Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined My Life : A novel

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Emma Grant has a respectable marriage, a prestigious teaching job, and plans for children. Then one day she finds her husband in bed with another woman, and her world crumbles. Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal, Emma quits Texas, heading for England to pursue a dream - to find the 3000 missing letters of Jane Austen. A reclusive widow claims to have the author's correspondence, and agrees to allow her sight of the letters, but only subject to stringent security and the completion of a series of tasks which set Emma off across England, searching for the secrets Jane Austen hoped to bury. And the reappearance of her old friend, Adam, doesn't make the quest any easier. As Emma uncovers the legendary author's innermost thoughts, she begins to understand the reasons for her idol's secrecy. Laced with excerpts from the missing letters, this is the story of a woman betrayed ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 15.49mm | 312g
  • Monarch Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0857210106
  • 9780857210104
  • 227,321

About Beth Pattillo

Beth Pattillo is a regular visitor to the UK. When not travelling she lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband and two children.
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Emma Grant believes that Jane Austen ruined her life. She believes that the brilliant author gave women all over the world the hope that happy endings and true love exist when in fact, they don’t. And Emma spent almost her entire life foolishly believing that a Mr.Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice or a Captain Wentworth, from Persuasion was waiting for her out in the world and all she needs to do is find him. She thought she found herself, a Mr. Knightley (from Austen’s novel, Sense & Sensibility) and 10 years into the marriage and she finds her “Mr. Knightley” with another woman. And with that woman, her marriage was over and so was her professional life. Financially unstable, Emma Grant flies to England in pursuit to find evidence that Jane Austen is a fraud, so she can write her way up the ladders once again. She speaks to a senior member of a secret Jane Austen group (who keeps Jane Austen’s letters a secret) called The Formidables and is sent all around places like, Lyme, Bath and other places Jane Austen used to love and hate for tasks to prove she’s not one of those people who want to sabotage Jane Austen’s work and in exchange, this senior member will show her original copies of Jane Austen’s letters. In the fray of these tasks, Emma Grant struggles with love and herself. And instead of grasping her second chance at a happy ending, she chooses to focus on herself, because in fact, Jane Austen didn’t ruin her life. Emma did that all on her own. Jane Austen Ruined My Life was a heartfelt book that I enjoyed, it was dusted with facts about Jane Austen, fanatics like myself would love to read about. This was an absolute wonderful read with slight romance and a woman trying to find herself.show more
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