Saturday, May 15, 2010


Do you love to read? Does a good book take you to a different place and time? I used to read a lot when I was young. Reading was a friend that I could take with me everywhere and absorb my mind with adventure.

In the last few years I have fallen in love with the stories of Jane Austen. I met the Bennett family when my daughter brought home the 2005 video of Pride and Prejudice. What a story. I had to have more. So I bought the book. Not just the Pride and Prejudice book, but the whole collection of Jane Austen works.

My friend Wendy from Ivory Spring is also a huge Jane Austen fan. She has shared a few links with me that just fuels the fire :-)

Republic of Pemberly
Jane Austen Today

And be sure to read this post - Elizabeth's Love for Darcy."

Miss Austen's life continues to remain surreptitious. Her sister burned all of her letters after Jane died. So we will never really know what was lying deep in her heart. But you can be sure, she knew about love, and the intricacies of a tangled web relationship that has survived through the years.

"Her thoughts were all fixed on that one spot of Pemberley House, whichever it might be, where Mr. Darcy then was. She longed to know what at that moment was passing in his mind; in what manner he thought of her, and whether, in defiance of every thing, she was still dear to him."

Enjoy your weekend! And maybe take time to read a good book :-)


Catherine said...

I had to read Emma as our school novel for our state exams so that didn't endear me to Austen, since then I haven't read much of her but I love the costume dramas - BBC productions and ITV have done some good ones and I loved Northanger Abbey not least because it was partly filmed in Lismore Castle, our local castle.
She was very much ahead of her times, and had a great insight to the lives of women in the 18th century...

Vicki said...

Hi, Jocelyn,
I love to read, too, and Jane Austen was a beautiful author. I love all of her romantic works. Lucky you to have her compiled stories. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, my friend. Love to you~ Vicki

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh I'm a HUGE fan! One Winter my husband and I spent every weekend watching Austen and Austen-related movies. Masterpiece Theatre has some great ones too. Thank you for sharing your LOVLINESS! Blessings... polly

Susan L (lily40au) said...

JA is absolutely my favourite. I've been a member of the JA Society in Melbourne for the last year and a member of Pemberley for a couple of years. Pemberley is a wonderful resource ... you just missed a group read of P&P and they never fail to help me get a deeper insight into her novels.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Jocelyn,
I recently read Pride and Prejudice, I loved it. Takes you to a different time. Very fun!