In completing Jane Austen's last, unfinished novel, Julia Barrett has emerged with a literary treasure that holds true to the theme and characters Austen had set out. Set in the developing seaside town of Sanditon, it is the story of Charlotte, a young woman from the countryside who is exposed to the sophistication and cynicism of resort life. With disarming charm and wit, Charlotte observes for us the array of quirky characters who reside in the booming resort-to-be. The innocent but keen-witted Charlotte quickly finds herself rather deeply involved in this uproarious little town. She can't help but get swept up in the antics of the Parkers and Denhams, and be vexed and perplexed by the droll Sidney Parker. But even her best efforts may not be enough to save the budding resort town.
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by Julia Alvarez
by Julia Holmes
by Julia Elliott
by Anne Tyler
by Will Allison
by Lisa Wingate
by Dori Ostermiller
"Let's be clear here. This is not Jane Austen's CHARLOTTE, although the attribution is entirely understandable. If you had written it, you too would want to pretend that somebody else had. Here is a hash of themes and situations from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, EMMA, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, NORTHANGER ABBEY, JANE EYRE, and the novels of E. F. Benson, pretending to the bite and sparkle of a lemon mousse, but proving instead to be purest suet pudding. Why anyone would read this mess when the true Miss Austen is available I can't imagine, unless for the flawless performance of Johanna Wood, who deserves a medal. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"