To tie up my Jane Austen reading, for now, I will talk about a novel Just Jane. Like The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, which I liked and previously reviewed, this book is a novel that acts like a journal by Jane talking about her life starting around age 20 until she is a published author in her late-30s. I really enjoyed The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, but Just Jane didn’t hold my interest quite as much.
Jane was a bit whiney in Just Jane and I remember thinking I didn’t like her very well. This was somewhat disconcerting since I’m such a big fan. In Just Jane, Jane Austen spends a great deal of her time looking for a husband. That just didn’t seem to sit well with everything else I’ve read. I’ve always thought of Jane as someone who would welcome a “true love,” but was just as content to be an independent woman.
I guess I just didn’t like that this book about Jane didn’t shine her in a flattering light. I think to find out the truth, I’m going to read a real biography of Jane Austen and no more novels pretending. Hopefully, then, I’ll get a more realistic idea about this fascinating author.