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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, Jane Rubino Narrator: Susan Duerde Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan was written during the same period as another novella called Elinor and Marianne–which was later revised and expanded to become Sense and Sensibility. Unfortunately for readers, Lady Susan did not enjoy the same treatment by its author and was left abandoned and forgotten by all but the most diligent Austen scholars. Until now.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin(and Hannah) | 1/14/2014

    " I knew Austen had written a novella called "Lady Susan" but hadn't ever read it since it was incomplete and very close to sense and sensibility. These authors did a great job "filling in" a story for it. They kept the style very close to Austen's and made it believable. I wouldn't call it a fast-paced or suprising book, but a fun read for Austen fans. A bit more narrative than a I was in the mood for this week (another very Austen trait.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth S. | 12/21/2013

    " I listened to the audiobook for this one and found it quite engaging. I'm not sure that reading the hard copy would have been quite as pleasant, but I'd recommend it to any Austen fans as worthy of checking out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 12/20/2013

    " These authors took a short story that Jane Austen wrote (Lady Susan) and made it into a full-length novel. I thought they did a really good job. If you like Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer books, you'll like this. I'll admit I thought it was even more clever than most Georgette Heyer books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 12/14/2013

    " Delightful! A Jane Austen plot with a modern voice. The book contains more letters than in J.A.'s original works, but it was interesting to read the point of view from all the characters, which we must otherwise infer if we bother to analyze the other characters at all. I was concerned that I wouldn't like an author tampering with and taking liberties with JA's works, but because this one was unfinished, the book only enhanced the originals. My only criticism is that some characters become too one-sided, stereotypical, and/or flawed. Mr Vernon is too completely self-centered and evil. Mrs Vernon is too narrow minded and blind to the truth. Mrs Johnson is all silliness and gossip. And perhaps Lady Vernon is too good and perfect. But overall, this was an enjoyable read. I love a book that comes together as it should at the end! The only way this book could be better is if Jane Austen had written it herself. "

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