This is a fun read for Austen fans who are drawn to the mood and social nuance of Austen's work. 'The Third Sister' is the continuation of 'Sense and Sensibility.' We get glimpses into how Eleanor and Marriane are doing in their new lives and marriages, but the true focus of the story is Margaret Dashwood, the youngest sister, who has now grown into a beautiful young woman. Margaret, it seems, took Marianne's traumatic lessons in love much more to heart than any of the others. She's girded herself against flirtacious rogues like Willoughby, and is prepared to resist their wiles staunchly. 'The Third Sister' is the tale of Margaret's coming of age, her adventures in romance, and her mastery of both sense and sensiblity.
This book is well-written in faux-Austenesque prose, and the story is engaging. But, it's a case of so close, and yet so far for me. I found it difficult to overlook the repeated un-Austen-like moments, which kept grounding me in the counterfeit nature of the work. Plus, the story itself, while very like an Austen tale in so many ways, wasn't nearly as gripping, or tension-filled, as Austen's own novels.
Margaret's character, and that of Lady Clara, was well-developed. But her romantic interests were not given the same amount of attention and motivation, which left their relationships with Margaret rather pale and unsubstantial.
This book is very, very much written in the style of Jane Austen, including the formal English and backwards or inside-out sentence structure (compared to modern day). It doesn't have any steamy sex scenes and it's big on character development. But it was quite fun to revisit the family of Sense & Sensibility, to see how the older sisters lives were going and to finally find out just what happened to the youngest, Margaret. I highly recommend this book for true Austen fans.
Sense and Sensibility wasn't one of my favorite Austen novels but not my least favorite either. I loved this book by Julia Barrett. The way she portrays Margaret's character is inciteful and very special. I would recommend this to anyone that liked jane austen's sense and sensibility. I enjoyed how it wasn't just her life but her interactions with all the familiar characters. The twist of her two beaus is very exciting as well. A play on a couple other familiar Austen novels.
Enjoyable story about Margaret... the 3rd sister from Jane Austens Sense and sensability. We get to see a bit of her 2 older sisters as well and see how they are doing in their newly married states.