Austen · Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Austen · Banannabelle · Candy · Dessert

Honey, Creamed Honey

What do Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen have in common? Beekeeping! The Austen home at Chawton Cottage was part of an estate that included farmland and bees. Jane Austen lived there near the end of her life, and she did much of her writing at Chawton. I’ve heard it was her sister Cassandra who was… Continue reading Honey, Creamed Honey

Austen · NovElla

200 Years of Emma

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition,” was first launched on the world two centuries ago. Jane Austen’s only eponymous novel, Emma was published on December 23, 1815, as announced in The Morning Chronicle newspaper. However, the frontispiece, pictured below, displays a publication date of 1816—so I have no… Continue reading 200 Years of Emma

Austen · NovElla · Science Fiction · YA

For Darkness Shows the Stars

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this YA book stands out from the others on the post-apocalypse bookshelf. A sci-fi tale that tackles issues of genetic modification, For Darkness Shows the Stars is an exciting story about risk and choices. Containing thought-provoking ideas regarding the relentless march of progress and technology, Peterfreund’s powerful novel is a… Continue reading For Darkness Shows the Stars

Austen · NovElla · Quotes

This Little Bag

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jane Austen fanatic must be in want of a day to celebrate. Born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, a rural village of Hampshire, England, the famed author lived until 1817. Jane Austen’s birthday, December 16th, is the perfect day to celebrate! The easiest way to honor… Continue reading This Little Bag