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 legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy.
These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society
The Jane Austen Society is set in the 1940’s and the village of Chawton.
It begins by introducing the characters and their varying backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common and that’s a love for the author, Jane Austen and her works.
This is a lovely, gently and slow paced tale with lots of references to Jane Austen’s books and characters. There’s a little tension between some characters and a little romance too.
I found this to be an absolutely charming novel and beautifully read by Richard Armitage, he really captures the mood and story to life. Definitely a must read for any fan of Jane Austen. At 9 hours and 34 minutes, this is one to savour, relax and enjoy.
Thank you to Kate at Orion Publishing for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a copy of the audiobook. This is my honest and unbiased review.
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