The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel wherein she tells her own story of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel wherein she tells her own story of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending

by Micah D. Hansen, Shannon Winslow


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For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines... The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, by Shannon Winslow. What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend Persuasion to stand forever in homage to her one true love?While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story - her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters' lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, she prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn't quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux. The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that's only what she wanted people to believe? It's time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500624736
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Author Shannon Winslow specializes in fiction for fans of Jane Austen. Her popular debut novel, "The Darcys of Pemberley," immediately established her place in the genre, being particularly praised for the author's authentic Austenesque style and faithfulness to the original characters. "For Myself Alone" (a stand-alone Austen-inspired story) followed. Then last year "Return to Longbourn" wrapped up Winslow's "Pride and Prejudice" saga, forming a trilogy when added to the original novel and her previous sequel. Now she has given us a "what if" story starring Jane Austen herself. In "The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen," that famous author tells her own tale of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending.

Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.

Learn more at Shannon's website/blog ( Follow her on Twitter (as JaneAustenSays..) and on Facebook.

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The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel, wherein she tells her own story of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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The two intertwining stories were fun and I found myself feverish to finish the story! Another great book from Ms. Winslow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All readers who love Jane Austen and everything she has written, are going to be beyond ecstatic!! The longed for personal diary of Jane Austen has been found and published by Shannon Winslow! Or so it seems. I was convinced of that before I finished chapter 2! Having read all of Austen's works, and also her "biographies" I've known, deep in my heart, that she had a "great love". I am, by no means alone in that thinking.However, I always assumed, because "Pride & Prejudice" was my favorite, that Mr. Darcy was based on that love. Not so! As Jane herself says "It is against quite a different gentleman that every other whom I meet with is measured & found wanting". So, she only gave "portions of his character" to Darcy, Bingley, Knightley, & Colonel Brandon. Who would have guessed that a "Captain Wentworth" (Persuasion) would be the one to hold the clues...that while she was writing "Persuasion" she was writing a tandem story of another Captain...her own Captain..her only love, Philippe Devereaux. He was French! Not very acceptable during her time, but to add insult to injury, though he came from money, he had to leave France with nothing, & joined Britain's Navy. If you have read "Persuasion" you know the trials of a moneyless sea captain. In that respect Jane's life and that of Miss Anne Elliot, were the same. Jane's family forbade it in real life, just as Anne Elliot's did in her novel. That is basically where the similarities ended. In her "journal" Jane takes you on the real journey of her found love, her lost love...and found again? I was so happy for Jane as I read her "journal...I was really filled with excitement that she truly had real love, but then there were some audible gasps on my part, and some tears. When I read the first chapter of Jane's journal...I was pretty sure I had it figured out...what happened in her life and all. Real life is seldom like novels however, and Jane's is no different. There are some very dark times that Jane shares with us, that couldn't be laughed away as Elizabeth Bennett did. There are places, changes of circumstances that I found really surprising, but I loved that she shared that portion of her life, and her heart, and this was during a time of such ill health for her. I don't know how her own journal was kept hidden for these may have your own ideas by the time you finish her "journal". Perhaps she put it away with her original writing of the novel "Persuasion", not intending for it ever to be found - or maybe she did! Thank you Shannon Winslow for finding her "journal" & setting pen to paper...letting us know of Jane's "own story of lost love, 2nd chances, & finding her happy ending".