Alice Cobbett felt that she could not imitate Jane Austen's style and
material used in the completion would have seemed too different. Whatever the reason, this book does not use
Jane Austen's original text. The first
chapters have been rewritten. The book
includes some dialogue that could be considered inappropriate for the
which the original fragment was set.
Some of the undertakings and adventures of the characters are
appropriate to a twentieth century light entertainment than to a Jane
It is difficult to imagine that had the original author been able to complete her novel she would have included black slaves, abduction and direct dealings between her heroine and smugglers. Her heroine would have been more closely chaperoned and is unlikely to have been involved in the sort of dramas which Alice Cobbett has written for Charlotte Heywood.