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1.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish this book, 1 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Sense & Sensibility (Hardcover)
I don't enjoy giving Joanna Trollope's latest book a bad review as I really liked her earlier works (The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends). In these books, she shrewdly observes contemporary relationships and family life and writes with an emotional depth that keeps you reading. But this book I could not finish. Her characters were shallow, whiny and spoiled and I just couldn't sympathize with their plight one little bit. Belle Dashwood and her three daughters are forced out of the stately country home they had been living in for many years(for free), then are given the opportunity to live in a pleasant little house in rural Devon by a distant relative. All one of the daughters can do is moan that the house is a new build! Ewww! Instead of buckling down, getting jobs and living within their means (Belle was left £200,000 when her daughter's father died so she wasn't exactly destitute), they seem to expect help from others but whinge when it's not how they like it. In Austen's day, widowed females of the middle classes who were not left an inheritance were dependent on the mercies of their male relatives, but this just doesn't hold water in this day and age. The story is far-fetched for 2013 and I hope that there aren't really people like this among the well-heeled and privileged. I don't know (or care) what the outcome was as I didn't finish the book. I will continue to re-read Joanna Trollope's older books as they are much more richly textured, observant and readable.
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