Just Jane by Nancy Moser
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
When I read a novel, I am not here- I am transported to far off places, my eyes unseen of the words on the page, busy with a sense of being played out in my minds eye, with my ears engaged, hearing the voices carry from the pen to the present. What a lovely place to be- not here.
This book is the second in a a series called Women in History, but reads very much like a stand alone.
Not much is known of Jane Austen. She lived a quiet life, unmarried and did not seek to be famous from her written works. Alot of her life is not known, but presumptions can be made from the remaining letters that were written to her sister Catherine and what is generally public knowledge.
This tale is a first hand account (via Jane’s voice) of her life. What she went through after being rebuffed by a man named Thomas Lefroy and how close she was to her sister, whose fiance had died overseas on a mission. You follow in Janes footsteps as she moves from the countryside to Bath, and onward, and get a sense of the feeling behind her work as she worked on her most famous pieces.
I honestly loves this book. One of my favorite movies is Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway. It reminded me alot of that, except on a more personal level. Many books like this exsist and many more are likely to be written as we continue to speculate about the wonder that is Jane Austen.
If your a fan, go read this. It’s rich with fact and infused with beautiful fiction.