Book review of Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James:
Meet Jane Austen, a passionate fifteen-year-old still testing out her quill pen. A fortnight of festivities are planned by Lady Bridges, the future mother-in-law of Jane’s brother Edward. Join the Austens in Godmersham Park for a summer of merrymaking they’ll never forget. Although not yet “out,” Jane is allowed to participate in her first ball, and may even be permitted to powder her hair, in honor of the occasion!
Taking place slightly before any of Austen’s novels, the reader is introduced to the styles and etiquette of 1791. I’ll readily admit I am no historian, but the facts and historical details in Jane Austen’s First Love appear accurate and well-researched.
I was very pleased with Jane Austen’s First Love and recommend it to anyone interested in reading a fictional piece about this famous author. Jane Austen fans are in for a real treat, as many of the events hint at her future works.
“Inspired by Actual Events.
Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor—a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race—and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention.
Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?”