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Becoming Charlotte Lucas

Becoming Charlotte Lucas

I want to be more like Charlotte Lucas. This isn’t just clickbait. I’m serious. Charlotte Lucas may not be handsome or romantic. That doesn’t matter to me. It also doesn’t matter that she married Mr. Collins. (Gasp!) What I admire most about Charlotte is that she’s happy despite her circumstances. Charlotte is truly a glass-half-full… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Rebecca Jamison’s “North by Northanger” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Rebecca Jamison’s “North by Northanger” Giveaway

Austen Authors is excited to announce the winners of Rebecca Jamison‘s “North by Northanger” Giveaway. Allison Mitchell and Luisa Donaldson will each receive a print copy of Ms. Jamison‘s North by Northanger. Congratulations, Ladies. Be certain to include your mailing address when you claim your prize. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to make… more goodness …

 The Confidence Connection: Austen’s Fathers and Daughters

 The Confidence Connection: Austen’s Fathers and Daughters

I’ve always heard that a father’s relationship with his daughter is vital to her self-esteem and confidence.  Dr. JoAnn Deak, PhD, who has researched the father-daughter relationship, notes that “A few words from a father can have the same impact as 1,000 words from a mother . . . there is clear evidence that in… more goodness …

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jane Austen’s bad boys lately–Wickham, Willoughby, Churchill, et al.–and, as I’ve studied each one, I’m more impressed than ever with Austen’s ability to develop her characters. Each of these male characters brought out the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters in an ingenious manner. The books would not… more goodness …

All the Single Ladies

All the Single Ladies

One of my favorite characters in Downton Abbey is the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley, and I’m betting that many of you share my affection for her. Despite the fact that she’s single and elderly, she wields a powerful influence in the Crawley household, and indeed within the whole community. She is widely quoted online and… more goodness …