The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

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Published May 26th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

320 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

Review: Jane Austen is one of my all-time favorite authors so I was incredibly excited to read this book. I was intrigued when the story began in the village where Jane Austen lived her life. The first few characters that were introduced were very endearing, especially Dr. Gray and Adeline. I didn’t particularly care for the parts with Mimi, the Hollywood actress. I didn’t feel connected to her at all. The story is definitely a slow burn, there were times that I got bored with the story and wondered where it was even going.

The thing that I loved about this book though was when they were all sharing their experiences with Jane Austen’s novels and their thoughts on them all. It always fascinates me to see how people read things differently and have different insights.

Overall this book was good but didn’t quite grab my attention like I had hoped it would.

3 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2 thoughts on “The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

  1. I think we had some similar reactions to this book. I also really enjoyed seeing how Austen impacts all the different people, but I really didn’t care about all of the characters and got bored at times.

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  2. I should give this one a try. I’m curious about it after reading what it was about, etc. I actually saw a Jane Austen musical last fall, and seeing her character in that would make this probably pretty interesting.


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