Monday, 6 February 2012

Just Jane: {a book review}


Recently, I borrowed a book from my friend's dear library
called Just Jane: A Novel of Jane Austen's Life by the talented Nancy Moser. 
{To learn more about the author's books visit her website, here!}


Jane Austen lives simply in the English countryside with her beloved family, entertaining them with her stories and seeking romance.  She never ventures far from her own corner of the world and struggles to find her place in it.  Growing up in a clergyman's home gives Jane opportunities to observe human nature at its best--and worst.

Vivid and delightful characters pour from her pen--Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Emma Woodhouse, Fanny Price, John Willoughby...Jane dreams of publishing her stories and sharing them with the world, but she's just Jane from Steventon, isn't she?  Will anyone ever read her novels?

{click here to read an excerpt from the first chapter.}

::My thoughts::

With rich characters and an intriguing story you will immediately be drawn into the world of Jane and the everyday happenings of her life {what a pleasure this is!}.  The thing that inspired me most about Jane was her firm trust in the Lord throughout her trials--as well as her love for writing!  She never gave up hope that her works would become published someday. 

My rating of this book = 5 out of 5 stars.

::Favorite quotes from Just Jane::

Cassandra {Jane's devoted sister} to Jane:  "Instincts are given to us by God to guide us. It takes a strong woman to listen to those instincts and ignore what the world says to do."

Jane:  "I opened the trunk and gazed upon the work of my life; pages and pages of words carefully chosen, drawing images of people who were as real to me as flesh and blood, who lived lives that had been put on hold while I muddled through my own struggles and disappointments."

Jane: "I do not wish to write a story where all is completely as it should be.  At least not without a good bit of trials, travails, and travels along the way."
Jane:  "All things happen for a reason--but that does not mean all things succeed as we hope."

Jane:  "Now that my writing has its own solid place within the moments of my life, I am free to enjoy all the moments more fully." 

I am always intrigued by anything having to do with Jane Austen, so this book has been splendid to read!  Have you read Just Jane
{If not, please add it to your wishlist--I hope you will fall in love with it as much as I did.  *winks*} 
If so, what were your thoughts about it?   


Also, for those of you who are Jane Austen fans,
I encourage you to join these fun blog events here & here!



  1. Ahh...Jane Austen, a master of witty prose and an authoress that I greatly appreciate.

    P.S.I noticed that you’re still following my blog, Footprints in the Sand, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve begun a new blog. My new blog is called College in a Coffee Cup ( and I’d appreciate it if you would follow it instead of my other blog.

    Thanks a bunch!

    ~Elizabeth J.

  2. This was great Moriah! I've seen the book "Just Jane" at our local Bible Bookstore and have looked at it several times, but have never bought it....I'll have to look at it a little closer now:)

    Thanks so much for letting us know about the two blogs hosting literary events! I looked at both of them and they look like a lot of fun. I'm definitely thinking about joining "Literary Heroine Blog Party" at Accordian to Kellie.

    In His Steps,


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