Hi readers! I am so excited to welcome the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today!! Caitlin’s Pride and Prejudice variations (Ardently and The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet) are amongst some of the most beloved and widely read in the genre and I am so incredibly glad she is gifting us with a third book this month!! (Can I get a woot woot?!?) Judging from the book blurb, it looks like this story may have a bit of tension in it between Elizabeth and Jane! That is something we don’t see very often! I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for When We Are Married! I hope you enjoy Caitlin’s thoughtful and moving post about Jane and Cassandra.
Thanks Meredith for inviting me onto your blog today to launch When We Are Married.
This is a book which is as much about Elizabeth and Jane and their relationship, as it is about Darcy and Elizabeth. In Pride and Prejudice, those sisters love each other dearly. but in this variation, I have examined what might happen if there was a discord between them. And tried to imagine a case where a person’s normally loving disposition is corrupted by the crushing pain of rejection.
And because of that, I wanted to write something about sisters today. In particular, Cassandra and Jane Austen. Theirs seems to have been a devoted, loving, close relationship. They were together for most of their lives, bar the odd visit elsewhere, and Cassandra was a great support and a tower of strength to Jane. Cassandra was clearly devastated upon Jane’s death.
My friend, Christina Boyd posted this quote from a letter Cassandra wrote after Jane had passed away.