Jane and the Barque of Frailty – Book Review


by Stephanie Barron


ISBN-13: 9780553802269

Jane’s dream is coming true.  Her beloved novel Sense and Sensibility is to be published and she is in London overseeing its printing.  The task also allows her to visit with her brother Henry and sister-in-law Eliza.

Jane’s pleasure is soon tested when a Russian Princess dies close by Henry and Eliza’s home and they are drawn into the drama.  Jane’s only choice is to solve the mysteries surrounding the princess’s life and death.

Stephanie Barron takes us on a great ride and teaches us much about English society of that time.  I was fascinated by the Barque of Frailty who are known by many names, the Muslin Company, Birds of Paradise, Demi-reps or more familiar to us Courtesans.

This Austen inspired novel is quite different from most I’ve read and I’m determined to seek out more of the series.  I have to admit to being a little distracted with it at first, until I got used to the language.  Stephanie uses a lot of French terminology and I kept losing my stride each time I hit one.  My tip is if you don’t speak it, don’t try to read those bits.. just jump over them and you’ll have fun with it.

Once immersed in the story I found I obsessed till the end and only managed to predict a little of the resolution.   It was a great read Stephanie Barron.. thank you.

Posted on 2 October '09 by , under Crime/Mystery, Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews.

3 Comments to “Jane and the Barque of Frailty – Book Review”

#1 Posted by Laura's Reviews (03.10.09 at 07:06 )

I love this series of books, but I need to read a few in the middle that I’ve missed. I have one of them on my TBR lsit for the Everything Austen Challenge!

#2 Posted by Lisa (05.11.09 at 12:41 )

This sounds completely unique. I’m going to have to keep my eye out for it.

#3 Posted by bruce (23.08.14 at 00:19 )