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Bellevere House*

Jane Austen Recasting Just a Little Off

I am a massive Jane Austen fan, and I appreciate a good retelling or recasting of one of her classic stories. However, this one felt just off to me. I had a hard time following it. There are a lot of moving parts to the story, both in terms of character and plot. With so many people, it was hard to follow threads and arcs, and it didn’t feel like there was time enough for proper development of each character and each subplot. I thought the language used was a bit odd and stilted, and there seems to be an overdependence on italics. I thought that there was too much exposition compared to dialogue. So, unfortunately, this book just didn’t quite do it for me.