The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

the-jane-austen-marriage-manual This book is a bit of a giggle, a smile, a fast read, a let’s give the brain cells a rest book. There’s a place on every reading list for such a fun book.  Or at least I found it a fun book, taking me back to early days of reading both Jane Austen and romantic novels.

Girl meets boy.  Girl hates boy.  Girl has second thoughts and it’s full steam ahead , particularly if boy has property and a large bank account.  So compared to Regency times these days what is  a good age for a girl to marry and how important are the finances of the propective groom. The heroine Kate is a Jane Austen fan and goes husband hunting in an Austenish way.

There’s a couple of questions to be answered in this book.   What is the best-before date for marriage, and  do Jane Austen’s ideas for making a good marriage still apply today.

There’s only one kind of Jane Austen book that I don’t like and that is when a modern author tries to push on and tell us what happened to Elizabeth and D’Arcy after their marriage.  I don’t care how illustrious the author, for me it’s a no-no.  The same applies to writers who time-travel  modern characters back into  Jane Austen’s books. Jane Austen gave us her body of work.  Let us just leave it at that.

One book that I do enjoy is  Jane Austen’s Sewing Box by Jennifer Forest.  Beautifully illustrated it refers to examples of  needlework and other craft works in Jane’s  novels. We are introduced to their practical uses  and instructions  are given for making similar items. If you want to knit a miser’s purse, to hem a pillowcase or embroider a reticule, then this is the book for you.

JA sewing boxAnd I  too have a very soft spot for Jane Austen. Three years ago I made myself a Jane Austen quilt with embroideries showing bonnets, reticules, parasols, dresses etc and included quotes from Jane Austen’s novels.

JA quiltIt is a truth


6 thoughts on “The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

  1. I have the same issues with authors who write ‘prequels’ to classics or take some of the characters and look at ‘what happens next’. It makes me think they have a dearth of imagination.

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