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Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation

Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation

Author: Alice McVeigh Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Discover the world of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ from an entirely new perspective. ‘Harriet: A Jane Austen Variation’ by Alice McVeigh is the second Austen adaptation undertaken byMcVeigh and it is an entertaining tale that follows Harriet Smith and Jane Fairfax, allowing them to take the spotlight from the matchmaking Emma Woodhouse. I found the concept of this book really interesting. I am familiar with the story of ‘Emma’ but I enjoyed ‘Harriet’ as the story focuses on the keenly intelligent portrayal of Harriet, and the open and honest nature of Jane Fairfax to Emma’s slightly more superior character. This book really is ‘Emma’ without too much Emma. Written in a style to emulate Austen, with all the drama, dances and society that you would come to expect from the classics this is certainly a book that Austen fans will enjoy. It is a regency tale of matchmaking and ambitions for a better life and situation as in this retelling Harriet sets out to become the naive protege to Emma we see in the original in order to secure herself a promising marriage that will take her from Highbury closer to the bustle and excitements of the cities like Bath and London. With revelations and declarations of marriage abound, this is an entertaining twist on a classic tale that will be perfect for fans of Austen and historical and regency romance. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel

Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel

Author: Alice McVeigh Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2021

As the title tells us, Susan is a prequel to Jane Austen’s Lady Susan. In the prequel, Susan is a girl of sixteen and we begin to see her life as it was before she develops into the character of Lady Susan. She persuades the local squire to put on a play which leads to unexpected consequences. The style of Jane Austen bursts from this book, and the reader quickly gets behind the heroine, with her strong points and her flaws. I read this book as a standalone which included some well-loved characters I had already met from previous Austen works. Susan is a precocious girl who draws the reader into the novel and makes us laugh. She is clever and, even at this young age, tends towards manipulation and making use of her many attractions to men. As with Jane Austen, Alice McVeigh’s perceptions of characters are spot on. It is an entertaining read and if you are into regency, this is a book that could help you to escape the covid blues. Lynn Johnson, A LoveReading Ambassador

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