Review: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume I by Collins Hemingway

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume I
by Collins Hemingway
 200 pages
Published June 20th 2015 by AuthorHouse


Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a prim and proper life as a single woman. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she—and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is a trilogy that resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life, the “lost years” of her twenties—a period of which historians know virtually nothing.

- Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair? 

- Why, afterward, did the vivacious Jane Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and shut herself away to write her books? 

- Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters, journals, and diaries from this period?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy presents an original love story, based on actual history, to put forth a believable, compelling, and plausible answer to Austen’s lost years.

*I received a digital copy of this book in preparation for an upcoming book tour. I wasn't asked specifically to review this book, but since I liked it so much, I decided to. Receiving a free copy of this book has in no way influenced my opinion of it. 

My Thoughts

I adore Jane Austen. I've read and re-read her novels many times. I've even ventured into Jane Austen genre of 'what if'' novels because I too wanted more. These authors satiated my need for more Austen for a while. However, I don't think I've come across a 'what if'' novel that was inspired by Jane herself. My interest was immediately piqued.

Collins Hemingway has written a fictional account of Jane Austen during the time period where little is known about the famous author. The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is separated into three different volumes. This is a review of the first volume.

As far as the public is concerned, Jane Austen has never been married. She had a brief tryst with Tom Lefoy and a marriage proposal from Harris Bigg-Wither. Yet, this single lady has written some of the best-loved, romantic, hilarious, and poignant characters that have graced the page. After Jane died, her sister Cassandra burned many of her letters. After all, Jane was a private person. But this has left so much of Jane's life to speculation. Could there have been more to Jane's story than we could ever know? This is where Collins Hemingway steps in.

The Marriage of Jane Austen opens up in August of 1802, at a ball no less. Hemingway drops the readers in the middle of the scene as if you were a fly on the wall. You get a sense that he is well acquainted with the beloved author and her works. The conversation is fun and witty. The scene is delightful. It's at this point you should cancel any plans you may have. Tell your family they must fend for themselves, because for the next few hours you will be glued to the pages until you finish the book.

Hemingway uses Jane's actual letters and historical facts to bring forth a plausible yet fictitious case of Jane being in love. I was enraptured with the story from cover to cover. Jane's road to love is rocky, but the author makes it worthwhile. And this is only Volume One. What will the next two books have in store for us readers? Can we expect a happily ever after? I'm fearful of the answer, yet I long to know. 

Well, Dear Readers, you'll have to wait until the end of January to read my review of Volume Two. Until then, have a Happy New Year!