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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Just Jane


I read Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, when I was a teenager.  I could hardly put the books down, I loved them so much.  In the intervening years I have not so much as looked at those books.  I have noticed though, that Jane Austen is often mentioned on blogs here and there.  So I was surprised and delighted at how much I enjoyed this book that I picked up at our local library.  It is a simple, yet very sweet tale of the life of Jane Austen.
In a letter at the end of her book, Nancy Moser writes this, "How I wish Jane knew the impact her stories have on millions of people around the world.  There are Jane Austen societies in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, Argentina.... Jane, a woman who never ventured beyond England, would be astonished.  And humbled.  Yet most likely, she would still prefer to spend her days within her beloved Chawton Cottage.  Her true home.  Her true place to be just Jane."
And she finishes with this, "May you find your true place to be just ... you.  And may you, like Jane, journey forward to find your unique purpose."

Have you read any of Jane Austen's books recently?  Have you read Just Jane by Nancy Moser?  Have you, like Jane, found your own unique purpose?  I know I have finally found a place where I can be just Cindy, and I love that little place.  And I sincerely hope you have that place where you can be just YOU, wonderful you.

In celebration of this lovely novel and enjoyment that I derived in reading it, I have found a Jane Austen font that I will sign my name with today.

Warm hugs, 



Sheila said...

I did read these novels years gal and enjoyed them very much - perhaps it's time to delve into them again. It would be nice to reread everything that was a favourite. Have a good weekend Cindy. The font looks so elegant!

beach bungalow said...

Cindy, this story sounds lovely. What a beautiful ending quote!


nannykim said...

I have read the old books, but I have not read Just Jane. Alas my library doesn't have it. They have some of her other books so may be they will get it. Have you read any of her others?

Comeca Jones said...

I love Jane too! Her writing style is so easy you feel like youre just reading a letter from a friend.*sigh*

Pamela Gordonq said...

I don't think I've ever read these books and feel like I'm missing out on something. Guess I should do something about that soon. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Pam

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'm a huge Jane Austen fan but I have to admit I have not read the books. I think I have watched the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility at least 7 or 8 times. Have you seen the movie that came out a few years ago called Finding Jane? (I think that's the name.) It's the story of her life too. I loved it and loved learning more about her. Anyway, enough babbling! Have a great weekend Cindy!

Teena in Toronto said...

I've never read any of her stuff ... I tend not to enjoy period pieces.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Glad you enjoyed your read and I do like the font! Have a great weekend, Cindy! blessings ~ tanna

camp and cottage living said...

I hate to admit I haven't read Jane austen's books, but have collected the BBC movie versions.
I'm sure like most movies-they're not nearly as good as the books.
I am currently readind 'The Girl of Limberlost' again.

podso said...

Yes I'm an Austen fan. This sounds like an interesting book to read. Love that you found the font to sign your name!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Susan @ Pink Portuguese Roses said...

I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice..about a month ago, for the first time. I fell in love with Jane Austen after watching the BBC version on A&E in 1995. I remember not being able to live until I got my own DVD copy! HAHAHA! I think I have watched it over 200 times. I think I will try Sense and Sensibility next.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how I adore Jane Austen! As a matter of fact, I bought the BBC series of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Colin Firth years ago. To me, it's the best. Charming and delightful.
Then I bought "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. Love it, too. But Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy brings that book to life on the screen!

I will definitely have to check out the book you just recommended. I love all things England, and Austen is way up there on the list!



Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I haven't read any of these books in years. Last year, Morgan's wish list for Christmas was a collection of Jane Austen novels. My mom bought them for her. I love how you described finding your place in life. I'm very close to being there now. If I could just quit moving! lol

Ana said...

Oh Cindy,
I love Jane Austen's novels. I've read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility too...The next one on my list to read is Mansfield Park. I want to read them in the order she wrote them :-) A few years back I saw the movie Becoming Jane and I highly recommend it. My hubby knew how much I love it and the novels that he gifted me the movie on dvd and a beautiful leather bound book that has all her complete novels for one Christmas. See, if we lived closer I could let you borrow them :-) Wishing you a wonderful day my dear friend.

Much love,
♥Just Ana

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I've not ever read her novels. I've often thought about it; But you've made me curios to read them now more than ever.

My purpose... I think I'm living it now; but it is ever changing. The one thing I know for sure is that I was created for God's pleasure. ...the rest is gravy! {smile}
pretty font! Pat

Sharon said...

I live in England, and I've been to Jane Austen's's lovely and pictureque and perfect in every way, as is the surrounding landscape and tiny village.

Kathy said...

This is just wonderful. I love Jane Austin's books and will look for this one - sounds marvelous,

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love to read but I'm afraid I haven't had time to read much lately. I will keep this one in mind for when life slows down a little. Thanks for recommending it.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Cindy.-------------Shannon

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I have loved Jane Austen's books since my early 20's. I haven't read Just Jane. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've put it on my Christmas list. Thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Hope you're having a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn

Vanessa said...

I love Jane A. And, need to reread a few of her books. It's on a growing list of 'must reads or should read agains'

Pondside said...

I've always loved Jane and every so many years start reading her books all over again. There's nothing better for a winter's night knitting than one of her books produced by BBC - the costumes, the houses....*sigh*

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love Jane Austen! Have you read Emma? I love that!! And have you seen the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. You must!!! It's absolutely gripping!!

Thank you so much for this recommendation. I'd love to read it!


Shabby soul said...

I discovered Jane Austen only a couple of years ago with Proud and prejudice, and I liked it so much!
Finally my computer is working now!
Thank you darling Cindy for your kind comment
Hugs from me

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Theresa and a friend of hers went on a Jane Austen tour the last time Brian was deployed? They had such a great time and drank lots of tea. I think Theresa may have pictures on her Facebook.