I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend is a beautiful and delightful read. The book is based on Austen’s younger years and author Cora Harrison obviously did her research. This heartfelt story mimics Austen’s writing style, but with easier readability for its intended younger audience. The ballroom scenes are particularly magnificent and the ensuing romance between Jane’s cousin Jenny and a dashing naval captain is sweet and enchanting. Readers will enjoy the added charm of drawings on multiple pages and may uncover snippets that tie into Austen’s famous works and characters. Austen fans of all ages should check this book out!
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Delacorte Books
Profanity/Language: 4 religious exclamations
Violence/Gore: A secondhand account relates that the school mistress beats students. A robber shoots a guard in the arm.
Sex/Nudity: There are multiple incidences of kissing on the hand, cheek, and lips. A character alludes to being seen at night with a man will ruin her reputation.
Mature Subject Matter:
Love, friendship, death, social standing, money, disability, and relationships
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Soldiers drink in one scene. Wine is served at parties and balls.