Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
There are have been many readers and writers who have turned to Jane Austen’s words for guidance. Through her characters, her quotes, and her letters Jane Austen has left us with a fair amount of wisdom mixed in with her satirical wit and depictions of Regency country life. Even though times have changed, and there are societal and cultural divides, Jane Austen’s words and gentle tutelage can be useful for modern-day heroines no matter what century they live in. I guess Jane Austen was quite proficient at sharing universal truths!
In this elegant and exquisitely handsome handbook, Sophie Andrews shares what lessons she has learned from Jane Austen – important lessons about being confident, having patience, and refraining from jealousy or impetuous behavior. The individual passages that highlight lessons of friendship, love, happiness, and the role of women are succinct and well-written. I really appreciated the concluding reminders at the end that truly helped the reader “Be More Jane.” While many of the lessons were not new for me, it was very satisfying to discover the ways I have already learned to be more Jane in my life. I firmly believe Jane Austen deserves large credit for shaping my behavior and outlook. 😉
I must devote the next paragraph of this review to the exceptionally beautiful illustrations provided by the talented Jane Odiwe! They truly do enhance this work and help highlight various scenes readers can recognize from Jane Austen’s novels. I especially want to comment on the detail in theses illustrations. Whether it is in the foreground or background, Ms. Odiwe included minute details that I cannot help but marvel at! Truly remarkable!
Be More Jane is a light-hearted and lovely handbook that is a wonderful choice for readers, young and old!
I hope you enjoy this little video preview I made!
The lovely people at CICO Books have kindly offered to do a giveaway in conjunction with my review and in celebration of Be More Jane‘s blog tour! One hardback copy of Be More Jane is going to be given away to ONE lucky reader!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment about my review (or maybe share a lesson you’ve learned from Jane Austen!)
- This giveaway is open to readers in the US, Canada, and Europe. Thank you, CICO!
- This giveaway will end April 22nd.