Another day of gorgeous blue sky and colourful foliage as I’m posting for today’s Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays~
*I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to intro and Welcome
both novel and author for today’s post of the book I’m featuring for Monday’s Reading, Tuesday Intros and Teasers ~The new release from a favourite Jane Austen variation author, Shannon Winslow, has entirely captivated my imaginationwith creative plotting and engaged me with Jane’s worldin a most authentic and emotional connection.The author has adeptly kept me guessing til the end…*THE PERSUASION OF MISS JANE AUSTEN
~ Here’s today’s Tuesday Intro Teaser ~
“Your favourite authoress, dead,” said the count. “Sad news indeed, my darling.”Madame frowned and slowly shook her head.
“If it were true, but I cannot believe it. I will not! Surely there has been some error.”“What? Do you think the newspapers invent these things?”“I daresay they do not. More likely, they are simply mistaken in this case.. or misinformed. No, this report does not upset me, I assure you. Although I am glad to be told that there are now two more of her books out in the world, I am quite certain that this business about Miss Austen herself is a gross falsehood. I feel it in my bones. In fact, I would wager anything you like that she is every bit as much alive as I am. Will you take my bet?” …
For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines…
The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
By Shannon Winslow
What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was actually inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend Persuasion to stand forever in homage to her one true love?
While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story – her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, Jane prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux.
The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story…
Having just returned from my own varied travel experiences,
Shannon’s insights and quotes from Jane Austen on her own travels will be of interest to other Janeites, I’m sure. Thanks for sharing with us Shannon!
Town or country? Setting is one of the things an author must consider when planning a novel. However, in the case of my new book, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, it was decided for me. Since this story of her secret lifelong romance with a gentleman by the name of Captain Philippe Devereaux is fit within the framework of Jane Austen’s own life, it goes where she went – starting in the country at Steventon, moving to the busy town of Bath (with an excursion to Sidmouth), back to the country at Chawton and then finally Winchester.
I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world (in a semi-rural area south of Seattle), surrounded by tall evergreen trees and with a view of Mt. Rainier from my windows. And although I enjoy visiting cities, including my one trip to Bath, I’m just as glad I don’t live there.
Jane Austen shared my preference for country life, and she was miserable the five years she spent in Bath. It’s her own attitude that’s reflected in Persuasion when she writes:
Anne entered [Bath] with a sinking heart, anticipating an imprisonment of many months, and anxiously saying to herself, “Oh! When shall I leave you again?”
“Imprisonment” may sound extreme to us, but it was a pretty accurate description of Jane Austen’s situation. She had no say; she was entirely dependent on her father for support and therefore captive to his decision to move the family to Bath.
Since The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austenrepresents the author’s own journal, written in her own words, her attitude towards the move to Bathcomes through loud and clear. She is shocked at the news, grieved to leave her home in Steventon, and only briefly diverted by the freshness of her new environs:
We had been at Bath for a full year by then; we had seen all the sights in every season, attended the assembly rooms a dozen times or more and begun to tire of our confined and unvarying society. At least I had. Father promised we would go to the seaside again, as we did the summer before, but until then we were consigned to suffer the white glare and dreadful sameness of Bath.
And, after her respite at the seaside (more specifically Sidmouth, where she had adventures much like Anne Elliot at Lyme), she must return to town:
The setting itself gave me no comfort, for I had learnt to dislike Bath. Not least among its detractions for me was the familiar din that greeted us immediately upon our arrival – the dash of other carriages, the heavy rumble of carts and drays, the bawling of newsmen, muffin-men, and milk-men. These did not upset my father, I noticed. No, his spirits rose under their influence, and he remarked that, after being so long in retirement at the seashore, there was “nothing like the cheerful sound of a little activity.” I suppose everybody has their own tastes in noises, as well as in other matters, and sounds that are quite innoxious to one ear may be most distressing to another. For me, it was a sad thing indeed to exchange the natural music of wind and wave for the mechanical clatter of town.
I trust this is an accurate representation of Jane Austen’s way of thinking and not simply a reflection of my own. I likewise much prefer the quiet music of nature to the “mechanical clatter of town.”
Oh, but there is one more location that plays a small but critical role in the story – another place I have had the pleasure of visiting – and that is Venice, Italy. It has a special light and a music all its own. Perhaps that unique town/seaside setting would have been more to Jane Austen’s taste than Bath. What do you think?
I hope you’ll read The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen and follow Jane through her travels – over the years and from place to place – as she recounts for us the surprising story of her romance with Captain Devereaux.
Author Shannon Winslow specializes in fiction for fans of Jane Austen. Her popular debut novel, The Darcys of Pemberley, immediately established her place in the genre, being particularly praised for the author’s authentic Austenesque style and faithfulness to the original characters. For Myself Alone (a stand-alone Austen-inspired story) followed. Then last year Return to Longbournwrapped up Winslow’s Pride and Prejudicesaga, forming a trilogy when added to the original novel and her previous sequel. Now she has given us a “what if” story starring Jane Austen herself. In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen,that famous author tells her own tale of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending.
Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.
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• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
and at Bibliophile by the Sea,Every Tuesday Diane hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where she shares the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she’s reading or thinking about reading soon.
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