Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?
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 the details of Austen's own life.
"A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul." -Foreword CLARION Reviews, 4 stars
"Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself." -Blueink Starred Review
"An enjoyable first novel in an imaginative, well-researched series." -Kirkus Reviews
"Hemingway, with the lightest touch, builds up a thoroughly convincing alternative history." -Jane Austen's Regency World
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About the Author
Hemingway has also written award-winning nonfiction.
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.
He has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.
"The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen," Volumes I and II
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
The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jane Austen isn’t my usual go-to author at all, and I somehow never managed to read her in college. I’m far more a fan of the Brontes, of wild moors and dark regrets. That being said, I’ve also never read any fan fiction or erotic fan fiction or AU Jane Austen’s writing, either—not a fan of zombies. I did enjoy the movie “Becoming Jane.” Oh, dear. I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole of Jane Austen-ism…I also loved the movie “Death Come to Pemberly” from the novel by the late PD James. Collins Hemingway has written a very satisfying three-volume series, I think. Even if you’re like me and haven’t read much or any of Jane Austen’s books, they are still very satisfying stories. I say this because I had my doubts, not about the novels themselves, but my capacity to enjoy them. Jane Austen obviously had a rich inner life that likely kept her from going mad at times. Collins Hemingway captures this richness with his luminous prose. His attention to detail, as sublime as Jane’s own writing, in bringing Jane to life and what might have happened during the missing years held me in utter fascination. I can’t decide if it’s the excellent writing or the story itself that kept me reading—both, I imagine. The second volume surpasses the first, in my opinion, and I loved the first book. I am a sucker for epistolary storytelling, though the first book is not solely written in letters. The second book has Jane adjusting to married life, waiting for the moment she’ll find time to write again. Slavery and abolition are strong elements of the plot, well researched and sounding quite in step with the era, as is Jane’s pregnancy. From the reviews, I see many an English major has been pleased with Mr. Hemingway’s interpretations and extrapolations of Jane’s life. He might have inspired me to go and read her! But first, Volume III…:D
Vol II dealt with a lot of the things that went along with married life in those days and was what I would assume P&P2 would have been like - the ups and downs of newlyweds and the differences in society. Unfortunately we never got that with P&P, but at least we kind of have a taste of that in this book. And the book also focuses on something that we don't think about a lot when it comes to marriages in Jane's time - things such as running a household, family matters and living up to his family's standards. Another Austen theme - one of the people never live up to what the others family thinks they should. But the hum drum life she has in the second book gives us a nice comparison to the life she lived in the first book as a single and free young lady. I actually feel bad for Jane in this book, she always is under the thumb of her new mother in law and her new husband always seems to be finding his way into a situation that is disastrous to say the least. Jane is pregnant and dealing with all of this, and surely it takes a toll on her, but again the books showcase just how strong Jane really is and she WAS truly a strong woman in real life. She rails against the stereotypes of her time by not marrying early on, she does things on her own time, she writes and she doesn't cowtow to anyone. I won't give any more away, but there is one other relationship in this book that deals with some very keen social issues that are still around today. But you are going to have to read it to find out what that is. I guarantee you will love it though, and as for me, I am going to get Vol III when I can and read that! 5 Stars for both books :) I loved both of these books, I think they are great - and if you are a lover of historical fiction and Austen, they are a must read! They may be just fiction, but the historical setting, the society and all of those things are just as they would have been while Jane was alive. **I received a free book to read**