Author: Margaret C. Sullivan
My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 10
Time Period: Regency
Main Characters: None
My Review: The Jane Austen Handbook is a wonderful read for Jane Austen enthusiasts. It contains practical information on everything from declining an unwanted proposal of marriage to throwing a dinner party to calling cards. What makes this book so interesting to read is that every tip or hint is a veiled reference to a Jane Austen novel. For instance…
On the topic of how to maintain a secret engagement on of the tips is this: “Do not hesitate to let other young ladies in on your secret if they seem to be showing to much interest in your fiancee. Make sure you secure a promise for secrecy.” Lucy Steele from Sense and Sensibility through and through.
My overall opinion: A lovely, compact book that you will love to go over again and again.