When I read the reviews for this novel and discovered it's the first book in a trilogy, I knew I wanted to read all three books. Check out what I thought of this first book in the The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy.
Book Title: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen (Volume 1) by Collins Hemingway
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction,
Release date: February 9, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (The book includes a sex scene between a married couple, tastefully and poetically described)
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is highly praised historical fiction built on the life of Jane Austen. Volume I is a charming courtship novel that hews carefully to her known life while telling the story of a love that might have been during the mysterious gaps in that record.
The full trilogy resolves the mystery of Austen’s life during the “missing years” of her twenties:
• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?
• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Jane prematurely put on the “garb of middle age” and retire to write her books?
• Why, upon her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?
An accurate rendering of her life and tumultuous times, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen fills in the blanks of Austen’s “lost years” with a riveting love story that also engages the protagonist in the most important and dramatic events of the Regency era. It tells of a marriage to a man equal to her intelligence, character, and passion—a relationship her straight-laced Victorian nieces and nephews were happy to lose in the mists of time.
The story begins with some exciting action as Jane impulsively gets into a hot air balloon with childhood friend Ashton Dennis, which resulted in an adventure and the unexpected beginning of a courtship that Jane was wholly unprepared for. Author Collins Hemingway boldly portrays both Jane and Ashton with all their flaws and insecurities, which made their romance fairly different and more realistic than the typical romance stories out there.
The writing style is similar to that of Jane Austen's own writings and I could see how the author's imagination skilfully used some of the plots from Austen's own books as experiences that this Jane character encounters and would later use in writing her own books. The book is divided into three parts and the second part is written only in letters, which I thought was a clever way of building on the relationship between Jane and Ashton.
This was an excellent beginning to a trilogy I look forward to completing. Seeing that these books are based on Jane Austen's life and we know how it ends, I'm curious as to how the author will portray Jane's married life and more.
As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.
Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.
Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.
Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.
For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.