Category Archives: Jane Austen

The Good (Or not so good) Intentions of Caroline Bingley

The Good (Or not so good) Intentions of Caroline Bingley

Recently, on an Austen fan site, members were contemplating the motivations of Caroline Bingley, sister of Charles Bingley in “Pride And Prejudice.” Caroline gives advice to Elizabeth Bennett regarding the intentions of her newly-found friend George Wickham.  Why did Caroline try and explain to Elizabeth the relationship between Darcy and Wickham? Was it an attempt… more goodness …

Giving Thanks with Austen

Giving Thanks with Austen

With my regularly scheduled blog appearing this year on Thanksgiving, I wondered whether there was any formal giving of thanks in Jane Austen’s work. The November U.S. holiday has spread to most of the Americas. The English have a more general harvest-related tradition of providing bread and other food to the poor, often through the… more goodness …

Book Release

Book Release

Next week, a book I had the privilege to write, but not author, will release. It is another woman’s story and I had the honor of bringing it to the page. While it has nothing overtly to do with Jane Austen, I am sharing it here for two reasons…   I consider us friends and… more goodness …

A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor

One of my favourite scenes from Pride and Prejudice is where Mr. Darcy comes to call on Elizabeth at the inn right after she reads Jane’s letter about Lydia’s elopement. Every time I read it, I am touched by Darcy’s dilemma. On the one hand, he wants to comfort Lizzy and be of service to… more goodness …

Talking Points for Pride and Prejudice

Talking Points for Pride and Prejudice

I’ve had two more sessions of my book club that looks exclusively at Jane Austen’s novels. I’m including my talking points for the first of them, Pride and Prejudice. As an aside, no controversy arose over the overall perception of the novel. Everyone liked it. Here are the talking points I gave to the participants… more goodness …

Persuasion (2007) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (2007) Trivia Challenge

The 2007 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Persuasion, has received both high praise, including some awards, and harsh criticism. I know this to be true, having read numerous reviews and articles while conducting research for this post. In the end, I believe the production’s charms outweigh its faults. Enough of my opinion, though. It’s time… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of the Austen Authors’ Autumn Quarterly Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the Austen Authors’ Autumn Quarterly Giveaway

The Austen Authors are pleased to announce the winners for the Autumn Quarterly Giveaway. Congratulations!!!! If your name appears below: (1) contact Regina Jeffers (Giveaway Coordinator) at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. READ THROUGH ALL THE NAMES FOR THERE ARE MANY WINNERS!!! Winners names are in RED.  (2) If your prize is an eBook, make certain the email address for the… more goodness …

A sense of history

A sense of history

Jane Austen’s novels are loved today, in part, for the sense of history they evoke; those elegant drawing rooms and the graceful life-style of Regency ladies within them – such a far cry from our stressed and utilitarian, tech-driven world. The erudite conversation. The courtly, restrained attentions of well-dressed gentlemen – the suppressed passion of… more goodness …

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 …