A Sequel to Jane Austen's Emma
by Brenda Fin
Hardcover (15 February, 2000)
Hedera Books; ISBN: 0953755401
Review by Rike,
May 12, 2000
I liked it a lot: It is no more than an easy read, but as such a very
successful one. The novel is set some twenty years after the events of
and centers on the next generation - not just on Anna Watson, but also
very much on Emma's two daughters. Austen's characters are developed in
a convincing manner (I liked especially what Finn has done with Frank;
I find her Frank much more believable than the terrible villains Rachel
Billington and Emma Tennant made of him in Perfect Happiness and
in Love respectively). There are a number of marriages at the end,
but not everyone ends happily, either. I recommend it!
Review by Linda
Waldemar, May 10, 2003
The George Knightleys, with their two daughters, are residing at Donwell
Abbey. The John Knightleys and their 6 children are at Hartfield. Mr Elton
is still the Vicar of Highbury and the father of two daughters. There are
a multitude of Martins and some Coles and Coxes as well. Plus, Colonel
and Mrs. Walters move to Donwell Court with their three offspring. Highbury
is full of young people. The title character, however, is not mentioned
until Chapter 3 and finally appears in Chapter 4 when she comes to Highbury
for a visit.
Mrs. Weston died when Anna was around 4 years old. Her doting father
survived for about another 6 years. Then, Anna went to live at Enscombe
with her brother, Frank. The childless Jane welcomed her sister-in-law
and become another mama to her. Unfortunately, Jane died a few years later.
Frank Churchill was rather easy-going and allowed Anna to grow up doing
much as she pleased. When she arrives for her visit, she is 21, arrogant
Selina Elton, the younger daughter who is 17, is befriended by Anna
much as Jane Austen's Emma befriended Harriet Smith. However, this friendship
comes to no good end. She also causes problems for some of the other young
people. The story steps along with the requisite disagreements and misunderstandings.
In the end, however, all who deserve it, find happiness with a loved one.
Although the Jane Austen characters who are present are not quite like
she wrote them. I think that Brenda Finn tried hard and succeeded in having
characters that are close to the originals. I thought that this was a nice,
pleasant read and enjoyed it.