Hello my dear readers! I am so excited to announce that the lovely Syrie James is stopping by Austenesque Reviews today to chat about her latest release, Jane Austen’s First Love! Syrie has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time now, and many of her books (both Austenesque and non-Austenesque) have been recognized as favorite reads during my End of the Year Summary and Awards posts. Thank you so much, Syrie for letting Austenesque Reviews be a part of your blog tour! I’m so excited to learn more about your new release!
Who would be your Hollywood cast for Jane Austen’s First Love? I love this question. With every book I write, I see and hear the action playing out like a movie inside my head. More than one reader has mentioned that the novel feels cinematic, which is music to my ears! Here are some actors who I think would be fabulous if Jane Austen’s First Love becomes a film. What do you think? Please leave a comment! I’d love to hear who you’d like to see as the teenage Jane Austen and Edward Taylor, as well as the others!
Jane Austen: Take your pick from these talented beauties: Saoirse Ronan (Susie, The Lovely Bones); Hailee Steinfeld (Violet, Begin Again, Juliet, Romeo and Juliet 2013, Oscar-nominated, True Grit); or Hannah Murray (Gilly, Game of Thrones) ; or Skye Bennett (Young Martha in Pillars of the Earth); or Kaya Scodelario (Cathy, Wuthering Heights)
Edward Taylor: Douglas Booth (Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, 2013) (swoon!)
Cassandra Austen: Jessica Brown Findlay (Sybil in Downton Abbey)
Fanny Bridges: Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) or Keira Knightley
Elizabeth Bridges: Any of the young ladies named above!
Sophia Bridges: Emma Watson
Charlotte Payler: Ella Purnell (young Maleficent)
Thomas Watkinson Payler: Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott)
Mrs. Austen: Emma Thompson (wouldn’t she be hilarious!)
Charles Austen: Asa Butterfield (Hugo)
Mr. Knight: Jeremy Irons
Mrs. Knight: Emily Watson
Sir Brook Bridges: Tom Wilkinson
Lady Bridges: Tilda Swinton
Jane Austen’s First Love
Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor—a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race—and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention
Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?
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- This giveaway is open for US residents. Thank you, Berkley Books!
- This giveaway ends August 18th!