Indiscretion by Jude Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm giving this one 5 stars for its fluid writing and the fact that it's one of the best modern "Austen"-inspired novels I've read, and let me add I've been reading lots of them in the last few years. Mainly, I think I read Austen adaptations to torture myself as I ultimately return to the original when I can no longer endure the heaving and throbbing body parts or lame dialog and narration without reaching for my sal volatile. Georgette Heyer is an exception to this allergic response -- she rarely fails to entertain, and having written many years ago, keeps things clean.
Jude Morgan has created such a sparkling tale! I enjoyed all of the characters, the good and the bad ones. Allusions to various Austen books were done in such a way as to give the reader a knowing wink without beating them over the head about it. Great narrative tone and many hilarious scenes of misapprehension, veiled meaning, or outright silliness.
“None of us like to think we are silly. But all must acknowledge that they are capable of silliness, from time to time.” Heaven forfend!
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