The Austen Girls

Lucy Worsley


May 2020

$15.99 AU

308p pb

ISBN: 978-1526605450

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The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley is an historical romance novel centred around Jane Austenís nieces, Fanny and Anna Austen. Fanny and Anna are cousins, the daughters of Janeís brothers. They have become the age where young ladies are expected to find a suitor and get engaged. The girls are under pressure to marry rich, but how can either know what they want? Is finding love even an option? The only person with answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married, yet she is perfectly happy. The time will come for each Austen girl to be the heroine of her own story. Will either of them follow in Janeís footsteps?

The Austen Girls is a heartfelt story that truly gives an insight into the ways of society when Jane Austen was alive. It focuses mainly on Fanny, but her cousin Anna is also a central part of the tale. I liked how the story was very historically accurate, and how at the end of the book there was a section telling you which parts of the story were based on real life and which were purely fiction. I liked getting to know all of Fannyís brothers and sisters, and how they each had their own unique personality traits. The end of the story was different than I imagined it to be, but still a satisfactory ending. This book would appeal to teenagers and adults, as some of the language used would be too hard for younger readers. If you enjoy romance novels, books based on history, and coming of age stories, then this book is for you.

Amelia, age 13

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