Friday, June 12, 2020

The Jane Austen Society: A Novel by Natalie Jenner

 about book: 

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more
distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

my thoughts:

Love, love, love!! The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner is an absolute treat to read. I absolutely enjoyed every minute spent with this delightful story. I sat with a huge cuppa, my copy of the book, rain pouring down outside and just lost myself in these characters, their stories, and all things Austen. Talk about a fun time. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Austen and anyone looking for their next great read - you won't help but fall in deep with The Jane Austen Society.

Chawton after WWII, a group of individuals form a special group, the Jane Austen Society. Some are deep in grief following the war, while others have their own struggles to endure; and yet they find comfort in Austen's works and within their group.  Upon news that Austen's home and her works are about to be lost forever, the group bands together to save their beloved author's home and legacy.  Of course, drama ensues thanks to miscommunications and misunderstandings galore. Talk about elements of Austen. I just LOVED this book to bits! It was so much fun getting to know these unforgettable characters and following them along their journey to save themselves, each other, and Austen's home.  I've always enjoyed reading Austenesque stories and Jenner's debut novel, The Jane Austen Society is my new favorite. Its fun, engaging, entertaining, and a real gem of a book. I can't help but look forward to reading more of Jenner's works in the future; and I can't help but want to re-read Austen's works, as well. Talk about a win-win with The Jane Austen Society.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!!


Lark said...

This does sound awesome! Gotta love any book that revolves around Jane Austen. :)

Ti said...

You are so good as setting a reading mood.

Friend, I am a failure. I still haven't read Austen. Not a one. I say to myself that I am a Bronte gal but I can't really say that if I haven't read Austen to compare. Will this be the year I make it happen? Because I have promised too the last three, maybe four years just like how I promised to watch The Princess Bride, which I have also not seen.

Vintage Reading said...

How did I not know about this book? I thought I was ahead on all things Austen. I must read this and I enjoyed your review. Particularly, poignant as the Jane Austen house is under threat of closure.