Monday, June 29, 2020

The Jane Austen Society Blog Tour ~ My Review

Hello, friend! I was thrilled to have a chance to read The Jane Austen Society and to be part of the Blog Tour! 

I loved the setting and the idea of a group of people brought together by their love of Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen Society
by Natalie Jenner

Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Received: I received a paperback from the publisher for my honest review.
Rating: 3.5 stars.

Book Description:

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.

My Review

The Jane Austen Society is a charming yet bittersweet story about a group of people who come together to preserve Jane Austen’s legacy.

This group of unlikely people are all suffering through their own personal tragedies and loneliness. Coming together, they form wonderful bonds of friendship and romance. Secrets are revealed, and hearts are healed.

Some of my favorite parts of the story are when the characters would discuss Austen’s work. They would also spend time thinking about, say Darcy or Elizabeth, and comparing themselves to those amazing characters. There is always something to learn from Jane’s work. And I loved all the quotes throughout the book!

There was so much to like about the characters in The Jane Austen Society. I always pictured Spencer Tracy as Dr. Gray. I loved Adam. He was a quiet man and a deep thinker. When he spoke, they realized there was much more to Adam than they knew. Evie was also a favorite of mine! And there were many times I wanted to shake Frances Knight. Lol. I’ve only named a few, but really, they are all dear characters.

I have to admit I had a hard time getting into the story. Maybe it was because I have been in a major reading slump. There was also a lot of sadness at the beginning of the story, and I just wasn’t in the mood for that. The second half was much better as they all came together to save as much of Jane's legacy as possible. 

I think The Jane Austen Society would make a fabulous movie as well! 

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

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About the Author

Natalie Jenner is the debut author of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, a fictional telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where Austen wrote or revised her major works. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English Literature and Law and has worked for decades in the legal industry. She recently founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

Connect with Natalie Jenner

Join the virtual online book tour of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, Natalie Jenner’s highly acclaimed debut novel May 25 through June 30, 2020. Seventy-five popular blogs and websites specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, women’s fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature interviews and reviews of this post-WWII novel set in Chawton, England. 


May 26 Frolic Media 
June 01 AustenBlog 
June 04 Laura's Reviews 
June 05 Bookish Rantings 
June 07 Rachel Dodge 
June 10 Drunk Austen 
June 12 Nurse Bookie
June 13 Calico Critic
June 15 Stuck in a Book 
June 22 Reading the Past 
June 25 Bookfoolery
June 26 Lit and Life 
June 26 Vesper's Place 
June 30 BookNAround

Many, many thanks to Laurel Ann Nattress for organizing and including me on this tour, and to St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy of the book!  

So, friends, what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Lovely review! This was a great read for me too! :)

    1. Hello, Christine! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well!

  2. Adam was my favorite. I loved seeing how they changed how they saw him when he opened up about reading the books.

    1. Hey, Sophia Rose! I enjoyed that too! He surprised them.

  3. Great review. I enjoyed this book too!

  4. My pleasure, Candy. I am glad that you enjoyed TJAS. Thanks for participating in the tour. Best, LA


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