The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society tells us a tale of a group of people with little in common, expect their love for Jane Austen, coming together not only to honour the novelist, but also to help each other in difficult moments of their lives. 

The plot takes place in Chawton shortly after WWII, and we are slowly introduced to all characters who will later in the story form the Jane Austen Society. Each of these characters has their own demons to face and even if they’ve all had different lives, and struggle with different difficulties, they are all broken in a way. They will find reason to hope for a better future in Jane Austen’s writings at first, and each other at a later stage, and it is was their improbable friendship, genuine concern and kindness towards each other that captivated me in this book.

It was hard to engage with the story during the initial chapters because we are introduced to many different characters, and some are more empathic than others.  However,  as the story progressed and they started to connect to each other creating one single plotline, I started to feel more involved, and at a certain point, I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook because I wanted to see where the author would take these characters and where the Knight legacy would end up.

I’ve come to appreciate each one of the people we are introduced to, and I am glad to see the author took care of each one of them, allowing them to find redemption, in some cases, peace of mind in others, or simply move on to a better life. They start the story in a dark place, but their friendship and kindness will allow them to heal their wounds and find happiness.

The Jane Austen Society is a beautiful story that slowly demonstrates to the reader all the sadness in the world can be overcome and that it is never late to find people with whom we can be ourselves, share our interests and grow as human beings. 

The love the main characters showed towards Jane Austen and her legacy was something I truly enjoyed, and seeing them analyse and discuss Austen’s works (mainly Emma and Pride and Prejudice) was clearly a plus, but what I loved the most about this book was the friendship that came out of that love for Austen. I disagreed with a certain decision they took as a group, but was impressed with the goodness and concern they showed towards one of their own. 

I believe Austen fans will appreciate this book because of all the Austen references and the appreciation these characters have for the author, but I consider this an interesting  book even for those who are not familiar with Austen because the story goes beyond her.

The Jane Austen Society is a very well written book that will touch people’s hearts, and I recommend it to my readers.

 

Adiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

There are good narrators, there are extraordinary narrators and then there is Richard Armitage!

Everytime I listen to an audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage I am astonished with his talent, and The Jane Austen Society was no exception. Each character is perfectly distinguishable either by the tone of voice he employs, the manner of speech, the accent, the breathing, etc. The narrative read with his own voice is heavenly but the care he takes with each character is definitely something that puts him in a completely different scale. He is without a doubt my favourite narrator, and words do not make justice to his talent. I highly recommend the audiobook version of The Jane Austen Society which is perfectly delivered by Armitage. Plus, the at the end of the audiobook we are rewarded with an interview that the author of The Jane Austen Project made to Natalie Jenner and that was really interesting to listen to.

 

You can find The Jane Austen Society at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible.com

 


 

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.

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9 responses to “The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

  1. Sophia Rose

    Wasn’t this fabulous? I loved the part where all the characters came together for common purpose, too.

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  2. Lovely review, Rita. If it does not reveal spoilers, I am curious about what decision that you disagreed with that the society made? Which character was your favorite?

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    • It the decision Adam had to make. If I were on the society I would probably vote the other way around. They didn’t think about the money, or the consequences for their goal, they thought only about how he would feel and that was beautiful! I can’t say I have a favourite character, I liked all of them in different manners. Mimi was the first one that caught may attention and her parts were my favourite, but with time I started feeling really close to Adelaide and Dr. Gray. I kept wishing for them to have a romance 🙂 At first I disliked Miss Knight, but then I’ve grown fond of her, and Evy was a lovely surprise. I think I really did like all of them and the connections they developed. Which one was yours?

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  3. Great review! I’m really intrigued by the audiobook version because of Richard Armitage. I’m not an audiobook fan, but I think he might convince me otherwise.

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  4. such a beautiful book.

    denise

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  5. Mary

    Hi Rita,

    Loved reading your thoughts on this book. I’m looking forward to reading it as I’ve heard great things about it.
    Yet another tale in which the love of all things Austen serves to provide
    friendship,fun and lasting relationships. 😊💐
    Stay safe.
    Mary.

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  6. Ok, I’m convince , I’ll have to read/hear this .

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  7. wendyessenburg

    I just finished this book and loved it! Intrigued by the idea of listening to Richard Armitage, I listened to it and got a lot of organizing and decluttering completed because I just couldn’t stop listening! I do prefer books to audiobooks because I like to go back to different parts- much harder in an audiobook. So, I will be on my way to obtaining a book now too!

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