Cassandra's Sister PDF Þ Hardcover

Cassandra's Sister PDF Þ Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 230 pages
  • Cassandra's Sister
  • Veronica Bennett
  • English
  • 19 June 2014
  • 9780763634643

10 thoughts on “Cassandra's Sister

  1. Girl with her Head in a Book Girl with her Head in a Book says:

    For my full review I spotted this book on the shelves of a charity shop I knew immediately that it had to be Austen related Does that make me an Austen nerd? But in terms of biographical facts about Jane Austen surely this is the most well known? Austen's sister was her closest confidant in life her best friend and her confessor It was Cassandra who destroyed so much of her sister's correspondence shielding her personal life from the scrutiny of the world They were each other's companion in life shouldering the weight of spinsterhood together I was intrigued therefore by this novel than I would normally be if Bennett was approaching Austen as a sister first this had the potential to be a different type of story AlasI should probably have seen it coming with the book's tagline 'Was the love Jane Austen wrote about to be hers in real life?' I mean where do I start? First of all we know she never married so there's no point hanging that one out there as a hook for readers And if you're picking up the book we know you're an established fan So straight away Bennett's book seems to be setting out to make her look tragic and that's just rude Then there's my personal pet peeve Jane Austen was not a romance novelist She was ironic She was comic She was having a laugh Please don't come and claim that she was writing love stories while gazing out the window waiting for Prince CharmingBeginning the book it immediately became clear that this was a young adult novel Further research into the author revealed that she is a children's writer I will happily read children's literature all day long but I admit to feeling disappointed by how simplistic Bennett made her story Even with the way that Austen is referred to as 'Jenny' rankled This is a very dumbed down interpretation of Austen's life It was also structured in uite a strange way opening with a vivid account of the death of Cousin Eliza's husband a man Austen never met He had no connection to the rest of the story and beyond a brief mention in the opening chapter that he had died he is then barely mentioned again It really was a curious choiceThe characters feel rather like cardboard cut outs and have few distinguishing features We get little of Eliza's glamour or Mary Lloyd's grumpiness The warmth that existed between Austen and Mrs Lefroy is extinguished in favour of the latter becoming a cringe making Mrs Jennings figure More worryingly although Austen is charmed when she meets Tom Lefroy the reader gets to see little of it Most of their meetings are only reported rather than described so although we are supposed to believe that Austen is sincerely in love the whole romance feels rather 'blink and you'd miss it' This in turn makes it difficult for us to feel disappointment when he vanishes We barely even noticed he was there in the first place There would be some good ground to mine here in exploring how Austen was 'ghosted' by a guy but Bennett does not make use of itThe book does have its stronger moments particularly in how it captures Cassandra's hopes for a happy married life with Tom Fowle so that when the tragedy strikes the reader does truly feel it The finale was also uite effective in showing Austen consciously decide against a pragmatic marriage with Harris Bigg Wither Unfortunately though there were too many other niggles around the rest of the book for me to really enjoy it Bennett's makes clunky attempts to force Jenny into mirroring the heroines who Austen later created This felt very forced and then to make matters worse she has Austen begin her first draft of Northanger Abbey with the heroine already called Catherine Most Austen fans are aware that Miss Morland was originally called Susan so this felt like uite a basic errorMore than that though I think that Bennett tried to make Austen seem 'sweet' Relatable Like any other teenaged girl Because of that her wit and sharpness of expression is utter extinguished While I can imagine that a younger reader might possibly enjoy this as an introduction to Austen's life it always depresses me when I see an interesting story ground down into easy to digest pap Jane Austen led an interesting life but you'd barely know it from Cassandra's Sister


  2. Kat Kat says:

    I enjoy reading books about sisters Veronica Bennett's novel is a historical fiction about Jane Austen's life as a young woman her relationships with her parents her family and friends and her struggles with writing her now famous novels But it mainly focuses on the closeness between young Jane and her older sister CassandraOkay I admit that I was initially drawn to this book because I like the cover And naturally I was inclined to read it because it's another book about the life of my favorite novelist Of course much of it is fictionalized but having previously read about Jane Austen's life I recognized many of the real life events that take place in the novelI have a few misgivings about this book One of them being the reference to the main character as 'Jenny' That really bugged me I can't picture Jane Austen as a Jenny She's Jane I was relieved when toward the end of the second section of the book she asks to be called Jane Thank goodness Another is the repetition of the phrase thinking thinking I get that Bennett is trying to portray Austen as contemplating her life's events and how they will effect her stories but she could've done without that repeated phrase It's already obvious that Austen's life inspired her characters and plotsSomething in particular that struck me is the lack of propriety on Jane's part in relation to her courtship with Tom LeFroy Jane Austen is a rector's daughter and would have better sense than to exchange letters with Mr LeFroy before a formal attachment has been made Either Bennett was unaware of the social s of the time which seems doubtful as she obviously researched the events of Austen's life or she sought to portray Austen as acting less than ladylike If the latter is the case then for shame Social improprieties aside I like that the author stresses Jane's relationship with Cassandra which was the most important relationship in her life As far as fictional biographies go this one serves as a good introduction for the younger reader interested in Jane Austen The language isn't too flowery which makes it easier to read than other accounts of Austen's life


  3. Rachael Rachael says:

    I found this book while perusing the shelves at the library and was excited to read it I really like historical fiction and I love Jane Austen so it seemed like a perfect choice for me However it didn't capture Austen the way I have always imagined her Her fascination with Tom Lefroy doesn't make much sense to me in this novel; it seems as though she met him a mere handful of times yet the Jane depicted here pines after him for years and years even refusing a marriage proposal on the basis of this youthful infatuation I just likechoose to think Ms Austen was sensible as we use the word TODAY than thatHowever in contrast to Syrie James' novel I do like the way Harris Bigg Wither is portrayed here He seems like a suitable marriage partner and one could understand why Jane would be inclined to accept his offer I haven't read any full length biographies of Jane Austen YET so I'm not sure which portrayal might be closer to reality However with this description of Harris it seems harder to understand why she would later refuseI wish you could give half stars If I could then I would give this 2 12 instead of 3


  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    If you want a fiction story about Jane Austen's life this is a good one It made me feel glad that I am a woman in the 21st century


  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Because we were rushed off our feet on my holiday and doing lots of different things which meant I was SO tired in the evening I didn't actually read that much as I normally do so only got through this book while in AmericaI have read this book before and from what I could remember I found it interesting and was one of the first books I read about Jane Austen herself and her family This book is a lot like the movie starring Anne Hathaway Becoming Jane as it is set around that time although not in so much detail as the movie Synopsis Young Jane — or Jenny as she is called — is a girl with a head full of uestions Surrounded by her busy parents and brothers Jenny finds a place for her thoughts in the companionship of her older sister Cassandra Theirs is a country life full of balls and visits at which conversation inevitably evolves on one topic marriage But the arrival of their worldly wise cousin disrupts Jenny’s world bringing answers to some of her uestions and providing a gem of an idea Review This book follows Jane Austen inventing and writing two of her most popular novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility as well as some events that we know happens to her in her life like the idea of falling in love Sadly and perhaps unexpectedly Jane Austen never married She was offered one proposal by the brother of one of her friends who she accepted and then changing her mind the next day As portrayed in Becoming Jane and mentioned in numerous novels about Jane Austen's life Jane fell in love with the Irish Tom Lefroy the nephew of a family known to the Austen's If anything ever happened between them we shall never know but I like to think they did mostly for Jane's sake They could never marry and they knew that as he had no money training to be a lawyer and Jane Austen had to marry for money as her family were uite poor Jane Austen lived her life with her parents and her also unmarried sister Cassandra who's fiancée died on a trip to the West Indies She lived off the money from her books that were published in her lifetime and from money from four of her five brothers Jane Austen didn't live an extravagant lifestyle and was never truly rich she may have been unhappy to write about all her heroines falling deeply in love and marrying yet she never did However maybe this made her loveless life bearableagain it is something we shall never know for realThis book follows the relationship with Cassandra and Jane Austen and of how their love lives affect both their relationship and themselves which is a very different way to other novels like this that I have read which I liked Other normally go for the romance The only problem with this is that for me there wasn't enough romance and I don't say this often I know it's about Cassandra mostly in Jane's life but reading the blurb you wouldn't think this you'd think it's the novel that Becoming Jane was made from The beginning is very slow with Jane starting and stopping many novels like Lady Susan This is fine but it did get a bit tedious and boring after a while with this pace Then when Tom Lefroy did come into it which is about half way through we see him once for a chapter and then anything that happened between him and Jane was told after it happened and in not much detail I have no idea what happened the second time they met they never say They just talk about it without giving any information This annoyed meThe characters were all likeable and behaved like they were from the 1700's although there were times when sentences sounded at home in my living room than at a ball although this wasn't too often I liked the friendship and sisterly love between Cassandra and Jane it seemed like they were confidants in each other but still had that sisterly understanding which is nice to see Cassandra seems to be the one to calm Jane down and Jane brings out a rebellious side to Cassandra this to me is the best relationship to have with one another You both get things out of itMy favourite scenes were the balls with the amount of detail of who was dancing with who the dresses the dances the small things These are the things that make me want to be transported now to England 1790 and join in they were admittedly done very well Mrs Austen as always reminded me SO much of Mrs Bennet and Jane of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice This part made me laugh of Jane's cynicism and her uick wit 'Mrs Fowle seems very pleased that Charles is going to be a lawyer said Mama Mrs Austen She consulted the letter again then laid it in her lap Now Jenny what profession would you have predicted he would follow? I must confess that when he was a boy I always rather saw him as a soldierI remember that he used to march around with a stick over his shoulder for a rifle said Jenny Jane But then if you recall my own favourite pastime at that age was playing with model animals yet now I have no inclination even to own a pet cat'As you can see in that extract Jane is referred to until about 75% of the way through as Jenny instead of Jane I have never heard of this before for Jane Austen being nicknamed and it got really annoying after a while To me she is Jane Jenny is not even a shortening of the name Jane Stick with Jane I think I know why it was done but it didn't add anything reallyThe other thing that confused me was the passing of time The book would suddenly jump to three years later without much warning or ending to whatever had happened before The book was trying to cover a huge period of time instead of just a small amount in great detailI did enjoy this book eventually nearer the end and this book does give information about the only proposal known for her to receive which most Jane Austen esue books leave out There are faults in this book but I think it is a good book for those that don't know much about the writer and just want to find out a bit about her life It would be the ideal accomplice to writing a essay on one of her books to reference it to events in her writing However if like me you know a lot about Austen I would read this knowing you may not enjoy it It's a lovely little book but could be betterVerdict Recommend to anyone who knows nothing about Jane Austen I give it a 35 out of 5


  6. Alison Alison says:

    Loved this book Jane Austen is one of my favourite classic authors and Veronica has written a lovely story based on her early life and her life with her sister Cassandra A wonderful tale of sisterly love and bonds family commitments and the search for everlasting love Also a wonderful insight into why Jane wrote about love but was never married and also about what it meant to be a woman in 18th and 19th century England


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    A cute take on Austen's life and the influence her sister had on her Although as an Austenite there was not a lot of details or information in the book that I had not already read


  8. Vicki Vicki says:

    This was such an interesting book from a lot of different standpoints I ordered it from another library didn't have it where I work and I saw that it was classified in Juvenile fiction rather than young adult fiction Would anybody from ages 8 to 12 read this book? Would anybody from ages 12 to 20? I really hope so I think it's a lovely one I have a love and appreciation for Austen that probably borders on the mildly goony so it's hard to separate my reactions to anything Austen related from those I think a kid might have This is an imagining of Austen's life when she was a young teenager up to her late twenties It starts with her cousin returning from France after her husband was killed by revolutionaries This sets Jane off to thinking like a writer It was a uiet life with uiet concerns I guess before the Frenchish cousin showed up but I guess this wakes Jane up to the drama Her physical world was so small but it's interesting to think about what that allowed a mind like hers to accomplish She saw the way people acted the way they evolved the way they spoke and how those things betrayed their motives for better or for worseAusten was Disappointed by a young man Tom LeFroy so dashingly played by that fox James MacAvoy in Becoming Jane The book handles the sadness and the joys of Austen's world so well Jane Austen never knew what she would mean to the world She never knew that people would act out her books That authors would write spin offs What pray is a spin off Sir? That women would see themselves in her characters for hundreds of years to come Sometimes when I think of that it can make me cry Sometimes people talk about not liking Austen because she wasn't bold enough When I encounter people like that I wonder what they would have liked for her to do? She was an unmarried fortuneless daughter of a country clergyman She had no position in the world One misstep and she was majorly tainted in the eyes of society Did they expect her to have hurled herself at the juggernaut of the British Empire declaring herself against their policies? The fact that she was a woman writing was revolutionary in and of itself That her work endures is major What I adored about Veronica Bennett's book is that she never loses sight of what Austen's world was like How major the heartbreaks how bold the seemingly small decisions were This book gives you a sense of what that world was like and how it was to live in it So well done


  9. Mara Mara says:

    Cover Blurb I like its classiness and being a person who is drawn to classy stories the cover did a good job of catching my attentionWhat I Liked I like how the Author portrayed Jane and Cassandra’s close relationship and I absolutely adored Tom Lefroy; it made me so sad knowing how things turned out between him and Jane I felt Cassandra’s pain when she received the letter about her fiancé and I loved all of the real life parallels for Jane’s novelsWhat I Disliked I didn’t get much of a sense of the closeness between Jane and her brother Henry who was Jane’s favorite brother And though I understood the purpose behind calling Jane “Jenny” I personally found that it made it difficult to think of her as the Jane Austen This probably won’t bother other people; this is just a personal preference complaint and it makes sense that Jane probably had a nickname when she was youngerBelievability The Author brings Jane Austen’s world to life with superb historical detail and dialogue I have nothing to complain about in this area She allowed her imagination to fill in a lot of holes in Jane Austen’s life and she filled them in believable waysWriting Style As noted above the dialogue is very good and the Author has pleasing descriptions and her writing flowed very nicely However I felt that her portrayal of Jane Austen herself was lacking compared to other Authors’ portrayals In I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend Cora Harrison displayed Jane’s snappy humor and easy wit at every chance she got and it painted a very believable picture of a young Jane Austen Veronica Bennett’s Jane Austen doesn’t have that ready sarcasm which I personally believe Jane possessed not only in her writing but in her personal life as wellContent NoneConclusion If you know anything about Jane Austen’s romantic pursuits you’ll know that this story has a predictably bittersweet ending Despite the fact that I felt this Jane Austen was lacking in areas I did really enjoy the story It was well written an interesting look into what Jane’s life might have been like and eual parts funny and tragicRecommended Audience Historical fiction fans Austeneers girl read any age


  10. Martha Martha says:

    In Cassandra’s Sister author Veronica Bennett imagines the late teenage years and early adulthood of Jane Austen and her older sister Cassandra The book takes place during the period from 1794 to 1803 when a young woman’s fate was determined by money marriage and men We first meet Jane as an 18 year old known affectionately to her family as Jenny an energetic and imaginative girl who was “always scribbling stories” The daughter of a minister she lives contently in a small English village but is keenly aware that most of the single men in the district are her own brothers As a result she makes a beeline for new young men with whom she dances at occasional public balls and is crushed when their attentions turn toward prettier or wealthier girlsAs young Jenny matures into Jane we witness the parallels between her dreams and disappointments and those of the characters she created in Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey the three novels she writes during the span of the bookEssentially a fictionalized biography the book is fairly short on plot and relies instead on characters and relationships especially those of the feisty conflicted Jane and the polished even tempered Cassandra Weighed down by numerous imagined conversations between the two the pace of the story is sometimes slow But many historical details convey an authentic if somewhat depressing for women sense of time and placeAn unnecessary prologue in which a distant relative by marriage is beheaded in France isn't well integrated into the story but is written with an energy and momentum lacking in the rest of the bookWith its sophisticated somewhat esoteric vocabulary soporific chilblains superfluity bonhomie and assumed knowledge of Austen’s works the book will have limited appeal for the average teen reader But Austen fans historical fiction buffs and those who enjoyed the film Becoming Jane might enjoy getting to know Cassandra’s Sister


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Cassandra's Sister[Download] ➵ Cassandra's Sister ➾ Veronica Bennett – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk How did a country girl named Jenny become the celebrated novelist Jane Austen A highly engaging historical novel by the author of ANGELMONSTERYoung Jane — or Jenny as she is called — is a girl wit How did a country girl named Jenny become the celebrated novelist Jane Austen A highly engaging historical novel by the author of ANGELMONSTERYoung Jane — or Jenny as she is called — is a girl with a head full of uestions Surrounded by her busy parents and brothers Jenny finds a place for her thoughts in the companionship of her older sister Cassandra Theirs is a country life full of balls and visits at which conversation inevitably centers on one topic marriage But the arrival of their worldly wise cousin disrupts Jenny’s world bringing answers to some of her uestions and providing a gem of an idea Veronica Bennett invites us into a society where propriety and marriage rule hand in hand a milieu in which Jenny finds inspiration to write the masterpieces PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY — a world where a clever young girl will one day become the beloved Jane Austen.


About the Author: Veronica Bennett

Veronica Bennett is a children's novelist Until recently she worked part time as an English Lecturer; she now writes fiction full time She graduated from University College Cardiff in with an Honours degree in English She began her writing career as a freelance journalist but soon moved into fiction Her first book Monkey was published in and was acclaimed by The Times Educationa.


10 thoughts on “Cassandra's Sister

  1. Girl with her Head in a Book Girl with her Head in a Book says:

    For my full review I spotted this book on the shelves of a charity shop I knew immediately that it had to be Austen related Does that make me an Austen nerd? But in terms of biographical facts about Jane Austen surely this is the most well known? Austen's sister was her closest confidant in life her best friend and her confessor It was Cassandra who destroyed so much of her sister's correspondence shielding her personal life from the scrutiny of the world They were each other's companion in life shouldering the weight of spinsterhood together I was intrigued therefore by this novel than I would normally be if Bennett was approaching Austen as a sister first this had the potential to be a different type of story AlasI should probably have seen it coming with the book's tagline 'Was the love Jane Austen wrote about to be hers in real life?' I mean where do I start? First of all we know she never married so there's no point hanging that one out there as a hook for readers And if you're picking up the book we know you're an established fan So straight away Bennett's book seems to be setting out to make her look tragic and that's just rude Then there's my personal pet peeve Jane Austen was not a romance novelist She was ironic She was comic She was having a laugh Please don't come and claim that she was writing love stories while gazing out the window waiting for Prince CharmingBeginning the book it immediately became clear that this was a young adult novel Further research into the author revealed that she is a children's writer I will happily read children's literature all day long but I admit to feeling disappointed by how simplistic Bennett made her story Even with the way that Austen is referred to as 'Jenny' rankled This is a very dumbed down interpretation of Austen's life It was also structured in uite a strange way opening with a vivid account of the death of Cousin Eliza's husband a man Austen never met He had no connection to the rest of the story and beyond a brief mention in the opening chapter that he had died he is then barely mentioned again It really was a curious choiceThe characters feel rather like cardboard cut outs and have few distinguishing features We get little of Eliza's glamour or Mary Lloyd's grumpiness The warmth that existed between Austen and Mrs Lefroy is extinguished in favour of the latter becoming a cringe making Mrs Jennings figure More worryingly although Austen is charmed when she meets Tom Lefroy the reader gets to see little of it Most of their meetings are only reported rather than described so although we are supposed to believe that Austen is sincerely in love the whole romance feels rather 'blink and you'd miss it' This in turn makes it difficult for us to feel disappointment when he vanishes We barely even noticed he was there in the first place There would be some good ground to mine here in exploring how Austen was 'ghosted' by a guy but Bennett does not make use of itThe book does have its stronger moments particularly in how it captures Cassandra's hopes for a happy married life with Tom Fowle so that when the tragedy strikes the reader does truly feel it The finale was also uite effective in showing Austen consciously decide against a pragmatic marriage with Harris Bigg Wither Unfortunately though there were too many other niggles around the rest of the book for me to really enjoy it Bennett's makes clunky attempts to force Jenny into mirroring the heroines who Austen later created This felt very forced and then to make matters worse she has Austen begin her first draft of Northanger Abbey with the heroine already called Catherine Most Austen fans are aware that Miss Morland was originally called Susan so this felt like uite a basic errorMore than that though I think that Bennett tried to make Austen seem 'sweet' Relatable Like any other teenaged girl Because of that her wit and sharpness of expression is utter extinguished While I can imagine that a younger reader might possibly enjoy this as an introduction to Austen's life it always depresses me when I see an interesting story ground down into easy to digest pap Jane Austen led an interesting life but you'd barely know it from Cassandra's Sister

  2. Kat Kat says:

    I enjoy reading books about sisters Veronica Bennett's novel is a historical fiction about Jane Austen's life as a young woman her relationships with her parents her family and friends and her struggles with writing her now famous novels But it mainly focuses on the closeness between young Jane and her older sister CassandraOkay I admit that I was initially drawn to this book because I like the cover And naturally I was inclined to read it because it's another book about the life of my favorite novelist Of course much of it is fictionalized but having previously read about Jane Austen's life I recognized many of the real life events that take place in the novelI have a few misgivings about this book One of them being the reference to the main character as 'Jenny' That really bugged me I can't picture Jane Austen as a Jenny She's Jane I was relieved when toward the end of the second section of the book she asks to be called Jane Thank goodness Another is the repetition of the phrase thinking thinking I get that Bennett is trying to portray Austen as contemplating her life's events and how they will effect her stories but she could've done without that repeated phrase It's already obvious that Austen's life inspired her characters and plotsSomething in particular that struck me is the lack of propriety on Jane's part in relation to her courtship with Tom LeFroy Jane Austen is a rector's daughter and would have better sense than to exchange letters with Mr LeFroy before a formal attachment has been made Either Bennett was unaware of the social s of the time which seems doubtful as she obviously researched the events of Austen's life or she sought to portray Austen as acting less than ladylike If the latter is the case then for shame Social improprieties aside I like that the author stresses Jane's relationship with Cassandra which was the most important relationship in her life As far as fictional biographies go this one serves as a good introduction for the younger reader interested in Jane Austen The language isn't too flowery which makes it easier to read than other accounts of Austen's life

  3. Rachael Rachael says:

    I found this book while perusing the shelves at the library and was excited to read it I really like historical fiction and I love Jane Austen so it seemed like a perfect choice for me However it didn't capture Austen the way I have always imagined her Her fascination with Tom Lefroy doesn't make much sense to me in this novel; it seems as though she met him a mere handful of times yet the Jane depicted here pines after him for years and years even refusing a marriage proposal on the basis of this youthful infatuation I just likechoose to think Ms Austen was sensible as we use the word TODAY than thatHowever in contrast to Syrie James' novel I do like the way Harris Bigg Wither is portrayed here He seems like a suitable marriage partner and one could understand why Jane would be inclined to accept his offer I haven't read any full length biographies of Jane Austen YET so I'm not sure which portrayal might be closer to reality However with this description of Harris it seems harder to understand why she would later refuseI wish you could give half stars If I could then I would give this 2 12 instead of 3

  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    If you want a fiction story about Jane Austen's life this is a good one It made me feel glad that I am a woman in the 21st century

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Because we were rushed off our feet on my holiday and doing lots of different things which meant I was SO tired in the evening I didn't actually read that much as I normally do so only got through this book while in AmericaI have read this book before and from what I could remember I found it interesting and was one of the first books I read about Jane Austen herself and her family This book is a lot like the movie starring Anne Hathaway Becoming Jane as it is set around that time although not in so much detail as the movie Synopsis Young Jane — or Jenny as she is called — is a girl with a head full of uestions Surrounded by her busy parents and brothers Jenny finds a place for her thoughts in the companionship of her older sister Cassandra Theirs is a country life full of balls and visits at which conversation inevitably evolves on one topic marriage But the arrival of their worldly wise cousin disrupts Jenny’s world bringing answers to some of her uestions and providing a gem of an idea Review This book follows Jane Austen inventing and writing two of her most popular novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility as well as some events that we know happens to her in her life like the idea of falling in love Sadly and perhaps unexpectedly Jane Austen never married She was offered one proposal by the brother of one of her friends who she accepted and then changing her mind the next day As portrayed in Becoming Jane and mentioned in numerous novels about Jane Austen's life Jane fell in love with the Irish Tom Lefroy the nephew of a family known to the Austen's If anything ever happened between them we shall never know but I like to think they did mostly for Jane's sake They could never marry and they knew that as he had no money training to be a lawyer and Jane Austen had to marry for money as her family were uite poor Jane Austen lived her life with her parents and her also unmarried sister Cassandra who's fiancée died on a trip to the West Indies She lived off the money from her books that were published in her lifetime and from money from four of her five brothers Jane Austen didn't live an extravagant lifestyle and was never truly rich she may have been unhappy to write about all her heroines falling deeply in love and marrying yet she never did However maybe this made her loveless life bearableagain it is something we shall never know for realThis book follows the relationship with Cassandra and Jane Austen and of how their love lives affect both their relationship and themselves which is a very different way to other novels like this that I have read which I liked Other normally go for the romance The only problem with this is that for me there wasn't enough romance and I don't say this often I know it's about Cassandra mostly in Jane's life but reading the blurb you wouldn't think this you'd think it's the novel that Becoming Jane was made from The beginning is very slow with Jane starting and stopping many novels like Lady Susan This is fine but it did get a bit tedious and boring after a while with this pace Then when Tom Lefroy did come into it which is about half way through we see him once for a chapter and then anything that happened between him and Jane was told after it happened and in not much detail I have no idea what happened the second time they met they never say They just talk about it without giving any information This annoyed meThe characters were all likeable and behaved like they were from the 1700's although there were times when sentences sounded at home in my living room than at a ball although this wasn't too often I liked the friendship and sisterly love between Cassandra and Jane it seemed like they were confidants in each other but still had that sisterly understanding which is nice to see Cassandra seems to be the one to calm Jane down and Jane brings out a rebellious side to Cassandra this to me is the best relationship to have with one another You both get things out of itMy favourite scenes were the balls with the amount of detail of who was dancing with who the dresses the dances the small things These are the things that make me want to be transported now to England 1790 and join in they were admittedly done very well Mrs Austen as always reminded me SO much of Mrs Bennet and Jane of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice This part made me laugh of Jane's cynicism and her uick wit 'Mrs Fowle seems very pleased that Charles is going to be a lawyer said Mama Mrs Austen She consulted the letter again then laid it in her lap Now Jenny what profession would you have predicted he would follow? I must confess that when he was a boy I always rather saw him as a soldierI remember that he used to march around with a stick over his shoulder for a rifle said Jenny Jane But then if you recall my own favourite pastime at that age was playing with model animals yet now I have no inclination even to own a pet cat'As you can see in that extract Jane is referred to until about 75% of the way through as Jenny instead of Jane I have never heard of this before for Jane Austen being nicknamed and it got really annoying after a while To me she is Jane Jenny is not even a shortening of the name Jane Stick with Jane I think I know why it was done but it didn't add anything reallyThe other thing that confused me was the passing of time The book would suddenly jump to three years later without much warning or ending to whatever had happened before The book was trying to cover a huge period of time instead of just a small amount in great detailI did enjoy this book eventually nearer the end and this book does give information about the only proposal known for her to receive which most Jane Austen esue books leave out There are faults in this book but I think it is a good book for those that don't know much about the writer and just want to find out a bit about her life It would be the ideal accomplice to writing a essay on one of her books to reference it to events in her writing However if like me you know a lot about Austen I would read this knowing you may not enjoy it It's a lovely little book but could be betterVerdict Recommend to anyone who knows nothing about Jane Austen I give it a 35 out of 5

  6. Alison Alison says:

    Loved this book Jane Austen is one of my favourite classic authors and Veronica has written a lovely story based on her early life and her life with her sister Cassandra A wonderful tale of sisterly love and bonds family commitments and the search for everlasting love Also a wonderful insight into why Jane wrote about love but was never married and also about what it meant to be a woman in 18th and 19th century England

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    A cute take on Austen's life and the influence her sister had on her Although as an Austenite there was not a lot of details or information in the book that I had not already read

  8. Vicki Vicki says:

    This was such an interesting book from a lot of different standpoints I ordered it from another library didn't have it where I work and I saw that it was classified in Juvenile fiction rather than young adult fiction Would anybody from ages 8 to 12 read this book? Would anybody from ages 12 to 20? I really hope so I think it's a lovely one I have a love and appreciation for Austen that probably borders on the mildly goony so it's hard to separate my reactions to anything Austen related from those I think a kid might have This is an imagining of Austen's life when she was a young teenager up to her late twenties It starts with her cousin returning from France after her husband was killed by revolutionaries This sets Jane off to thinking like a writer It was a uiet life with uiet concerns I guess before the Frenchish cousin showed up but I guess this wakes Jane up to the drama Her physical world was so small but it's interesting to think about what that allowed a mind like hers to accomplish She saw the way people acted the way they evolved the way they spoke and how those things betrayed their motives for better or for worseAusten was Disappointed by a young man Tom LeFroy so dashingly played by that fox James MacAvoy in Becoming Jane The book handles the sadness and the joys of Austen's world so well Jane Austen never knew what she would mean to the world She never knew that people would act out her books That authors would write spin offs What pray is a spin off Sir? That women would see themselves in her characters for hundreds of years to come Sometimes when I think of that it can make me cry Sometimes people talk about not liking Austen because she wasn't bold enough When I encounter people like that I wonder what they would have liked for her to do? She was an unmarried fortuneless daughter of a country clergyman She had no position in the world One misstep and she was majorly tainted in the eyes of society Did they expect her to have hurled herself at the juggernaut of the British Empire declaring herself against their policies? The fact that she was a woman writing was revolutionary in and of itself That her work endures is major What I adored about Veronica Bennett's book is that she never loses sight of what Austen's world was like How major the heartbreaks how bold the seemingly small decisions were This book gives you a sense of what that world was like and how it was to live in it So well done

  9. Mara Mara says:

    Cover Blurb I like its classiness and being a person who is drawn to classy stories the cover did a good job of catching my attentionWhat I Liked I like how the Author portrayed Jane and Cassandra’s close relationship and I absolutely adored Tom Lefroy; it made me so sad knowing how things turned out between him and Jane I felt Cassandra’s pain when she received the letter about her fiancé and I loved all of the real life parallels for Jane’s novelsWhat I Disliked I didn’t get much of a sense of the closeness between Jane and her brother Henry who was Jane’s favorite brother And though I understood the purpose behind calling Jane “Jenny” I personally found that it made it difficult to think of her as the Jane Austen This probably won’t bother other people; this is just a personal preference complaint and it makes sense that Jane probably had a nickname when she was youngerBelievability The Author brings Jane Austen’s world to life with superb historical detail and dialogue I have nothing to complain about in this area She allowed her imagination to fill in a lot of holes in Jane Austen’s life and she filled them in believable waysWriting Style As noted above the dialogue is very good and the Author has pleasing descriptions and her writing flowed very nicely However I felt that her portrayal of Jane Austen herself was lacking compared to other Authors’ portrayals In I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend Cora Harrison displayed Jane’s snappy humor and easy wit at every chance she got and it painted a very believable picture of a young Jane Austen Veronica Bennett’s Jane Austen doesn’t have that ready sarcasm which I personally believe Jane possessed not only in her writing but in her personal life as wellContent NoneConclusion If you know anything about Jane Austen’s romantic pursuits you’ll know that this story has a predictably bittersweet ending Despite the fact that I felt this Jane Austen was lacking in areas I did really enjoy the story It was well written an interesting look into what Jane’s life might have been like and eual parts funny and tragicRecommended Audience Historical fiction fans Austeneers girl read any age

  10. Martha Martha says:

    In Cassandra’s Sister author Veronica Bennett imagines the late teenage years and early adulthood of Jane Austen and her older sister Cassandra The book takes place during the period from 1794 to 1803 when a young woman’s fate was determined by money marriage and men We first meet Jane as an 18 year old known affectionately to her family as Jenny an energetic and imaginative girl who was “always scribbling stories” The daughter of a minister she lives contently in a small English village but is keenly aware that most of the single men in the district are her own brothers As a result she makes a beeline for new young men with whom she dances at occasional public balls and is crushed when their attentions turn toward prettier or wealthier girlsAs young Jenny matures into Jane we witness the parallels between her dreams and disappointments and those of the characters she created in Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey the three novels she writes during the span of the bookEssentially a fictionalized biography the book is fairly short on plot and relies instead on characters and relationships especially those of the feisty conflicted Jane and the polished even tempered Cassandra Weighed down by numerous imagined conversations between the two the pace of the story is sometimes slow But many historical details convey an authentic if somewhat depressing for women sense of time and placeAn unnecessary prologue in which a distant relative by marriage is beheaded in France isn't well integrated into the story but is written with an energy and momentum lacking in the rest of the bookWith its sophisticated somewhat esoteric vocabulary soporific chilblains superfluity bonhomie and assumed knowledge of Austen’s works the book will have limited appeal for the average teen reader But Austen fans historical fiction buffs and those who enjoyed the film Becoming Jane might enjoy getting to know Cassandra’s Sister

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