Had Jane Austen lived to complete Sanditon, it would have been as treasured as her other novels. In the half-finished masterpiece, Austen fashions one of her classic heroines: Charlotte Heywood. The surviving fragment also sets the story well on its path as Charlotte begins an adventure to Sanditon where a full cast of characters becomes intertwined in various intrigues.
At first, Charlotte finds amusement enough standing at her ample Venetian window looking over the placid seafront. However, before long, Charlotte discovers that scandals abound. She becomes captivated by the romance of the seaside lifestyle. But is the town of Sanditon truly a haven and will Charlotte find happiness there?
Now, fully completed by respected author and Austen expert Juliette Shapiro, this new edition of Sanditon finishes the original story in a vivid style recognizable to any fan. Shapiro’s prose and plot twists stay true to Austen’s sensibilities at all times while capturing her romance, tragedy, humor, and sardonic wit.
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There is a reason Jane didn't finish this book
Jane didn't finish this book, so had no chance to edit it. I wish she had had the chance to make her characters more interesting. There are more of the really silly than she usually includes in her cast of characters.
Not too irritating
Find the Sanditon I read many years ago by Jane Austen and Another Lady. I believe the Other Lady was Georgette Heyer. Although not the best by either author, I remember it as being more interesting than this version.
- ELEANOR FOWSER
It would have been better if Jane's style had been better imitated. It was really not well developed by Ms. Shapiro. I have read another version of this and it was much more enjoyable. This was just a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it if you enjoy Jane Austin.
Too many to name. Everything after chapter 11. It just didn't ring true.
Please find the edition written by "another Lady" and record that. It is much more satisfying.