In Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway have taken Austen's original novella and transformed it into a vivid and richly developed novel of love lost and found and the complex relationships between women, men, and money in Regency England.
Lady Vernon and her daughter, Frederica, are left penniless and without a home after the death of Sir Frederick Vernon, Susan's husband. Frederick's brother and heir, Charles Vernon, like so many others of his time, has forgotten his promises to look after the women, and despite their fervent hopes to the contrary, does nothing to financially support Lady Vernon and Frederica.
When the ladies, left without another option, bravely arrive at Charles's home to confront him about his treatment of his family, they are faced with Charles's indifference, his wife Catherine's distrustful animosity, and a flood of rumors that threaten to undo them all. Will Lady Vernon and Frederica find love and happiness and financial security, or will their hopes be dashed with their lost fortune?
With wit and warmth reminiscent of Austen's greatest works, Lady Vernon and Her Daughter brings to vivid life a time and place where a woman's security is at the mercy of an entail, where love is hindered by misunderstanding, where marriage can never be entirely isolated from money, yet where romance somehow carries the day.
©2009 Jane Rubino; (P)2009 Random House
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The idea of this novel intrigued me, so I downloaded it the day it was released; however, it took me months to finish the listen. The authors give the story line of Austen's "Lady Susan" some cute twists, and the novel reads almost like one written in Austen's time. But while Austen's original novella is very witty, this is, for the most part, a serious, drawn-out re-telling of the tale. Like the original, it sometimes capitalizes on the humour in social situations of "perception and prejudice," but not enough to earn the glowing praise in the product description.
It is, however, rated "G," unlike some unneccesarily lusty Austen spin-offs, so Ms Austen is not spinning in her grave over this one.
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