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on 15 December 2009
The Heir to Longbourn is a tongue-in-cheek sequel to Pride & Prejudice / Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey in which the author at breakneck speed marries off various siblings and other unmarrieds to one another, and at the same time finds a way to stop Mr Collins from inheriting Longbourn...The author must've had lots of fun - who should Georgiana Darcy marry etc?

Lots of in jokes for those who know their Austen, and a very good read. Personally I'm a huge Austen fan, so I loved it.
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on 15 June 2011
I thought from what I read about it that this book might be fun -- I am a reasonably keen Janeite.

The author manages a pretty good pastiche of the Austen style, unlike some other wannabe sequel writers, but I was very disappointed by the plotting and characterisation. It was a nifty idea to write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that incorporated characters from other Austen novels. At the beginning I was intrigued by a nice little scene between Maria Bertram and Mrs Norris, both of Mansfield Park. However, thereafter there was little of real interest. The trouble was that all the unmarried characters were happily paired off in double quick time, so that there was one wedding after another. But it was difficult to care about these liaisons, because there were no difficulties in the way and therefore no dramatic tension. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it didn't.

If Austen had written the story, she would have cast obstacles in the way of the various lovers and would have endowed them with more faults either for comic effect or to make them seem human.
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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2010
A very readable and enjoyable book in the style of a Jane Austen comedy of manners. It was refreshing not to have bedroom scenes and the wit -invariably absent from other continuations and spin-offs- was delicious. I intend to read the other two books in the trilogy
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on 4 December 2014
Disappointing. Does not flow well and storylines improbable. Not in the style of Jane Austen at all.
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on 30 July 2015
Excellent book by and excellent author. A series of three and I loved them all.
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on 17 July 2014
Excellent read, quick delivery.
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