Publisher and Publication Date: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. November 4, 2017.
Genre: Fiction. Jane Austen spin-off.
Source: I received a complimentary paperback copy, but was not required to leave a positive review.
Audience: I do not recommend.
Rating: I do not recommend.
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The Stunning Finale to Jane Austen’s Saga!
In the moving conclusion to The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Jane and her husband struggle with the serious illness of their son, confront a bitter relationship with the aristocratic family who were once their friends, and face the horrific prospect of war when the British Army falters on the continent. The momentous events of the Napoleonic wars and the agonizing trials of their personal lives take Jane and Ashton to a decision that will decide their fate—and her future—once and for all.
I have many thoughts on this book.
•On pages 5 and 6 there is a list of quotes (18) from readers about the book. I find it odd there are no names after any of them. Why? This doesn’t look good. To include quotes helps to positively represent a book, the quotes need to have the name of who said the words, otherwise, the quotes are invalid.
•The language in the book is not authentic to the time period. The conversations are common, and the words used are a reflection of the modern era.
•Several strong themes and conflicts make for a tiresome story. Some examples: conflict between the parents over how to handle a child’s disability; a mother-in-law who is abusive to the child because of the disability; marriage, and the conflict over lack of sex, weight gain after pregnancy, and whether the weak child should have a Smallpox vaccine; the family business and conflicts in the running of it; war and military life through the eyes of Jane.
•What I disliked was the three times Ashton (Jane’s husband) berated her for what he feels she’s done wrong. In each of these instances, it looks as if Jane Austen is being pushed off her high horse and humbled. Why was so many times necessary? To me this also represents conflicts in the story as well: self-worth, loyalty, and obsession (on the part of her husband.)
•What I disliked was the scene where a horse is shot in the head in the presence of Jane and her husband, Ashton. Blood sprays Jane.
•I feel the disabilities of the characters in the story could have been built on throughout the book. It’s a great theme. I’ve not read books from the Regency period that show how disabilities were handled in a family. This story showed a glimpse.
•Early in the story Jane writes a letter to Mr. Wilberforce. That’s it. No other information is given (a little over one page.) No further story on this. Mr. Wilberforce was a strong historical figure. His character could have made the story rich, because of his tireless work to abolish the slave trade.
•Hemingway includes lengthy letters as a way to tell the story. A snippet from letters is fine. Pages (plural) is not okay. But, it is a tool to tell a story.
•Jane’s perspective and response to viewing battles and wounded. It seems she cared little and so did I.
•I didn’t like the ending. However, the ending paved the way for the books she wrote.
Is this story believable? No.
Is this story one a reader can be swept up in? No.
Is the story true to the character of Jane Austen? No.