subject: historical fiction

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The Lost Years of Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s letters and diaries from the period preceding her first novel have never been found. It’s believed that they were intentionally destroyed by her sister Cassandra, but no one knows why. Many people claim it was to hide a family scandal or a failed romance involving Jane herself. The Lost Years of Jane Austen … Read More

Genre: Jane Herself Subjects: historical fiction

Dearest Cousin Jane

In Dearest Cousin Jane, an enchanting new novel that draws on historical fact, Jill Pitkeathley paints a luminous portrait of the true-life cousin of a literary legend–from her flirtatious younger years to her profound influence on one of the world’s most beloved authors. Free-spirited and seductive–outrageous, precocious, and a well-known flirt–Countess Eliza de Feuillide has … Read More

Genre: Jane Herself Subjects: historical fiction

Searching for Pemberley

Set against Regency England, World Wars I and II, and postwar England, three love stories intertwine in surprising and fateful ways American Maggie Joyce, touring Derbyshire in 1947, visits an 18th century Georgian country house that she is told was the model for Jane Austen’s Pemberley. More amazingly, the former residents of the mansion, William … Read More

Just Jane

Author: Nancy Moser

Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma…these titles conjure up a romantic world of rolling English countrysides, elegant balls, noble gentlemen, and headstrong gentlemen’s daughters. But how much do we know about the woman who immortalized those times and names like Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett? Growing up in a clergyman’s home gave Jane … Read More

Genre: Jane Herself Subjects: historical fiction

I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend

Author: Cora Harrison

When shy Jenny Cooper goes to stay with her cousin Jane Austen, she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip, and romance that Jane inhabits. At fifteen, Jane is already a sharp observer of the customs of courtship. So when Jenny falls utterly in love with Captain Thomas Williams, who better … Read More

Genre: Jane Herself Subjects: historical fiction