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Entertaining, and no more,
This review is from: Presumption: An Entertainment (Paperback)
I've read better Austen sequels. I've also read worse. "Presumption" is a light read, about Georgiana growing up and deciding between two men that roughly complement Elizabeth's situation with Darcy and Wickham. The P&P characters all come back, not always exactly as we knew them, but not so terribly out-of-character that the writing may shock or disgust the reader into stopping their reading. The plot centers around a situation taken from Austen's real-life incident, when her aunt was accused of stealing lace from a shop.
Though Georgiana is too 'spirited' to resemble P&P's Georgiana, she is an engaging enough character, and her to-be mate is also very appealing. However, the rest of the characters tend to be a little artificial, and the jokes are forced and sometimes downright silly, as when Lady Catherine suggests to drink a remedy for a gout that contains soap. The prose, again, is artificial, but sufficient. It's definitely a better book all-in-all than Barret's other attempts, the dull S&S continuation "The Third Sister" or the terrible Sanditon completion "Charlotte".
If you are not a purist, and are looking for a light, entertaining little sequel to Pride and Prejudice, read this book. If you are a purist, read Marie Dobbs' "Sanditon" or John Coates' "The Watsons". Otherwise, however, "Presumption" is one of the nicer Austen sequels out there, and if you're not too picky, you'll like it.