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Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature

Title: Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
Author: Laurel Ann Nattress
Year First Published: 2011
Page Count: 464
Synopsis: Stories by: Lauren Willig � Adriana Trigiani � Jo Beverley � Alexandra Potter � Laurie Viera Rigler � Frank Delaney & Diane Meier � Syrie James ��Stephanie Barron � Amanda Grange � Pamela Aidan � Elizabeth Aston � Carrie Bebris � Diana Birchall � Monica Fairview � Janet Mullany � Jane Odiwe � Beth Pattillo � Myretta Robens � Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway � Maya Slater � Margaret C. Sullivan � and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley
�My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.� If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy�s heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen�her novels, her life, her wit,�her world.

In Lauren Willig�s �A Night at Northanger,� a young woman who doesn�t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe�s �Waiting� captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion�s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family�s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani�s �Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane� imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall�s �Jane Austen�s Cat,� our beloved Jane tells her nieces �cat tales� based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler�s �Intolerable Stupidity� finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany�s �Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!� a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley�s �Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,� a widow doesn�t believe she�ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.

Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history�s most cherished authors.

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Profanity Violence Sexual Content
An occasional oath, generally mild. Unless you count breaking hearts, none. The merest hint now and then.
Characterization Plot Overall Rating
Because these stories are all by different authors, it's hard to rate the writing here, so I will just say I do not regret the time it took to read any of the stories, and I'm very glad I own a copy because I'm sure to want to reread several of them.


Focus Male/Female Setting Earth Based
Focus Husband/Wife Time Period Historical
Focus Friends Time Period Contemporary
Main Character Male Time Period Regency
Main Character Female Time Period 1800's
Main Character Teen Time Period Past
Main Character Mid-life Type Happy Ending
Main Character Adult Type Historical Fiction Elements
Readability Easy Type Historic Figure
Setting Europe Type Self Discovery
Setting North America

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