Dearest Cousin Jane


TITLE:  Dearest Cousin Jane

AUTHOR: Jill Pitkeathley

GENRE: Historic Fiction

SETTING(S) : Regency, 18th Century; England

SUBJECT: Jane Austen, regency, family and literature

MAIN CHARACTERS :  Countess Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen, Philly Walter, Mr and Mrs. Austen, Henry Austen, Cassandra Austen, James Austen and Mary Austen

SUMMARY:  Born in India; Eliza is as free spirited as she is flirtatious.  She’s grown up in the courts of France and marries a french count.  While the count oversees the completion of their french estate she awaits in London,  Paris and  even visits one of her favorite relatives the Austens.  While being away from France the French Revolution begins and it is clear that it is no longer safe for anyone of status.  She not only flees from death once but two times.

While visiting her favorite uncle and aunt;  she develops a friendship with her  cousin Jane whom she inspires to continue her writing.  The inspiration then is developed into novels.  Take the journey with Eliza and Jane as they embark on their true destinies and learn to deal with life’s lost, love and the ravages of war.

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MY REVIEW:  Great book for all Jane Austen fans and junkies.  Dearest Cousin Jane is packed with story telling, journal entry and letter writing.  It takes you in the depths and views of the Austen and extended family.   As well as the events that might have inspired Jane and her most famous heros and heroins.

First off I have to say this book would not appear on my most favorite books to read of all time.  It was a book that was sometimes difficult to read.  I liked the content and the way it was written but I did not feel that it rain as smoothly as most of the books I’m used to reading.  Can’t quite put my finger on why this book was a little tricky to read but would say I didn’t feel like I wasted my time reading this books.

Readers Should…  Have some sort of passion for Jane Austen and wanting to learn more about her life and the life of her cousin Eliza.  If Jane Austen bores you, it is a book you probably should not read.  If you ever become confused check out the Austen family tree while reading this book so you don’t mix the various characters in the book.   The characters are likeable, plot interesting and the writing thoughtful.  If you can’t get enough of Jane Austen or Regency related information please check out Jane Austen’s World or don’t like my review visit Austenprose and other blogs who review this book.