Posted by: rearadmiral | April 6, 2014

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

I loved it! The first three chapters provided more entertainment than another “modern” JA book provided in the entire book. The pace slowly down after that but it was always enjoyable. “Cat” Morland seemed a nice update to the original. Lol, even the “hero”(a lawyer), was much much better than the original(the less I say about him the better…..). The friendship between Cat and Ellie Tilney was more fleshed than the original and also a joy. Val McDermid does one thing that I always wished Jane Austen did. I’ll leave that for you, dear reader, to discover if you read the book.

5 out of 5 Regency Teacups!!

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:
If Mr. Crawford would but go away! That was what she most earnestly desired: go and take his sister with him, as he was to do, and as he returned to Mansfield on purpose to do. And why it was not done already she could not devise, for Miss Crawford certainly wanted no delay. Fanny had hoped, in the course of his yesterday’s visit, to hear the day named; but he had only spoken of their journey as what would take place ere long.
Mansfield Park Ch 32 (III, 1)


The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:

It is amazing,” said she, “how much young people cost their friends, what with bringing them up and putting them out in the world! They little think how much it comes to, or what their parents, or their uncles and aunts, pay for them in the course of the year.
Mrs. Norris, Mansfield Park Ch31 (II, XIII)
Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral on 24th July. This image shows the memorial brass plaque added to the wall above her grave in the Cathedral in 1872. It acknowledges her reputation as a writer.


A Visit to Highbury: Another View of Emma by Joan Austen-Leigh 3.5 Regency Teacups out of 5. Started very slow but the 2nd half was a delight. The stars of this book are Mrs Goddard and her sister.
Do you think this adaptation of Northanger Abbey is faithful to the book?

Clever, but painful! Almost too painful to joke about, even on the 1st of April. Still….

New Discovery: Goodreads to Publish Lost Jane Austen Novel
A girl without a father can never have too many brothers, yet Abigail Branscombe often found her three elder brothers to be quite vexing.—Opening l…

No fooling, my favorite Austen adaptation. I probably post too much from it….nah!!!! All Things Jane Austen posted multiple photos from various adaptations yesterday! Just wonderful! -Kirk
This is my favorite adaptation of Emma!

The endings from all of the big six via “Speaking of Jane Austen” by Sheila Kaye-Smith and G. B. Stern pgs 233-234. Favorite(s)?

S&S: And among the merits and the happiness of Elinor and Marianne, let it not be ranked as the least considerable that, though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.

MP: On that event they removed to Mansfield; and the parsonage there, which under each of its two former owners, Fanny had never been able to approach but with some painful sensation of restraint or alarm, soon grew as dear to her heart, and as thoroughly perfect in her eyes, as everything else within the view and patronage of Mansfield had long been.

NA: I leave it to be settled by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny or reward filial disobedience.

Emma: But in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.

Persuasion: She gloried in being a sailor’s wife, but she must pay the tax of quick alarm for belonging to that profession which is, if possible, more distinguished in its domestic virtues than in this national importance.

P&P: They were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bring her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.

Found this one via Emma Woodhouse
Mr Darcy’s inbox




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