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


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ISBN-13: 9781500624736
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,178,319
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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
skamper25 More than 1 year ago
Shannon has written a beautiful story using such descriptive language that we feel we are living the experiences with Jane. The two stories are so perfectly interwoven that I feel as if I am reading Jane's journal. Another excellent story by Shannon Winslow.
MommaG More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves Jane Austen will love this book. Also, for those who favor Persuasion this is a must read. Shannon Winslow looks into Jane Austen to find the source of the mind and heart of Anne Elliot. Written around passages of Persuasion itself, the story of Jane and her own true love is woven through the phases of her life. Beautifully written and true to the style of Jane Austen, this is a must read for all Austen lovers.
CJ8 More than 1 year ago
In my pursuit to shorten my TBR pile, I’ve been picking and choosing as time allows, sometimes paper off the dusty shelf, other times a long-awaited ebook. I’ve had the good fortune of reading some excellent books, and The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen is definitely in that category. I actually scored this book at a Facebook launch party hosted by one of my agency sisters (winner!), and while I adore Jane Austen, I admit I had some trepidation about heading into a story written in Jane’s point of view by an author unknown to me. Still, I felt obligated to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did. I knew Jane died at age 41 unmarried, but I can’t say I know much more about her, so as I read, I had no idea how much of the story was based on fact (Shannon does reveal which facts were real and which were fiction in her author’s notes). Shannon’s prose is brilliant, and I had no problem believing I was reliving Jane’s past with her. Beautiful writing reminiscent of Jane herself, painfully romantic. The story had me in knots mostly because I read for happily ever afters (are you listening, George R.R. Martin?), and Persuasion made no such guarantees. I KNEW Jane died young, I KNEW she never married, so how could she have a happy ending? Persuasion was a roller-coaster of emotions, and I felt every pang of loss, every regret, every joy, right along with Jane. *Sniffles* I stayed up way too late to find out whether Captain Devereaux and Jane could somehow navigate through their trials and triumphs, both physical and emotional, to finally find their way to each other. If only we could all have a Shannon Winslow to rewrite our own happy endings. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".