The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel

The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel

by Cathleen Schine


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Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband's mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schine's playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister. Schine's witty, wonderful novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport "is simply full of pleasure: the pleasure of reading, the pleasure of Austen, and the pleasure that the characters so rightly and humorously pursue….An absolute triumph" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312680527
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 449,300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.


New York, New York, and Venice, California

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Bridgeport, Connecticut


B.A., Barnard College, 1976

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     When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy-eight years old and she was seventy-five. He announced his decision in the kitchen of their apartment on the tenth floor of a large, graceful Central Park West building built at the turn of the last century, the original white tiles of the kitchen still gleaming on the walls around them. Joseph, known as Joe to his colleagues at work but always called Joseph by his wife, said the words “irreconcilable differences,” and saw real confusion in his wife’s eyes.

     Irreconcilable differences? she said. Of course there are irreconcilable differences. What on earth does that have to do with divorce?

     In Joe’s case it had very little to do with divorce. In Joe’s case, as is so often the case, the reason for the divorce was a woman. But a woman was not, unsurprisingly, the reason he gave his wife.

     Irreconcilable differences?

     Betty was surprised. They had been married for forty-eight years. She was used to Joseph, and she was sure Joseph was used to her. But he would not be dissuaded. Their history was history to him.

     Joseph had once been a handsome man. Even now, he was straight, unstooped; his bald head was somehow distinguished rather than lacking, as if men, important men, aspired to a smooth shining pate. His nose was narrow and protruded importantly. His eyes were also narrow and, as he aged, increasingly protected by folds of skin, as if they were secrets.Women liked him. Betty had certainly liked him, once. He was quiet and unobtrusive, requiring only a large breakfast before he went to work, a large glass of Scotch when he arrived home, and a small, light dinner at 7:30 sharp.

     Over the years, Betty began to forget that she liked Joseph. The large breakfast seemed grotesque, the drink obsessive, the light supper an affectation. This happened in their third decade together and lasted until their fourth. Then, Betty noticed, Joseph’s routines somehow began to take on a comforting rhythm, like the heartbeat of a mother to a newborn baby. Betty was once again content, in love, even. They traveled to Tuscany and stood in the Chianti hills watching the swallows and the swift clouds of slate-gray rain approaching. They took a boat through the fjords of Norway and another through the Galápagos Islands. They took a train through India from one palace to the next, imagining the vanished Raj and eating fragrant delicate curries. They did all these things together. And then, all these things stopped.

     “Irreconcilable differences,” Joe said.

     “Oh, Joseph. What does that have to do with divorce?”

     “I want to be generous,” Joe said.

     Generous? she thought. It was as if she were the maid and she was being fired. Would he offer her two months’ salary?

     “You cannot be generous with what is mine,” she said.

     And the divorce, like horses in a muddy race, their sides frothing, was off and running.

Reading Group Guide

Just as Jane Austen delighted readers with wise heroines and surprising turns of fate, Cathleen Schine delivers a world of wry insight in each of her novels. With The Three Weissmanns of Westport, she brings Sense and Sensibility to modern-day Connecticut, where Betty Weissmann and her two middle-aged daughters have begun living as exiles. At age seventy-five, Betty has been dumped by her husband of nearly fifty years. He and his mistress have set up housekeeping in the sumptuous Manhattan apartment that Betty had called home for most of her adult life. Her daughter Miranda—a tough-as-nails literary agent—is facing bankruptcy after a series of scandals. Her other daughter, Annie, is smitten with the brother of her stepfather's mistress. Banding together against a slew of looming crises, Betty, Miranda, and Annie find refuge in a run-down beach cottage owned by a generous cousin. While Betty discovers a wealth of personal strength, her daughters discover an intriguing, aristocratic community—whose population includes the handsome actor Kit Maybank.

Raising timeless questions of the heart, The Three Weissmanns of Westport is an ideal selection for reading groups. The topics that follow are designed to enhance your experience as you discuss this captivating novel of reason versus romance.

1. How do Betty and her daughters relate to men? Do the three women have the same expectations about love and relationships?

2. How do the Weissmann women define "home"? What does the Manhattan apartment mean to them? What do their reactions to the Westport cottage say about their personalities? Would you have enjoyed living there?

3. In Sense and Sensibility, Mrs. Dashwood does her best to help her family thrive despite dwindling fortunes. What challenges do women still face in such situations, even with the cultural changes that have taken place since Jane Austen was writing?

4. Which cad is worse: Schine's Kit Maybank or Austen's John Willoughby? If Miranda could meet Marianne, what advice would the two characters give each other?

5. The fact that Miranda and Annie are not Joseph's biological children also mirrors Austen's plot. Would Joseph have handled the divorce differently if the girls had been his biological daughters?

6. Is Frederick a good father to Gwen and Evan? What stokes Annie's attraction to him throughout the novel?

7. Is Betty very much like her relatives? Which of your family members would you turn to if you were in her situation?

8. What accounts for the similarities and differences between Annie and Miranda? Are both women simply driven by their temperaments, or have they shaped each other's personalities throughout their lives? How does their relationship compare to yours with your own siblings?

9. Schine's work often blends humor with misfortune, such as Miranda's undoing by authors who turn out to be plagiarists and extreme fabricators. What other aspects of the novel capture the tragicomic way life unfolds?

10. Why is it so hard for Joseph to understand why his stepdaughters are mad at him? Why does he prefer Felicity to Betty? Discuss the revelations about Amber. In what way is her romantic situation similar to Felicity's?

11. Ultimately, how do the Weissmanns reconcile sense with sensibility? Who are the book's most rational characters? Who is the most emotional?

12. What makes Roberts remarkable (eventually)? Who are the overlooked "characters" in your life story?

13. What aspects of the ending surprised you the most? What had you predicted for Betty, and for Leanne? Do the novel's closing scenes reflect an Austen ending?

14. Does the storytelling style in The Three Weissmanns of Westport remind you of Schine's other portraits of love? What makes the Weissmanns' story unique?

Reading Group Guide written by Amy Root / Amy Root's Wordshop, Inc.

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Art-historian More than 1 year ago
I like Schine's writing and wanted to read this so much that I mistakenly bought it twice! Once turned out to be enough -- I never found the characters to be convincing enough for me to really care about them or believe that they were connected in any way beyond the plot contrivances. It absorbed me more at the beginning and at the ending, but the middle was a long lull at the beach.
BobbiNJ More than 1 year ago
This was the first of Cathleen Schine's books that I've read but I enjoyed it enough that I've purchased a few others of hers. The book takes place in CT and NY, both very familiar places to me. The character types are also familiar but because of that, I enjoyed it even more. Sharply drawn characters and detailed depiction of different types of women who all depend on each other. Loved her unique writing style. It struck me as a bit old-fashioned but because the book discussed very current themes, it made the whole experience even more enjoyable.
happyreaderKK More than 1 year ago
This book was made out to be much better than it actually was. It was not very real and I was tired about hearing about all of the rejection from men. Life is more about life than men and who cares if they reject you. There is so much more about life than evolving yourself around men. I wished I would not have wasted my time!!
MargeScope More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly enjoybale read that pulled me into the lives and travails of the characters instantly. Those quirky, charming, colorful and memorable characters. You care about them becasue they are so human and offbeat. I found that it was too short a story and would have loved to be with them a little longer. Perhaps the saga of the Weissmann women could go on and all the intersecting characters and subplots could as well. With flashbacks, of course. i have already recommended it to friends. And because I enjoyed it so much, I have become interested in reading more of author Cathleen Schine's work with which I was not familiar. I became interested enough to order this book after reading a review in the Sunday New York Times Book Review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply could not get into this book and only read about half of it. The plot idea was so intriguing, and I was really excited about reading it. I even went to the store to pick it up right away because I couldn't wait for shipping. Very disappointed with the characters. They were so silly and self-centered. Perhaps someday I will pick it up again, but cannot think of a good reason why when there are so many good books out there to read.
Cathleen Schine More than 1 year ago
loved the characters and was contantly surprised by the plot despite the Austin homage. A lovely intelligent novel about family relationships and the stages of romantic love.
baxter1946 More than 1 year ago
This is the wordiest book! This book is for people who delight in other people's suffering. It was very overwhelming in that so many things happened to the characters. Sometimes there was a smile, but most times it was a furrowed brow.
KrisPA More than 1 year ago
I absolutely hated this book. HATED. I kept hearing so many good things about it (reviews, not word of mouth) so when the library got a copy in, I decided to give it a shot. I hated it fairly early on. I forgot that it was based on Sense & Sensibility, one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, so when I recognized this fact (pretty early on--you are pretty much beat over the head with it plot/character similarities) I was annoyed. It was just so irritating to have this author subvert a gloriously written classic novel into her boring prose and annoying characters. Schine didn't just base this novel on S&S, she pretty much followed it to the extent that it was distracting--I began anticipating the plot and renaming the characters in my head (oh, yeah, this is so and so from S&S). While I love Jane Austen's characters, despite and because of their flaws, I found Schine's characters simply ineffectual, stupid, and annoying. I found absolutely nothing humorous in the book, and couldn't relate to the wealthy NYC Jewish-ness of the characters. I began skimming about 3/4 of the way thru because I found it too irritating to read every sentence. I didn't care about the ending and how anyone ended up. Awful, awful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a number of wonderful reviews of this book, I could not wait to buy and read it. I even recommended it to my book group. Instead of a nuanced, classic read, I found this book to be flat and the characters, for the most part, uninteresting. I found that I mostly did not care about what happened to any of them in the end. My advice for would-be readers is to stick with Sense and Sensibility.
loosha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nearing 80, Betty's husband suddenly 'falls in love' with a young woman and demands a divorce. Betty and her 2 daughters, down in their luck too, move from NY to a lakeshore cabin in Westport where they pursue love and happiness in a plot drawn from 'Sense and Sensibility'. Good beach reading.
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Wiessmanns of Westport tells the story of Betty, going through at divorce after a 50 year marriage, and her daughters Miranda and Annie. After Betty is kicked out of her swanky New York apartment, the three women retraet to a run-down cottage in Conneticut to recover.This book has often been compared to Sense and Sensibility and, for me, that may have been its downfall. Rather than the understated, subtle humor of Jane Austen I found Westport to be an outrageous, over-the-top comedy. Though I enjoyed parts of the book, in the end the antics were just too much for me and I lost interest. I listened to the audio version of The Three Weissmanns of Westport. The reading was well done and I have no complaint with the narrator. It was just the excessive drama in the plot that put me off.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When 75-year-old Betty Weissman¿s husband suddenly decides they have ¿irreconcilable differences¿ and must divorce, she takes shelter in Westport, Connecticut in a summer cottage belonging to her cousin. Betty is joined by her two daughters ¿ the practical Annie facing an empty nest at home and the impulsive Miranda whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy. As the three women cope with their problems and the lack of money they are now facing, they meet new people and the two sisters find romantic opportunities may be in store for them. If the bare-bones plot given above sounds familiar, it¿s because The Three Weissmans of Westport is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen¿s classic Sense and Sensibility. This means the plotting is largely predictable (although in the last 50 pages or so, Schine has some new twists - and leaves something to be desired in the ending) and the characters are mostly true to their 19th century counterparts. In one respect, this is like coming back to old acquaintances and finding out more about them ¿ Cousin Lou and his wife Rosalyn in particular were delightful in this respect. But this can also be a pitfall. For instance, in Sense and Sensibility many of Marianne¿s antics can be brushed off as the impulses of a petulant teenager who will grow up eventually. But when 49-year-old Miranda acts irrationally, it comes across as particularly ridiculous and the reader feels like shaking her into acting reasonably. Meanwhile, Elinor, my favorite Austen heroine, is re-molded into the not only practical, but often bitter, Annie, who I found I did not like as much as I would have hoped.Likewise, there¿s a fair amount of ¿oh the poor Dashwoods ¿ they only have one servant now!¿ feeling when reading Sense and Sensibility, which is only amplified in this re-telling. The Dashwood girls were really limited by the rules of their society to marrying well if they aimed to prosper materially. But the Weissmans do not have this predicament and it struck me as absurd to hear them fret about money while doing absolutely nothing about it. And, their spoiled, snobbish previous lifestyles mean that their life of ¿poverty¿ is still well above the means of many Americans today. Given the current economy, the Weissmans having to move into a cottage of a ritzy tourist town and spend their evenings going to endless dinner parties at the local mansions seems wildly out of touch with the real hardships faced everyday by people in this country and around the world. I would like to think there¿s an element of the satirical in this part of the plot to reflect that their burdens are relatively minor compared to others, but I really did not get that impression often.In terms of writing style, I was not very much impressed with The Three Weissmans of Westport. There were certainly moments of humor and irony, but nothing to compare to Austen¿s acerbic wit. And while the author liked to drop in ten dollar words when ten cent ones would do as well as various literary and pop cultural references, there was nothing of substance and the book never came across as anything more than an easy reading beach book. Of course, if you¿re looking for a light read, then this would do nicely. But, reading this as I was in juxtaposition with Jane Austen¿s Sense and Sensibility, this book was bound to fail to live up to its predecessor.
alana_leigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Sense and Sensibility, you would still be able to read The Three Weissmanns of Westport and receive some enjoyment, but I can't quite imagine that it's equaled to those who know its inspiration. Cathleen Schine's adaptation is much more than a modernization (and believe me, I've read a few), to the point where it actually does merit the word "homage" as opposed to an author simply fiddling with the calendar and fashion. The spirit of the novel comes through crystal clear, even when the plotlines deviate from the original, making Schine an author who actually understands Austen's observational wit and develops her own humorous attention to detail in the modern sense.In Schine's novel, instead of a new widow with an entailment on the estate forcing her and her daughters from their home, Mrs. Betty Weissmann is shocked and surprised when her husband asks for a divorce after nearly fifty years of marriage. Unaware of another (younger) woman in the wings (who works under him at the office), Betty Weissmann and her two grown daughters (named Anne and Miranda, who are not Joseph Weissmann's daughters biologically, but were raised by the man and he looks upon them as his own) immediately insist he get a brain scan, believing a medical issue to be at the root of his request. When the reality sets in, Anne and Miranda realize that it doesn't matter the age at which one becomes a child of divorce, it's heart-wrenching no matter what. Betty copes by speaking of Joseph as though he's already dead, inserting "may he rest in peace" after his name and calling herself a widow. Anne is in her fifties and raised two boys as a single mother (her husband took off early and never had anything to do with his sons after that); she is a librarian, though is quietly noted for running a well-respected series of literary events through her Upper West Side library. Miranda is a famous literary agent whose star is about to explode in scandal as several of her "Awful Authors," are now being unmasked as never having experienced the terrible things their memoirs recount. The ultimate shame (a disapproving look from Oprah on her own show) is cast upon Miranda and she is dealing with the fallout from her career and failing agency while her mother deals with the divorce. As a result, Miranda and Betty think it's a brilliant idea for both sisters to move in with their mother and to take up their cousin's offer of a small seaside bungalow on Long Island. Anne is not quite so convinced, but as the two women together would never be able to budget for themselves (as both Miranda and Betty's assets have frozen due to divorce/bankruptcy), Anne sublets her apartment and the three decamp to Westport.It turns out their cousin is a bit of a collector of humanity, insisting every stray soul is "like family," so there is no shortage of odd characters to entertain at the cousin's lavish dinners and parties. (This includes his wife's dottering father whose outbursts are enough to surprise any reader into laughter.) While Anne commutes in to work on the train, Miranda decides to take up kayaking as a hobby... resulting in her near drowning and then rescue by Kit, a young actor with a two-year-old-son named Henry staying with an aunt who doesn't particularly like them. As Miranda falls in love with Kit (or is it Henry?), she remains oblivious to the attentions of a somewhat reserved and semi-retired attorney. Anne, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Frederick Barrow, a successful author introduced to her by his sister, the Vice President in Joseph's company (and, incidentally, the woman for whom Joseph has left Betty). Given their sporadic meetings and his children's somewhat jealous demands on his time, Anne and Frederick are hardly together long enough for anything to blossom and Anne remains filled with silent longing.Those looking for an exact modernization of Sense and Sensibility will be disappointed, as will those w
amanderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is a well done homage to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, but has a charm all its own. It's both funny and smart. It starts¿.When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy eight years old and she was seventy-five . . . He said the words ¿Irreconcilable differences,¿ and saw real confusion in his wife¿s eyes. ¿Irreconcilable differences?¿ she said. ¿Of course there are irreconcilable differences. What on earth does that have to do with divorce?¿Mrs. Weissmann has to move to a small, run down beach cottage in Westport, Connecticut, loaned by a friend of the family, and her two middle aged daughters join her. There they come to terms with their changing lives and romantic and financial failures. The sly wit and social commentary is so like Jane Austen¿s, with a modern reinterpretation and New York Jewish spin to it, that it¿s just a total delight to read, even if you¿ve never picked up Austen. Highly recommended!
bogopea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chick lit but a bit deeper. Story of mother dumped by 70 year old husband for younger model (and lives to regret it) and her 2 40ish single daughters. The 3 move to Uncle Lou's house in Westport, free of charge, after hubby kicked them out of the NYC apt. Story of how they adapted to life changes, learned to appreciate each other more, as well as themselves. Different from what I expected but enjoyable.
queencersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Weissmanns of Westport is a modern take on the Jane Austin classic, Sense and Sensibility, without the charm or sense of the original. Betty Weissmann is an upper middle class New Yorker who, after forty nine years of marriage, is told by her husband Joseph that he wants to divorce her. Accompanying Betty into her exile in Westport are her two middle aged daughters. Annie is the strong supportive eldest daughter. Forever cleaning up after the mistakes of her feckless mother and sister. Younger daughter Miranda is a New York publisher in disgrace. Still attractive as the age of 49, Miranda floats from one failed relationship to the next. Enter the dashing Kit, dapper Frederick and dowdy Roberts. The men who float around the Weissmann daughters for various lengths of time. Fans of the Sense and Sensibility will be well familiar as many of that novels major plot points are hit along the way. However the ending of this novel is different from Austin's version. At the heart of this novel are three older women who make a string of poor choices in their live and end up living off the kindness of a quasi-relative/friend. Quite frankly, Betty, Annie and Miranda are just not that interesting and as a result, the novel just plods along. As in most cases, the original is far better than the copy.
dawnlovesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not as good as i was expecting it to be. it was charming and funny at times and i enjoyed the idea of the book, a mother and two daughters living in a cottage at cape cod, but i felt it lacked a little something.
ccayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. I wanted to shake the characters to jolt them into a less self-involved existence. They were amusing but the appeal was limited. I much preferred the New Yorkers. That said, it was well written and there were some very astute, funny observations about New Yorkers.
KatharineDB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice light summer read. I would not have picked this book on my own -it was a gift from my mother- but I am happy to have received it. It was just what I needed and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling of a (relativly) happy ending. A good story of love and life and the human heart. Lots of people comparing this to Jane Austin- which I can see but Jane's witty observations on people are timeless, where as Ms. Schine's seemed more stereotypical cliches of the age of Ipod. Perhaps in 100 years they will seem more astute... ( Mom - i would move to cottage in westport w you anyday if you needed me to)
hazel1123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I didn't finish. It wasn't really bad but I realized that with my 'to be read' list so long it was really silly for me to continue to push through a book that I was basically finding boring. Neither the characters or the story were compelling or made me want to read faster and know the end. I was really glad I had decided to get this best seller from the library!
librarygeek33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Sense and Sensibility" rewrite? Oh, all right. Aside from that, truth is stranger than fiction. At times, the Weissmann's beach cottage loosely reminded me of "Grey Gardens" which was much stranger than this amusing tale, but in a similar locale. This was the kind of book that stays in your mind in an "I remember the characters but I don't remember the name of that book" kind of way. Good "beach book," nothing more.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cathleen Schine's ridiculously delightful new novel is a contemporary take on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Here, the unmarried daughters are middle-aged, New York Jewesses--children of divorce--exiled with their elderly mother to Westport, Connecticut. They've been taken in by wealthy, generous Cousin Lou, who treats absolutely everybody "Like family!" in the revolving door of his hospitality. I feel no need to summarize the plot further, for a tremendous amount of the pleasure is in seeing how Schine "contemporizes" the tale. Rather than detract from the story, a basic familiarity with Austen's classic adds immeasurably to the read. Yes, you'll have a pretty good idea of where the story is going, but you'll have so much fun with the infinite cleverness of Schine's update. And don't put it past her to throw an occasional curveball. I suspect The Three Weissmans of Westport is an homage of which any Janeite would heartily approve. It's done with such affection. And even if you're completely disinterested in the original, I don't see how any reader could keep a straight face through this laugh-out-loud satire!
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had a mix of virtues and flaws. Set in New York City and Westport, Connecticut, it is in some ways a re-telling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Schine re-creates the famous, selfish wife (from the first few pages of S&S) to humorous effect. Marianne's scoundrel is also reproduced here. However, it did not track S&S all that closely.The writing was charming, but feather-light for the most part, although there were occasional moments of insight. There were also gaping questions at the end, with one plot twist in particular unexplained.
AddlestoneBrowsing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on the New York Times bestseller list and i was intrigued by the plot. The story starts off with Betty Weissmann who finds out that her husband wants a divorce after many years of marriage--so many years that they are in their mid to late seventies at the time of the divorce. Betty is forced out of her apartment by her soon-to-be ex until their settlement is finalized. Her middle-aged daughters, Annie and Miranda, also come into difficult circumstances and they move with their mother into a small cottage together.At this point, it definitely reminded me of Sense and Sensibility (just as the book jacket suggested) and the girls and their mother discuss their lost loves, new found loves, and how they are going to survive at this point in their lives.The story was funny and light with a good plot. The characters were likable and their flaws are even more hilarious. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to temporarily forget their troubles, laugh, and see into the fictional lives of the Weissmanns.
CSMcMahon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a huge disappointment. I bought the book as a result of seeing a glowing review in the New York Times. Other reviews I read suggested this was going to be a funny book about a mother and her daughters exiled in Westport. Either Schine forgot to bring the funny or these reviewers have a wildly different definition of what is funny compared to me.I found myself struggling to finish the book. After about 100 pages I thought about giving it up but since I actually bought the book I felt like I should see it to the end. I also kept thinking that it would improve. It did not.The women in the book were annoying and weak. I wanted to care about Betty, Annie and Miranda and their plights but I couldn't be bothered because I never felt any sort of connection to them or any of the other characters. The only character I did enjoy was that of a young child, Harry, who ends up being cared for by Miranda. Lastly, I think if Jane Austen were to read this book I really don't think she would be happy with the comparisons to Sense and Sensibility. That book is a classic. This is not.