Book Review: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Updated: May 28
Where are my fellow Jane Austen fans? This book is perfect for you!
In the mid-twentieth century, a farmer in the small English town of Chawton decides he would like to preserve Jane Austen's memory in a way more tangible than a statue or a plaque. An unlikely group of people—a doctor, a school teacher, a house girl, a movie star, and a few others—join him to form The Jane Austen Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Jane's legacy.
The Jane Austen Society is a wonderful read, especially for Austen fans. It's heartwarming to see this group of people bond over their love for an author and eventually their love for each other. The book displays what community means and how people can help each other through their struggles and victories.
I loved this book for the characters but also for the setting. Jenner gives a glimpse into village life in England after WWII, and her writing paints such a lovely picture of Chawton and the surrounding countryside. We get to see how both world wars have affected the characters and what their lives look like in the aftermath.
The narrative is also written quite like an Austen novel, which adds even more appeal for Austen fans. The story involves class differences, marriage plots, and inheritance struggles. And, of course, what would an Austen novel be without some swoon-worthy romance? This book does not disappoint.
The only reason I didn't give the book five stars is that I felt it ended too abruptly. I just want more of these characters.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGally for the ARC!