Posted by: rearadmiral | November 30, 2014

Jane Austen Takes the South #3, MP = Morality, The Jane Austen Rules

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411926-persuasion-captain-wentworth-and-cracklin-cornbread

I received a copy of book via the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

5 out of 5 Regency Teacups!
I certainly would have given the book high marks alone for having the backstories of hero and heroine contain references to Boston and Cambridge(separately). Add to that the heroine is a fan of the Miss. State U. Bulldogs, as I have been the past couple seasons(big game Saturday in the Egg Bowl!). The story takes place in and around Tupelo, Miss. As a Civil War buff, I love that the heroine works as a curator at Brice’s Crossroads interpretive center, a Civil War battle I hadn’t heard of until the author mentioned it in an email exchange regarding a prior book in the series. There are other important Civil War passages in the book. I always love when characters from prior books in a series appear. It was such a delight to read about them again. Not just the lead characters reappear from Jane Austen Takes the South #1 and#2. As Marianne Dashwood(Team Marianne!) says in S&S 08…”I like that, it is how it should be”. Unlike the 1st book in the Modern Jane Austen by Harper Collins(the very formulistic retelling of S&S), Mary Jane Hathaway changes some elements of the Persuasion storyline and perhaps takes an unexpected chance with certain elements of the story. For me, all the things work! This is the 2nd Persuasion modern retelling I have read. The Family Fortune(set in Boston!!) by Laurie Horowitz was the first. I really really loved it too. Harper Collins you have a very very high mountain to climb to get anywhere near “Persuasion, Captain….” and the “The Family Fortune”.

Finally, if I didn’t love the story….this appears in the Acknowledgments…”To the vibrant Facebook communities who keep the rest of us entertained with all things Jane, including Austen in Boston, @My Jane Austen Book Club and @All Things Jane Austen.”

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Austen-In-Boston-A-Jane-Austen-Book-Club/213374625342080


So…what period movie/drama/series are you watching today? Share with us!!! I posted two suggestions below & a video with 10 very fine British actors for you to pick. You can see more at my other page Jane Austen & Other Period Dramas. Putting together more options for you. Any suggestions?
Photo: So…what period movie/drama/series are you watching today? Share with us!!! I posted two suggestions below & a video with 10 very fine British actors for you to pick. You can see more at my other page Jane Austen & Other Period Dramas. Putting together more options for you. Any suggestions?

50F something in Boston. A warm welcome to Meredith of Austenesque Reviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“I am still a Cat if I see a Mouse” -Jane Austen

New This Week…Cat Cameo Necklace
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New This Week…Cat Cameo Necklace

“It is, quite simply, the problem of good and evil. Mansfield Park is her Pilgrim’s Progress, with Edmund and Fanny, the Christian hero and heroine, fighting their way through temptation towards a not very clearly defined goal. There is no Celestial City for them, just a happy marriage and the right work to do. The very fact that Jane Austen never talks in terms of easy answers and eternal salvation makes the moral struggles of her characters infinitely more interesting”. -pg 138 Jane Aiken Hodge “Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen”, MP

http://sarahemsley.com/2014/11/28/refashioning-memory/

0+ degrees in Boston. Warmer welcomes to Nichol and author Marilyn Brant!!!
Catherine Austen Hubback shared All Things Jane Austen’s photo.

The Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen – 1/31. Letters 1-3 (read by Elizabeth Klett) and so on… priceless since it is in public domain!!!


Photo: The Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen – 1/31. Letters 1-3 (read by Elizabeth Klett) and so on… priceless since it is in public domain!!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20691123-the-jane-austen-rules

4 out of 5 regency teacups

The cover quote…”A delightful mash-up of Jane Austen and The Rules, this modern guide to romance is pure stout-hearted charm.’ -Amy Dickinson, ‘Ask Amy’ advice columnist and NPR contributor.

I saw this book on the new book section of a local library I use. I decided to take it out on a whim. I must admit I wasn’t expecting much…I thought it would be the Rules adapted to Jane Austen. ***Rolls eyes***
I remember a debate about The Rules at a new year’s eve weekend between “Mr. Elliot”(computer company robber baron…very rich and very conceited…his smile contained daggers, perhaps made worse by being bitter divorcee) vs my dear friends “Eleanor Tilney” and “Elizabeth Bennet”. Eleanor and Elizabeth hated it, Mr Elliot defended it. To me, The Rules seemed like something out of the 1950’s…and it should have stayed there(although published in 1995)!!!

The Jane Austen Rules is actually the anti-The Rules. The Rules say be silent at certain points….The Jane Austen Rules says be bold!(maybe Charlotte Lucas wasn’t wrong about everything). Yes….Team Marianne approves this message! I’m not sure about all the advice in the book, but of course I’m not in the target market. However, the Jane Austen quotes and items used are worth the price of admission…as another Goodreads review mentioned.

I was amused by the last chapter title…”Reader, Marry Him!”. While I don’t care a fig for the Three Twisted English Sisters, great use of the line. Lol, (TMI warning) Eleanor and Elizabeth’s new boyfriends arrived at the long weekend a few days later. They did, in fact, marry them(Elizabeth’s husband is Mr. Bingley, not sure about Eleanor’s husband). Mr. Elliot remarried a few years later. Mr. Elliot’s 2nd marriage was to a Lady Middleton type. ‘Nuff said!!!!

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/training-heroine-great-northanger-abbey-re-read-part-iii

If you watch Downton Abbey, Elizabeth Elliot may be familiar to you….and she’s not done with Downton yet…..(cue the haunting music)


Three girls, the two eldest sixteen and fourteen, was an awful legacy for a mother to bequeath, an awful charge rather, to confide to the authority and guidance of a conceited, silly father. She had, however, one very intimate friend, a sensible, deserving woman, who had been brought, by strong attachment to herself, to settle close by her, in the village of Kellynch; and on her kindness and advice, Lady Elliot mainly relied for the best help and maintenance of the good principles and instruction which she had been anxiously giving her daughters.

Austen, Jane (2009-10-04). Persuasion (p. 2). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.

Catherine Austen Hubback shared All Things Jane Austen’s photo.

Do you want to read Lady Susan in Jane’s own handwriting? Now you can! Follow the link below. Source Austenprose – A Jane Austen Bloge

http://themorgan.org/collection/jane-austen/lady-susan#.VHYyQ5mGfXY.twitter
Photo: Do you want to read Lady Susan in Jane’s own handwriting? Now you can! Follow the link below. Source Austenprose – A Jane Austen Bloge

http://themorgan.org/collection/jane-austen/lady-susan#.VHYyQ5mGfXY.twitter

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/training-heroine-great-northanger-abbey-re-read-part-ii

Part I of a three part series. Parts two and three to appear tomorrow and Saturday.

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/training-heroine-great-northanger-abbey-re-read-part-i


Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:

God bless you.-& I hope June will find you well & bring us together.
Letter to Cassandra May 31, 1811

And I hope Thanksgiving Day finds you surrounded by friends and family

And bloggers, and page Adm, and page likers….Etc!!!!!! Too many to list by name as I would forget some. In most cases, as Mr Knightley said in Emma 09 about Jane Fairfax, anyone may know how much I highly esteem you!

It seems like an appropriate week to thank the writers who create the books and stories that move and entertain us every day. What writers are you thankful for?

(via http://www.yabucaneers.com)

http://www.janeaustengiftshop.co.uk/collections/christmas-gift-ideas/products/jane-austen-napkin-rings

Happy Bday Paul Copley!!!!!!

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-news/downton-abbey-star-denby-dale-8172849


St. Nicholas across the fields, Chawton — in Chawton, United Kingdom.

http://sarahemsley.com/2014/11/21/austens-sirens/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sohopress/9-ways-to-celebrate-like-jane-austen-this-christma-12rt9


… E buona serata! =3 Mi raccomando, folleggiate… Con moderazione da gentiluomini!

http://www.janeaustengiftshop.co.uk/blogs/articles/15815645-jane-austen-day

More than 50F in Boston. Yea! Warm welcomes to Giulietta, Maria, Emiliano, Lana, Paola, and Zilla! Also, anyone Facebook is not showing me.


St Catherine’s Chapel, Dorset, England

Set high on a hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury Abbey, this sturdily buttressed and barrel-vaulted 14th-century chapel was built by the monks as a place of pilgrimage and retreat.

It is now in the guardianship of English Heritage, and has been Grade I Listed since January 1956.

Photo by Peter Spencer49


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