Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel, Completed

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M. Evans and Company, 2000 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Freshly removed from her familiar, provincial environment and exposed to England at the cusp of the nineteenth century, Charlotte encounters the wondrous Parker family, a genteel clan of dreamers and idlers. Others include the feuding Denham siblings; the ailing, yet unconscionably busy Parker sisters; and the wryly observant Emmeline Turner, a lady of literary distinction, who is astonished to find herself solicited there by those who regard her as a representative of the "better circle of society."
The innocent but keen-witted Charlotte quickly finds herself rather deeply involved in this uproarious little town. She can't help but get swept up in the antics of the Parkers and Denhams, even while she is vexed and perplexed by the droll young Sidney Parker. But even the best efforts of this charming young lady may not be enough to save the budding resort town.

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

An unfortunate carriage accident introduces the Parkers to the large Heywood family. Mr. Parker, who has speculated on the success of Sanditon becoming a prominent seaside resort, invites Charlotte ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The pseudonymous author of two Jane Austen sequels (The Third Sister, 1996, etc.) here takes up Austen's unfinished manuscript satirizing land speculators and fashionable seaside towns, completing it ... Read full review


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Julia Barrett was the pseudonym adopted by Julia Braun Kessler (1926-2012) and British-born novelist Gabrielle Donnelly in the writing of "Presumption, An Entertainment", a sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". Julia Braun Kessler then continued on her own (as Julia Barrett) with three more continuations of Jane Austen's works: "The Third Sister, A Continuation of Sense and Sensibility", "Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of A Last Novel, Completed", and the forthcoming, "Mary Crawford: or, Revisiting At Mansfield Park".

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