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The Jane Austen Society 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 remarkableOne 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 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 distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society 4 5 stars rounded up Let me take you to Chawton, Hampshire in the 1940 s A village where everyone know everyone, a microcosm of society, perhaps even like living in a goldfish bowl but which so aptly mirrors a world that Jane Austen depicted so incisively and wryly After Janes brother inherited Chawton House she lived there with her mother and sister in a cottage provided by him for the last eight years of her life Living in this archetypal English village 130 years later are a number of res 4 5 stars rounded up Let me take you to Chawton, Hampshire in the 1940 s A village where everyone know everyone, a microcosm of society, perhaps even like living in a goldfish bowl but which so aptly mirrors a world that Jane Austen depicted so incisively and wryly After Janes brother inherited Chawton House she lived there with her mother and sister in a cottage provided by him for the last eight years of her life Living in this archetypal English village 130 years later are a number of residents all suffering varying degrees of loss and pain, who are drawn together by a shared passion for Jane Austen Add in a Hollywood actress who shares their enthusiasm, her businessman fianc who has no soul and a father whose maliciousness knows no bounds and you have the formation of the Jane Austen Society There is a lot I like about this book First of all, because of the principal focus being the characters shared love of Austen it s like books within a book Their joint passion for preserving the writers heritage though her books and possessions shines through the pages Secondly, I love the reminder of Austen s works which these characters share with each other and through which they find solace for their pain There are a lot of characters in this book but I think this is appropriate as so do Austen s works The language used matches the period of time although there is the occasional 21st idiom I love all the characters that Natalie Jenner has created here and if I had to pick one out I d select Frances Knight who bore her father s meanness with such dignity and resilience although that s not to say it does not cost her dearly I love the interplay between Dr Gray and Adeline Lewis which was very Austenesque The 1940 s is captured well as is the post war atmosphere and the engaging writing transports you back in time to a world still reeling from the effects of two terrible wars There is the occasional cliffhanger, a shock or two and a whole range of emotions evoked though it all finishes up happily in true Austen tradition Overall, I love the concept of the book, it pays a worthy tribute to a truly great author for which I congratulate Natalie Jenner It is very well written and it allows you to escape to an Austen like world and I think we could all do with a bit of that right now I love Jane Austen so this book is a winner for me but it has huge appeal in its own right Highly recommended Special thanks to NetGalley and Orion for the ARC The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid That is my favorite Jane Austen quote I love her books I loved her memorable characters Elizabeth Bennet is always gonna be one of my favorite literature characters And thanks to Colin Firth made me re watch a million times of his version of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy When I saw him playing Mr Darcy at Bridget Jones I just scream cried a lot So of course I got volunteered to read anything ab The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid That is my favorite Jane Austen quote I love her books I loved her memorable characters Elizabeth Bennet is always gonna be one of my favorite literature characters And thanks to Colin Firth made me re watch a million times of his version of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy When I saw him playing Mr Darcy at Bridget Jones I just scream cried a lot So of course I got volunteered to read anything about Jane Austen as a tribute of her achievements and amazing works And I have to admit I enjoyed most part of the books There are lots of characters I think they are 12 and it makes you lose your concentration a little bit Some parts bored me a little bit because of slowing pace and too many unnecessary details about characters daily lives but I think I loved Jane Austen novels role and impressions at those characters livesthan the characters back stories and I loved their discussions about Austen books which were remarkable journey to her books and her unforgettable, well rounded, splendid characters.And yes, a movie star got threatened and sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein All right, I just want to check, you really read my review I heard you Of course Harvey wasn t born yet andunfortunately there was no metoomovement at this time So she bought Jane Austen s family mention from the auction and as soon as she reached the town, she forms a special literary group to honor this incredible author s memory A doctor, a teacher, a farmer and people from different background come together for their love of books and good literature, discussing about the stories, characters and how mush those books shaped their lives and meant for them.The idea about special Jane Austen club first rule of the club is only talk about JA books and second rule is the same and some of the characters were good Interestingly when I read Dr Gray s part I imagined as Patrick Dempsey in my head Yes, Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd and those stylish amazing hair popped into my head I wish my husband had them, too And this is my cue to stop drinking I didn t find it his and Adeline s slow burn romance offensive or disturbing Both of them lost their loved ones and their passion to the books helped them connect easily They helped each other to ease their pains and fight against their grief And yes, from the beginning, Dr.Gray saw the engagement ring at Adeline s finger, it was so obvious that he didn t like her relationship status.Overall Writing is good At some parts, I lost my interest and wanted to skip some chapters but the parts about Austen books rekindled my love to her writing The conclusion of characters stories are also satisfying So this book is above the average and I m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 and smiling with the memories of those wonderful books.Special thanks to NetGalley and St.Martin s Press for sending me this heart felting, beautiful book s ARC COPY in exchange my honest review I truly and mostly enjoyed it.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter I picked up this book solely because it had Jane Austen s name in the title and I m an avid fan of her works The first few chapters are spent bringing in all the characters and I wasn t at all sure what I had signed up for A farm laborer, a doctor, an actress, a school teacher What could these folks have in common Well, it turns out it s a love for Jane Austen and a desire to preserve her home and legacy in the town of Chawton This is a sweet, cozy, historical fiction Don t go into it expe I picked up this book solely because it had Jane Austen s name in the title and I m an avid fan of her works The first few chapters are spent bringing in all the characters and I wasn t at all sure what I had signed up for A farm laborer, a doctor, an actress, a school teacher What could these folks have in common Well, it turns out it s a love for Jane Austen and a desire to preserve her home and legacy in the town of Chawton This is a sweet, cozy, historical fiction Don t go into it expecting to learn a lot It s muchfocused on the imaginary characters than anything about the time or place We have two strong willed heroines, the handsome cad, the good doctor, the spinster and so on As with Austen s own works, there are several unrequited loves and the fun is to see how they work themselves out There are other parts of the story that echo back to Austen s books, including the sharing of a name by the boob , as Evie calls him, of the story I recommend it for folks that like Rhys Bowen I would not recommend it for those that aren t fans of Austen Another positive note is that this book propelled me to listen to an audio version of Emma.My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book Published May 26, 2020There is so much here for fans of Jane Austen s works and her history Jane s family is known to have destroyed hundreds, maybe thousands, of Jane s private correspondence, in an effort to control Jane s image or reputation, after she died This novel is fiction so we don t learn anythingabout Jane s life but it s a pleasure to read a book that incorporates so much of Jane s wit, intelligence, and love of her characters The book starts every slowly and it takes time Published May 26, 2020There is so much here for fans of Jane Austen s works and her history Jane s family is known to have destroyed hundreds, maybe thousands, of Jane s private correspondence, in an effort to control Jane s image or reputation, after she died This novel is fiction so we don t learn anythingabout Jane s life but it s a pleasure to read a book that incorporates so much of Jane s wit, intelligence, and love of her characters The book starts every slowly and it takes time to see how various characters will fit together but they mesh so well, once the book hits its stride Most of the book takes place in the mid 1940s, when eight people come together to form the Jane Austen Society Some, in this group of people, have encountered unbearable grief and loss, but the love of Austen s work has carried them through their days and nights and brought this diverse group together Jane s final home was in Chawton and the little cottage where she lived and the former mansion of her brother, with over 3000 valuable books and heirlooms of Jane s family, are about to be lost, when the last heir to the Chawton estate dies Among the eight cofounders of the group is a grieving widowed doctor, a young widow ex school teacher, a farmhand, a maid, a relative of Jane s, a famous actress, and a solicitor As with Jane s work, there are misunderstandings and words unsaid among couples who may have loved each other or could love each other and even the characters, at times, are able to see themselves in Jane s works, if only they will open their eyes This was such a slow, pleasant story, despite the loss and hardships many of the characters have endured And the story finds it way to an ending that is so satisfying in how it mirrors many of Austen s best works Thank you to St Martin s Press Macmillan and Edelweiss for this ARC

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Jane Austen Society
  • Natalie Jenner
  • English
  • 03 November 2019
  • 1250248736

About the Author: Natalie Jenner

Natalie Jenner was born in England and emigrated to Canada as a young child She obtained her B.A and her LL.B from the University of Toronto, where she was the 1990 Gold Medalist in English Literature at St Michael s College, and was Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995 In addition to a brief career as a corporate lawyer, Natalie has worked as a recruiter, career coach, and consultant to leading law firms in Canada for over two decades Most recently Natalie founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs A lifelong devotee of all things Jane Austen, The Jane Austen Society is her first published novel.


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