When I read The Jane Austen Society last year, I felt like I met these wonderful people, and I wasn’t really ready to let go of them. When I found out that Natalie Jenner had another book coming out, I was so excited to get my hands on it!
I loved being back in this world and getting to see more of Evie’s story! Bloomsbury Girls follows the narrative of three women, Evie Stone, Vivien Lowry, and Grace Perkins. These three women’s lives intertwine through their shared work at Bloomsbury Books.
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What I Loved:
The Jane Austen Society is filled with conversations about Austen’s work and characters. It was an absolute delight to read about people that loved her books and enjoyed discussing them.
It’s just at the end of World War II in England. We are introduced individually to a group of people that have one thing in common, a love for Jane Austen.
🙋♂️ A village worker who is lonely and living with his mother.
🙋♂️ A widowed doctor trying to find happiness without his wife.
🙋♂️ A lawyer for the Austen estate.
🙋♂️ An auction house employee.
🙋 A pregnant war-widow.
🙋 An American movie star in the twilight of her career.
🙋 A young housekeeper with a brilliant mind.
🙋 The Heir Apparent to a Jane Austen residence
That is quite the eclectic group of people! They each for relationships with one another through completely different avenues as the book progresses. This group takes one little idea and collaborates to build it into a functioning society when it looks like one of the Austen estates could change ownership.
How I Felt:
I think that I may have made my synopsis sound a bit like a game of Clue and that is not what this book is at all…so mystery readers…sorry. The Jane Austen Society is a beautiful story of building unlikely friendships, personal growth and overcoming loss and disappointment. Each character has their own troubles that they struggle with throughout the story, and the friendships they form help them to become the person they want to be.
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