Anna Weston:
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 Emma 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 Emma 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 and overbearing.

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.