Giveaway and Review: A Jane Austen Daydream
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Madison Street Publishing
Formats: eBook, Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Women's Fiction
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.
My thoughts on the book:
As a Jane Austen fan, I often hope that she led a happy life full of love. Especially since she's created so many characters that I love to read. I know many of her readers feel the same way. We really only have a glimpse into Jane's life since her sister, Cassandra, burned many of her letters after Jane's death. Scott Southard attempts to fill in some of the missing years of Jane Austen with his latest book A Jane Austen Daydream.
Southard takes us on a fiction tour of Jane Austen's love life. Through her hopes and disappointments. Through her crushes and daydreams. Readers will recognize some of the dialog in this book taken from many of her novels. The Austen family in this book also resembles the Bennetts from Pride and Prejudice. I have often thought that Jane was a great observer of life, and had probably formed her characters from real life.
Though I did enjoy reading this book, I did think it was a bit too long. And also at times the story did drag a bit for me. I did appreciate the care Southard took with this beloved author and his attempt to give us a complete picture of Austen. I'm still not sure what to think about Jane's last love, though. Wishful thinking on the author's part? I didn't love this book, but I'm glad that I read it. I'm sure any Janeites would appreciate it.
Praise for A Jane Austen Daydream"For those of you who are exhausted by the innumerable retellings of Austen's novels, this is a style entirely new.... be rewarded by a quick paced novel unlike any you can ever have read, which injects new ideas and possibilities into the world of Jane Austen." -Laura Boyle, The Jane Austen Centre
"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
"...Lovely, thought-provoking novel. Fans of Austen will adore this book." -Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.
"Southard has taken the facts about the great author and woven them into a credible, touching, and also entertaining portrait of a life." -Historical Novel Society
“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.” -Austenprose.com
“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
From Pride and Prejudice“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
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About the Author
Photo Credit: Adam Emperor Southard
Scott D. Southard, the author of A Jane Austen Daydream, swears he is not obsessed with Jane Austen. He is also the author of the novels: My Problem with Doors, Megan, Permanent Spring Showers, Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, and 3 Days in Rome. With his eclectic writing he has found his way into radio, being the creator of the radio comedy series The Dante Experience. The production was honored with the Golden Headset Award for Best MultiCast Audio and the Silver Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Production. Scott received his Master’s in writing from the University of Southern California. Scott can be found on the internet via his writing blog “The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard” (http://sdsouthard.com) where he writes on far-ranging topics like writing, art, books, TV, writing, parenting, life, movies, and writing. He even shares original fiction on the site. Currently, Scott resides in Michigan with his very understanding wife, his two patient children, and a very opinionated dog named Bronte.
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A Jane Austen Daydream Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, September 1
Review at Bookish
Tuesday, September 2
Spotlight at I'd So Rather Be Reading
Wednesday, September 3
Review at Diary of an Eccentric
Friday, September 5
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, September 8
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read
Wednesday, September 10
Review at What Is That Book About
Thursday, September 11
Excerpt & Giveaway at Romantic Historical Reviews
Friday, September 12
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past