A Jane Austen Daydream
by Scott D. Southard
All her heroines find love in the end–but is there love waiting for Jane?
Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone’s guess.
Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years–did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us–to a greater or lesser degree–are head over heels for Jane.
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What people are saying:
-The Jane Austen Centre
“…Lovely, thought-provoking novel. Fans of Austen will adore this book.”
– Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.
“Mix one part biography and one part historical re-imagining…add witty characters and some surprises and you have A Jane Austen Daydream. This was a delightful read.”
– Amelia Rodriguez, Jane Austen Society of North America
“…interesting and thought-provoking… Definitely a classic read with a humourous touch, well done!”
-Stella Guerlin, The Jane Austen Centre
“I found myself thinking of it as a love letter to all of her novels…. Well, when we need a tale that makes us laugh and hope for love we read Austen. Now I will also read Southard.”
-Kelly Fitzgerald, Austen Hill
“The good news is Scott Southard’s Jane is a delightful creature. She is clever and witty and determined to do the best she can for herself, even when things take a turn for the worst….her thoughts and comments had me smiling (and even laughing) on more than one occasion.”
“This book takes the opportunity to dream her up the romance we are not sure she ever had… Watch out also for the many references to her novels, which are like a puzzle, challenging you to recognize where they are taken from.”
– Dan Wiggs, publisher of The Jane Austen Travel Guide
“An excellent concept and a great achievement, a must read for Austen fans open for a playful read and those who wish Austen had written more. This is like a little welcome encore for us fans.”
-Christoph Fischer, author
“A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM by Scott Southard, a fictionalized account of Jane’s life, is a book that should be placed on the shelf of every book-loving fan of Jane Austen because she’s absolutely “alive” on the pages of this book.”
-Julie Valerie’s Book Blog
“With wry humor, wit, and poignant sensitivity, Scott D. Southard has created characters that are so real that they seem to have only a tenuous hold on their fictitious world. When Jane walks, the reader walks. When Jane finds, loses, and finds love again, the reader will find herself warning, comforting, and cheering this character on.”
-Marbeth Skwarczynski, author
“I’ve yet to find an author who is as adept as Mr. Southard at imitating voice. Reading this was like reading Jane Austen – and I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. I think she’d be pleased, too.
This story weaves fact and fiction effortlessly. I love the pace, the form and obvious admiration the author has for the subject. This is not your typical book, yet it’s eclectic nature is its draw. I can’t say more without a spoiler. Sometimes we just need a happy ending.”
-Rebecca Tsaros Dickson, author
Read More Reviews on Good Reads here.
- An excerpt from the book can be read here and here.
- An interview and excerpt with the Jane Austen Centre magazine in Bath can be read here.
- An interview with Indie Author Land can be found here.
- One Writer’s Journey interview about A Jane Austen Daydream (here).
- An interview with Deborah Kalb on the book is available here.
- An interview and review can be found on Christoph Fischer’s website here.
- An interview, review, and excerpt can be found on Julie Valerie’s Book Blog here.
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