Dear Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon: Book Review

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Cover of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love by Patrice Hannon

3 Stars

Imagine, if you will, that Jane Austen can somehow receive letters from her modern-day readers, asking for her sage advice in love and marriage. That’s the premise for this charming little book.

Part “autobiography”, part self-help book, and part critical analysis, Dear Jane Austen is full of practical advice for all women, no matter what era they’re living in. Told in a tone that is mostly pitch-perfect, Austen weighs in on topics ranging from beauty to friends and family, to sex. The only thing that jarred was when she used modern phrases in her answers. There’s something of an explanation included, but it still bothered me a little.

There are some spoilers included if you haven’t read Austen’s entire body of work. I haven’t yet, but this didn’t really bother me. I think I’ll have forgotten the little bits and pieces I learned by the time I actually get around to reading all of her other books.

Fans of Austen will love this little book, especially the single women still looking for their Mr. Darcy.

Review written April 18, 2009

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  1. I loved this book. The way it was done and the questions as well as the responses were so thoughtful. I initially had my apprehensions. I took it with me on a trip to see my grandkids. The way it was laid out I could even concentrate between kids…lol. I'd recommend it. Actually I have. I have 2 of Ms. Hannon's books.

  2. Oh, great, thanks for sharing this! It seems to be a cute book about Jane Austen, sort of unique. I wish I could write to Jane Austen, that would be so cool.;)

  3. I envy you ladies that got to read all these Austen related books other than those original works of hers. Sounds like a pretty fun, quick read to me. Will have to find out if I can get one for myself over here!

  4. Lovely! I've just finished reading the book few days ago, posted a review of it on my blog as well as a part of Jane in June. The book is very much a good read ;p

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