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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  15,828 ratings  ·  3,261 reviews
Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”

That is my favorite Jane Austen quote. I love her books. I loved her memorable characters. Elizabeth Bennet is always gonna be one of my favorite literature characters. And thanks to Colin Firth made me re-watch a million times of his version of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy ( When I saw him playing Mr. Darcy at Bridget Jones I just scream cried a lot!)

So of course I got volunteered to read anything ab
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Among the final round nominees for 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards for both the Best Historical novel and the Best Debut novel.

There is so much here for fans of Jane Austen's works and her history. Jane's family is known to have destroyed hundreds, maybe thousands, of Jane's private correspondence, in an effort to control Jane's image or reputation, after she died. This novel is fiction so we don't learn anything more about Jane's life but it's a pleasure to read a book that incorporates so much of
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I picked up this book solely because it had Jane Austen’s name in the title and I’m an avid fan of her works.
The first few chapters are spent bringing in all the characters and I wasn’t at all sure what I had signed up for. A farm laborer, a doctor, an actress, a school teacher. What could these folks have in common? Well, it turns out it’s a love for Jane Austen and a desire to preserve her home and legacy in the town of Chawton.
This is a sweet, cozy, historical fiction. Don’t go into it expe

3.5 Stars

Set primarily in Chawton, a village in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life, Chawton has been the home of the Jane Austen’s House Museum since 1946. This debut novel covers the 1930’s through the mid 1940’s, and imagines how this came to be. Still, you don’t need to be a fan of Jane Austen’s books to read this, but if you’re not a fan before you read this, it may entice you to read more of her books.

I loved the setti
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner is a delightful English yarn, an antidote to today’s troubled times. Chawton is a quaint village where Jane Austen lived with her family one hundred and fifty years ago. There are few family members left and the property is in danger of being sold to a golf course consortium. A small group of citizens, an odd bunch at that, take on the difficult task of maintaining the estate, along with the memory of the renowned author. Thus is formed the Jane Austen S ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 26 May 2020

This is a very cozy story which spans the time between World War I and right after World War II. To truly have a full appreciation of the book you really must be a Jane Austen fan. The author quotes a lot from her books including pride and prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Her main characters are very likable and she truly sets the stag
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to meet the "three or four families in a country village," and a Hollywood movie star, who embrace their passion and form a literary society in honor of an author whose enduring appeal, after 200 years, reminds us of what should be paramount in our lives: compassion, love, and reading! The Jane Austen Society is an uplifting tribute to its inspiration and the nobility of the human spirit. -- Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
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3.5 Stars

Reading Rush: A book that will make you smile

Well The Jane Austen Society did make me smile. It was nice to read something light and mostly cheery.

This is the second Jane Austen related book I've read but I'm ashamed to admit that I've never read a Jane Austen novel. I've always intended to but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

The Jane Austen Society takes place in 1940's England. A group of vastly different people are brought together by they're love of Jane Aust
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Overflowing with references to Austen’s characters and literature, this will be the perfect read for lovers of her work and those looking for a country village cozy read.

The plot line could have easily come from Austen’s own quill with characters that oozed charm, this novel explores the relationships and secrets of those living in this quaint town. The dialogue is not quite as humorous as Austen’s, but the observations and nods to social mores are all there.

’And that’s exactly what Austen give
Kathryn in FL

"They" say that imitation is the deepest form of flattery. Yes, indeed it is, as you will observe when you read this lovely story. I am not a romance fan, so this is truly high praise. The interesting characters and their mutual love for both Jane Austen, as a person, and her body of work draws them together in a quest to create a memorial of some type in tribute to her work and her talent.

As they share their passion for the writings and characters set in Austen's time (late 1700's to
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars rounded up.

Let me take you to Chawton, Hampshire in the 1940’s. A village where everyone know everyone, a microcosm of society, perhaps even like living in a goldfish bowl but which so aptly mirrors a world that Jane Austen depicted so incisively and wryly. After Janes brother inherited Chawton House she lived there with her mother and sister in a cottage provided by him for the last eight years of her life. Living in this archetypal English village 130 years later are a number of res
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
Ever since reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time back in junior high (many many moons ago), I became a Jane Austen fan and never looked back. Over the ensuing decades, I’ve of course read all the rest of Austen’s work and, like many fans, admire her more and more with each read/re-read. Unlike other fans though, I’m not fond of retellings of Austen’s works, so I try to stay away from those as much as possible. With that said, if a book is ABOUT Jane Austen or her works and not a ret ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was an unexpected delight. I thought it would be fluffy, but since a close friend recommended it, I felt compelled to read it. Not fluffy, not heavy, just pure enjoyment. I loved the discussions about Austen's characters: their motives, their flaws, and their virtues, much like the members of the Society. People healing and changing through a shared love of Austen's complex characters was not a stretch for me. It was easy to believe diverse personalities could become friends bound by a ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-complete
I was very much looking forward to reading about a group of people that loved Jane Austen's work and got together to discuss them, But, unfortunately, I made it no further than chapter 6. My reading came to a stop when suddenly the book was filled with numerous obscenities as well as an attempted rape that was described in detail. Very sad that a possibly good book that up to this point had sounded interesting totally lost my interest.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
[3.5] A pleasurable read, geared to Jane Austen fans. Set in 1940s Chawton where Austen spent the last years of her life, the novel focuses on a disparate group of Austen devotees. There were a few minor plot holes but overall quite satisfying.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the ARC.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many of us love Jane Austen. Her books are classics and her stories have found their way to the movie screen so many times that her characters now feel like old friends. If you are a fan, there is so much to enjoy in The Jane Austen Society.

Set in Chawton, the Hampshire village where Austen lived out her short life, a group of lonely and sad people come together in 1945 to transform a cottage on Austen’s brother’s family estate into a museum as a tribute to the author’s legacy. The people who
I’ll admit right away, that historical fiction is not a genre I usual read. I like my historical fiction to be on the lighter side. Less heart-breaking, more uplifting, and most of the historical fiction books I read so far are the opposite of that. BUT both Guernsey and The Jane Austen Society delivered on the uplifting feel.

The book is FULL of characters, I stopped counting, but there are at least 7 that are prominently featured in the book. They are all wonderfully endearing, and very likable
I loved this book!

I cannot believe that this novel is a debut. It was brilliant! I simply am addicted to this book and Natalie Jenner's phenomenal writing.

Is it the name of the book where anything Jane Austen I must love and gravitate too? Is it the amazing book cover that just brings me back to simpler times? Is it the motley crew of characters that are so different they make up the perfect society? Well, it is everything! I love every bit of this from the historical background, and the charac
I have just finished reading The Jane Austen Society, by author Natalie Jenner

I am giving this book 2.5 stars

The story takes place in a small village in England – Chawton, just after the war.

The author creates a feeling much like the writing style of Jane Austen, and the storyline surrounds a group of Jane Austen fans, who want to preserve the home of the famous author

The book makes me want to read more beautiful Jane Austen books, but I found the storyline a bit simple and lacking of lustre

A heartwarming, gently paced tale set in the 1940's English village, Chawton, that will delight many readers.

When I spotted the title, I pictured a much different story- one that had a modern group of eclectic people sipping their wine or tea, discussing Austen’s works and eventually their personal lives. But, then I noticed the blurb and a spark of excitement leaped in me because this wasn’t ‘a’ Jane Austen society (or book club or fan club) this was ‘THE’ Jane Austen Society as in a fictional
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book was the unity amongst this small group of people- all for the love of Jane Austen. I’m not sure if there is any other author who has inspired such devotion and admiration. They were a disparate group- yet they all adored the books of Jane Austen and wanted to keep her memory alive.
Sure on some level it was fairy tale like with the couplings and the underlying drama, but I saw that as a play on Austen’s characters. I saw Darcy in Dr Gray; I saw Elizabeth Bennett refle
When I spotted the title, I pictured a much different story- one that had a modern group of eclectic people sipping their wine or tea, discussing Austen’s works and eventually their personal lives. But, then I noticed the blurb and a spark of excitement leaped in me because this wasn’t ‘a’ Jane Austen society (or book club or fan club) this was ‘THE’ Jane Austen Society as in a fictional account of the very first one set in her home village of Chawton, no less, during the Post-WWII period. I was ...more
Susan's Reviews
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of Jane Austen's books might well enjoy this story about a group of second world war townsfolk who unite to preserve the small home and monuments that drew many visitors to the small town of Chawton, Jane Austen's final resting place.

I could see elements of Austen's stories played out in this novel. Bits and pieces of the plots of Emma, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice - all lent a h
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

What does a Hollywood actress, a widowed doctor, a farmer, a school teacher and a lonely descendant of the author have in common? A love for all Jane Austen's novels, of course! In the village of Chawton, a society is born and a group of charming characters who are immune to how their lives parallel the characters they so adore.

Honestly, I will read any book about Jane Austen and that is very apparent f
I am sad to say I really did not like this book, but I did not hate it. I just feel it was ok. I was really looking forward to book this, so I was really sad it was not a book I loved. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley, booksirens, or goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. (*)
The Jane Austen Society

This delightful name-dropping book was made doubly so by the many Austen characters referred to, mentioned, and even comparisons made with the fictional characters of this tale. It was enough to make a reader thrill with inner yelps of “Oooo! Oooo! I know this! I know this!” Austen fans will approve heartily, I predict. The story unfolds in a very Austen fashion. . . so many reasons things are as they are and always will be and it is hopeless to think otherwise, and about
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, “The Jane Austen Society” is one of the sweetest novels I’ve read in a while. It’s well written; it has a heartwarming character cast; it has a pace that keeps you engaged in the tiny group who love Jane Austen.

I am not a Jane Austen scholar, but nonetheless I truly enjoyed this read. For those of you who are familiar with Ms Austen, you will find the references to her novels enjoyable. Each character of this novel enjoys different Austen characters for their own reasons.

The set
I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for months, unfortunately though it did not live up to my expectations. At the beginning I enjoyed the discussions on Austen’s various novels, but the longer I listened the less engaged I felt. The plot felt slow and lack luster, and the characters fell flat for me. For those who are curious about language or content, there are a few chapters with some strong language and profanity. It’s not in every chapter, but when it was used, it rubbed m ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"But one can always read Austen "

So there is a lot of Jane Austen out there right now. As there always is. And I don't begrudge anyone the love HOWEVER as someone who would love to see some of her other literary favourites (I am looking at you, miniseries of Villette) get attention, I often feel that every time I approach something Austen I will be seeing something I have seen before.

For example, on first glance, you might look at this and think: hey! It's the Jane Austen Book Club 40s Style.

The story takes place in Chawton, England, the final home of Jane Austen where several of the residents deal with grief and loss while taking some comfort in reading Jane Austen’s work. The characters come from very different backgrounds, social and economic: a farmer, widow, movie star, doctor, student, an antiquity agent, but they’re united by their affection of Austen’s work. When they find out the Jane Austen’s home and library are threatened, they band together to preserve her history.

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Natalie Jenner was born in England and emigrated to Canada as a young child. She obtained her B.A. and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto, where she was the 1990 Gold Medalist in English Literature at St. Michael's College, and was Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995. In addition to a brief career as a corporate lawyer, Natalie has worked as a recruiter, career coach, and consultant to lead ...more

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