The Jane Austin Society by Natalie Jenner
What’s it about?
This story takes place in the small town of Chawton, England just after World War II. Chawton is best known for being the last home to novelist Jane Austen. An unlikely group of people band together to form a society dedicated to preserving the famous writer's legacy. We are introduced to a small group of local villagers as well as a few visitors in this homage to Jane Austen.
What did it make me think about?
This was just an enjoyable, light book that made me think of the enduring legacy some writers leave behind.
Should I read it?
This book really is written for true fans of Jane Austen. For all those who enjoy her work- you will enjoy this charming, sweet novel. Do not expect anything deep or terribly thought provoking- but sometimes that's a perfect option. A really nice respite during a pandemic!
"Part of the comfort they derived from rereading was the satisfaction of knowing there would be closure- of feeling, each time, an inexplicable anxiety over whether the main characters would find love and happiness, while all the while knowing, on some different parallel interior track, that it was all going to work out in the end."
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7 1/2 stars
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!