Sisters Sarah and Mia haven't spoken to each other since what should have been a marvellous holiday in Devon resulted in no contact between them for three years. They are both Jane Austen fans and both decide after a gap of several years to visit the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. Both hope and fear that they will bump into each other.
The reader is in the dark about the cause of their falling out and this is gradually revealed through flashbacks. I thought Sarah was particularly interesting because she suffers from Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and I thought this was dealt with particularly well in the story. The difficulties she has with day to day life and the way OCD affects those close to her was very well done.
I found Mia very irritating at first because she seems so selfish and self centred but I did gradually revise my opinion of her. I thought both the sisters and the other characters were well drawn and believable. The atmosphere of Bath and the enthusiasm for everything really comes over in this book and readers of the author's A Weekend with Mr Darcy
will recognise some of the minor characters from that book. This book is the third in a trilogy about Austen addicts, of which the first one is A Weekend with Mr Darcy
and the second The Perfect Hero
but each book can be read as a standalone story.
I love this author's writing and her sheer joie de vivre even when she is dealing with serious subjects make her books a real pleasure to read. I recommend them to anyone who wants something a bit different from the average women's fiction.