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A Jane Austen Daydream

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  80 reviews
All her heroines find love in the end—but is there love waiting for Jane?

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend
Paperback, 414 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Madison Street Publishing (first published December 4th 2012)
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Audiobook narrated by Louisa Gummer. (11h 50m)

Well, this book took hold of me and I listened to it during every moment of the day, right up until my head hit the pillow. Seriously, this book is so goooood!!! Told in three volumes, Scott D.Southard unfolds the story of Jane Austen and her pursuit of love. Some of her suitors, such as Irishman Tom Lefroy, whose relationship with the author was shone upon in the film "Becoming Jane" and wealthy childhood friend, Harris Biggs Wither who is recogniz
Laura Hartness
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I have read an enjoyable biography of Jane Austen, I would never consider myself an expert on her life. However, it is my understanding that Jane was not one to have many love affairs. While hastily engaged (and disengaged) in 1802, she never married. Given the romantic content of her work, many have marveled at her ability to delve into the fictional hearts of female characters that have fallen in love. Some have speculated that she did indeed find love in her lifetime, possibly with a ma ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I particularly liked the way the author created the atmosphere, the cultural background, and the voices of Jane Austen's time so perfectly. There were times I forgot I was reading ABOUT a fictional Jane Austen rather than a book she herself had written. The characters were vivid and believable. (more to come) ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, jaff, 2018-jaff
I really wanted to like this story. It's clever, well-written, and well-constructed. The central idea is to present an altered "biography" of Jane Austen, which is intriguing. Various people in her life, both real and imagined for this book, influence the characters she eventually writes into her stories. For example, Mrs. deBourgh is opinionated and talkative, but in a more benign kind of way than Lady Catherine. Mrs. Austen has definite similarities to Mrs. Bennet without being identical. Othe ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott Southard is by far the best Jane Austen "fan fiction" I've ever read or listened to. Reminiscent of the movie Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway from several years ago, this book is a loose biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen. Unlike that movie, Jane's "romance" with a young Irishman is only the first of several suitors and Tom Lafoy never regards Jane as anything more than a friend. Two other potential suitors for Jane - an arrogant pastor and a wea ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author warns at the start of the novel that “This book is a work of fiction, only marginally influenced by the facts.” Southard imagines the author as living her work. The rich tones in “A Jane Austen Daydream” and playful meddling call to mind the madcap character, Emma. Jane’s witty rejoinders remind the reader of Elizabeth Bennett of “Pride and Prejudice.” Jane also experiences an anxiety of anticipation reminiscent of Lizzie before her Darcy came along. Jane loves love and she wants love ...more
Julie Valerie
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So you want my review of A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM by Scott Southard? Can we cut to the chase? Five stars.

A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM by Scott Southard, a fictionalized account of Jane's life, is a book that should be placed on the shelf of every book-loving fan of Jane Austen because she's absolutely "alive" on the pages of this book. She walks, talks, dreams. Her family (especially her older sister, Cassandra) moves about influencing Jane and the events around her. You'll find a hauntingly accurate re
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
While this has not been my favourite austenesque book, I have to compliment Scott D. Southard on a very well written work. It was entertaining to see the incorporation of characters and events from Jane's works in this fictional account of her life. The end is more uplifting than what we are used to in her biographies.

My drawback has nothing to do with the story, nor the writing. I think I have a hard time enjoying a work of fiction about a person who was real.
A fictional biography of Jane Austen. Using Jane Austen as the main character the author brings in characters, and situations that may have provided inspiration for her novels.

It is fun to think about what may have inspired the wonderful writer that is Jane Austen. The author of this book has a great imagination, and some things you could actually see really happening. Others not such much, but still fun to imagine. Through her writing we can glean that Jane studied people, and had a pretty g
Carrie Lahain
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-fun-read
First, the confession. I am a Jane Austen freak. I've read all the novels. I've watched all the movies. I've devoured biographies, letter collections, and academic discussions. I own Franklin Mint sculptures of Elinor Dashwood and Elizabeth Bennet. I even have a mug emblazoned with "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." So, I always get a little...discomposed...when a contemporary writer pens a sequel to one of Austen's novels, re-populates her greatest work with zombies, or turns dear Jane ...more
Beth Overmyer
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Austen. We all know she led a sad, short life…Right? Mr. Southard brilliantly reimagines the life of our beloved Jane, weaving in facts, names, dates (all without ceremony!—sorry, couldn’t resist.) He even tucks in quite a few quotes/book references, as to keep us on our toes.

Firstly, the quality of his writing is top-notch. I was never taken out of the narrative by any errors or typos. From the opening sentence to the last word, I was captivated.

Secondly, his style strongly reminds me of M
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How many of you have considered our dear Jane Austen and whether or not she ever enjoyed a true romance? Well, author Scott Southard has done something about that. Proving the Regency romance is not the exclusive domain of female authors, Scott Southard shows us the men know a thing or two about crafting a scintillating romance.

Aptly titled, this entertaining tale is a true daydream or reverie and the author graces his pages with not one but THREE romances for Miss Austen to consider.

The author
Christoph Fischer
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"A Jane Austen Daydream" by Scott D. Southard is a very uplifting and enjoyable reading experience for me. I was not brought up with Austen's books. Only when I came to live in an English speaking country did I start to become familiar with Jane and her marvellous work. My knowledge of her novels and her life is very fragmented and admittedly more hearsay than subject of proper research.

I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that this book does not require excessive knowledge of the fa
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It must not have been easy for a vivacious, imaginative young woman with talent and an independent spirit to fit the mold of how women in the class of the gentry in nineteenth century England were supposed to behave. Writing plays and novels, having a sharp mind and quick tongue, walking the countryside alone or playing pranks did not exactly endear the fictional (and perhaps the real) Jane Austen to her family and her neighbors. Loved by a gentle but conservative father and her nearly perfect s ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel, full of anecdotes, does not come across as a transparent retelling, but rather an emotional journey that fits in perfectly with the known facts of Jane Austen’s life. The inclusion of a completely fictional character, an American at that, ensures a uniqueness and the smart, humorous prose resonates the authors’ own beloved style. Jane’s experiences and thoughts are cleverly laced with phrases fans will recognize from her books, while character traits are obviously drawn from family a ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, favorites
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Jane Austen and admires her wit. It is a delightful reading, a biography written “in a Style entirely new”, wittily intertwining the facts (from letters and biographies) with fun and fiction. I found myself for the first time applauding at a book - with standing ovations for Mrs. Catherine de Bourgh. Make haste and add "A Jane Austen Daydream" to your shelves.

“Mrs. De Bourgh looked relieved. Oh, I am happy you understand, I was afraid yo
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Delicious. Beautiful. Those are the two words that kept coming to mind while I was reading this book. This fictionalized account of Jane Austen's life made me laugh out loud, pause to think, and shed tears.

Many of Jane Austen's characters can be found throughout the book. In the beginning, Jane herself is some mix of Lydia Bennett, Emma, and the only thing she has in common with Elizabeth Bennett is her wit. She is silly and selfish. Through the period of time conveyed in this book, she evolves
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Jane Austen's books. My two favorites are Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Scott D. Southard did a wonderful job of blending bits and pieces from Jane Austen's books into A Jane Austen Daydream. Author Southard wrote a charming and witty book about what he felt Jane Austen's life would be like based on the characters from her books. I couldn't wait to see how her life turned out but had to stop and allow my Kindle's battery to recharge. Definitely a must ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How lovely to read a book about Jane Austen, written in Jane,s style. Meeting up with characters & guessing which book they were from; coming across well known phrases; made me smile. And it has a good plot. Poor Jane & her would be lovers & her plotting, intrusive family. But it had an ending I would like for Jane & wish it were so. Jane might not be here physically anymore, but she is with us in her books & this one brought her back to me.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen did not write enough books. Only six. Six! And those six are so well loved that a whole industry has risen up to supply the unending demand for more things Jane. I’ve read my fair share, with mixed feelings in some cases, A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard was a pleasure to read from start to finish.
The key word here is ‘daydream’. This novel is a fictional – almost speculative – biography of Jane Austen in her twenties. While Sout
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am always on the lookout for a good Jane Austen biography as I have always been very fond of her many novels. Ever since reading "Pride & Prejudice" and "Emma" when I was young, I was fascinated with this woman and what a romantic life she must have led. However, if you have ever read anything about Jane Austen you know that she was never married. She was engaged once briefly but never married. I find this fact to be intriguing to say the least, since her novels were very centered on love and ...more
In A Jane Austen Daydream, Scott D. Southard says from the start, “This book is a work of fiction, only marginally influenced by the facts.” From there, he takes readers on a journey with Jane Austen from her home in Steventon to her brother’s home at Godmersham Park and even to Bath and Chawton, from her early 20s through the publication of Sense and Sensibility. Readers familiar with the known details of Austen’s life will notice that he plays with the timeline of her life, making her brother ...more
C. L. Deards
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Jane Austen Daydream is a roller-coaster emotional ride through the love life of Jane Austen set against the background of her day to day ups and downs with her family and her struggles within the confines of British society.

I should note that I read Scott Southard’s blog and have had communication with him where he has answered questions I have about writing and publishing. He’s a very friendly guy and I recommend reading his blog where he offers advice to the aspiring writer and talks about
Jeannie Walker
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen wasn't widely known in her own time but her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Like Jane, I also believe in intense feelings of love and looking for love (maybe in the wrong places) but falling in love is a wonderful feeling. Jane Austen's novels bridged the gap between romance and realism.
In A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM -we are introduced to a love story as well as to fortune-tellers. I also like fortune-tellers, and have had a couple opportunities in my lifetime to listen to a
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy reading

It was funny, interesting and romantic. It was much more than I expected. It was easy to read, the author really knows how to write!
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Just as I am fascinated by the thought that Jane Austen wrote her wonderful love stories in spite of never having found lasting love herself, I couldn't help but marvel that a MAN so successfully created such a beautiful tribute to a woman truly ahead of her time. I thoroughly enjoyed this reimagining of Miss Austen's life, based on fact and Scott D. Southard's own wishful thinking. Lovingly written in the style of Austen's own novels, I appreciated how Southard worked many references to those b ...more
Susan Jordan
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott Southard's A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM was a book I finished in a day. I couldn't stop reading. The author's premise was so intriguing, his realization so skillful, and the story and characters so delightful I didn't have a choice. It is important to read his brief preface and understand what the book will hold for you. There is a point where you have to be willing to join the author in what he is attempting to do, and if you are able to follow him, you are taken into a delightful daydream of a ...more
Tricia Defalco
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful step into literature through a time-piece in which Jane Austin lived. Although it is fiction interwoven with pieces of facts from her books; it is easy to be swept into the dialogue, timing and rhythm, and forget that this is not one of her works! What an incredulous feat Mr. Southland performed in creating this beautiful piece of literature.
There are many humorous parts to the story and a wonderful twist toward the end that add to the lovely charm throughout the book.
Debbie Lesley
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Pleasant Surprise

It is always a pleasure to discover a wonderful tale among the free Kindle books. As I read this book, I found myself transported to the era of Jane Austen, living among her family members. I found myself often angry at her only to remind myself that life differed so in another time so far removed from today. This is a book that has the characters coming alive, the setting real...... I found myself truly visualizing the trails upon which Jane walked. I now want to go re-read S
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this novel. Weaving quotes from Jane Austen's novels into a story about Jane Austen. It seemed to have a bit of other classic British authors as well. I borrowed this on kindle from a friend. Then I decided I needed it myself. It's different, not just a variation of some of the other novels. Obviously it's not totally truthful to Austen's life but it does include her parents and a couple of her siblings. ...more
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Scott D. Southard fell in love with books when he discovered Middle Earth and Narnia as a child. That beginning grew into a passion for classic literature and any story that he can get truly lost in. He is the author of seven books, including A Jane Austen Daydream and Permanent Spring Showers. For many years, he was heard on National Public Radio as a regular contributor to WKAR's Current State w ...more

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