Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Bellfield Hall or, the Observations of Miss Dido Kent is an Austen-alike, but unlike so many of them, it contains original characters set in the same time. It is unlike the works of Jane Austen in that it is a mystery, but otherwise the description of manners and the times is very similar. Of course it does not have the depth and genius of Austen, but I found it a very pleasurable read. I am often put off by authors inspired by Austen who insist on messing with her original characters and plots, so I found this book refreshing. I am grabbing the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on it.

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