The title sums up the book. Starting with March, a slice of daily life for Marion Carpenter is given from month to month for a year.
The manor in the...moreThe title sums up the book. Starting with March, a slice of daily life for Marion Carpenter is given from month to month for a year.
The manor in the book is not some grand holding. It seems like it's just a very large farm. It's also difficult to determine exactly in what year the story is set. The author doesn't give you much more than what Marion herself would have known or understood and it's apparently a VERY remote little village.
Still, it's the details of her everyday life that pull me to books like this. (Makes me sound like a voyeur, doesn't it?) If nothing else it makes me appreciate my modern comforts. In comparison with the other villagers, the Carpenter family would probably be average. There is no money, but wealth can be measured by possessions. Her family is not as well off as her brother, who is the village miller. They own no cow just a goat. Yet they are far better off than the one whose children are starving and forced to beg food from the other villagers.
While I did find Marion a dull woman who plods along for the most part, other characters had much more personality and I would have loved to have seen the same story told from the eyes of M'dame, Sir Hugh's wife. That would have added some very interesting contrast.(less)
Written in 1913, this book is touted as the first Jane Austen sequel ever created. Perhaps it was the first ever published, but I'm sure there were a...moreWritten in 1913, this book is touted as the first Jane Austen sequel ever created. Perhaps it was the first ever published, but I'm sure there were a few fan-fiction writers before then that amused themselves with writing sequels.
This book, like many sequels, weaves in a huge number of characters from her various works and the goal of the work is pretty clearly stated in it's first line, "There is one characteristic which may be safely said to belong to nearly all happily married couples -- that of desiring to see equally happy marriages among their young friends."
Since it was written in 1913 there are fewer anachronisms, none of the characters espousing more modern views or characteristics which some of the more recently written sequels occasionally have in them, not that I dislike such things, just that it makes it a little closer to Austen's style (although I doubt anyone will ever come close to her style)
I gave it an average rating because it so many characters just made it distracting . It was almost as if the purpose was to cram in as many characters as possible and pair off. (Actually, that probably was the purpose) and everything was rushed in order to do it in one book. Such an amibition would have been better done in a series of books.
As a final note, no, it's not how I would have paired them off.(less)
I've read quite a few of the Austen-esque books, whether they were sequels or as in this case, the same story from a different point of view. This boo...moreI've read quite a few of the Austen-esque books, whether they were sequels or as in this case, the same story from a different point of view. This book is one of the better ones.
It's Persuasion told from Frederick Wentworth's point of view. It dragged at points for me, but I thought her characterization of Wentworth was accurate (or at least it matched my view of him ergo, it's accurate... I really must learn humility some day). Perhaps she made Louisa out to be a little more aggressive in her pursuit of Captain Wentworth than I thought she was, but it's not difficult at all to believe it.
If I have any bone to pick with the story, it's the author's choice to make Captain Harville's wife Norwegian. I really have no idea why she did that, but I didn't like it.
The story ends after the accident at Lyme and is finished up in the following volume.(less)
I wasn't going to read this book at first because I'm not a fan of the Bronte sisters' works. Hated Jane Eyre. Hated Wuthering Heights. I do like Rowl...moreI wasn't going to read this book at first because I'm not a fan of the Bronte sisters' works. Hated Jane Eyre. Hated Wuthering Heights. I do like Rowland's Sano Ichiro series and I like Barron's Jane Austen series so I thought this might be good.
I should have stuck with my first impression.
The first person writing style was a negative. In the first part of the book the fact that the Bronte sisters were so overwrought with all their various neuroses nearly made me toss the book back into the library's book return bin in a less than gentle fashion. Charlotte dwells too much on all the feelings the handsome men she meets inspires in her. It seems that she becomes easily infatuated, even with the villain. (I won't even go into the scene in the woods with the hero.)
The actual mystery itself is what kept me reading in spite of the fact that I couldn't stand the heroine. That aspect was not good enough to save it from getting just one star from me, however.(less)