Cassandra’s Sister – Book Review


by Veronica Bennett

ISBN: 0763634646

Veronica Bennett has penned a lovely book imagining Jane Austen’s life between 1794 and approx 1800 when they move to Bath.  Jane Austen writes of romance so Veronica gives Jane her romance.  Although we know how her story ends, it is lovely to imagine that she was touched by the love she obviously desired so much for herself.

We enter her life at the time her cousin Eliza learns of her husband’s execution in France.  Madame la Comtesse de Feuillide runs to the comforting arms of her cousins, the Austens.  Following this event is a time of great change for Jane.  She experiences love for the time, family tragedies, family triumphs and even leaves her beloved childhood home for Bath, a town she despises.   All this gives her the fortitude she needs to complete some of the most beloved books of all time.  Her life was short but does that mean her life was tragic? Veronica Bennett gives Jane a life rich with experiences, happy and sad and captured my idea of Jane beautifully.

Posted on 6 October '09 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews.

6 Comments to “Cassandra’s Sister – Book Review”

#1 Posted by Laura's Reviews (06.10.09 at 10:59 )

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Great review!

#2 Posted by Maria Grazia (06.10.09 at 22:51 )

Unfortunately, we know Jane’s real life was rather far from being that romantic. Maybe this is why she was so good at imagining wonderful love stories.

#3 Posted by Michelle (07.10.09 at 06:19 )

thanks Laura! I would call this a beach book or a soak in the bath book… enjoy!

#4 Posted by Michelle (07.10.09 at 06:22 )

So true Maria – She certainly covetted everything for her heroines that it seems she didn’t have.

#5 Posted by Rebecca (14.10.09 at 04:45 )

I had never heard of this book before, but it sounds fun. Does Cassandra feature in it a lot? It seems like we never hear much about her.

#6 Posted by Michelle (14.10.09 at 13:40 )

Thanks Rebecca… It is still focussed on Jane and Cassandra does spend a lot of time absent but it gives a nice glimpse at their relationship.