Friday, August 15, 2014

Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James ~ Book Tour & My Review

Hey Everyone! Today, I happy to be part of Jane Austen's First Love Virtual Book Tour! As part of the tour I am reviewing the book! Enjoy!

Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James 

Publication Date: August 5th, 2014 
Publisher: Berkley Trade 
Pages: 400 
Received: Paperback from the publisher for my honest review. 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"We went by Bifrons and I contemplated with a melancholy pleasure the abode of Him, on whom I once fondly doated." ~ Jane Austen

My Review:

In true Austen style, Syrie James weaves together a tale of a fifteen-year-old Jane in her new story, Jane Austen’s First Love. Inspired by a letter written by Jane Austen to her sister, Cassandra, and some true events, Syrie's imagination creates a lovely picture of when Jane first meets Edward Taylor, someone whom just may have been Jane Austen’s First Love

With the news of Edward Austen’s engagement to Miss Elizabeth Bridges, Jane, Cassandra, Charles and Mrs. Austen are off to Kent to join in the celebrations. First to Godmersham Park, the estate Edward is to inherit, and then on to Goodnestone Park, the estate where Elizabeth lives. Numerous activities, house parties and an Engagement Ball are planned for the coming weeks. Jane is very excited about this as she is not out yet, but will be able to attend the ball! And so Jane’s adventure begins…

On the way to Goodnestone Park, their carriage becomes stuck in the mud, and whom might her rescuer be? Edward Taylor! Jane’s first meeting with him is a swoon-worthy moment indeed! Learning he will also be included in the upcoming activities and Ball, Jane is delighted to find she will frequently be in his company. Not only does Jane fall in love, but she is challenged by Edward to see the world differently, to not be swayed by popular opinion but to be true to herself.

“He challenged me to try things which I might never otherwise have attempted, helped me to view the world a bit differently, and taught me the importance of thinking for and believing in myself.” p. 378

I liked seeing how Jane’s life is shaped by this visit. She learns valuable lessons about people and relationships, and that maybe she should not judge people too quickly. I loved seeing people who looked familiar. People from whom Jane might someday use as characters in her stories.

I found the beginning of the story a bit slow, but once Jane begins her match-making scheme I was all in! I loved it! When the rains began and they were all stuck inside, Jane smoothly convinces everyone into putting on the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She subtly suggests parts for the couples she thought belonged together. Not everything goes as Jane hopes and she finds herself in a spot of trouble. Quite possibly dashing some hopes of her own.

I really enjoyed Jane Austen’s First Love! It may have been a fictional story of a fifteen-year-old Jane, but she is as inquisitive and adventurous as I imagined her to be! I would highly recommend it to all Jane Austen fans!

FTC Disclaimer: I received an paperback of the story from the publisher for my honest review.

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  1. Great review. I am enjoying learning more about this book.

    1. Thanks, Schilds! I'm happy you stopping by!

    2. Hi Schilds! Thanks for your comment. Please email me ( or message me on facebook--you won a prize at one of the earlier stops along my blog tour! :)

  2. Thank you so much Candy, for the lovely review and for being a part of my blog tour. I am happy you liked the book. :) Hope to see you at my book launch party tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 16, 2 PM) at Barnes & Noble, 3rd St., Santa Monica! Hugs!

    1. You're welcome, Syrie! It was my pleasure! Ooh! I'll have to see about making it to your launch party! I didn't realize you were going to be at the Barnes and Noble! I just googled it, I'm about an hour, I'll have to see what's planned for tomorrow. Maybe I'll see you then! :)

  3. What a good review, Candy. Thank you. Hope you got to see Syrie today and that the book signing went well. Wish I was there too. I have 22 days until I can get started reading this and I am excited about it. Counting down

    1. Hi Joy! I did manage to get to Santa Monica today and see Syrie! It was fabulous, and I hope to get something posted on Monday about it. I bought a book and had Syrie sign it, and I'm going to give it away here on the blog. :) Wow! Will you be finished writing your book in 22 days? Is that your count down?

  4. I have heard great things about this book! Thanks for the honest review Candy it is always great to hear your thoughts :)


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