Apr 162019

A Charming and Compact Compilation of Helpful Hints!

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. 😉 Continue reading »

Apr 102019

One of Jane Austen’s Most Happily Married Couples!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Prequel

TIME FRAME: Begins around thirteen years before Pride and Prejudice

SYNOPSIS: What circumstances brought Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner together? Was it love-at-first sight, a marriage that grew into love, or did they experience their own rocky road to a happy understanding? Perhaps it begins with Mr. Gardiner joining his brother by marriage as he travels north on family business… Accompanying the two men on this expedition are the two eldest Bennet daughters – Jane (age eight), and Elizabeth (age seven). But due to one of the sisters falling ill, the journey north is unexpectedly paused in the city of Lambton… Continue reading »

Apr 052019

A Spotlight on A Beloved Highbury Family

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 30 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SYNOPSIS: In Jane Austen’s Emma Mrs. Bates does not play too active a role in either the plot of the story or the village of Highbury. She mostly serves as a readily available companion for Mr. Woodhouse, a grateful beneficiary of the kindness of her neighbors, and the primary recipient of Miss Bates’s ceaseless chatter…I guess it is good that she is a “little deaf!” But we can imagine that as the wife of the vicar of Highbury, her role and participation in society used to be vastly different. What were those years like? What was Highbury like? In a new series that focuses on the Bates family, Allie Cresswell tells the story of Mrs. Bates, her daughters, and their experiences the years after Reverend Bates passes away. Continue reading »