Monday, September 17, 2012
Lady Vernon and Her Daughter by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Broadway
This takes the novella Lady Susan by Jane Austen and stand’s it on it’s head.
In the original novella, Lady Susan is a self centered woman who has no time or affection for her Daughter.
In this version she is the opposite but the gossip still draws her as the same character that Jane Austen wrote which I thought was rather clever.
It fills out all Jane Austen’s cast of characters and gives them a deeper story line, drawing you into a very good tale of the very beautiful widow who finds herself cheated of her husbands wealth on his death by her brother in law.
The Brother in Law is a really nasty piece of work and you are left to guess just what his involvement with his Brothers fatal accident was.
Most of the peripheral female characters in this story are malicious gossips and very shallow unlikeable people, but the story is fun, well paced and I enjoyed it more than the original story. (Yes, I know that’s sacrilegious but never mind).
Thumbs up for this, the authors managed to make Lady Susan a likable sympathetic character and keep the story pretty much the same.