Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.
Can you go wrong with Jane Austen? I certainly don’t think so.
Although Lady Susan will probably never be my favorite of Austen’s works, it does deliver those oh so witty lines I dearly love. It has taken me a shamefully long time to finally get around to reading this story by one of my all time favorite authors. Equally shameful to admit is that I didn’t even know about this short story until previews for Love and Friendship came out. (I highly recommend watching this movie. It is a little hard to follow but delightful.) Am I the only Austen fan for this to happen to? Please say no!
My shame aside, Lady Susan was a fun change from Austen’s usual novels in that 1) it’s short 2) it’s written in the form of letters 3) it follows the villain and not the heroine. Or is the villain also the heroine? However you look at it Lady Susan is both a fun character to follow and one you kind of want to punch in the face.
Give it a read!