Anne Ehrlich is smart, compassionate, and unfortunate in love. Years ago she allowed her wealthy family -- especially her beloved grandmother, Winnie -- to persuade her to give up the love of her life, Ben Cutler, a penniless boy from Queens College. Now a high school counselor, adeptly steering her charges through the perils of college admissions, Anne has never married and hasn't seen Ben since -- until his nephew turns up in her high school and starts applying to college.
Ben is a successful writer and soon-to-be married man, while Anne's family has lost their money and her grandmother's health is beginning to fail. As she copes with neurotic parents, apathetic children, and scheming college "packagers," Anne finds herself starting to wonder: Can old love be rekindled, or is it too late to remedy past mistakes?
With all the wit and insight of Jane Austen's Persuasion, Jane Austen in Scarsdale is a fresh and romantic comedy from a novelist with "a knack for making modern life reflect literature in the most engaging manner" (Library Journal).