#Blogtour #Review: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby @GillHornby @Flatironbooks #MissAusten #JaneAustenFans
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Cornerstone
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I want to thank Claire from www.flatironbooks.com for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
1840: twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family’s friends, the Fowles. She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed. As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane’s history, and her own.
And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane’s reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity …
I have loved Jane Austen's novels since I was a young girl so to step back into that period of time and read about the Austen sisters themselves was a true joy.
Over twenty years since her sister Jane has passed and Cassandra finds herself uprooting her life to return to the Fowles house which stirs up many memories. The current occupants are preparing to leave so Cassandra is there on a single mission - to find the family letters that are hidden there. Family letters that could change so much if they were to become public knowledge. And as Cassandra settles down to her task, an entire vibrant past is brought to light as we experience what life living as an Austen was truly like.
The setting, the prose, everything felt like an Austen novel which made this story all the more special. Cassandra is a wonderful character and learning more about her and the Austen family was fascinating. There are plenty of interesting characters along the way - some comedic, some sorrowful, and some simply vindictive - and I fell back in time effortlessly as I turned each page.
MISS AUSTEN by Gill Hornby is a must for all Austen fans but also for historical fiction fans in general, as it is superb from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more from Gill Hornby.
Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury, Berkshire, with her husband and their four children.
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