Lady Vernon and Her Daughter
Lady Vernon and Her Daughter shares the distinction with Sense and Sensibility of being based on characters created by Jane Austen in an epistolary novella. Though Elinor and Marianne were metamorphosed by Austen into her first novel, Lady Susan’s characters had to wait for the mother/daughter team of Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway to take them from their dusty pages and give them a home in the most Austenesque novel they could.
Lady Susan Vernon, like most Austen mothers, is most concerned with trying to secure a suitable match for her daughter, Frederica. Lady Susan’s challenge is that, through the loss of her husband and the conniving of another heir, she and her daughter are no longer of a monied family – or even one with a home – so securing a wealthy suitor is of the essence. Lady Susan is more than capable of talking Frederica’s way into a good match. If only Frederica were more attuned to the ways of society, her mother might not have to work as hard.
The characters in this novel are all so very Jane Austen! The ease of reading something recently written is perhaps the only thing that really gives away the fact that it was not written by Austen herself. The novel mimics ably enough her well-tucked prose and wry humor. A delight.