All her heroines find love in the end - but is there love waiting for Jane?
Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone's guess.
The novel, created in the style of Jane herself, ponders the question faced by many devoted followers over the years - did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us - to a greater or lesser degree - are head over heels for Jane.
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Gave me a huge smile
I'm not one to listen twice to an audiobook, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first time around. It left me feeling happy and smiling as I drove the car and listened. Louisa Gummer has a wonder melodious and warm tone that is delightful to listen to for long periods.
I enjoyed the idea that this could very well have been Jane Austen's beginnings before notoriety struck. The only thing that seemed incongruous with this wonderful replica regency-style piece was the author's use of his own name for a significant character, which took me out of the audio experience every time I heard it. Fortunately Louisa's real ability with characters and narration drew me swiftly back in.
I most enjoyed the wit which Jane was given throughout the book, and the constant struggle she had within society to 'fit in' for the sake of her family.
It was such a lovely listen that I often wished I had more time to listen in one go.
I would highly recommend this book as a charming, upbeat and 'make me feel happy' listen.