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"Expectations of Happiness breathes new life into Austen's beloved characters... A commendable sequel to Sense and Sensibility, one that I think Austen herself would have enjoyed. I definitely recommend it for fans of Austen variations, especially those who think Pride and Prejudice shouldn't get all the attention." - Diary of an Eccentric
"A delightful novel, a worthy sequel to a well-loved classic." - The Calico Critic
"Expectations of Happiness was a perfect continuation of Jane Austen's classic, Sense and Sensibility. " - Laura's Reviews
"This novel has both the tension and the fun that Austen uniquely injected into her depiction of ordinary life. Ms Collins leaves us with a well plotted, delightfully written sequel to Austen's first novel, and a bunch of unforgettable characters who come alive in the pages of her book." - Juliette Selby Reviews
Posted October 22, 2011
Expectations of Happiness, the latest offering from Jane Austen "sequeller" Rebecca Ann Collins (Pemberley Chronicles), draws its story line from another of Austen's classic novels - Sense and Sensibility. To be perfectly honest, I was not too excited to dive into this sequel, since I'd never been a fan of the original. Austen's novel gave us a cast of silly, weak-minded individuals who more often seemed caricatures then characters. However, I did enjoy Ms. Collins' companion volume - Expectations of Happiness. Expectations reintroduces us to all the characters of the original, including Margaret, the youngest of the Dashwood sisters. Margaret, who was just a child when last we left the Dashwoods recovering from the physical and emotional devastation of Mr. Willoughby's betrayal, has grown into a smart, self-assured young woman with a sense of independence and adventure. Margaret falls in love with the handsome, scholarly Daniel Brooke. Unfortunately, Mr. Brooke is otherwise obligated (to an invalid wife), but he's a good man and honest in his dealings with Margaret. After thoughtful deliberation, Margaret makes some tough decisions regarding their future. By contrast, Marianne, after seven years of marriage to the blindly besotted Colonel Brandon, continues to be completely incapable of thoughtful deliberation. Bored and seeking excitement, Marianne falls back into the comfort of her adolescent romantic notions. She is an easy mark for the duplicitous attentions of Willoughby, who years before had caused her so much grief...the very man who set in motion the chain of events which led to her current state of discontent. Elinor remains as she always was - overly thoughtful and deliberate -talking herself in and out of the practical solutions she is so capable of devising in every aspect of her life, except where her family is concerned. Her inability to confront and ask the right questions of her family leads to further dysfunction and does no favors for those she most wishes to assist. At the end of Austen's novel, readers are left wondering how things might turn-out for the Dashwoods. Considering Marianne's hyper-passionate nature, was it possible that she could so easily settle into her marriage to Colonel Brandon? Could she be happy with a man for whom she felt no passion? It was interesting to see what dangers and pitfalls were left for these characters. And it was wonderful to read Collins' thoughts on how they would respond to the challenges and temptations placed before them, making Expectations of Happiness a sequel worth reading!
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