Hi friends! I’m always so happy when authors come and pay a visit to Austenesque Reviews, especially when they are new authors! 🙂 Today I am very happy to have author Andreea Catana as my guest! Her new Pride and Prejudice variation Meant to Be was just released recently, and I love the sound of it because Darcy and Elizabeth meet for the first time at Rosings rather than at Meryton! I can’t wait to see how that changes their story! 😉 Andreea is here to share her first encounter with and impressions of Jane Austen. We hope you enjoy!
I have met Jane Austen and I have written a book. It’s called Meant to Be.
Yes, I have met Jane Austen.
Of course, not in my lifetime, nor in hers, – for such travels are for the moment impossible – but I can confidently say that we have met. I shall try in the course of a few pages to tell you how I have known her and what she has thought me.
I made Jane Austen’s acquaintance when I was ten and she was already famous for more than a hundred years. My mom adored her (and her books) and naturally thought that I might like her as well.
However, my first impression of Jane Austen, which I got from the picture at the end of the book, was that she seemed like a lady who was a little bit too severe, like a scolding aunt that never allows you to play at will or expects you to behave a certain proper way. And since my reading interest had been up to that moment mostly stories about the wild Indian jungles and about inspiring, yet melodramatic Victorian orphans, I was a little bit cautious that I might enjoy the story my mother presented to me. Pride and Prejudice The very title sounded mature for me, with some concepts I did not fully comprehend.
But I opened the book and there it was, the most famous sentence in literary history:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”