When Jane Austen dies at the age of just 41, Anne, governess to her brother, Edward Austen, is devastated and begins to suspect that someone might have wanted her out of the way. Now, 20 years on, she hopes that medical science might have progressed sufficiently to assess the one piece of evidence she has – a tainted lock of Jane’s hair. Natural causes or murder? Even 20 years down the line, Anne is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of the acclaimed Miss Austen.
My most favorite author of all time is Jane Austen. I chose this book as my first read for January 2014, because of my love for anything Austen, the cover is stunning, the title grabbed my attention, and the first few pages grabbed my attention!!
Lindsay Ashford is a phenomenal writer, and the storyline is weaved with fiction and fact, that it’s quite difficult to separate the two. Jane Austen befriends a governess, Anne, and through the years, Anne watches Jane’s writing evolve. The questions and conclusions that Anne comes to regarding the living arrangements, relationships between Jane and her siblings, and raises interesting questions regarding the death of Jane Austen.
If you love a great mystery, love Jane Austen, or just want a great read-then pick up this book! It’s by far one of the best books I’ve read about Jane Austen’s life!!
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