Book: Writing Jane Austen

Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre: romance, comedy, Austen
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: April 13, 2010

Who, on the face of the Earth, does not know who Jane Austen is? I mean seriously. Jane Austen is the best. Author. Ever. If you disagree, that’s fine. It’s your opinion. But really, I’m right. Ask almost any literate female and she’ll agree. So when Georgina Jackson, an award winning and critically acclaimed author, gets asked to FINISH one of Jane Austen’s unfinished works, she’s a little more than clueless. But she needs the money. Badly. So she takes the gig. Oh and did I mention the deadline is INSANE? I mean even the biggest Austenphile would have trouble meeting this kind of deadline. It brings a whole new and scary meaning to the ‘dead’ part of deadline.

So we follow Georgina as she heads off to the land of Austen’s birth and life and begins doing her research. She finds some Austen fans who could be considered completely insane in their devotion and worship of all things Jane and she finds some who only know the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice. (I can understand that. I mean Colin Firth is not something easily forgotten, right ladies?)

Elizabeth Aston is the consummate Austen scholar. She has six sequels and/or adaptations of Austen’s work on the market. That’s no small feat. She knows everything that there is to know about the grand lady herself and she brings that to the table for this book. She also brings a very real understanding of what it would be like to take on such a daunting task. The voice she creates for Georgina resonates with the reader in a fun, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking way.

The heart of this book is about finding out who you are, what you love and how to connect with yourself. Like many of Austen’s characters, Georgina is a woman on a search to discover who she is. Everyone can identify with that struggle. No matter who you are, it’s likely a thought that’s crossed your mind.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and I would definitely recommend it for any fan of Jane Austen’s work. It’s a great addition to an Austen library.

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