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Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a prim and proper life as a single woman. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she—and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is a trilogy that resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life, the “lost years” of her twenties—a period of which historians know virtually nothin
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 20th 2015 by AuthorHouse
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Michele Mcfadden
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite alt-universe Jane Austen novel (and I've read a bunch). The most surprising thing was that it was about Miss Austen herself, not a reimagined Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse. Beautifully written, and such an interesting combination of JA history, her fiction, Georgian science and history, and what-ifs. Reminded me a little of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell- without the magic. Looking forward to parts II & III. ...more
Abigail Bok
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title of this work is shocking: the marriage of Miss Jane Austen? Impossible! But so it is, in this fictionalized version of Austen’s life. Author Collins Hemingway has taken a fragment of an incident in her life—when she wrote to a publisher protesting the failure to print the first version of what later became Northanger Abbey, she signed her letter “Mrs. Ashton Dennis” (as in she was MAD)—and has created an Ashton Dennis for her to be married to.

The fictional and factual elements of her l
The author has created a fun, light and affectionate tribute to Jane Austen alongside speculating on how her life might have turned out had she married, and delivering an engaging historical romance.   The book captures the spirit of Jane Austen’s appraising eye of society, its foibles and – to modern day eyes – its bewildering rules of etiquette.

Jane and her sister, Cassandra, despite neither of them being that old, find themselves on the way to being consigned to the ranks of spinsterhood.  ‘S
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Carole (in Canada)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque Readers, Fiction, Romance
Recommended to Carole (in Canada) by: JustJane1813

What a wonderful, imaginative and beautifully written story giving Jane Austen an alternate life. I had a very hard time putting this book down. I am always hesitant to read these type of stories, as we know it didn't happen, but as I have said before, I shouldn't be.

"If you do not hold her dear, then wait. Find a woman who can truly know your heart. Who wants you..."(quote from the book)

There is so much to love in this adventurous and witty tale that springs to life through the descriptive ver
Mar 28, 2018 added it
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I was excited for the chance to read Volume I in Collings Hemingway’s The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy. The premise is so intriguing! What would Jane Austen’s life have been like had she married? Would she still have written the novels that I love so much? And if she would have had the opportunity to write while running her household, how would her marriage have changed those stories? This first volume doesn’t focus much on Jane’s novel writing; it’s set from 1802-1805, during the time s ...more
Connie D
I love Jane Austen so much that I enjoy books that just remind me about her novels. This Austen-inspired book had moments of fun cleverness as well as some thoughtful developments. However, in the end, it didn't quite do it for me and it didn't quite mesh.
Diana Page Jordan
Thoroughly up-to-date and entertaining, THE MARRIAGE OF MISS JANE AUSTEN is highly imagined, playful, and it is writ close to Austen’s own voice. Collins Hemingway’s tale discovers how Jane Austen’s life might have changed had she said, “Till death do us part.”

In this novel, she does, but not until the very end, leading the reader to the edge of a chair, straining to hear the whispers of what might come next for Jane Austen and her suitor Ashton Dennis. That answer is Part Two of a trilogy.

In t
Tom Hanrahan
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen" is an engaging book that I think captures to life and times of early 19th century England. Miss Jane's adventures are fun and interesting but importantly tell us a lot about her and help explain the writer she will later become. I really enjoyed this book.
3.5 stars
Alexandra Mack
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story started off with Jane and her best friend going on a hot air balloon excursion. Even though I know little to nothing about hot air balloons, Hemingway perfectly described it. I felt like I was in the sky myself! I was even scared when Jane and Ashton had to figure out how to fly the patchy balloon on their own and was exhilarated when they landed. Then I remembered that this book took place in the early 1800s and that their family is worried sick as they are spending a day or two wait ...more
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I enjoyed this enough to want to know more about what could have, might have been for Miss. Jane Austen. Hemingway gave a detailed possibility of the life of this real-life character in her own rights. There was depth and character added to this character and her possibly true husband. Or it could have all just been made up on her end. I got lost in the pages but was not completely lost. I wanted to believe so much that Miss Austen had her HEA. She had written many of them for others. Where was ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the novels of Jane Austen. They are comfort reads for me. I have print editions but also carry them in e-book format on my phone. That said, I have read relatively little about Jane Austen's life, so I found the premise of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen particularly intriguing.

This novel tells an alternate history of Jane Austen's life and love, with a glimpse at how this difference might have effected her writing.

It was a pleasure to spend time with Jane Austen and a lively cast of cha
Gail Herman
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Well written. Well researched. Not a retelling of an Austen novel. Rather, this author used elements of Jane's stories but made Jane the central interest of this novel. Language seemed to fit the time period. A satisfying read. Highly recommend this book. Looking forward to the sequels!
Carole Rae
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love what-if stories, but I hate them at the same time especially if I want it to be the real thing that happened. This is the case for this one. This story follows a Miss Jane Austen. Instead of dying a spinster, she gets to be married to a man who really loves her. It took a while for her to realize she is supposed to be with this gentleman, but it does happen. No spoilers here…it is in the title. LOL

But yes, this was short and sweet. I am curious to read the next book in the trilogy. The ne
We all know that Jane Austen was never married. However, what would it have been like if Jane Austen had fallen in love and married? The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen reimagines how Jane Austen would have changed had she been married. Jane Austen takes a disliking to her childhood friend, Ashton, because he has grown up to be pompous and arrogant. She doesn’t believe that he is capable of winning her heart. However, through a series of events, Jane realizes that Ashton may be the person who compl ...more
Erika Messer
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I have a degree in English literature, Jane Austen is without a doubt my FAVORITE author, I love historical fiction and I am a true lover of all Jane Austen Fan Fiction. This book falls into all 3 of those categories on some level which is probably why I loved it so much. Any Austenite hungers for any information they can get on her and of course love to opine on how her life might have been, how it might have been different, and what would have happened had she marri ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore Jane Austen. I've read and re-read her novels many times. I've even ventured into Jane Austen genre of 'what if'' novels because I too wanted more. These authors satiated my need for more Austen for a while. However, I don't think I've come across a 'what if'' novel that was inspired by Jane herself. My interest was immediately piqued.

Collins Hemingway has written a fictional account of Jane Austen during the time period where little is known about the famous author. The Marriage of Miss
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I think every girl has a period in her life where Jane Austen’s books are EVERYTHING. Pride and Prejudice , Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey…her novels are a perfect view of 19th century life with their manners and ideals and fashions, slightly ahead of their time. But still, the mystery has always been, why did Jane herself never marry? She did accept a proposal and then rejected it the following day. But why? I don’t think an answer has ever been given and Jane remained single for the re ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though I've read several works fit for the Austenite masses, each one has its own charms. In this particular undertaking, we have Jane receiving the attention of a familiar young man with his intentions as obvious as the day is least to everyone BUT the intended. Ah yes, Ms. Austen seems to be oblivious to that which is on offer from one Mr. Dennis, and yet, I can't help but second her second guessing nature. Was it too much to ask that the question be asked plainly? Was it too much to ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Growing up, my mom introduced me to her favorite classic authors, who very quickly became my favorite authors; Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. I could (and have) read Little Women, Jane Eyre, Emma and Sense and Sensibility over and over and over again. I am a bit of a research-nut, and have enjoyed studying the lives of these three authors. But Jane Austen has particularly nagged at me over the years. What was her life really like? And, what if it had taken a different turn? ...more
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume I by Collins Hemingway is a fun story with a twist on the life of Jane Austen. It’s about the possibility of if life went differently for her and she fell in love and got married. Fans of Jane Austen will find this story quite fun and definitely interesting. Readers may also find this story a little hard to get into, but enjoyable and fun just the same, once into the story a bit more. This is a story that in its fullest is a delightful historical fiction, ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this “what if” book. The author focused on historical events and inventions along with good character development.

After discussing it with book club members, we agreed that Jane probably would not have been so vocal—the author had Jane say what she would have been only thinking.

The hot air balloon episode was too long. I doubt Jane’s father would have been so abusive to Ashton or Jane. A bit much. The honeymoon scene was awkward.

I am reading the second volume.
Good 3.5 Stars

This was a good book, not great but I enjoyed it. I expected more insight from the male characters since it was written by a man but this was not the case.
Melissa Anderson Garcia
Fun alternate history with good period detail.
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Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have to admit to being a most ardent fan of Jane Austen. See what I did there? If you are an admirer of Miss Austen, I’m pretty sure you understand the reference. But back to the task at hand. I admit to my slight obsession so that you can understand why I was immediately drawn to this book. It always seemed so unfair to me that the woman who wrote some of my favorite love stories spent her life alone. With this novel, I get to imagine a different life fo
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I was curious about this book initially because I knew the author planned a trilogy, set in an alternate reality where Jane Austen DID marry, presumably while also continuing her career as a writer. What I found odd about this novel was that Hemingway uses, very blatantly, the true-life story of Austen's acception and next-day rejection of a proposal from her family friend Harris Bigg-Wither as the basis of his fiction. Bigg-Wither's sisters, Alethea and Catherine, are also very present in the n ...more
Perry B
Well Written But Very Predictible

Anyone who knows anything about JA understands his character Aston Dennis is a stand in for the real life Harris Bigg-Wither. He's the young gentleman, (age 21 or 22) who proposed to JA, when she was in her late 20s. And, yes, he did stammer and was wealthy. In "real life," she rejected him. This is in effect an alternative reality for her.

Also, I found the idea that she would ever go up on a balloon ride strained credibility
Other than those two problems, the boo
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book for review purposes; all opinions expressed in this review are my own honest thoughts.*

This novel caught my attention early on for some personal connections: for new readers to the blog (welcome!), I was lucky enough to live in Bath for some time (and I liked it far more than Miss Jane Austen did). I studied Jane Austen there and visited many of the same streets and spots than Jane and Cassandra do while in Bath with their family, so I quickly felt a kinship to Ja
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the premise of the book, which was Jane Austen with a suitor that she decided to marry, an alternative to the true life story that Jane did accept a proposal, but changed her mind overnight and the next day rejected the offer.

I was hoping it would go even further into their married life, but I understand that is going to be in the second Volume that comes out in 2016. I will look forward to seeing it later in the year.
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