Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Jane Austen’s fragment, The Watsons, was published posthumously by J. E. Austen-Leigh and few attempts have been made to complete it. One such attempt was by Joan Aiken entitled The Watsons and Emma Watson, first published in 1996 (reissued in 2008). Another is this hard-to-find book by John Coates published in 1958. Jane Austen’s original fragment consists only of 6 complete chapters and a few paragraphs. While that may seem to some to be too short to determine Ms. Austen’s intended direction, John Coates audaciously attempts to complete this fragment while maintaining Jane Austen’s well-known witty repartee and fleshing out the lovable cast of characters she introduced.