A Brilliant Continuation of an Unfinished Novel
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It is always regrettable when a great author, composer, or artist leaves an unfinished work, especially when that work has the potential to become a masterpiece. Jane Austen began penning the novel Sanditon or, “The Brothers” as it was originally titled, during the last few months of her life. It was unfortunately abandoned around chapter eleven due to her declining health. In these precious chapters we are introduced to a new seaside resort called Sanditon, an emerging community that offers seaside pleasures such as sea-bathing and picturesque walks. In addition, this fragment is brimming with Austen’s customary array of diverting characters along with her ironic and satirical tone which is more biting and burlesque than ever!
Fortunately for us Janeites, several authors have attempted to continue this remarkable and promising fragment and have fleshed it out into a complete novel. These authors include: Julia Barrett, Helen Baker, Juliette Shapiro, and the one this review is for “Another Lady.” Another Lady (presumed to be a Marie Dobbs) continues the story of Sanditon where Jane Austen left off. Ms. Dobbs is quite excelled at capturing the satire and wicked wit of Jane Austen. Furthermore, she brilliantly maintained Jane Austen’s cleverly crafted characters and the concluded it all as if it was predesignated by Austen, herself.