Cassandra and Jane

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Cassandra and Jane

A Jane Austen Novel

This book is sure to be a hit with anyone who is a fan of Jane Austen. The author pens a engaging portrait of the relationship between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. After Jane’s death, Cassandra burnt the correspondence between herself and Jane, denying us a look into Jane’s personality. This charming book imagines what might have been in those letters, causing Cassandra to deny the public this last look at the woman behind some of our favorite books such as “Emma”and “Pride and Prejudice.” The reader is also invited to look at the lost love of Jane Austen and her reasoning behind accepting a proposal and then quickly changing her mind. While Jane Austen may have never married and had children, her books are a legacy the world will never forget. Jill Pitkeathley does a wonderful job of weaving a sparkling and charming look at two sisters who both deserve recognition.

Book Blurb for Cassandra and Jane

They were beloved sisters and the best of friends. But Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered the same fate as many of the women of their era. Forced to spend their lives dependent on relatives, both financially and emotionally, the sisters spent their time together trading secrets, challenging each other's opinions, and rehearsing in myriad other ways the domestic dramas that Jane would later bring to fruition in her popular novels. For each sister suffered through painful romantic disappointments—tasting passion, knowing great love, and then losing it—while the other stood witness. Upon Jane's death, Cassandra deliberately destroyed her personal letters, thereby closing the door to the private life of the renowned novelist . . . until now.

In Cassandra & Jane, author Jill Pitkeathley ingeniously reimagines the unique and intimate relationship between two extraordinary siblings, reintroducing readers to one of the most intriguing figures in the world of literature, as seen through the eyes of the one person who knew her best.


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2008 4.25