Eliza's Daughter Author:Joan Aiken A Sequel to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility — Joan Aiken recreates Jane Austen's characters and her unmistakable sound with the assurance of a writer who has found a voice she loves. — In Eliza's Daughter, Joan Aiken introduces Liz, a heroine more impetuous than the Dashwood sisters ever allowed themselves to be. ... more »Liz is raised as a charming and incorrigible tomboy in the town of Byblow Bottom, famous for housing the misbegotten children of the gentry. Though often neglected, the young Eliza is spirited and never misfortuned. Wandering about Byblow, she is unknowingly befriended by the learned and impassioned poets Wordsworth and Coleridge on their long walks. When she gets older she is brought to the manor house as a companion to the frail child who lives there. Here circumstances thus improved, she is sent off to the Dashwoods: she sews by the hearth with the admirable Elinor, she gleans gossip from the flighty Margaret, and she clashes with the passionate Marianne. They then decide that she would benefit from Miss Hazlitt's school.
Traveling around the world, Eliza is a heroine without need of a hero. Just as she transforms her own life with fierce strength and determination, she also earns a place of her own in Jane Austen's beloved family of women.« less
I for one enjoyed the book. It tells of Colonel Brandon and Eliza's daughter (also Eliza) and her life after her parents move to Portugal. She basically raises herself and I think does a fine job of it. Only thing I didn't like is at the end of the book and how she ends it. Leaves you with a big question mark. Other than that, I loved the book and would recommend it to others.