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5.0 out of 5 stars Something new for Jane Austen fans, 3 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Evelina Or the History of A Young Lady's Entrance into the World n/e (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
If you like Jane Austen, you'll love this.

This is the first book by Frances Burney that I've read, but I will certainly be reading others. Like Austen's books Evelina is a witty tale of romance and people's place in society.
The book was a present and at first glance I thought I might not enjoy it because the story is told in the form of letters between the central characters and I thought that it might make it quite stilted, but Burney found each character's 'voice' and has a way of making the action unfold in a dramatic way.
The plot is compelling - briefly, Evelina has led a sheltered life, being raised by a country Parson who is not a relation and the book is about Evelina's introduction to society. Her mother died in childbirth and her father has refused to recognise her existence - without his acknowledgement, she cannot marry well. She obviously falls in love with a man far above her station and has other suitors beating a path to her door but will she find true love in the end? You'll have to read it to find out.
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