Book Review: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Title: The Jane Austen Society
By: Natalie Jenner
Genre: Historical
Pages: 320
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

If Jane Austen was still alive today, she would love this book. 

A group of people who have seemingly nothing in common, come together over one single longing, the written words of Jane Austen. I've always loved Austen and her way to bring a strong woman to life during a time when the world was against women with a voice. This book really tells the tale of people who need something from her words and how we all need each other to get us through the hard times. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Natalie Jenner is the debut author of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, a fictional
telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where
Austen wrote or revised her major works. Born in England and raised in Canada,
Natalie graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English
Literature and Law and has worked for decades in the legal industry. She
recently founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville,
Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.



  1. love your review perfect with an economy of words! I loved the book too

    1. Thanks for stopping by. This really was a wonderful read.