Title: The Austen Girls
Author: Lucy Worsley
Length: 286 pages
Synopsis: It is 1908 and Fanny and Anna Austen have just been launched on to the ruthless Regency marriage market by Fanny’s mother. But luckily their mysteriously wealthy Aunt Jane is there to help them take destiny into their own hands and carve their own paths. What does the future hold for Jane’s nieces?
The Austen girls starts with Fanny and Anna Austen going to their first ball as they begin to look for a husband. But for both, it’s not that easy as their parents wish.
This was such a fun book. It really was. I read it in a day, which I absolutely never do. I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen to the girls. I was also really pleased that it goes beyond them just wanting to find husbands, especially for Fanny who has such an interesting storyline.
This book is full of historical elements that really make it what it is, but what do you expect from Britain’s favourite historian. It’s so detailed from the dresses they wear, to the house, the chores, the house of corrections. I love it when historical fiction novels have this level of accuracy as it just adds the perfect atmosphere to the book, and The Austen Girls certainly has it.
It’s got fantastic characters too. Fanny and Anna are great characters to follow, and I love how their lives took such different turns. They were both strong in their own different ways and it was so interesting to read the juxtaposition. I also think Lucy creates the perfect personality for Jane Austen, she was intelligent, funny, sharp and kind. It’s such a great addition to the novel, it really is.
I also really enjoyed the Epilogue, it was so interesting to know what happened to these characters in their real lives. I thought that was really interesting and a great addition to the book
I definitely recommend this book for fans of historical fiction, of Jane Austen. I throughly enjoyed it. It’s a super quick read too.
Thank you so much to Mattea at Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out now.
Until the next review