All her heroines find love in the end—but is there love waiting for Jane?
Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone’s guess.
Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years—did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us—to a greater or lesser degree—are head over heels for Jane.
“A Jane Austen Daydream” by Scott D. Southard is a very uplifting and enjoyable reading experience for me. I was not brought up with Austen’s books. Only when I came to live in an English speaking country did I start to become familiar with Jane and her marvellous work. My knowledge of her novels and her life is very fragmented and admittedly more hearsay than subject of proper research.
I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that this book does not require excessive knowledge of the facts. The book is written very much in the style of Austen and is populated by the kind of characters that would feature (and one or two at least actually do feature) in her novels.
Light hearted and yet witty this is a great illustration of what her life might have been like, or possibly was like exactly.
For me it was the perfect way to find out more how to imagine her social background and to learn what kind of life she might have led herself – all with the wonderful flair of her writing. I find the idea of a biography of sorts written in the own style of the object of the book incredibly clever and Southard carries it off incredibly well.
An excellent concept and a great achievement, a must read for Austen fans open for a playful read and those who wish Austen had written more. This is like a little welcome encore for us fans.