The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. II
by Collins Hemingway
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 332 Pages
Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?
Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she-and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen’s life-the “lost years” of her twenties-of which historians know virtually nothing.
• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?
• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of finding love?
• Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and the details of Austen’s own life.
Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series
“A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul. … The adventure of a true romantic partnership and all the excitement that the nineteenth century had to offer. … [The] novel invites you to linger, to savor, and to enjoy. … Makes for wonderful reading. … A Jane that lives and breathes on the page.”—Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews, 4 stars
“Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself. … A strikingly real Jane Austen fully engaged in the turbulent times. … She is a living, breathing presence. … [He] displays a notable ability to recreate time and place. … A lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving conclusion.” —Blueink Starred Review
“An enjoyable novel in an imaginative, well-researched series. … A well-researched work of historical fiction … [with] sweet moments and intriguing historical insights. … An incredibly moving portrait of a woman facing loss and love.” —Kirkus Reviews
Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes tThe hem complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.
As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.
Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.
Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.
Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.
Coffee and Ink’s Review
Jane Austen isn’t my usual go-to author at all, and I somehow never managed to read her in college. I’m far more a fan of the Brontes, of wild moors and dark regrets. That being said, I’ve also never read any fan fiction or erotic fan fiction or AU of Jane Austen’s life or writing, either—not a fan of zombies. I did enjoy the movie “Becoming Jane.” Oh, dear. I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole of Jane Austen-ism…I also loved the movie “Death Come to Pemberly” from the novel by the late PD James.
Collins Hemingway has written a very satisfying three-volume series, I think. Even if you’re like me and haven’t read much or any of Jane Austen’s books, they are still very satisfying stories. I say this because I had my doubts, not about the novels themselves, but my capacity to enjoy them. Jane Austen obviously had a rich inner life that likely kept her from going mad at times. Collins Hemingway captures this richness with his luminous prose. His attention to detail, as sublime as Jane’s own writing, in bringing Jane to life and what might have happened during the missing years held me in utter fascination. I can’t decide if it’s the excellent writing or the story itself that kept me reading—both, I imagine.
The second volume surpasses the first, in my opinion, and I loved the first book. I am a sucker for epistolary storytelling, though the first book is not solely written in letters. The second book has Jane adjusting to married life, waiting for the moment she’ll find time to write again. Slavery and abolition are strong elements of the plot, well researched and sounding quite in step with the era, as is Jane’s pregnancy.
From the reviews, I see many an English major has been pleased with Mr. Hemingway’s interpretations and extrapolations of Jane’s life. He might have inspired me to go and read her! But first, Volume III…:D
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