My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
Fall in love with the gentleman at Sidmouth who won Jane Austen’s heart, as Elsa Solender fills in the blanks of Jane Austen’s romantic career. In this continuation of her prize winning short story, Austen enthusiasts will find the known facts of Austen’s life meticulously brought to life in a narrative that is rich in elegant Austenian turns of phrase and references. The rest of the story— as it might have happened— is told by the only possible narrator, one who knew Jane Austen intimately enough to dare to enter her consciousness and reveal missing and hidden details with a persuasive touch of the novelist’s own wit, style and insight. Sometimes poignantly, sometimes ironically, readers meet colorful characters as they educate, inspire and amuse the creator of six of the world’s most memorable novels. Finally, in her biographical “entertainment,” Solender gives Jane Austen the gift of a true love worthy of her genius.
A delightful read. Elsa did a wonderful job of telling Jane’s story of being in love. The story was told by Cassandra and followed the girls as they grew up in the Austen house, went off to different schools for girls and fell in love.
The book is only available as an ebook, however there are many easy ways to read Kindle books on your computer, I highly suggest downloading a free app to get this book.
Book Description from Goodreads:
From the author of “The Darcys of Pemberley” comes a new story, straight out of the world of Jane Austen and told in a style strongly reminiscent of her classic novels.
Set in nineteenth century Hampshire and Bath, “For Myself Alone” is the tale of Josephine Walker, a bright, young woman whose life is turned upside-down by an unexpected inheritance. With a tempting fortune of twenty thousand pounds, she’s suddenly the most popular girl in town. Yet Jo longs to be valued for who she is, not for her attractive bank balance. She cannot respect the men who pursue her for her money, and the only one she does admire is considered the rightful property of her best friend. Now, even the motives of her new fiancé are suspect. Does he truly love her for herself alone? There’s one sure, but extreme, way to find out… if Jo has the courage to take it.
“For Myself Alone” will appeal to those who long for more Jane Austen, for more stories like the ones she told written in the elegant language of her time. Just for fun, lines from Jane Austen’s works have been sprinkled throughout the text for her fans to find.
First let me say how proud of myself that I was able to pick out a good handful of the quotes Shannon sprinkled through out the book. Most I couldn’t identify the book they were from but I knew they were Jane’s words.
This book was a great read! I really loved the story and Josephine is the kind of heroine that I love to read about, she knows what she wants and she is willing to go for her goals. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I started really reading the book I couldn’t put it down.
This book is available as an ebook and as a paperback.
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