- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402212887
- ISBN-13: 978-1402212888
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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Eliza's Daughter: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility Paperback – Nov 1 2008
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"Ms. Aiken has written a delightful and humorous story, one that can stand on its own without the Austen reference." - Historical Novels Review
"[T]he story of Eliza and her ability to survive despite numerous disadvantages is one I would recommend." - AustenBlog
"I recommend Eliza's Daughter to fans of historical fiction (as well as to any who wonder what happened after Sense and Sensibility) as an unusual, enjoyable read." - Book Loons
About the Author
The late Joan Aiken was a prolific author of children's books and Jane Austen sequels and continuations. She is the author of Lady Catherine's Necklace, which follows Anne de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Fairfax, a sequel to Emma.See all Product description
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When we meet her, our heroine-to-be seems destined for the usual fate that 18th Century rich men bestowed on their mistresses' daughters, who were farmed out in some remote village until big enough to earn their keep as a servant or governess or some such. But fate and Aiken have other plans for Eliza's daughter. And I think you'll find her story indeed interesting, eventful, Austenesque and a worthy period page turner.
Aiken was a wonderful writer in her own right and, to my mind, far and away the best of the Austen imitators and well worth reading--I especially liked her "Jane Fairfax." But I do have some "buts" here. For one thing, Aiken lacked Austen's gift for wit and creating the memorable characters who unintentionally supply it; I really miss that here. For another, Eliza, our heroine-narrator, tells us up front that she's going to leave some things out of her story, then makes good on that promise by throwing us a curve at the end that I don't think we deserved. Also I think you'll not much like the ever-afters she gave the beloved S&S characters who reappear in this one. All of which is why I'm reluctantly giving this re-release of one of Aiken's earliest Austen sequels three stars instead of four.