Jane Austen began her last novel, Sanditon, in 1817 and wrote twelve chapters before putting it aside. With her death the same year, she never finished it.
Sanditon on Reflection is a regency era romance that tells the rest of the story as seen through the eyes of Jane Austen's heroine, Charlotte Heywood. This telling of Charlotte's story begins before Jane Austen's does in 1812 on a farm in the English village of Willingden near the south coast of England. She lives there with very limited access to the rest of the world, except through her books and dreams until, one day in 1818, a happenstance on a ''very rough Lane" gains her a sojourn away from her village to Sanditon, a fishing village with aspirations of becoming a fashionable seaside resort.
Hosted by Tom Parker, the eccentric mastermind behind the scheme, and his wife, Charlotte finds herself right in the heart of Sanditon society, which includes Tom's brother Sidney Parker, "of about seven or eight and twenty" and "very good-looking." But is he what he seems and can she trust her instincts and her heart in this new world?
The hazards of love and an intriguing mystery test Charlotte's character and conviction in ways she would never have imagined. The secret behind that mystery and the choices she must make in a Regency world filled with intrigue, avarice and obsession will shake Charlotte to the core as she faces challenges to know herself and her past as she looks to find love and that all important HEA.