Author Archives: Katherine Reay

Emma — A “Perfect” and Lovely Novel

Emma — A “Perfect” and Lovely Novel

Recently a friend and I were chatting novels and I said “Emma is considered the most perfect English novel.” After all, British essayist Ronald Blythe’s commented that Emma was “the climax of Jane Austen’s genius and the Parthenon of fiction.” “Why?” She asked.  “I have no idea.” I replied.  Now, after a little research, I… more goodness …

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

I love the scene in Pride and Prejudice in which Miss Bingley criticizes Lizzy for becoming so “brown and course” during her summer travels. I always think — “But she had fun!”  And that’s what a little of summer is supposed to be — fun, free and sunny. Of course, I always go into those… more goodness …

A Little Summer Reading

A Little Summer Reading

  I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and finding your schedules letting up a little. I also hope your summer reading is proving relaxing and even f Here are some books I’ve heard about and have added to my TBR pile this summer. Please let me know if you’ve read any of… more goodness …

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

Summer Travels…   Lots happens in the summer — it’s a wonderful time to escape. In Austen’s time, country parties were organized, visits to friends, summer parties and balls. Schedules loosened a little and exciting things happened. Just think about all Lizzy’s summer travels in Pride and Prejudice or Anne’s trip to Lyme (where she… more goodness …

A Book Release!

A Book Release!

I am so delighted to announce that yesterday my novel, The Printed Letter Bookshop, hit online and in stores. It’s such a delight to get to share it with you here. While it is not an Austen story, as I’m sure you can imagine, my reading of Austen over many years always influences my writing. … more goodness …

Birthdays!

Let’s Celebrate Birthdays Well! Birthdays are big deals. They provide a wonderful moment to pause, look back, dream forward and celebrate with family and friends in the here and now.  Birthdays don’t play a prominent role in Austen’s novels, but they do in her few surviving letters. I like that because it shows a wonderful… more goodness …

A Christmas Tradition

A Christmas Tradition

As we are still in the Christmas Season – for those who celebrate Christmas – I wanted to share a tradition. My aunt and mother needlepoint ornaments for my family each year. Every year my aunt needlepoints us an angel and for the past decade my mother has needlepointed one of the Twelve Days of… more goodness …

Fall Food

Fall Food

As fall grows colder, I turn to my slow cooker. I think we are hard-wired to slow down, crave warm food and seek cozy spaces in the winter. Perhaps we go into a bit of our own hibernation – after all, we expend a lot of energy in all that summer sunshine. Austen’s books provide… more goodness …

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I can’t decide if I’m pleased I get to post today or not. I have nothing macabre to discuss… My kids don’t dress up anymore… And few kids even trick or treat in my neighborhood… But today’s my day. We’re all well into fall by now, so that’s what I’ll discuss. It’s been a busy… more goodness …

In Need of a Little Austen

In Need of a Little Austen

  In a few comments on a recent blog post, readers stated they’d experienced great loss and tough springs and summers. They looked forward to the escape a good book can provide. Books are therapy. Along with pushing us out of our world into the lives and stories of others – and some contend, forming… more goodness …