Sep 232016
 

GroupRead2016

Hi Readers!  I am so glad I decided to do a group read this year!  It has been such a blast to reread an Austenesque book I read before I started my blog and to share thoughts with so many of you!  Thank you so much for participating!!  If it is desired, I’ll definitely do another in the future!

Today is a discussion of CHAPTERS 21-27! (And any extras in the back of the book you read)

*Participating in today’s discussion earns you an entry towards our Group Read Giveaway (you can earn 5 entries in all!)

Without further ado, here are some questions I thought of to get the discussion going, feel free to add your own!

1.  So many things happened in these last chapters!  Wow!  What left the biggest impression with you?  What did you think of the story overall?

2. We see Jane act very sensibly and selflessly in the conclusion of this story.  Would you have done the same?  Do you think Mr. Ashford would have been happy to give up his family legacy and home and marry for love?

3. Let’s talk more about Mr. Ashford.  Now that all is revealed, what do you think of him?  What do you think of the situation he finds himself in?  Is he the type of man you envisioned for Jane Austen?  Explain.

4. Have you read other stories that fictionalized parts of Jane Austen’s life?  How does this one compare?  

5. Have you read other books by Syrie James?  If yes, which is your favorite?  If no, do you want to? Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 

GroupRead2016

Hi Readers!  We are halfway through our group read and I can’t tell you how fantastic it has been to share this experience with you all!!  Thank you so much for taking part!

Today is a discussion of CHAPTERS 15-20, so if you know anything that happens beyond those chapters, we ask that you don’t mention it here!  NO spoilers, please! 

*Participating in today’s discussion earns you an entry towards our Group Read Giveaway (you can earn 5 entries in all!)

Without further ado, here are some questions I thought of to get the discussion going, feel free to add your own!

1. Yay for Chawton Cottage and the change in circumstances for the Austen ladies!  Why do you think Jane’s brother Edward offered it to the Austen ladies now and not before?

2. As we see in several parts of this story, Jane has no interest in hearing Mr. Ashford out.  Do you think she is right to return his letters unopened?  What would you do in her shoes?

3. What do you think of the surprise encounter at Pembroke?  What about Isabella’s trip to visit Jane?   Continue reading »

Sep 192016
 

GroupRead2016

Hi Readers!  I am so happy to be reading (rereading!)  The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen together with you!

Today is a discussion of CHAPTERS 7-14, so if you know anything that happens beyond those chapters, we ask that you don’t mention it here!  NO spoilers, please! 

*Participating in today’s discussion earns you an entry towards our Group Read Giveaway (you can earn 5 entries in all!)

Without further ado, here are some questions I thought of to get the discussion going, feel free to add your own!

1. What did you think of the twist (Mr. Ashford’s secret)?  Did you see it coming?

2. There are a lot of nods to Sense and Sensibility and a bit of fiction regarding some decisions Jane Austen made while writing/revising this work.  What are your thoughts on Sense and Sensibility?  Do you think there are any connections with Jane Austen’s life?

3. What do you think of Mr. Ashford and the Churchills now?  What do you speculate the reason is for Mr. Ashford’s engagement?  Do you think the Churchills should have done more to interfere between Mr. Ashford and Jane?

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