A #blogmas of Austen Book Review during #SaturdaysAreBookish | “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” (Vol.3) by Collins Hemingway

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This #blogmas I knew I wanted to be reading a select few after canon sequences focused on Jane Austen’s narratives and/or of her life – lateron this afternoon I’ll be posting a special post announcing how I’m taking the weekend to be with Jane and the writers who have written stories which excite me as a reader who is chasing after her after canons with a heart full of giddy joyfulness! However, this morning I wanted to focus on my ruminative thoughts and musings for having read & finished the finale of this beautiful trilogy given to us by Mr Hemingway!

I have been dearly appreciative to have hosted this entire trilogy as it has toured the book blogosphere via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours – it has been an incredibly lovely experience and having this trilogy in my personal library has become a treat of joy. I have loved his instincts for how he told this story and how he crafted a realistically compelling narrative about a writer we all long to read & to understand better as we do.

As a Janeite whose approached reading this trilogy with an open mind and heart – it is a mark of joy to feature this third installment as one of my final #SaturdaysAreBookish reviews for 2019. As you know – this was my new featured showcase of reviews for Romance & Women’s Fiction which launched in January 2019. I look forward to seeing where those journeys take me in the New Year of 2020 and beyond – whilst it is lovely to end this year with a trilogy I’ve loved reading. Be sure to return next Saturday as I feature my final review for this sequence of featured reviews as I say ‘goodbye’ to 2019 and all the beautifully lovely Romance & Women’s Fiction stories which have graced my life this bookishly happy year.

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I received a complimentary copy of “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume 3” direct from the author Collins Hemingway in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why I was interested in the premise behind this novel:

I am not entirely sure if everyone who reads my blog is aware of my admiration for Jane Austen or the fact, I consider myself a #Janeite. I have loved the author’s style of narrative for many years, in fact, I wrote an Essay about it during 2017’s #AustenInAugust and couldn’t help but gush over the reading of the first novel in this trilogy as well.

What implored me truly to read this after canon selection on a theory of Jane Austen’s life is my affection for the author herself. I love reading after canon works based on her collective works but I also like to entertain readings of stories which relate directly to the writer, herself. Previously, I have explored this through the Jane Austen Mysteries a series I look forward to re-visiting this year, as I hadn’t had the time to re-read the first novel nor continue with the rest of the stories which followed suit. This was initially my goal whilst reading the first volume in this series – however, in the past few years, my readings of Austen Literature has taken a few interesting hiatuses.

Whilst noting this is a novel of an evolving theory based on what ‘could have been’ in accord to Ms Austen’s life, I felt it warranted exploring because after all, how much do any of us know about the Classical authors we love to read? In this, I had a curious thought – what if this novel had a foundation of grounding based on one of the author’s own works? This is something which came into better clarity as I read the novel directly and one in which, I had wondered if other readers on the blog tour had noted themselves.

Directly though – I was dearly curious to continue reading this series due to these
ruminative thoughts I had shared after finishing Volume Two:

As I re-entered Jane’s life as a married woman, I was happy to find Cassandra was beside her, news of the Napoleonic War held good news for her family (especially in regards to her brother) whilst her new life was still one she was settling into accepting. Ashton provided a step-up in social standing for Jane, including how they lived and what they had within their environs. You can see her a bit uncertain how to handle the luxuries of this life compared to what she was used to previously with the Austens, who lived a humbled existence.

Jane is the newly minted Mrs Dennis in the household – a duty and station which comes with a litany of obligation, responsibility and a foresight of understanding for social trademarks for a hostess. It is here where we first start to notice how Jane’s own upbringing fell short of what she would have to endure as a married woman. How her mother-in-law wouldn’t hesitate to point out her faults and where her sister Cassandra would provide a moral anchour to her nerves. It is here we find Jane attempting to do the biding of her husband but without the fuller knowledge of what a disaster it could become if she would blindly follow his advice without taking into consideration the suggestions of his mother, the other ‘Mrs Dennis’.

It is interesting to see how Jane would approach married life – how she is open to discussing things with Ashton or of finding ways to engage him in the romantic gestures she endeavours to instigate. Nothing is seen as this was inspired by Jane Austen and thus, Hemingway happily kept her style of narrative intact without deviating out of the tastefulness of a romance which made her infamous for the genre; yet what was interesting is how he gave a bit of freedom of expression to both Jane and Ashton. They were happily enjoying their married lives – all facets of it but most importantly the ways in which they were endearing each other in their more intimate moments.

There is a bit of cheeky humour threading into the backbone of this installment – how Jane is reflectively musing about how she’s surprised at how natural being a married woman has come to her and how she enjoys being with her husband. There are other sides to Jane as well, such as the woman who is not yet ready to lead a household but of whom, is attempting to remain outside her comfort zone if it means improving her connection to her husband, her staff and her mother-in-law. This is a story of growth – of seeing Jane move away from her years of youth and of embracing this new chapter where she is writing the hours as they arrive.

As Jane started to see how marriage loomed ahead of her, her one regret truly was the lack of hours in which to be creatively engaged with her pen. She spoke of this to Ashton, of whom did not see why she was upset (not really, though he attempted to try) as she had chosen to be with him, to be a wife and to have responsibilities that would naturally come out of the union. Quite a typical response, except that it fell short of realising from a husband’s perspective, how sometimes a woman in a marriage was not realising they were sacrificing a part of themselves for the sake of being with the man they loved. I think in this instance, Jane had become caught inside the romance and hadn’t fully thought about how her life might become altered if she followed course.

A lot of truth in those worries of Jane as I readily observe how not all husbands are supportive of their wives (especially if their writers) and how it would appear that women are still even now needing to defend why they write or why they want to be economically engaged outside of their marriage. This was a moment of reckoning for Jane, as it wasn’t just putting aside her desires to write which plagued her conscience but certain aspects of marriage itself; which also acted as a conflict with how she was raised and the more sheltering views of being a clergy’s daughter.

Similarly, Hemingway was not shy to highlight the other tensions in their marriage – such as the blunderment Ashton made in deference to Jane in private conversation. It shows how he was effectively examining their marriage from an outside vantage point which had the pleasure of seeing the more intimate moments of their private hours. In thus, he pulled back the layers of what was shielding them from the outside world – drawing them out, letting them reveal their raw emotional thoughts and to speak plainly how they felt about not just one another but the topical issues of their era. They were together for most things but they struck a chord apart on deeper issues I think bemused both of them to notice they truly were two passionate souls who each had their own individual mind. To which end, there were some aspects of their disagreements which were worth owning and there were others worth realising they would never agree on the finer points which separated them.

They do remain united in their ability to draw back together after their differences are shed – for they have a strong marriage built out of trust and truthfulness. It is through their discussions they realise certain aspects of their business and their personal lives are coming to a head of discourse. They cannot continue to engage in partnerships which go against their own minds and hearts which reflect the current events – from slavery to the promise of war, they are keeping on the fringes of what is reflective in the papers. This causes disruptions for them naturally but at the heart of their marriage is a union sparked out of love and united in a fond respect for each other, the world at large and the auspicious emblems of living a life with ethical morals.

As we peer more into Jane and Ashton’s world as a married couple, we start to see how difficult it is for both of them – how they must learn to yield to one another and draw a closer circle of strength to tackle what is awaiting them. There is a joyful revelation in this installment – one that further enlarges our scope of understanding for how Jane is fully lit alive by her experiences as a wife and how by embracing these subtle changes she is finding herself radically new and altered. Jane is happily introspective throughout the story – owning to her pursuit to understand herself and her environment but also, to acknowledge how each new year of a life lived is a chance to see the milestones of the experiences you’ve gained.

This particular installment ends on a happy note but one which is guarded for the future – for not everything is certain and there are a few key reasons for Ashton and Jane to feel as if the future yet to come might prove to be far more taxing than the hours that they have just passed through. It is a keenly intriguing series and one I hope more Janeites discover as it truly is a unique testimony about how a modern writer can re-tap into the life of Jane and bring her out so wholly original and true of her person to give us a near-living testimony of how she would have lived had she taken the paths and passageways he’s explored in this trilogy.

It is hard to put into words how much this trilogy has taken up a cosy niche of joy in my heart – as I first started reading this beautiful sequence of Jane Austen’s life in January 2018. The past two years has given me a lot of heartfelt joy to reconnect to Austen in a plausible and believable way of re-introducing myself into her world and the ways in which this sequence of her life could have been lived. I have felt from the start, Hemingway himself was channelling a special entreaty into her life and world – the ways in which he instinctively knew how to write about her innermost thoughts, the way he tucked in letters and correspondences into the trilogy and how he captured the heart of the Regency as an era and background to the story itself.

His capacity to tell this story has been a heartwarming experience for me and I am truly thankful I could close out 2019 with reading the finale installment which brings our experiences with Jane in this beautiful trilogy to a close.

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A #blogmas of Austen Book Review during #SaturdaysAreBookish | “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” (Vol.3) by Collins HemingwayThe Mariage of Miss Jane Austen
Subtitle: Volume Three
by Collins Hemingway
Source: Author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

The Stunning Finale to Jane Austen’s Saga

In the moving conclusion to “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen,” Jane and her husband struggle with the serious illness of their son, confront a bitter relationship with the aristocratic family who were once their friends and face the horrific prospect of war when the British Army falters on the continent. The momentous events of the Napoleonic wars and the agonizing trials of their personal lives take Jane and Ashton to a decision that will decide their fate—and her future—once and for all.

Genres: After Canons, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Re-telling &/or Sequel

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9781979472760

Also by this author: The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen : Volume One, The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen : Volume Two, The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen

Also in this series: The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen : Volume One, The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen : Volume Two

Published by Self Published

on 4th November, 2017

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 338

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy:

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins HemingwayThe Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol II by Collins HemingwayThe Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume 3 by Collins Hemingway

Converse via: #HistFic, #HistoricalFiction, #HistRom + #JaneAusten

About Collins Hemingway

Collins Hemingway

Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes tThe hem complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.

Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.

Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.

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my review of the marriage of miss jane austen (volume three):

It felt as there is no time delay between the second and third installment of this trilogy – something I have come to appreciate reading The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen as I love the symmetry of how Hemingway has maintained his continuity within the series itself. We re-enter Ashton and Jane’s lives after Jane has given birth to their son, George and she’s owning her honest thoughts about how she feels – towards the child, about resuming their romance post-childbirth and the murmurs of a new Mum whose trying to find her balance from the life she had pre-childbirth and the life she now needs to embrace as a Mum with a new babe.

Ashton has a way of affecting Jane’s mood as a father who voices his concerns at the most inappropriate moments such as when she’s nursing. His concerns have merit, of course, but like most new fathers he hasn’t yet learnt how to interpret the newer moods of his wife who has her own shuffling of concerns to endure as she watches her son nurse, grow and discover his immediate world. It was here as we take a privy of insight away from their conversation or rather, their attempt at holding a conversation whilst Jane was nursing George – we view them at where they have shifted forward in their marriage. Where the tides of change are upon them now – even Jane notices the subtle ways in which Ashton is changing how he interacts with his wife, how he seems more judgemental of her appearances and how even his temper seems to have shortened. It is here where the domestic normalities which affect all married couples are starting to take their toll.

Aside from these pressures on Jane, she was a faced with the issues in commerce, trade and business blighting their path towards prosperity were new sanctions and injustices from Bonaparte’s reach into the naval trade routes and the issues of how importers and exporters were finding their business affairs thwarted before they could turn honest profits. This of course, pressured Ashton even moreso than Jane, as per his company’s secretary she could take a slightly removed interest in these affairs being discussed but only justly to her position whilst as his wife she knew how this would impact his own conscience. Ashton took his role seriously but also he did not like problems he could not circumvent or transition out of easily – this was providing to be a boulder of an issue for them all which did not seem to want to be shifted.

Hants house – the estate in which Jane and Ashton occupy is a lush layer of grounds wherein a person who likes to take long walks and be still within the natural world would find their footing here. It is where Jane would endeavour to resettle her errant thoughts and how she would help to improve her moods whenever she felt vexed as she oft was finding herself now. The interesting bit is how nostalgic Jane appears and how the toils of life are weighing on her mind moreso than before – including how her sister-in-law had a very difficult pregnancy and drew a hearty layer of concern from most of the family. It is here where you find Jane trying to still reconcile her new state – her body having undergone the changes motherhood would bring to it and how the trials of business can wear down a person’s spirits all the same. Their lives were not without adversities but they also had a chance to unwind away from society which I felt might have made quite the difference. If you’re constantly in the throes and thick of what is needed to be done or round people who are living their lives at a faster clip than a country estate would allow for yourself – it bodes well to understand how underfoot those stresses would have felt.

Jane is most concerned about her current state of wellness and the after effects of pregnancy on her person – it is here where Hemingway presents a chattering of discussion between Jane’s internal war with herself over how she personally feels post-birth and between her and Ashton, as they try to sort through what comes ‘next’ for them romantically. Hemingway very keenly tries to point out for Jane, romanticism and romantic gestures are now lost on her due to her fears and concerns about how fertile she might still be to conceive and how nauseated she feels about the prospect because of how internally she cannot separate her first experience from a second. It is within these passages you realise that Jane herself has transitioned past the introspective version of herself and has moved closer to feeling lost within her marriage. She wants to feel whole and more like the woman she once knew but the course she would have to walk towards that goal seems especially daunting at this earlier stage post the traumas she’s endured as a new Mum.

There are strong words spoken about George, Jane and Ashton’s son – as in this regard, the question of his learning difficulties and the truer nature of what could genetically be traced through the ancestral line of the Austen’s put into question the firmer truth about George directly. It was more shocking observing Ashton’s mother’s reaction to George and the potential condition of his affliction than the affliction itself. It was a different time of course – of where medical science hadn’t caught on to people’s unique differences and how any unsettling bout of news in a person’s (supposed) limitations were more of a death sentence than a structured route to overcome them. It was here where Hemingway allows his characters to talk and be openly diverse in their reactions when it comes to George whilst it is also interestingly noted how ancestrally there have been others like him in the Austen family. Whether or not this is realistically true of the Austens is unknown to me as I haven’t studied the family through Non-Fiction however, fittingly for the context of the novel and the series this third installment is placed – it makes crucial sense to have both sides visually present per the age in which they lived.

It was through this whole ordeal where you sided with Jane – not just for the reasons which would logically make sense to any person of the latter half of the 20th or the earlier half of the 21st Century to understand but because of how humbling it is to see Jane and Ashton coming to terms with George and what conditions they need to recognise in George in order to be a better parenting team to him. If, of course, they were able to continue parenting him as there was a question raised about how society viewed this situation and how they could effectively deal with the situation privately at Hants.

I had a bit of a roiling boil of a issue by seeing Jane and George cast out by Ashton – as for all the logic he gave Jane about that choice, what fuelled my fire against it is the fact that he was allowing himself to be manipulated by his mother. A mother who for whichever reason couldn’t see past her own impressions in society to better understand her grandson; it was a time of intense disrespect without thought to contrite regrets. For me, although it owned to the authentic response you’d expect out of the mother-in-law, it just rankled me seeing Jane and George ‘taken off’ as quick as you please just because a person couldn’t handle the medical issues of a grandchild. It shows too – how we haven’t progressed very far since this century as special needs children are still misunderstood, misaligned in society and dearly judged for what others feel are lacking abilities when in truth of effect they are just as able-bodied as the rest of us but they have a few different hurdles to work through in life. Each of us has our own share of strengths and disabilities – whether their learning issues or other medical afflictions, no one is without their own unique differences from one another.

This of course soon led to a separation for the couple – one that will not just ill-timed but ill met in the future for the stability of their marriage. It is uncertain why then Ashton was as vexed as he was about the outcome of the separation when he in effect wanted this to occur as he couldn’t find strength nor courage to stand up against his own mother!? Though perhaps that was a truth in of itself – how he had wished for a different outcome even if he could not inspire one to be found. It was within this discourse of separation Jane and Ashton grew apart – their marriage laying in tatters and fragments until such a time where rather ironically the spoilt murmurs of Jane’s sister Cassandra sparked a renewed sense of pride and courage in Jane to seek out the husband she felt had spurned her so many months ago.

A complicated story truly because so much lay between them that could not be unsaid or left undone. They were prone to society’s inflicted observations on their life, their marriage and even the choices they made as parents; yet, when left to themselves, you saw a loving couple, full of equality for each others choices and with a respect for their minds to ring true of their hearts. Why they would consistently allow themselves to be affected by society or by other people’s prejudicial views is unknown but they were at their best when they tucked closer to Hants and to each other. When they were not privy to outside influences and outside speculations, Ashton and Jane made a winning team.

And, yet this trilogy ends as you might have suspected it would begin – where a fictional version of Jane begins to meet the real-life variant of herself in a timeline which makes sense to what is known of her actual lived life. Hemingway merges the two expertly at the conclusion of this series and gives you a striking pause for thought about how the series was developed and the central arc of focus therein as you reconsider everything you’ve read and what it all meant – to you, to Jane and to Hemingway. That dear hearts is a interesting ending indeed because it makes you question what was real, what was imagined and what fittingly was simply fodder to chew about an author so very little was publicly known about her life.

Note of Improvement:

Previously, whilst reading The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen (Volume One) I was unable to read the letters inclusive to the text due to a difficulty of being able to read them as they were printed. I am happy to report, the letters within this volume were easier to read – the font was of a larger size and the joy for me was being able to read everything in-line as it was revealled rather than awaiting to deduce what was said in latter passages. As continued with improvement for the reader from the second volume in this series.

on the writing styling of mr. hemingway:

The realistic honesty [within marriage] Hemingway has given Jane is what has held me anchoured into this trilogy the most – the fact he can re-address the changes in her life and the moments of what she has experienced through the series is what makes it so dearly relatable to be read. In this finale, Jane is questioning her fatigue to mother her infant son George, whilst she fondly reflects upon the advice of her own Mum – who told her the truer truths of mumhood; how it changes your perspective of time and the ways in which time can lengthen or shorten for all mothers. In this intrinsic manner of approaching Jane’s newfound married life with a burst of truthful humility, I felt Hemingway gave us a fitting entry into the final installment as we re-align ourselves with Ashton and Jane.

There was a moment where the welfare of a horse was in jeopardy and I liked how Hemingway showed how well Ashton and Jane make a winsome team to overcome difficult circumstances. They were having issues of martial variety prior to the horse and uniquely enough, of a similar topic of discussion as the horse was fairing themselves – as the horse was withchild, however, in this instance, it was how well they worked with each other to resolve this matter and how hard they held their right to protect the horse which I loved the most. It was one of those unexpected moments where you saw the strength of their bond, the conviction of their characters and the earnestness in Hemingway to show how even despite their difficulties recently, Jane and Ashton put the welfare of others (person or beast) ahead of their own troubles.

Hemingway has elected to show he mindset of the era in which Jane and Ashton lived when it comes to medical issues and special needs children in deference to George. It is not easy reading nor is it unjust of the era as if anything it points a spotlight on how some families choose to deal with these similar circumstances and how others react without thought to how their words will inflict heartache on those who have to listen to their senseless reactions.

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Music oft-accompanies me as I read the stories I am blogging:

I was thankful to realise that I could listen to the weekly programme via #HeartsOfSpace for free up to 4x now as they’ve updated their website. This is the ambient soundscapes I love listening to for their calm respite and the ways in which you can read and/or write your stories to their alluring playlists. I first discovered them on local radio feeds and have since moved to listening to them via streaming online. I want to resume a membership with them to hear more of their music past the free plays however for now, I was thankful to stream all four listens as I read this finale for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen!

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This blog tour is courtesy of: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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Return on the 15th of January when I share my interview with Mr Hemingway as I conclude my thoughts & participation on hosting his wicked lovely trilogy for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen!
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Reading this lovely second volume of the series happily concurs with some of my reading challenges for 2019:

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2 responses to “A #blogmas of Austen Book Review during #SaturdaysAreBookish | “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” (Vol.3) by Collins Hemingway

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Bruno!

      Thanks for visiting with me. It was a bit harder to conclude my thoughts about this trilogy than I felt it might be going into reading the final and third installment. There was so much breadth to the trilogy and I loved how in the end, you nearly had to revisit your thoughts throughout the trilogy to better understand and process how it concluded! This was a clever way to end it and I am looking forward to sharing my questions for the interview this week with you as I can’t wait to host the author lateron in the tour this January. It was a delight of joy to host Mr Hemingway and the gratitude is mine to you and him for including me on all 3x tours to fully absorb the trilogy itself as I re-saw Jane Austen in a different portal of perspecive!

      Many happy returns to you and your family this lovely New Year’s week, 2020!

      I cannot wait to see which Historical stories and blog tours become my top favourites at the end of December… meanwhile, I need to update your Historical Reading Challenge linkys as I fell behind sharing those lovely links during the previous months. I love tracking how many I read and I appreciate the fact you continue to host the challenge.

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