After reading the first volume in this trilogy, I delved straight into the second one. The story continues from where the first book ended. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, this trilogy is not to be missed.
Book Title: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen (Volume II) by Collins Hemingway
Category: Adult Fiction, 332 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction,
Release date: Aug 8, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 (Any references to sexual situations is tastefully done.)
Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she--and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen's life--the "lost years" of her twenties--of which historians know virtually nothing.
* Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?
* Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on "the cap of middle age" and close off any thoughts of finding love?
* Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and accurate details of Austen's own life.
After reading the first volume in this trilogy, I delved straight into the second one. The story continues from where the first book ended. So if you haven't read the first book, this one may contain spoilers.
Jane is now married to Ashton and they discover wedded bliss together both as a couple who respect each other and one who revel in their sexual attraction to one another. Jane contemplates all that her marriage entails, including supporting her husband's ventures in business, learning how to be mistress of her new home Hants House and becoming a mother.
I must admit that although I liked this sequel well enough, I liked the first book better in that there was more action, conflict, and interest for me as we followed the arc of Jane and Ashton's characters and relationship. In this novel, I did enjoy the events and historical figures that the author ties in to the time Jane lived as a young woman, such as the exciting novelty of the locomotive, feminism, the arts, and the more serious topic of slavery and abolitionism.
A reader may think that the author was born in the 19th century, such is the similarity of his writing to that of that era. With eloquent prose and a vast and varied vocabulary (I learned so many new words) this trilogy's writing style is suited to a book based on Jane Austen, one of the world's best and most beloved writers.
Needless to say, I look forward to reading the the third volume and the end of Jane's story as imagined by Collins Hemingway. Fans of Jane Austen will rejoice at this vivid and stirring imagining of her life, interests and a most intimate romantic relationship.
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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.
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