I received a copy of Collins Hemingway’s The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol III through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. III
by Collins Hemingway
Publication Date: November 4, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 338 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Stunning Finale to Jane Austen’s Saga
In the moving conclusion to “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen,” Jane and her husband struggle with the serious illness of their son, confront a bitter relationship with the aristocratic family who were once their friends and face the horrific prospect of war when the British Army falters on the continent. The momentous events of the Napoleonic wars and the agonizing trials of their personal lives take Jane and Ashton to a decision that will decide their fate—and her future—once and for all.
Having completed this trilogy, I’ve almost retitled this novel in my mind: The Tragedy of Miss Jane Austen. Indeed, the conclusion of this series reminded me of Shakespeare’s most sorrowful works. This made it all the more compelling: as much as I wanted to conclude the series to learn of what would happen, I couldn’t look away if I’d wanted to. As the reader, I too had to grieve with Jane through loss and despair.
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol III is perhaps the most powerful of the books in the series. I’ve always been drawn to Jane Austen the person, and books one and two drew me into her romance; book three drew me into a deep sense of empathy.
The presence of Chawton brought a personal note–I was lucky enough to visit myself (though in the modern day, of course), while I began to feel all the more like I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Miss Jane Austen. I followed her surreptitious romance from the start and, particularly in this final novel, found her love story to be utterly dysfunctional. In some cases, this would take me out of the story or even turn me off of the book but, in this case, it made the tale of Jane and Ashton all the more real–if a historian were to remark that this was, in fact, what really happened, I can’t say I’d be entirely surprised.
This is undoubtedly an emotional read, but one not to skip nevertheless.
Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series
Hemingway again displays his notable ability to recreate time and place, moving on from the heady days of Jane Austen’s early love to a marriage beset by difficulties and a country at war. Hemingway … vividly and authentically portrays the times. … [T]his is a lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving finale to Hemingway’s successful trilogy. —BlueInk Review
Immensely satisfying … Marriage is lively, compelling, and fun. … [Her] relationship with her husband Ashton still sparkles. Marriage is a lovely ode to their connection. … Hemingway has combined Austen’s humanity with her fiction and created a Jane that lives and breathes on the page. Audiences will want her to be real… It offers a wonderful, imagined alternate life for the well-loved author. —Claire Foster, Foreword Review
‘Enjoyable … an imaginative, well-researched series.’ —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Collins’ passion for literature, history, and science enable him to create complete, sharply drawn fictional characters fully engaged in their complex and often dangerous worlds. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding respect for courage in the face of adversity.
As a nonfiction book author, Collins has investigated 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 co-authored with Bill Gates, he tackles challenging topics with clarity and insight, writing for the intelligent but nontechnical reader.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Collins has lived most of his adult life in the American Northwest, with a career that has spanned writing, high tech, and aviation. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa; a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oregon; and numerous technical certifications in computer technology.
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