Deborah Yaffe


By Deborah Yaffe, Jul 8 2013 01:00PM

Writing is hard. The work is lonely, the pay low, the public recognition at best fleeting, at worst non-existent. Because I’ve been there, I hate to be mean to another writer, especially one with whom I share a love of Jane Austen.

But honesty compels me to acknowledge that Juliette Shapiro’s self-published Sanditon completion, the subject of today’s post in my Sanditon Summer blog series, is not very good. The prose is clumsy, the characters are unconvincing, and the pacing is amateurish. I wish I could recommend it, but I can’t. The best I can say about it is that it’s not as bad as Julia Barrett's Sanditon completion.

Shapiro (b. 1964) is a freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction who has also published under the pseudonym “Yolande Sorores.” (Among her earlier works is a Pride and Prejudice sequel that has appeared under two titles, Excessively Diverted and Mr. Darcy’s Decision.) And like yet another Sanditon continuer, Alice Cobbett, Shapiro lives in East Sussex, the setting of Sanditon.

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