly deserves, particularly in a young person with not the slightest fortune at her command. Susan will not be married off, not to anyone – and certainly not to someone almost a stranger to her.
Status was showcased. The stiff manner and morose expression of some rich and cultured gentleman, with interest in – Susan heard her aunt’s opinion. ‘So well-judging, so well-spoken, with manners so elegantly understated!
Marriage with the handsomest man that ever was, even handsomer than Frank Churchill, and he spoke to Susan as if there was not the slightest difference between their stations. And his coat! And his boots – and his horse!
A lot of reputed accomplishments or scandals where the talk, especially where scandal, was raised in a public street:
“Mr Hawthorn, and all his snivelling children! That would reflect badly, upon us all. Everyone would wonder. Everyone would gossip. And some people would say that we had been obliged to bury her (Susan)in the country for – well, for the usual reason why young girls are sent into the country. She would be ruined!’”
A book written in the style of 1800’s English presented in the time of cart and horses.
31 July 2021
Nonetheless, if you are a devoted fan and were misguided but the title -Prequel -you may have some complaints about the book. I will not argue about the rest of the character but Susan -the lead lady in this one. After watching or reading P&P, one can only imagine Lady Susan as wicked and awful as a teenager, same as she is as an adult. However, in this book, she is presented as a manipulative -but a bit of a victim -also. Far from the character we all learn to loathe. The transformation is not evident through these pages, which was confusing. A less devoted fan of Austen may not be as critical.
My one negative reaction was in trying to keep all the characters straight. Thank heavens for the search function in e-readers. It might have been easier if I had remembered the Austen books I actually did read.
Sixteen-year-old Susan is accused of impropriety and is expelled from the school she attends. Her aunt and uncle reluctantly take her in, despite the number of mouths they have to feed in their own house, including niece Alicia Collins. Rich widower Johnson is ignorantly at the center of most of the action as he and the group of young people decide to put on a play. So many unwed people in close, constant quarters ensures that pandemonium ensues. Through it all, the teenaged Susan seems to be the puppeteer pulling the strings and watching everyone dance. She cleverly causes people to act in ways she desires while pretending to counsel them to do the opposite. It is difficult to describe this in more detail without giving any delicious plot twists away.
After reading this book by McVeigh, I plan on reading more of hers, as well as giving Austen another try.
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Discovering this book 'Susan' written in the style of Jane Austen, I was initially sceptical that any modern author could 'come up with the goods' and write convincingly in that style, with the historic nuances of society, the culture and the etiquette of that period and with a narrative that
wasn't another 'period love story' - By the time I'd started the third chapter I was already engrossed and so drawn into the story that it felt utterly real as part of J.Austen's world. Couldn't put it down. There were genuine moments of elation and tears too with characters that tie in with Austen's other books and a wonderful background to the protagonist who becomes . . .. . (no spoilers ! )
Loved it - MORE PLEASE ! (less