FICTION

Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility

Graydon House. Feb. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781525895968. pap. $16.99. F
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DEBUT Widowed Cricket Richardson and her daughters Daisy and Wallis believe that the memorial service for the towering patriarch who controlled all their lives will bring them closure and let them start anew. But those hopes are dashed as the story breaks that the late Senator Richardson not only died in bed with his mistress but also stole money from his campaigns and his office to maintain his lifestyle. The negative publicity crashes through their lives, but in its passing they grieve the man they thought they knew and the mess he made of all their lives. As the debris swirls around them, they reach out for new lives, for old loves, and for the strength found in holding onto each other.
VERDICT Readers searching for that modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility will find more than enough commonalities to feel that they have gotten their Jane Austen’s worth in Edmondson’s debut; those less familiar or just looking for a contemporary story filled with dirty politics, family drama, and a touch of romance will discover plenty to sweep them away.

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