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Jane by the Sea: Jane Austen's Love Story

by Carolyn V. Murray

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Jane Austen’s love stories are timeless romances sprinkled with endless wit and intriguing characters. Where did Jane find her inspiration for such romance and characters when she herself was never married? Carolyn V. Murray takes inspiration from little known facts about Jane’s summer spent in the Seaside town of Sidmouth and imagines Jane’s intense love affair with Royal Navy Lieutenant Frederick Barnes. Jane’s father is a clergyman who has fallen on hard times. Jane is now a daughter with poor prospects, but high hopes in the romance department. After a failed encounter due to her family’s status, Jane is apprehensive of another failed relationship and accepts her future spinster status. However, after a chance encounter with the determined Lieutenant, Jane’s heart begins to soften at the chance for love.

This was an incredibly sweet story that also felt very authentic. I think Murray did an excellent job capturing Austen’s voice, personality and interactions. Jane was an amazing character, full of life, complex emotions and plenty of tenacity and cleverness. It was very interesting to learn about her family, their circumstances and Jane’s relationships with them, especially as these relationships affected her fictional characters. I loved Jane's ups and downs within her relationship with Frederick, it seemed like such a natural progression and they were so perfect together. I really enjoyed seeing how her changing perspective on Frederick and love itself influenced the character of Darcy in her writing. Overall, this was a highly entertaining, sweet and quick read for any fans of Jane Austen or historical romance.

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  Mishker | Jul 28, 2015 |
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Very little is known about the young man that Jane Austen met during a seaside holiday in 1800. Her sister was later to say that she believed this young man was falling in love with Jane and was someone she felt was truly worthy of her sister. What transpired that summer? Perhaps it happened this way …

Jane begins her search for love with giddy optimism, but her first encounter proves devastating. The young Irishman who captured her heart is convinced by his family that marrying a penniless clergyman’s daughter would be a terrible mistake. Jane resolves never again to succumb to false hope, romantic delusions, and pathetic heartbreak.

Lieutenant Frederick Barnes is on medical leave from the Royal Navy. By the time he crosses paths with Jane, she has lost her faith in love and is determined to protect her heart at all costs. But the Lieutenant is captivated and equally determined to break through her defenses. Jane must battle between what she knows and what she feels. What will happen to her heart if she is wrong again?

Jane Austen’s great works include Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. She became the unparalleled master of the regency love story. Where did she learn so much about love? Hopefully, this biographical novel will feel more like autobiography, as it strives to uncover Jane Austen’s authentic voice.

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"Very little is known about the young man that Jane Austen met during a seaside holiday in 1800. Her sister was later to say that she believed this young man was falling in love with Jane and was someone she felt was truly worthy of her sister. What transpired that summer? Perhaps it happened this way..." --… (more)

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