Friday, December 19, 2014

A Jane Austen daydream by Scott D. Southard

All her heroines find love in the end—but is there love waiting for Jane?

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone's guess.

Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years—did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us—to a greater or lesser degree—are head over heels for Jane.

Audible Audio
Published September 24th 2014 by Madison Street Publishing
  (first published December 4th 2012)
 audio provided by author for honest review (thank you)

I am not a big Jane Austen fan.  Not that I dislike her, a number of her books are on my tbr pile and I can say that I have read Pride and Prejudice, even watched the movie.  About Jane Austen herself I know nothing, was she married, kids, siblings, what was her upbringing like?  I am totally in the dark about it all which made me all the most anxious to start this book.

I listened to the audio version (via Audible), Louisa Gummer was the reader and I must say she did a stellar job, it was a pleasure to listen to.  Coming in at almost 12 hours in length the time just flew by.  I loved the Austen family not just Jane.  There was depth here and I got to know so much about the lifestyle, customs and just everyday life in that time period.  Jane was a very likable person, she was strong, opinionated and the author has stirred a desire in me to learn more about her.

I loved how the author used phrases from Pride & Prejudice in this book, I am sure there were some from her other books as well, which has made me want to read them even more now.

Thank you to the author for reaching out to me, I don't think I would have discovered this book on my own and would have missed out.
If you are planning a road trip this holiday season or just need to go for a walk give A Jane Austen Daydream a try, you won't be disappointed.

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