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- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Wytherngate Press (October 15, 2008)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0047T7CMY
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- Lending: Enabled
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For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain: Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Don't waste your time on this set of books as you will be disappointed in the end.
Captain Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot have always been two of my favorite Austen characters. Susan Kaye filled in the blanks for me concerning Captain Wentworth in her first installment of this story in "None But You". I enjoyed that book. I enjoyed this one also but I am left with some unfinished business regarding characters and situations which puzzle me somewhat. Did Ms Kaye just forget about poor little George Tuggins? He is left with Frederick's brother and new sister-in-law and just drops completely out of sight. Not particularly well handled by Ms. Kaye in my opinion. It would have only required several sentences to have resolved the circumstances of Tuggins and the poor boy deserved that consideration. What was the actual need to have that character in the book in the first place if he was going to be dropped out and forgotten?
I also did not like the wedding scene for Frederick and Anne and the situation which followed it. Don't misunderstand me, there were absolutely no sexual encounters in this book, but the wedding night was presented in a very awkward way. Certainly not what I would have liked for an author to come up with when she had total control over what she wrote. This material was a complete departure from the original Austen work so why not make it as romantic as we romantic types like? Humm.
Having given those two instances of being not entirely pleased with this book let me now say that I liked this writing and this story very much. I will heartly recommend this book to other lovers of Austen continuations and will certainly read this book again in the future. I liked the character development I saw for Frederick. I really liked watching him interact with his brother Edward and finding out secrets of their past lives. I liked meeting Edward's new wife and felt that she was exactly the perfect spouse for him and, as it turned out, a fine example for Frederick of married love. I enjoyed the development of the character of Lady Russell so that she became more approachable. Anne's father was presented in all his snooty glory so that I could continue to dislike him without a qualm. Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Smith might have been given a little more page space but they weren't so I will just have to be satisfied with that.
I do highly recommend this book. Actually, these two books because "None But You" simply must be read before "For You Alone". Susan Kaye is an author I will be watching in the future. I certainly hope she has other books in the works.
HOWEVER, up until the last chapter, I was in heaven. Austen herself never wrote a male lead, though she created dozens of insightfully drawn men, whereas Kaye writes the male parts very well and plausibly. I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Ms. Kaye's books, and I was not disappointed. Rereading the canon from the male perspective was just the ticket for an Austen fan with only six precious novels and assorted literary oddments to last a lifetime. And Kaye's writing is delightful -- touches of humor and knowledge of the period augment an elegant style that is reminiscent of Austen herself.
The author repeatedly filled in gaps in Austen's story with intelligence and style; she rewrote some dear, pivotal scenes from Wentworth's perspective; she fleshed out many interesting characters such as Wentworth's brother and sister, and she introduced a plausible new character (a boy whom Wentworth takes in, though she left that story, and several others, dangling unfortunately); and she admirably let the story keep rolling as various characters react to the pair's engagement. She even plants the seeds of a reconciliation between Wentworth and Lady Russell; that was a nice touch, and there were many others. I truly enjoyed every minute of the first 97% of the book. The books are of the finest among the many Austen pastiches, but if you can bear to do so, do not read the last chapter. It tainted the rest of the books for me and I wish I hadn't read it. It's such a puzzle because it varies so greatly from Anne's character and from the author's previous writing. Still, after enjoying the rest so much, I can't deduct a full star from this fine work. Bravo to Ms. Kaye, and thank you very much.
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