Cecilia by Margaret Anne Doody, Peter Sabor, Frances Burney

1056 pages first pub 1782 (editions)

fiction classics historical romance challenging slow-paced


Cecilia is an heiress, but she can only keep her fortune if her husband will consent to take her surname. Fanny Burney's unusual love story and deft social satire was much admired on its first publication in 1782 for its subtle interweaving of com...

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challenging 75%
reflective 75%
emotional 50%
adventurous 25%
hopeful 25%
inspiring 25%
lighthearted 25%
mysterious 25%
tense 25%


slow 100%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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