The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman Volume I by Collins Hemingway
Publication Date: June 20, 2015
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction
Everyone should marry once for love - Even Jane Austen Jane Austen, single and seemingly comfortable in the role of clergyman's daughter and aspiring writer in the early 1800s, tells friends and family to hold out for true affection in any prospective relationship. Everybody, she says, has a right to marry once in their lives for love. But when, after a series of disappointing relationships, the prospect of true love arrives for her, will she have the courage to act? The Marriage of Miss Jane AUsten re-imagines the life of England's archetypal female by exploring what might have happened if she had ever married. It shows how a meaningful, caring relationship would have changed her as a person and a writer. It also takes her beyond England's tranquil country villages and plunges her info what the Regency era was really about: great explorations and scientific advances, political foment, and an unceasing, bloody war. In such times, can love—can marriage—triumph?
Praise"What if Austen, who penned so many classic love stories, found her own romantic match? Ashton Dennis fits right into the Austen universe, while this Jane remains true to life, an intelligent and determined young woman. The writing is Austen-ian, and Hemingway has a talent for witty banter and wry observations that would make Elizabeth Bennet proud. An enjoyable first novel in an imaginative, well-researched series." —Kirkus Reviews "A skillful portrayal of a ... literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul. … Insight and intuition, along with meticulous research, have created a believable version of her character in this tender story of Ashton and Jane. … Excellent character development enhances the plausibility of the scenario. Background, motivation, eccentricity—everything that constitutes a personality allow these fascinating people to step off the pages in lifelike form." —Julia Ann Charpentier, Foreword CLARION Reviews, 4 stars "All readers of Jane Austen wonder what Jane's life might have been like had she married, or had money. The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen explores these intriguing possibilities. It also depicts Austen in a rapidly changing world, connecting her to important aspects of the era-war, slavery, indistralization, and new modes of travel. Heminghway's book raises many 'what if's' in his thoughtful and thought-provoking portrayal of Jane Austen falling in love." -Susannah Fullerton, author of A Dance with Jane Austen and Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice "[An] engaging and remarkably convincing romance. … Wry, observant, laconic—much like Jane Austen herself, without ever dipping into pastiche or mimicry. … Hemingway, with the lightest touch, builds up a thoroughly convincing alternative history for Jane. … [A] thoughtful re-imagining of Austen’s love life." —Joceline Bury, Jane Austen’s Regency World
Let me start by saying that I have a degree in English literature, Jane Austen is without a doubt my FAVORITE author, I love historical fiction and I am a true lover of all Jane Austen Fan Fiction. This book falls into all 3 of those categories on some level which is probably why I loved it so much. Any Austenite hungers for any information they can get on her and of course love to opine on how her life might have been, how it might have been different, and what would have happened had she married and had children.
This book does exactly that - it gives Austen a voice and shows what her life might have been like and more importantly - how she may have actually had suitors. I love the character of Jane in this book - she is just as we would expect - a total spitfire of a woman when that was just not okay in society. We get to see how she reacts to others, and of course I had to laugh when she would "bristle" when someone said something in the book. That is just what I would expect - I think she may have been a lot more like Elizabeth Bennet - who is my heroine of all time - than anyone realized. Of course we know she never met her own Mr Darcy, but through the book Jane sees that there are in fact men in her world who are interested in her - but will she end up married in the end? Will the author give us the ending we all want?
So many times while reading this book I just had to giggle - everytime Jane "bristles"; when she considers the horseman to look like Napoleon; and of course every time Jane steps in to outdo a man. But the rest you will have to read to giggle for yourself, and I promise you will if you are a true Austen fan! I really loved how real this seemed, it was not sarcastic or inane in any way - it was a truly revealing look at how things may have played out. And Ashton, who is the main suitor in the book, is a compelling character because he is REAL. He has a stutter but he can definitely stand up and be the man she needs and towards the end of the book we see him in an entirely different light - we see that he does have the capability to literally sweep Jane off her feet, and I absolutely love the scene that almost mirrors Pride and Prejudice (hint hint). But all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the book and I can't wait for the sequel but I will not be giving you any spoilers!!!! Ohhh here is a spoiler ... go and buy a copy of the book :D It's worth it if you are an Austenite :) This Austenite is totally ready for Part Deux!