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Dearest Cousin Jane: A Jane Austen Novel

Dearest Cousin Jane: A Jane Austen Novel

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“A well-researched and beautifully imagined novel….If Jane and the Austen family were not quite like this, they should have been.”
—Ruth Rendell

 

Dearest Cousin Jane by Jill Pitkeathley, the author of Cassandra and Jane, is an inventive reimagining of the intriguing and scandalous life lived by

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“A well-researched and beautifully imagined novel….If Jane and the Austen family were not quite like this, they should have been.”
—Ruth Rendell

 

Dearest Cousin Jane by Jill Pitkeathley, the author of Cassandra and Jane, is an inventive reimagining of the intriguing and scandalous life lived by Jane Austen’s cousin, Countess Eliza de Feuillide. The fact-based story of a remarkable woman whose progressive and passionate views on love and marriage greatly influenced Austen’s work—including such beloved novels as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and SensibilityDearest Cousin Jane will fascinate and enchant readers interested in Victorian Era Britain and all lovers of Jane Austen literature and lore. Janet Aylmer, author of Darcy’s Story, says, “This novel brings a new and enjoyable dimension to our knowledge of Jane Austen’s life and work.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Jane Austen, along with her family, once again feature prominently in Pitkeathley's latest romantic, meticulously researched period melodrama. This time around, Austen's glamorous cousin Countess Eliza de Feuillide (once known as simply Betsy) takes center stage. Suggesting that Eliza made a significant impression on Jane's development as an author, Pitkeathley depicts a spirited woman who certainly made an impact on the entire Austen clan, as well as stole her share of hearts, including her first husband Jean Capot, the Comte de Feuillide, who was guillotined in 1794. Pitkeathley (Cassandra and Jane) explores several impressions of Eliza, who ultimately married Jane's brother Henry, through the various perspectives Austen family members; while Jane's is naturally appealing, Eliza's viewpoint is far more fascinating, especially as she worries about her impending death from breast cancer.
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Janet Aylmer
“This novel brings a new and enjoyable dimension to our knowledge of Jane Austen’s life and work, and the extended family that was so significant in her development as a author.”
Ruth Rendell
“A well-researched and beautifully imagined novel. I loved Jill Pitkeathley’s delicate hand and lightness of touch. . . . If Jane and the Austen family were not quite like this, they should have been.”
Library Journal
A single, penniless woman must be in want of a rich husband. Or maybe not. Pitkeathley's second Austen novel based on historical facts (after Cassandra and Jane) traces the life of Austen's vivacious and audacious older first cousin, Eliza. The story of Eliza's life begins with her supposed conception in India during a love affair between her married mother and Warren Hastings, later governor-general of India. Years later, Eliza marries a French count and gains the title of Countess Eliza de Feuillide. But during the French Revolution, while Eliza is visiting relatives in England with her young son, her husband is arrested and summarily executed. Two of Austen's brothers vie for her hand in marriage and ultimately Henry, Austen's favorite, wins. Eliza's captivating life is traced through distinct first-person narratives and letters by Eliza, various Austen family members, and, of course, Jane herself. VERDICT Highly recommended for Jane Austen aficionados, who are afforded an entertaining and enlightening look into the people and events that influenced Austen's life and her timeless novels. [Ebook edition: ISBN 978-0-06-198617-8. ]—Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061986178
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Series:
A Jane Austen Novel , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
669,805
File size:
565 KB

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Ruth Rendell
“A well-researched and beautifully imagined novel. I loved Jill Pitkeathley’s delicate hand and lightness of touch. . . . If Jane and the Austen family were not quite like this, they should have been.”

Meet the Author

Jill Pitkeathley was born in the Channel Islands of the United Kingdom. The former chief executive of the Carers National Association (now Carers UK), she is a Life Peer in the House of Lords, a longtime Austen fan, and the author of the novel Cassandra and Jane. She lives in London.

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