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I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison
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Jul 24, 2011

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bookshelves: biographical-fiction, historical-fiction, romance, young-adult, england, mothers-daughters, 18th-century, picked-up-because-of-cover
Read from July 17 to 24, 2011

This book tells the story of a teenaged Jane Austen and her cousin and best friend Jenny (or Jane) Cooper during the spring of 1791. It is written in diary format from the perspective of Jenny. The book was very fascinating. The author did well bringing the characters to life (all of whom were based on real people) and they were quite easy to relate to. The book was well-paced and none of it dragged. The only problem I had with the book is that I found the character of Jane to be a bit contrived. It seems the author tried very hard to make her a rebel against the times she was living in from the beginning. The book was a very fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Austen's novels.

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