Seduced and abandoned by the faithless Willoughby, Colonel Brandon’s much-loved ward Eliza is sent to live in the countryside. But whilst there, she leaves her child in the care of a foster mother and disappears. This is the story of Eliza’s child, also called Eliza, and her quest to be reunited with her mother. Her journey takes her from Dorset to Portugal, and she encounters a cast of characters from Sense and Sensibility along the way.
Joan Aiken picks up the pen of her forerunner, Jane Austen, in this charming sequel to Sense and Sensibility.
Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960. Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times, said, 'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in l962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain.Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.