Austen in August, Books, The Folio Society

The Folio Society’s New Northanger Abbey!

As you all know, August was the month of all things Austen! While running the event and moving across country, I somehow managed a re-read of Northanger Abbey, which was even better and funnier than I remembered. I hope you all enjoyed the annual Austen reading event, whether you were a participant or an observer. But, it’s now confession time.

The Folio Society, a wonderful publisher of exquisite editions, and made up of some really awesome people, gave me a head’s up on a new Austen edition that would be coming soon. (Of course, they also stopped by and offered up a giveaway again this year, which was amazing!) While reading my old, dusty copy of Northanger Abbey, I got a sneak-peek at The Folio Society’s brand new, stunningly beautiful edition! Now that the book has become available, I finally get to share!

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

Introduced by Val McDermid and Illustrated by Jonathan Burton

‘Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire’- J. K. Rowling

Crumbling castles, ghostly skeletons and innocent maidens in the gravest of danger: the tropes of Gothic romance fill the mind of Catherine Morland. Venturing from her country parsonage home to delight in her first season in Bath, the Austen’s naive heroine must navigate the more prosaic hazards of female friendship and undesirable suitors to secure the affection of eligible Henry Tilney. But when she is invited to Northanger Abbey, the Tilneys’ ancient stately home, Catherine’s love of sensational stories fires her imagination, and threatens to destroy her future happiness. The last of Austen’s novels to be published, appearing posthumously in 1818, Northanger Abbey was the first to be completed, written when Austen was in her early twenties. Simply told in lively and elegant prose, this is her most playful work. But the tongue-in-cheek tone that characterizes the story belies the skill of a truly great writer flexing her creative muscles. Just as Austen’s talent for satire exposes the failings of the overwrought gothic novels of the age, her subtle, beautifully observed portrait of Bath society reveals the real value of fiction: its power to convey ‘the most thorough knowledge of human nature’.

As Val McDermid writes in her introduction – a heartfelt account of how Northanger Abbey has reinvented itself for her with each rereading – Austen unfailingly provides us with the opportunity to investigate our own lives and find surprising truths there.’ Award-winning illustrator Jonathan Burton has created six colour illustrations, depicting both the ballrooms of Bath and the imposing Abbey. Witty, fresh and perceptive, the images perfectly reflect Austen’s wonderfully sardonic novel.

The penultimate edition in Folio’s Jane Austen series, this volume is bound in gold cloth, and the slipcase reproduces the work’s spirited first line. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a Folio Society edition, yet, this is a great place to start. I now have quite a few classics from TFS, and they are quickly becoming my favorite collection.

Product information
Bound in metallic cloth. Set in Baskerville with Trajan display. 232 pages.
Frontispiece and 5 colour illustrations. Blocked slipcase. 9½ ̋ x 6¼ ̋.

For seventy years, The Folio Society has been publishing beautiful illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books. It believes that the literary content of a book should be matched by its physical form. With specially researched images or newly commissioned illustrations, many of its editions are further enhanced with introductions written by leading figures in their fields: novelists, journalists, academics, scientists and artists. Exceptional in content and craftsmanship, and maintaining the very highest standards of fine book production, Folio Society editions last for generations.

Austen in August, Giveaway

The Mystery of Emma #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome Chris from WildmooBooks!

I’ve been reading Emma as a mystery novel. I’m trying not to be open minded about what a mystery novel “should be.” (I hope you never “should on yourself” when it comes to reading, Dear Reader.)

For a few years now, I’ve committed to reading one Jane Austen novel a year. Thus far I’ve read Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense & Sensibility.

Last year a member in my mystery book club mentioned that Emma could be read as a mystery novel. I was intrigued.

I was also a bit worried. I’ve heard that people either love or loathe Emma. And that some consider Emma to be not only Austen’s best novel but a perfect novel. The P word made me even more apprehensive because if I didn’t like perfection in Jane Austen, what kind of reader would that make me?

All fears aside, Emma had been firmly lodged in my mind as the Austen novel I would read this summer.

Halfway into this first reading, I must admit that considering Emma as mystery novel seems a bit of a stretch. I can see how it could be dissected as a mystery story, perhaps of the detective ilk with the reader in the role of detective. I see clues being dropped about what’s “really” going on, yet perhaps I’m also being misled as a reader. Maybe I’m being just like Emma and seeing only want I want to see.

And what about the hero and villain who usually form the backbone of a mystery novel? The hero typically tries to put the world back into order after a crime and the villain wants to deceive people to get away with that crime. Is there a crime in Emma?

I suppose we could look at Emma as an antihero, the sort of do-gooder who wants to help people but ends up causing harm. And then there are all the other characters to consider, people who are making assumptions, making up motives, and misreading the intentions of others in their social circle. There are prejudices, half-truths, secrets. This is all certainly the stuff of mystery novels.

Hmm, so much to ponder! I shall read on and see what conclusions I come to at the end.

Have you read Emma? If not, please enter the international giveaway I’m offering. If you have read it, what do you think of Emma as a mystery novel?

p.s. It was P.D. James who first talked about Emma as a mystery novel and she certainly knew what she was talking about when it comes to the genre. I’m holding off reading her argument until I finish the novel.

Edition winner receives may be different.


Chris has generously offered to giveaway one copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, to be shipped from The Book Depository (please make sure they ship to your location). 

To be entered: You must have signed-up for the event (on the master post) by August 7th. Please also leave a comment on this post, addressing Chris’s question above and/or your thoughts on Jane Austen as a possible mystery writer. Have you felt any of her other works had hints of mystery in them?  

Giveaway opens August 29th and will close at 10pm CST on September 5th.

Austen in August, guest post

Bridget Jones’s Diary Was My Lean In #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome Jill from All the Books I Haven’t Read

Bridget Jones’s Diary was my Lean In

I started my professional career in the year 2000. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but when I think back, things were so different. I didn’t even have a cell phone, and the internet was still kind of new. Amazon existed, but Amazon Prime did not. And as a woman in the workplace, there were no widely read books like Lean In to help us navigate the issues women face.

What should I do when the president of the organization hits on me (in the same breath he told a bartender I was under 21, ugh), when should I tell my colleagues I was pregnant, should I ask for a raise or find a new job? I had no guide other than hurried talks at lunch with my girl friends who may or may not have been out to take my job. As is my way, I turned to books.

When I first found Bridget Jones’s Diary, a British novel loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I felt like I finally had the guide I needed. Bridget had the same worries and issues I had. Her boss was too busy commenting on the size of her skirt to take her seriously, and her friends all gave her terrible advice. Bridget had to find her own way to a better job and a satisfying love life in her own way. Much to the delight of myself, and millions of other readers, she did it in a hysterical way with diary entries.

I eventually found my way too. I’m closing in on forty now, and I eventually found a job that suited me. I owe it all in large part to Bridget Jones, my year 2000 role model. As Bridget herself said, “It is proved by surveys that happiness does not come from love, wealth, or power but the pursuit of attainable goals.”

Austen in August, Giveaway

That Librarian Lady Shares It All! #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome, Laura from That Librarian Lady!

Laura is a high school librarian and book nerd who blogs about her reading life at That Librarian Lady.

I’ve always loved reading, but I got out of it a bit when I started college. My last year of college, I picked up Pride and Prejudice for the first time and fell in love. I promptly read all of her other novels before moving on to similar classics. Suddenly, I had rediscovered the joy of reading again. I have no doubt that Jane Austen’s books relit that fire. I probably wouldn’t be a librarian had I never picked up Pride and Prejudice.

Since then, I’ve started collecting different editions of her novels, particularly editions with gorgeous covers. I really love the illustrations on the Penguin Deluxe Editions so I’ve decided to give away a set of those for Austen in August.

The set includes Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion. Good luck!

To Be entered to Win:

1. You must have signed-up by August 7th (on the master post) to be a participant in the Austen in August event.

2. Leave a comment (which includes a way to contact you, such as an e-mail address).

3. In that comment, share one favorite scene, moment, quote, or memory from a Jane Austen book! 

Note: Images for book covers were found on the web. Items may be slightly different than they appear. Neither the event host nor the giveaway host are responsible for items that do not arrive, whether due to incorrect address information, mail theft, product being lost/stolen, etc. Giveaway opens on August 20th and ends at 10pm PST on August 27th.

Austen in August, guest post

Movie Review: Before the Fall #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome Amelia from the Central New Jersey Jane Austen Society of North America!

When Adam asked for submissions for this year’s Austen in August I knew I wanted the excuse to finally rent and watch “Before the Fall.”  I had been looking forward to watching the movie when I first heard about it a few months ago. It turned out to be the perfect lazy weekend morning movie.

“Before the Fall” is set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia.  We are first introduced to Ben Bennet, a well to-do attorney. While we are watching Ben get ready for his day, Lee Darcy is finishing up his work shift as a welder. Lee has a drinking problem; we learn from a clerk that every day after work Lee stops in and picks up a six pack of beer.

Why does Lee drink? We get a hint of this when a young, attractive man gives Lee a knowing look and Lee flashes back to being left in a car when he was a boy. His father left him to go into a gas station bathroom with another man. Lee is clearly trying to drink away his desires as he quickly downs a beer in the store parking lot.

Back home Lee is confronted by his neighbor Tina Collins. Lee’s girlfriend Cathy has confided in Tina that Lee is drinking. Lee gets angry and fights with Cathy who falls and gets hurt. Tina calls the cops and Lee is charged.  This charge brings Lee and Ben together.  This meeting in the courtroom is the Assembly Room scene in the novel. Ben says something about Lee without knowing that Lee was standing right there.

The two meet again when Ben throws a party for Chuck Bingley. Bingley and Lee are friends, they deliver meals to the homebound together. Bingley brings Lee to the party, Lee is clearly uncomfortable, especially after a run in with Ben’s friends Lyle and Kittner.

Ben’s best friend is Jane Gardiner. Jane is instantly taken with Bingley and him with her.  He invites them to go hiking thinking Jane and Ben a couple.  They agree and meet to go hiking with Bingley, Lee, and Cathy. During the hike, Cathy gets Ben to admit he’s gay and then proceeds to question his lifestyle since he’s not flamboyant. No sooner does Ben tell her that not all gay men are flamboyant than Lyle and Kittner show up, both of whom are colorful.

You might be wondering where George Wickham is in all of this.  He was Lee’s lawyer and is pursuing Ben. Ben, of course, is taken with Wickham. As the viewer we know that he’s shady and when Ben finally learns the truth about Wickham he’s heartbroken.

While Ben is being pursued by Wickham. Jane and Bingley are falling in love. There is a trip to his cabin, where there is no running water. An awkward run in between Ben and Lee, and another homophobic Q&A with Cathy.  After this disastrous trip, Ben convinces Jane that while Bingley is a good guy, he’s beneath her and she could never be happy with him.

At the same time Ben is building a friendship with Lee. He’s discovering more about him and slowly falling in love. At the cabin he found Lee’s journal and he starts to look into Lee’s case. He questions Tina, who admits she may have lied and she tried to tell Wickham but he dismissed her.

Ok this is running a bit long so to wrap this up, Lee overhears Ben admit to splitting up Jane and Bingley. Lee lays into Ben and insults him. Ben finds a way to clear Lee’s name in the assault case and also get Wickham into trouble. Jane and Bingley get back together. Cath confronts Ben about trying to make Lee gay. Lee tells Ben he’s leaving the state. Lee and Ben meet up on a hiking path and after some really quick deep thinking Lee finally admits he loves Ben.

I liked many aspects of this movie. I enjoyed the modern take on the story and the characters. I liked that both Lee and Ben were a combination of Darcy and Elizabeth. Neither one was too like their namesake and split the roles for a nice twist.  I also enjoyed the fact that Jane and Bingley were still Jane and Bingley, the adorably cute couple that appear in so many of the movie adaptations. This is also true for Lyle and Kittner, the perfect male Lydia and Kitty. I didn’t care for Cathy, the role or the actress. She was the only part that didn’t work for me. I liked the idea of Cathy but how she fit into the story just didn’t work for me overall.

This wasn’t just a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it was a movie focused on some of the social issues we are seeing in our daily lives like the prejudice of sexual orientation. We see Lee struggling with being a gay man, it’s not something he feels comfortable admitting which is why he drinks. He’s torn between being what society expects of him and what he wants for himself. Cathy is the role of society and he’s is sort of shoved down our throats. I don’t think anyone who chooses to watch this movie really needs that, the more subtle aspects would have been enough. Like the novel, also deals with issues of class and how we view those of a higher or lower social class.  I would have liked to have seen a more diverse cast, but you can’t have everything you want in some movies.

I’m suggesting this movie to anyone who likes Jane Austen adaptation movies, Lifetime movies, and indie films. I think it’s worth the watch, especially on a lazy weekend morning.

Watch the trailer:

Austen in August, guest post

10 Austenesque Writers #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome Jessie from Dwell in Possibility

 It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that six completed novels by Jane Austen is simply not enough. Or at least it’s a truth acknowledged by every Janeite. Once you’ve read (and reread) all of her oeuvre, you may be at a loss as to what to read next.

While there can be no replacement for her wit, genius, and talent, there are some authors whose works are reminiscent of our beloved Jane’s. If you are looking to fill the Jane Austen void in your life, these Austenesque writers may just do the trick.

Frances (Fanny) Burney (1752-1840)

Jane Austen herself was a great admirer of Fanny Burney. The idea for the title of Pride and Prejudice even came from Burney’s novel Cecilia. There can be no greater recommendation than that! Burney’s eighteenth-century comedies of manners are sparkling and effervescent reads. Her lively dialogue, outrageous secondary characters, dashing heroes, and lovable heroines should be tempting to Jane Austen enthusiasts. It’s also interesting to look for the ways in which her writing served as inspiration for Austen.

A Good Place to Start: Evelina

Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849)

Maria Edgeworth was another of Jane Austen’s favorite authors; Jane even sent her a copy of Emma before it was published. There’s something thrilling about reading the books she grew up with. Like Austen, Edgeworth’s works feature social satire, strong heroines, and marriage plots. Her novels focus on morality and explore the broader themes of politics, religion, gender, and race. 

A Good Place to Start: Belinda

Emily Eden (1797-1869)

Emily Eden is a lesser-known nineteenth century writer, whose work is imbued with a vibrant intelligence that many Janeites should find appealing. Eden also counted Austen among her favorite authors. Discovering her novels is like uncovering comedic buried treasure. Emily Eden’s writing showcases shrewd psychological insight and clever social commentary. 

A Good Place to Start: The Semi-Attached Couple

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

If you were to cross Jane Austen with Charles Dickens, you would get Elizabeth Gaskell. In fact, Gaskell even wrote for the magazine that was published by Dickens. Her works highlight Victorian era social and economic issues and explore women’s roles. There’s also plenty of romance and glimpses of everyday life. North and South features a love story that is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, while Cranford looks at life in a small English village, and Wives and Daughters tackles familial relationships and unrequited love.

A Good Place to Start: North and South

 Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

Sometimes referred to as the male Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope wrote highly readable, character-centric, domestic novels. The prolific Victorian novelist was adept at creating nuanced, complex characters that face everyday problems and grapple with life’s big questions. Many of his works also explore courtship and marriage, yet unlike Austen, he offers insight into the male perspective as well as the female. Trollope’s novels are full of gossip, politics, and social interactions that are still relevant to readers today. 

A Good Place to Start: Doctor Thorne

Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant (1828-1897)

Mrs. Oliphant was a huge admirer of Jane Austen; she even wrote about the author’s life and works in her capacity as a literary critic. Her own novels are light reads full of clever observations of Victorian life. Mrs. Oliphant masterfully weaves subtle irony, social satire, and sparkling dialogue. This bestselling Victorian author- although less known today- is worth seeking out. 

A Good Place to Start: Miss Marjoribanks 

Angela Thirkell (1890-1961)

Angela Thirkell’s charming pastoral comedies provide amusing slices of English life before and during WWII. Similar to Austen, her plots often center on matchmaking and marriage, along with the common occurrences of day-to-day village life. Thirkell is certainly an author who drew inspiration from the past. In fact, she set her novels in the fictional English countryside of Barsetshire originally created by Anthony Trollope. Her fully drawn characters, engaging dialogue, and witty observations make for enjoyable reading indeed. 

A Good Place to Start: Wild Strawberries or High Rising 

Georgette Heyer (1902-1974)

She’s known as the Queen of the Regency romance for a reason. Georgette Heyer has a keen eye for period details, as well as a huge talent for replicating Regency slang. Heyer’s novels vividly bring to life the world in which Jane Austen lived and wrote. Her novels are laugh-out loud funny and full of ridiculous hijinks and plenty of romantic entanglements. Many of her heroes are just as swoon-worthy as Mr. Darcy himself, while her heroines are intelligent, quick-witted, and strong. Luckily, Heyer was incredibly prolific, and she left a wealth of works to choose from.

A Good Place to Start: The Grand Sophy

Barbara Pym (1913-1980)

Barbara Pym was a popular mid-century writer whose works sadly fell out of fashion- and out of print- for several decades. Often referred to as a modern Jane Austen, Pym’s novels capture the everyday lives of women with superb wit and insight. Like Austen, she writes about the small section of society in which she was a part. Her comedies are populated with middle-class characters: vicars, academics, “spinsters,” and office workers. Pym brilliantly finds the humor and the value in the mundane. 

A Good Place to Start: Jane and Prudence or Excellent Women

Jude Morgan (Tim Wilson)

Jude Morgan is the pseudonym used by English author Tim Wilson. His Regency historical fiction follows in the grand tradition of Georgette Heyer. With witty banter, clever heroines, and stellar writing, Morgan’s novels are sure to appeal to readers who can’t get enough of the Regency era.

A Good Place to Start: An Accomplished Woman 

10 Bonus Austenesque Reads

These books may give you an Austen vibe:

  • The Female Quixote, Charlotte Lennox (1752)
  • The Woman of Colour: A Tale, Anonymous (1808)
  • The Blue Castle, M. Montgomery (1926)
  • Diary of a Provincial Lady, E. M. Delafield (1930)
  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons (1932)
  • Miss Buncle’s Book, D. E. Stevenson (1934)
  • The Makioka Sisters, Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1943)
  • The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford (1945)
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith (1948)
  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (1993)

What writers remind you of Austen? Do you have a favorite Austenesque book? 

Jessie has been an avid Janeite since she first picked up Pride and Prejudice at the age of eleven. When not reading or watching period dramas, she can be found blogging at Dwell in Possibility.

Austen in August, Giveaway

Themes of Persuasion #AustenInAugustRBR

Please welcome Brianna from The Book Bug Reviews, with a guest post about the major themes in Persuasion. Be sure to read through to the end for a special giveaway (open only to Austen in August participants)!

Austen in August: The Top 3 Themes of Persuasion


Brianna Gunnarson

I am so excited to be doing a guest post for Austen in August! Jane Austen was the first classical author I ever read and she happens to be one of my favorite authors ever! So when the opportunity to read Persuasion presented itself I couldn’t refuse.  

There are so many amazing themes to Persuasion that I could discuss, but I have decided to highlight three of them that really stuck out to me.

First: A character’s reaction to loss reveals their true self.

Jane Austen uses loss as a way to build her characters. She reveals who they really are by putting them through painful situations. I happen to love this approach to writing. My philosophy when creating characters is if you want to see what a character is really like, break them and put them back together. But don’t take my word for it. Let me show you how the expert does it.

  1. Anne loses her mother and the love of her life. Her grief silences her voice. Rather than voice her pain she seeks to serve the needs of everyone else and to alleviate the pain of everyone around her, often to her own disadvantage. At her core Anne is a self-sacrificing character.
  2. Musgrove loses her wayward son. She ignores the fact that her son died and simply moves on with life. When forced to confront the reality, she lies to herself and everyone else about how he was a good boy. She changes her reality in order to make it bearable. She is a weak minded character.
  3. Captain Benwick loses his wife. He becomes shy and seeks to drown his emotions in extensive amounts of poetry. The pain that Captain Benwick experiences is not something that he is able to face directly and so he seeks the words of someone else to express it.
  4. Sir Walter Elliot loses his wife. He becomes vain and foolish. Sir Walter seems not to care at all for the loss of his wife as he ignores all the things she contributed to keep the family safe and he proceeds to put them into debt.
  5. Elliot loses his wife. He immediately starts trying to court his cousin Anne as a means of securing his future. He cares little for her loss as he cares for no one but himself.
  6. Smith loses her husband, her wealth, and her health. She seeks to find joy in the small blessings of life and despite her intense pain and poverty she experiences great joy in her life.

Loss reveals the true underlying aspect of someone’s character. Are they considerate, selfish, vain, tender, foolish, or kind? Austen expertly builds a diverse cast through the repeated experiences of loss.

Second: Is it better to be easily persuaded or to stand firm in one’s opinion?
The title of the novel is Persuasion and thus it is one of the major themes of the book. Austen doesn’t come out and say exactly what she thinks about this but gently provides examples of the benefits and limitations of being persuaded or standing firm.

Easily Persuaded
Pro: Mary is easily persuaded out of her negative assertions about herself. This means that when she has talked herself into a miserable state Anne can help her see happiness in her life and to be thankful for all of life’s blessings.

Con: Anne is persuaded by her family and by her dear friend Lady Russel to give up her engagement to Captain Wentworth, who she deeply loves. The result is seven years of regret and misery.

Not Easily Persuaded
Pro: Anne is not able to be duped by Mr. Elliot when he tries to pressure her into marrying him. She is able to stand firm in her decision, despite there being some strong enticements such as taking her mother’s place as Lady Elliot, saving her ancestral home, and gaining a large fortune.

Con: Louisa refuses to be persuaded by anyone so when she foolishly jumps off a ledge she nearly dies. The extent of her injuries change her life forever. She no longer has the vibrant energy she once had and as such much relinquish much of her active life-style.

Perhaps Austen’s point is not that one should be firmly camped on either side, but that one should use good judgement for all circumstances. Take wise counsel but do what you believe to be best.

Third: Class mobility.
In Austen’s day, class hierarchy was clearly defined. There was royalty, nobility, the middle class, and the lower class. Each individual knew where they belonged in the social organization and in general a person didn’t move up or down on the ladder. If you were born in the lower class that is where you stayed.

Despite these clearly defined categories, Austen’s society was changing. If an individual worked hard they could change their social status. And thus we have arrived at one of the major themes of Persuasion. Austen uses navy men as a way to explore whether or not someone really could change their social position.

Sir Walter Elliot, Anne’s father, firmly believes that one cannot change his social standing, and uses this reasoning as a firm rejection of Anne’s betrothed. If you are in the elite social class then you must stay with your own people or risk tarnishing yourself, family, fortune ect. But despite Sir Walter having the highest rank in his county, he is also the most foolish man. He spends beyond his means, driving his family into debt and out of their ancestral home.

Enter Admiral Croft. The Admiral embodies Sir Walter’s worst fear. He is a man who has earned his own fortune rather than inherit it and Sir Walter believes that he is a man of barbaric taste and appearance, because that’s how all sailors are supposed to be. But when Anne finally meets the Admiral she is shocked to find that he is in fact, in possession of better manners than her vain father. Furthermore, he is responsible with his finances and seeks to improve the Elliot’s estate while he is their tenant. Admiral Croft is in every respect a better man than Sir Walter Elliot, and lacks only the official title to be able to lay claim to the social status of gentry.

Austen’s ideas about social class, may at first seem to have no relevance to today, but that would be an oversight. Today’s social classes may not be as clearly defined, but if there is still a hierarchy. Depending on your race, economic standing, education, and sex you may have more or less mobility and access to resources in today’s society. Austen reveals that those who believe they are entitled to a certain status in society often do not deserve it at all, and even though someone may not at first appear to fit the mold, if you have the skills you can move through any hierarchy and should be allowed to do so. 

Jane Austen was a brilliant woman who used the guise of a romance to explore ideas of loss, persuasion, and class mobility. Thank you to Adam at Roof Bean Reader for allowing me to guest post. I am honored to have gotten to share my ideas about Austen’s work.

What other themes stood out to you? Post it in the comments! We would love to hear from you!

Austen, J. (2007). Persuasion. New York, NY: Barns and Noble Inc.

Giveaway: One copy of What Would Jane Do?: Quips and Wisdom from Jane Austen  

To be considered: Winner must have commented on the master post for the event by August 7th, stating their intention to participate in Austen in August. To be entered in this giveaway, leave a comment on this post, sharing something about your love/appreciation/whatever for Jane Austen. Why are you here?? 🙂

Giveaway opens August 8th and closes at 10pm CST on August 13th.