Title: The Watsons
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classic fiction
Publisher: Hesperus Classics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy that was a gift from a friend
First line: The first winter assembly in the town of D— in Surrey was to be held on Tuesday, 13th October and it was generally expected to be a very good one.
Oh, I wish so much that Jane Austen had finished The Watsons! All of my fellow Austen fans can relate to that feeling of wishing she had completed more novels before her early death. I re-read my favorite, Persuasion, once a year, and plan to re-read the rest, too – but something new from her was such a huge treat! The book isn’t finished, but does include notes in the back about how Austen intended it to end.
Emma Watson has been raised by her wealthy aunt, and a huge dowry was her expectation. When her aunt imprudently remarries and moves, Emma is returned home to the bosom of her family – a family she hardly knows. She now needs to make a match without the benefit of a large income.
Austen only wrote the first bit of The Watsons, which mostly takes place at a ball. Those of you who love Pride and Prejudice will find a bit of that here, the same goes for fans of Emma. The manners, the social niceties, the gossip, the characters – everything we love about Austen is here. The only downside is that just as I was sucked into the story, it ended. Sigh.