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Jane by the Sea: Jane Austen's Love Story

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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
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published July 24th 2015 by Sandcastle Press (first published July 19th 2015)
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Jane Austen is possibly the world’s best known romantic novelist (not that I would call her a romantic novelist, but that label is often applied to her). We know that she didn’t marry but that she did have some brushes with romance herself. There was an attraction towards Tom Lefroy, who was the nephew of Jane’s close friend and neighbour, Madame Lefroy, which came to nothing after his family
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love stories about Jane Austen's characters and retellings of her stories, but I also love fictional stories about her own life. It is a work of fiction, but the author put the time in to quote Jane from her letters and place her in situations and with people around her that really happened. In the gaps, she speculated knowledgeably and the choices she made in the story fit what is know from Jane's life. I was engaged with the story and had strong emotional responses.

The story gives a glimpse
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Elizabeth Stanley
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
JANE BY THE SEA is apparently Carolyn V. Murray's first novel and what an accomplished book it is. She really nails Jane Austen's voice and I adored the way that she imagines the evolution of Jane Austen's greatest works as springing from Austen's own direct experiences in life and love. Murray's Jane feels both authentic to the time period and simultaneously utterly contemporary. I recommend JANE BY THE SEA wholeheartedly. It's a novel that not only will appeal to Austen fans around the world, ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gentle Readers Everywhere,
I have met (on my kindle) the new Jane Austen and her name is Carolyn V. Murray. If you think this is just another JA fan fiction (not that there's anything wrong), you are in for a treat. Part biography and part historical fiction, this book is beautifully crafted from beginning to end. One of the many amazing aspects of the book is how the author convincingly conveys how the events in Austen's life change and shape her as a writer. But the writing itself is
Sarah  M
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think Carolyn did a great job capturing Jane Austen. I think Jane by the Sea was well written. It's sweet without being sappy and Jane still manages to come across with enough spice and wit to keep you smiling.
Beth Dowse-Pollock
Oh, how I loved this book. My husband gave it to me as Christmas present, and I read it in less than 2 days. Carolyn Murray has an excellent flare for making the reader feel as though they know Jane. The romance is alive with reality and hope. ( No spoilers, I promise). What a gem of a book.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author sent a copy of this book to the library, where I'm employed, as a gift. As a fan of Jane Austen's writing & that era, I was eager to read this novel. Carolyn V. Murray does not disappoint with this lovely work of historical fiction. It captured my attention at page two of the prologue and held me hostage until the final page.

The book reads much like a short memoir, written as if by Jane Austen, herself. It took me from my little farm in South Dakota to a world miles away and years
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely written story, I think the author captured Jane's personality well - or at least what the common perception of her personality is. It kept me entertained throughout and I especially enjoyed the relationship between Jane and her sister Cassie. I recommend it for Austen enthusiasts, it suggests a somewhat different (cheeky?) origin of the stories of Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. I wonder if it was when Jane's heart was broken for the second time that she decided to ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A fictionalised account of Jane Austen while staying with her family at Sidmouth, and meeting a Lieutenant Frederick Barnes.
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Carolyn V. Murray spent her childhood with the proverbial nose inside a book; between Encyclopedia Brown, the Laura Ingalls Wilder saga, A Wrinkle in Time, etc…she could not start the next book soon enough. At the age of eleven, she approached a librarian and asked to see books on how to become a writer. The librarian was amused, and Carolyn was NOT happy to be the source of this amusement. It ...more