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Trollope has brought the characters of the classic Jane Austen story into the present day and made it interesting even though we who have read Austen's S&S know the ending, it still was fun to see how it would all play out in modern day circumstances. The characters were enjoyable, though I find Marian as annoying in the modern day as I do in the 1800's! Her mother seemed more silly in the modern day than the mother of Austen's S&S. I did enjoy how she treated the kindly cousin and his mother-in-law. Even Trollope had a hard time making anyone believe an intelligent, mature man would fall in love (not lust) with Marian. I laughed when the cottage they were offered turned out to be a modern efficient characterless home instead of an old restored estate worker's cottage (since in modern day we would think it wonderful to live in a quaint holiday let on an estate).
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I am a huge fan of all of her books, but this one is insipid and boring with few likable characters. Ugh, I cannot believe I am listening to the end. I keep hoping it will somehow redeem itself but it reads like a poorly written romance novel or Soap Opera. The narrators "baby talk" rendition of the mothers dealing with their young children is nauseating.
How could the performance have been better?
Cut out the "baby talk".
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Any additional comments?
Unfortunate because I have really loved her other books.
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