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Daily Herald ( Utah) - Sunday March 7, 2010
“Recommended for all those who yearn for the chance to waltz at an
English country house party in an a-line frock of diaphanous cloth.”
Publishers Weekly – August 10, 2009
Inspired by Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, this biting social
comedy from mother-daughter duo Rubino (the veteran author) and
Rubino-Bradway (the first-timer) is a delightful, worthy homage to
Austen. In 19th-century England, Lady Susan Vernon is left nearly
penniless after her honorable, wealthy husband dies and his
unscrupulous little brother, Charles, bilks Susan and her daughter,
Frederica, of their share of his fortune. Forced to rely upon the
kindness of friends, the two spend several months bouncing from home
to home. Subjected to the two-faced machinations of her social
circle (particularly from Charles's wife, Catherine), Susan cleverly
(and believably) turns several of her enemies against each other,
using their own words. As in Austen's novels, securing a generous
dowry and a “good” marriage (that is, one with money and status) is
the all-important goal of every woman, but Susan is a dynamic
character more than capable of delivering a shocking surprise.