This is the other book I ordered a while back. And I finished this one too a couple of days ago.
Just Jane is a novel, by Nancy Moser, about the life of Jane Austen. It spans the years from when Jane was about 17 or something, till the year before she died.
Most of the people, events and things in the book are based on fact. And I would say that the author seems to have done her research thoroughly. But of course, since it is a novel, not every little thing in it is true.
I must own that I was disappointed in this one. I had expected to be more impressed with the book. I mean, after all, it’s a novel about Jane Austen! I thought the book portrayed her life as if it was all misery! Or at least, the greatest part of it. Of course, I don’t know for sure, perhaps her life was really as gloomy and depressing as that book made it seem. But I don’t think so. We know there was hardship and pain in her life, but surely not all of it! Alright, the whole book didn’t focus on that, there were some happy parts. But in my opinion too much focus was put on the depressing parts. And then I must say I didn’t really care for the style it was written in.
Having said all that I will also say though that I did enjoy reading it. Not as much as I had hoped. But it was still an ok book, it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations of it.
So will I read it again? I’m not sure. Possibly sometime later on. If I was going to rate this one on a scale from 1 to 10, I think I would put it at about 5.