REVIEW: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Updated: Aug 31

It's only a few months since the war ended but the little village of Chawton is about to be hit by another devastating blow. The heart of the community and site of Jane Austen's cherished former home, Chawton estate is in danger of being sold to the highest bidder.
Eight villagers are brought together by their love for the famous author's novels, to create The Jane Austen Society. As new friendships form and the pain of the past begins to heal, surely they can find a way to preserve Austen's legacy before it is too late?
And there may even be a few unexpected surprises along the way...

Review by Christina Boyd: I love almost anything Austen-related, Chawton House, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—so this was a MUST READ for me. I was delighted to receive an advanced reader copy last fall. So why did it take me so long to read if this novel triggered all my hot buttons? I confess I am mostly a Kindle reader these last few years. Apparently it took a pandemic for me to sit down with a good old fashioned printed book.

Spirited, touching, funny yet a little slow at times as the characters are fleshed out. The Jane Austen Society proves words nourish the soul during life’s challenges. A solid debut novel.

Thank you to the author for her generosity with gifting me a copy. I’m just sorry it took me this long to read her treasure.

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