Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Jane Austen: A Life Revealed" by Catherine Reef

"Jane Austen: A Life Revealed" by Catherine Reef

Jane Austen's popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult trade biography on Austen.

Catherine Reef changes that with this highly readable account. She takes an intimate peek at Austen's life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen's published novels. The end result is a book that is almost as much fun to read as Jane's own work—and truly a life revealed. Includes bibliography and index. 

My thoughts:
I am sorry to say that I have never read or seen any of the films depicting Jane Austen's novels. I am a big sucker for romance and romantic comedies, so I am sure that I would love to watch the movies and read all of her well-known novels (like "Pride & Prejudice", "Emma", or "Sense & Sensibility"). In this book by Catherine Reef does a great job of narrating the life of one of the most famous authors of the late 1700's. She does an amazing job of flowing the words together, and really captivated me as a reader. This is by far one of the best biographies I have ever read! I learned so much about Jane Austen's life, her family and what life was like for her growing up in England.

I would definitely recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan or for someone who would loves to read about history in the making...

Thank You so much Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing me to read this book! I cannot wait to read more books from you in the future!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Net Galley review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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