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on 6 September 2014
The story is set around two sisters who have a love for Jane Austen. The story alternates chapter by chapter between Sarah and Mia at two different points in their life. Sarah and Mia have been estranged for three years however the reason does not become clear until a few chapters in.
The reason and backstory for their estrangement is provoking and heartfelt and does give the reader a stronger connection to the leading characters. I did see myself willing them to succeed in their lives.
It felt too melodramatic at some times and the main characters came across as too emotional and needy for my liking. By two thirds I skipped a few pages as it seemed to go into too much detail about the the reason for the sisters argument and separation.
Although it did have several funny moments such as the reoccurring characters from the first book and the Mr Darcy homage in the final chapter. A lot of the lighter moments of the story happened with the interesting secondary characters to help fill the plot out more and it was nice to see Warwick appear in it for a brief scene from the first book in the Darcy series. However overall this book lost it's pace and lacked the romantic tension and moments that were seen in the first two books of the series.
It is part of a series so I am glad to have read, though it is not a book to be read again and again due to the lack of enigmatic dialogue from leading characters who were not lovable enough to be thought of as memorable heroines.