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Austen spinoff- kind of.,
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This review is from: The Youngest Miss Ward (A Jane Austen entertainment) (Paperback)
This book deals with the fate of the youngest of the sisters who star in the Jane Austen classic "Mansfield Park". It in fact only touchs briefly on the characters from that novel, and concentrates on the adventures of Harriet Ward as a completely separate story.
Heroines in Aiken novels tend to be unfairly treated as a matter of course, but here it is taken to ridiculous levels- as orphaned Harriet goes her blameless way, insult after insult is heaped upon her- but then she ends up filthy rich, a famous writer, and hooked up with a nice guy, so yay for the meek, for they will, as is the way of Gothic romances, inherit the earth. We have another version of the evil narrow bony witchy woman here (a common character in Aiken fiction), in the form of Lady Ursula Ward, and another flawed male romantic hero, although here he (unusually) doesn't get the girl.
Nasty little touch of perspective at the end, which reminds you of the tragic aspects of the story.