Keeping up with my Austen kick, another slightly chick lit adaptation that I read recently (this fall) was The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. This modernizing update of Persuasion was recommended to me by a friend. Even though I’m well familiar with the story, I still found myself dying to get back to reading it. Somehow, these stories still manage to generate in me a page-turning suspense.
I thought certain aspects of this update worked better than others. Jane Fortune, the Anne Eliot stand-in works for her family’s literary journal, the Euphemia Review. While in keeping with Jane’s literary interests (and the opportunity for meeting her Captain Wentworth figure, writer Max Wellman), something about the unrealistic nature of her career bothered me. The story is set in
While no Austen, and at times oddly irksome, I still found myself captivated by The Family Fortune. What do you think of the cottage industry of chick lit ‘Austen’ retreads? Do you have a book that fully captured your interest despite its faults?