I was very kindly gifted the audiobook by: The Orion Publishing Group.
Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.
This book is like a long summer afternoon. Slow sweet and warming.
The first few chapters I worried what I had got myself into. There was a lot of character introductions with no real direction it was hard to see what the book was going to be about. But as I continued and got into the pacing and writing style I became interested in the characters stories and the charming English village.
You follow several different characters, a sentimental doctor, a sparky school mistress, the lady of a house, a tired farm laborer and even a movie star. Learning about their lives, relationships, interactions and how their love for Jane Austen influences their lives.There are many (as you would expect) references to Jane Austen her work, her home and family. Jane Austin is the reason all these characters come together and their love for her writing is over flowing throughout. I have shamefully never read any her of her books but now think maybe this may have been an over site. I am going to do a little research and see what one is best to start with.
This is a heartwarming warming, slow paced but wonderful read.
I give this one 3.5 biscuits.
Let me know if you have read any Jane Austen and if you have any recommendations on where to start!