Although the theme, together with the focus on character study and moral issues, is close to Austen's published work (Sense and Sensibility was also originally written in the epistolary form), its outlook is very different, and the heroine has few parallels in 19th-century literature.
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Great Jane Austen Book
This one is one I hadn’t heard of prior to the Love and Friendship movie coming out. But I loved the movie and equally loved the book! Although the plot is slightly different in both, I love the letter-style narration and emotion Austen can evoke from the reader toward Lady Susan. It’s a great, clean read!
Basic but Gold!
We see this plot a lot nowadays, however the story was written in such a way that it allows us to experience it anew with new characters and different setting. Written with innovation and ambition, the epistolary format gives us an incredibly unique insight into the character’s minds as they have little to hold them back, as they often write to people they trust. Although it might take some getting used to, the novel presents a unique presentation which demands more attention to truly grasp what unfolds.
The characters were masterpieces from start to finish, and Frederica’s treatment by her mother will bring you to feel for her like any of Austen’s heroines.
A must read
I'm a fan of Austen and have always loved her books. I've read all of her other books, but saved this for last and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the style and the wit, and I think anyone who likes Austen will most certainly enjoy this uniquely written book.