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The Jane Austen Society

If you are looking for a cast of characters to keep you company during #stayathome, look no further than Natalie Jenner’s charming The Jane Austen Society. This book will resonate with all of Jane Austen’s fans. As someone who has lived many years away from the area I grew up, I always find comfort in going home. This book feels like a home-going to our beloved Jane.

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.


The full unabridged text of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY was read by the distinguished English film, television, theatre and voice actor Richard Armitage for the audiobook recording. Best known by many period drama fans for his outstanding performance as John Thornton in the BBC television adaptation of North and South (2004), Armitage also portrayed Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit (2012 – 2014).

Link to YouTube audiobook excerpt:




“Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner’s first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships…Readers won’t need previous knowledge of Austen and her novels to enjoy this tale’s slow revealing of secrets that build to a satisfying and dramatic ending.”Booklist (starred review)

“Few things draw disparate people together so quickly as discovering they love the same writers. Few writers cement such friendships as deeply as Austen does. I believe that the readers of Jenner’s book will fall in love with the readers inside Jenner’s book, all of us thinking and dreaming of Austen the whole while. What could be better? Nothing, that’s what! A wonderful book, a wonderful read.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris


Spotify users can access a playlist for THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY at the following link: The playlist includes music from various film adaptions of Jane Austen’s books, as well as film scores by such incomparable artists as Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Rachel Portman, and Michael Nyman.

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.


Don’t miss the opportunity to find some great new blogs to follow!


May 25 Jane Austen’s World

May 25 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog

May 26 Frolic Media 

May 26 A Bookish Affair 

May 26 Courtney Reads Romance 

May 26 Margie’s Must Reads

May 26 The Reading Frenzy

May 27 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina

May 27 Gwendalyn’s Books

May 27 Romantically Inclined Reviews 

May 28 Getting Your Read On 

May 28 Living Read Girl

May 28 The Lit Bitch

May 29 History Lizzie

May 29 Silver Petticoat Reviews 

May 30 Cup of Tea with that Book, Please

May 30 Historical Fiction Reader

May 31 Jane Austen in Vermont 

June 01 From Pemberley to Milton 

June 01 My Jane Austen Book Club 

June 01 AustenBlog 

June 02 Lu’s Reviews 

June 02 The Green Mockingbird

June 03 The Interests of a Jane Austen Girl

June 03 Relz Reviews 

June 03 Impressions in Ink 

June 04 The Caffeinated Bibliophile 

June 04 Life of Literature 

June 04 Laura’s Reviews 

June 05 Reading Ladies Book Club

June 05 Bookish Rantings 

June 06 From the TBR Pile

June 07 Rachel Dodge 

June 07 An Historian About Town 

June 08 Bringing up Books

June 08 Austenesque Reviews

June 09 Captivated Reading

June 09 Savvy Verse and Witt 

June 10 Lady with a Quill

June 10 Drunk Austen 

June 11 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

June 11 Inkwell Inspirations 

June 12 Nurse Bookie

June 12 A Bookish Way of Life 

June 13 Calico Critic

June 14 Jane Austen’s World

June 15 Stuck in a Book 

June 15 Storybook Reviews 

June 15 Confessions of a Book Addict

June 16 Literary Quicksand 

June 16 Becky on Books

June 17 The Reading Frenzy 

June 17 Anita Loves Books

June 18 Chicks, Rogues, & Scandals

June 18 The Write Review 

June 19 Diary of Eccentric 

June 20 Cracking the Cover

June 21 Short Books & Scribes

June 22 Reading the Past 

June 22 Babblings of a Bookworm 

June 23 My Vices and Weaknesses

June 23 The Book Diva Reads 

June 24 Books, Teacups & Reviews 

June 24 Wishful Endings

June 25 Robin Loves Reading

June 25 Bookfoolery

June 26 Lit and Life 

June 26 Vesper’s Place 

June 27 Foxes and Fairy Tales

June 28 Probably at the Library

June 28 Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books

June 29 The Anglophile Channel

June 29 So Little Time…

June 30 BookNAround

If you love The Jane Austen Society and want to continue your love of all things Jane with more historical knowledge, I highly recommend subscribing to Jane Austen’s Regency World. A delightful magazine talking about all things Austen and Regency England.

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Since we are unable to visit Chawton House right now, I suggest taking advantage of all that Chawton House is offering virtually. The many youtube videos they have been offering have been nothing short of delightful. Check out their Virtual Literary Lockdown Tour here.

A huge thank you to Laurel Ann Nattress and Natalie Jenner for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour.

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.


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