“Lady Susan” by Jane Austen
Genre: Adult Fiction, Classic
Summary from Goodreads:
Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.
It was interesting to see so many people’s perspectives going on in this story. You got to see how a character appeared in another character’s eyes. It was a bit lacking in the fully rounded character area since you only read letters. It was fun read all the gossip though.
Lady Susan was a very different type of ‘protagonist’. She didn’t appear to have any good features. She was incredibly manipulative! There’s no doubt about it. She toyed with several men. She tried forcing her daughter to marry someone (who Lady Susan later decided to marry). She tried making her daughter seem like the bad one.
The bottom line? Different type of Austen book. I think I’ll stick with her likeable heroines.