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both novel and author for today's post of the book I'm featuring for Monday's Reading, Tuesday Intros and Teasers ~
"If it were true, but I cannot believe it. I will not! Surely there has been some error."
For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines…
The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
By Shannon Winslow
What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was actually inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend Persuasion to stand forever in homage to her one true love?
While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story – her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, Jane prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux.
The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story...
Shannon's insights and quotes from Jane Austen on her own travels will be of interest to other Janeites, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing with us Shannon!
Town or country? Setting is one of the things an author must consider when planning a novel. However, in the case of my new book, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, it was decided for me. Since this story of her secret lifelong romance with a gentleman by the name of Captain Philippe Devereaux is fit within the framework of Jane Austen’s own life, it goes where she went – starting in the country at Steventon, moving to the busy town of Bath (with an excursion to Sidmouth), back to the country at Chawton and then finally Winchester.
I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world (in a semi-rural area south of
Seattle), surrounded by tall evergreen trees
and with a view of from my windows.
And although I enjoy visiting cities, including my one trip to Mt.
Rainier , I’m just as glad I don’t live there. Bath
Jane Austen shared my preference for country life, and she was miserable the five years she spent in
. It’s her own attitude
that’s reflected in Persuasion when
she writes: Bath
Anne entered [
with a sinking heart, anticipating an imprisonment of many months, and
anxiously saying to herself, “Oh! When shall I leave you again?” Bath
“Imprisonment” may sound extreme to us, but it was a pretty accurate description of Jane Austen’s situation. She had no say; she was entirely dependent on her father for support and therefore captive to his decision to move the family to
Since The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen represents the author’s own journal, written in her own words, her attitude towards the move to
comes through loud and clear. She is shocked at the news, grieved to leave her
home in Steventon, and only briefly diverted by the freshness of her new
We had been at Bath for a full year by then; we had seen all the sights in every season, attended the assembly rooms a dozen times or more and begun to tire of our confined and unvarying society. At least I had. Father promised we would go to the seaside again, as we did the summer before, but until then we were consigned to suffer the white glare and dreadful sameness of
And, after her respite at the seaside (more specifically Sidmouth, where she had adventures much like Anne Elliot at Lyme), she must return to town:
The setting itself gave me no comfort, for I had learnt to dislike
Not least among its detractions for me was the familiar din that greeted us
immediately upon our arrival – the dash of other carriages, the heavy rumble of
carts and drays, the bawling of newsmen, muffin-men, and milk-men. These did
not upset my father, I noticed. No, his spirits rose under their influence, and
he remarked that, after being so long in retirement at the seashore, there was
“nothing like the cheerful sound of a little activity.” I suppose everybody has
their own tastes in noises, as well as in other matters, and sounds that are
quite innoxious to one ear may be most distressing to another. For me, it was a
sad thing indeed to exchange the natural music of wind and wave for the
mechanical clatter of town. Bath
I trust this is an accurate representation of Jane Austen’s way of thinking and not simply a reflection of my own. I likewise much prefer the quiet music of nature to the “mechanical clatter of town.”
Oh, but there is one more location that plays a small but critical role in the story – another place I have had the pleasure of visiting – and that is Venice, Italy. It has a special light and a music all its own. Perhaps that unique town/seaside setting would have been more to Jane Austen’s taste than
. What do you think? Bath
I hope you’ll read The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen and follow Jane through her travels – over the years and from place to place – as she recounts for us the surprising story of her romance with Captain Devereaux.
Author Shannon Winslow specializes in fiction for fans of Jane Austen. Her popular debut novel, The Darcys of Pemberley, immediately established her place in the genre, being particularly praised for the author’s authentic Austenesque style and faithfulness to the original characters. For Myself Alone (a stand-alone Austen-inspired story) followed. Then last year Return to Longbourn wrapped up Winslow's Pride and Prejudice saga, forming a trilogy when added to the original novel and her previous sequel. Now she has given us a “what if” story starring Jane Austen herself. In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, that famous author tells her own tale of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending.
Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of
Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing . Mt. Rainier
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