So you all know that I love Jane Austen, she’s the best.
So whenever I find anything that has to do with Austen I snag it.
So one day I was perusing the local bookstore on my day off. The day before had been an extremely hard day so I wanted something to help me feel better.
You know nothing makes me happier than reading.
As I was perusing the shelves, I spotted a book about Jane Austen and just had to purchase it and read it.
I then put it on my to-read pile and forgot all about it.
But as I was moving, I went through my to-read pile and had to read it.
Just Jane (Ladies of History #2) by Nancy Moser
So the book begins with Jane Austen as a young lady at a ball and her infatuation with Tom Lefroy, the man she based Mr. Darcy and Captain Fredrick Wentworth, going all the way to her death, following the completion of Persuasion.
The book is an intense delight and I recommend it for any Austen fan. Moser is able to blend the historical context, the quotes from her letters, and out it all together in a fun and intriguing narrative that I couldn’t stop reading.
We get to see inside Austen’s head, and view her process and take the path of her life and creation of her amazing books.
We get to experience her heartache, sadness, grief, etc. I love how Moser captures her essence as a girl trying to figure out her future, try to find love, find her place in her family, and worry about what she can do to help her household along with her as an author-the creative struggles, the pains and long journey of bringing an idea into a real novel, and the sorrows and joy of printing process.
We also get a great view of her family, the research done well and bringing certain things I had not known to my attention, and blogging of course.
Moser never claims that one fictional character is solely based on Austen or those she knows-instead she leaves it open to the reader as there is a delight in spotting what real life situations or people could be different characters or events that occur in the book.
It beautifully shows the Regency period, the things we see in films that makes us want to go back, along with detailing the realities that we are happy we no longer have to face.
There will be many posts that have come or will be coming in the future that have to do with something that caught my eye in the reading.
So once again, let me say-if you love Jane Austen and you want something that has life over just the facts, this book is for you. It was a great read and kept you wanting to see what happened next and read more about Jane’s real life and her family.
“Four, five people have been so honoured?’ She shook her head. ‘Tis deplorable, Jane. Hundred, yea even thousands, must enjoy your work.” pg 117
For more on Jane Austen’s life, go to Jane, Jane, Jane: A Jane Austen Biography
For something interesting from Just Jane, go to By the Sea
For more Regency Era, go to Desire & Decorum: Chapter 2, The Ties That Bind