Love in a Cold Climate is rather more optimistic than The Pursuit of Love. It won't disappoint as a sequel. Fanny continues her role as our warm and charming narrator, leading us into the world of the Radletts and their set, albeit with an almost rose-tinted view.
As noted by other reviewers, Austen fans are likely to enjoy Mitford's writing. Like Austen, Mitford's work observes British society with wit, but in a less sarcastic fashion. Scenarios which would be heavy or tragic in a Wharton novel are glossed over in a distinctly unfussy and quite British fashion.
It's the literary equivalent of a modern 'chick lit' book - a bit of fluff, some tragic/sad bits, a celebration of friendship and family, all with a bit of history thrown in - from the glamor of the Season to the customs of the country set. Literally, it's something Carrie Bradshaw would read.
Frankly I'm surprised that the books are not enjoying a renaissance given the popularity of Downton Abbey on prime time TV. I happened upon the end of an episode which made me want to re-read Mitford again, and have a good giggle.
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