Nine Enchanting and Brilliant Short Stories
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Intimations of Austen, by Jane Greensmith is a delightful and diverting compilation of short stories, what-if scenarios, prequels, etc. about the novels of Jane Austen. This enchanting and diverse mix draws from each of Jane Austen’s major novels and are written with elegance and a keen understanding of her works.
Here is what you will find:
1. Rainbow Around The Moon: (sequel to Persuasion) a short and solemn tale about Captain Wentworth and his daughter.
2. Three Sisters: (prequel to Mansfield Park) an insightful story that shows you how some Austen characters are more closely related than we first thought.
3. The Last Baby: (sequel to Pride and Prejudice) hear Mrs. Bennet’s reflections of her life after her last daughter is married and she and Mr. Bennet are left with an empty nest. (one of my favorites, wonderfully done!!)
4. Bird of Paradise: (sequel to Mansfield Park) Fanny struggles with confidence and assertiveness as the new Mrs. Edmund Bertram.
5. The Color of Love: (summary of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point of view) Mr. Darcy sees different colors in each persons handwriting, the colors have a special meaning.
6. Remember That We Are English: (part of Northanger Abbey from Mr. Tilney’s perspective). See what was going through Henry’s mind as he anticipates his father’s realization that Catherine doesn’t have the large dowry or inheritance that he expects.
7. When Fates Conspire: (prequel to Persuasion) Captain Wentworth learns who or what prompted his return to Kellynch Hall and why it happened.
8. Heaven Can Wait: (part of Pride and Prejudice from Jane Bennet’s point-of-view) Remember in P&P when it said that Jane had a suitor when she was 15 who wrote her some poetry? This is an elaboration on who that suitor was and what really happened to him. (another of my favorites!)
9. All I Do: (sequel to Pride and Prejudice) In this tale of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth is NOT married to Darcy! (There’s a first, huh?) This heartrending and emotional tale was the most longest story, encompassing about 40 pages of the book. It was my favorite in this enchanting collection because of how poignant and emotional the story was as well as its longer length.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sequels, para-literature, or fan-fiction of Jane Austen. These short stories are light, insightful, and creative. I greatly wish for Jane Greensmith to write more Intimations of Austen, and I eagerly wait for the day when I can hold a new volume of works by Jane Greensmith in my hand.