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I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Cora Harrison , Susan Hellard
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7 Jan 2011
I WAS JANE AUSTEN’S BEST FRIEND is the secret diary of Jenny Cooper, Jane Austen’s teenage friend and confidante. Their evenings are a blur of beautiful dresses, balls, gossip and romance; their days are spent writing about them - Jenny in her diary, Jane in her first attempts at fiction. When Jenny falls utterly in love with a handsome naval officer, obstacles stand in their way. Who better to help her than Jane herself, who already considers herself an expert in love and relationships?

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (7 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330509535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330509534
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cora Harrison worked as a head teacher before she decided to write her first novel, and she has since published twenty-six children’s historical novels and many books for adults. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed this book! 18 April 2011
This book, was incredible.
Getting to know the shy Jenny Cooper, and how Miss Jane Austen was as a teenager. LOVED IT! I adored the thought of the balls, dresses, secrets, scandals and beaus. The thought of being proposed to in that day and age. The forbidden love, the money grabbers. Fab book!

You feel really connected to all the characters, they are very realistic and I really enjoyed meeting every single one of them.
I enjoyed the diary format, and how chatty it was. I found it easy to read and really enjoyable. Hopefully the sequel will be just as fabulous!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting at times 3 May 2011
I think the book "I was Jane Austen Best friend" was overall a good read.
I think it was interesting finding out about Jane Austen as a teenager and just how life was back then!
How girls where treated worse then boys etc.
and finding out about the character Jenny, she was shy and wasn't used to boys as she only had one brother who was a lot older (and by the way had a horrible wife!)who had to take care of her as her mother was dead. But Jenny goes to a boarding school. She was shocked by Jane's house with her having so many brothers!
As I said a pretty ok-good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming historical novel 4 Aug 2011
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend is a delightful, witty and entirely addictive historical novel!

I hadn't really intended on reading I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend but when I ordered it for the library, one of my students asked me to read it before she did in case it had too much kissing. So of course, as a diligent and obliging librarian, I said I would. And I am so glad that I did.

I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend is the story of Jenny Cooper - Jane's best friend - who documents her life in her journal. Jenny is the heroine of the story and from the very first page I was gripped by her narrative. Talk about an opening! Jenny is desperately worried because Jane is sick with a fever and she thinks she might die if she doesn't receive some proper care. The two girls are suck at a hideous boarding school with the cruel Mrs Cawley. So Jenny does a remarkably brave and risky thing, she sneaks out at midnight through a window and walks alone through the streets of Southampton to send a letter to Jane's mother. As Jane rightly says, if this is to be a novel, then a handsome hero must soon appear.

I really loved the historical aspects of this story but I also loved how it felt contemporary too. Jenny is an adorable character. She is shy yet brave, graceful and also grieving for the loss of her mother. Her only remaining family is her brother and his bossy wife. They are the reason she is living in the terrifying boarding school at the beginning of the story. Jenny feels very burdensome to her brother and does not feel she can explain how much she hates it there.

Jane is every bit that you imagine Jane Austen to be when you've read her novels. She is incredibly sharp with her wit, tomboyish and loves to make up stories inspired by the people around her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if not accurate 30 Oct 2011
I brought this book as I am a bit of a Jane Austen addict and wanted something light and fun to read. This book did fit that and even though at times its not entirely accurate it is fun and an easy read.
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