Mass Market Paperback - 320 pages (November 3, 1998)
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553578170
Paperback - 276 pages ( 3 December, 1998)
Headline; ISBN: 0747253773
Set in the town of Bath and revolving around the theatre, Jane makes acquaintances with painters, actors and gentry and is seen once too often in the company of Lord Harold. She glides through it all in style and maintains her composure despite an attempt on her life by one of the murderer's sidekicks.
Stephanie Barron seems to be accomplished in her knowledge of the era in which Austen lived. The language is lively and witty and reads like Austen's novels, though in the voice of the great Jane herself. Barron loses no steam on her third book of this series and it is just as enjoyable as the first two. I highly recommend it.
Stephanie Barron has lines and phrases from Austen's writings liberally sprinkled throughout the novel. She also borrows snippits of characters and gives them to other members of the Austen family. Present in this story are the parents, Rev George and Mrs Cassandra Austen; her sister, Miss Cassandra Austen; her brother, Mr. Henry Austen and his colorful wife, the little Comtesse, Eliza Austen.
I thought that this story was cleverly written and it is a pleasurable read.