In the Preface, Edith Hubback Brown says that she found a manuscript
written by Catherine
Austen Hubback, her grandmother and JA's niece. Apparently this manuscript, called The
Younger Sister, was written from the memory of conversations with her Aunt Cassandra Austen.
Edith Brown uses her grandmother's story as the basis for this completion. Thus the claim that it
is completed according to JA's intentions. Those few statements that we have read of the fates of
the characters as told by Jane Austen's sister are faithfully presented here. I do not feel that the
character development is very deep. Those characters that JA developed fairly completely are
not changed. And, we do not learn a great deal more about those that she merely introduced.
All that said, I think that this story is quite a pleasant read
The lovers are kept apart by a
misunderstanding but are finally united. The authors did a pretty good job of imitating JA's
language; there is even a bit of wit.
My only complaint is that the ending seemed extremely rushed.
When I was within 3 pages of
the end, I was sure that there was not enough time to wrap up everything. But, they did it! And
This book is extremely hard to find, but should you run across it, I
recommend that you give it a
read. I do not think that you will be sorry.