What makes this stand out is how this novel hints at a Jane Austen with her gloves off. Lady Susan and her confidante Mrs. Johnson are immoral and gleefully plan ways for Susan to entrap yet another man and marry off that useless daughter of hers. There isn't a hint of regret or affection in either of them, except for Mrs. Johnson's marrying a man too young to die.
Susan's brother-in-law made the mistake of politely inviting Susan to their home and lands his wife's brother into her clutches. Her daughter ends up on their doorstep as well. It doesn't take long for the pretty, demure and graceful Lady Susan to bring scandal into the house and in Town as well. There are some rough edges to the characters, but it is so quick to read its a must for any Austen fan.