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Number of pages: 298
This being the second novel I’ve read by Syrie James I think I can safely say I love her writing even more now! She writes impeccably and the twist that she added to the way of writing as Jane Austen instead of about her or her books was simply fantastic!
How did Syrie James do this you ask? Well here’s what happens in the book; Ms. James writes as Jane Austen writing her diary about her life (the interactions and basic things that happen are made up, but the places she went and the people she met are real!). Jane’s life parallels many of her stories and we can see from this fictional piece of work perhaps how Jane got the ideas for her stories (any true Jane Austen fan will notice the similarities between her stories, and Syrie James helps out along the way by adding footnotes that make the whole story a lot more adorable than it already is).
Jane accounts her daily life and how she feels about moving homes, meeting new people, dealing with her family, and the struggles she encounters with her writing. Now, I don’t know if this is true or not but it’s written in the story, Jane often feels she should give up her writing because she isn’t good enough, or because she’s a woman, etc. Thankfully for
me er the world, she continues to persevere and write her stories with the push and support from her sister Cassandra and Jane’s love interest Mr. Ashford (who sounds absolutely charming!).
I love the way this story was written (can’t say I loved the ending though…not because of how it was written but because…well you have to go read it! I don’t want to spoil it!). There are only so many ways authors can switch up, flip around, and totally change the worlds that Jane Austen has created, but to create a story where Jane Austen herself is put into a slightly fictional world, well, let me just say that it TOTALLY worked! I loved this story from beginning to end and Syrie James’ writing always grabs me from the beginning and begs me to read what happens next as quickly as possible.
I would definitely recommend this to any true Jane Austen fan who has read most/all of her works (like me!) because it is such a cool way to view the world of Jane Austen, literally through her eyes, and the way England was in the early 1800’s.
5 out of 5 stars for me! I will definitely be reading this again (if I ever find the time…)!
See you soon!