Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel - BookLife-recommended historical fiction by Alice McVeigh

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This book is on sale on Amazon for $0.99 (regularly $3.99) 7/31/2021 - 8/30/2021!

A brand-new, feel-good, light summer read!

“Pitch-perfect prose and plotting. This Austen-inspired novel echoes the master herself. Emma mingles with Pride and Prejudice in a delightful confrontation between the two books' worlds…”  (Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize 2021, 10/10)

 “I found the characters colorful and thoroughly entertaining, the dialogue witty and laced with humor… McVeigh writes with a flow and eloquence that makes the narrative as smooth as melted butter, and she perfectly captures the era.”    (Readers' Favorite)

“The writing shines… The syntax and nature of early 19th-century prose is mirrored almost perfectly.” (Self-Publishing Review)                                                                                   

“Witty, fun, and has all the hallmarks of an Austen novel.” (Recommended, US Review of Books)

This book is a prequel to Jane Austen's Lady Susan, in which a beautiful but manipulative young widow descends on her sister-in-law’s estate, causing mayhem. In this prequel, Susan is only sixteen.

Like Sense and Sensibility, the novel possesses two heroines, one thoughtful and reserved and one as exuberantly scheming as Emma herself: like Mansfield Park, it involves amateur theatrics; like Pride and Prejudice, it features an elopement. Susan’s character – witty, manipulative, and impudent to the point of recklessness – is the book’s linchpin, but every subplot coalesces in the grand finale, which includes a believable but intensely surprising plot twist. McVeigh has set it a year before Emma, and “borrowed” several of Austen’s more memorable characters – including Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Alice McVeigh, a London-based ghost writer, has been published by Orion/Hachette in contemporary fiction.  (""McVeigh succeeds in harmonising a supremely comic tone with much darker notes."" - The Sunday Times.). She has also written a Kirkus-starred thriller published by UK publishers Unbound (using her pen name, Spaulding Taylor). Susan is the first of a six-book series.