Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart (Unabridged)
by Laurel Ann Nattress (editor)
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Stories by: Lauren Willig Adriana Trigiani Jo Beverley Alexandra Potter Laurie Viera Rigler Frank Delaney & Diane Meier Syrie James Stephanie Barron Amanda Grange Pamela Aidan Elizabeth Aston Carrie Bebris Diana Birchall Monica Fairview Janet Mullany Jane Odiwe Beth Pattillo Myretta Robens Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway Maya Slater Margaret C. Sullivan ¿and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley. "My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy's heartfelt words, then you, dear listener, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen. In Lauren Willig's "A Night at Northanger," a young woman who doesn't believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter; Jane Odiwe's "Waiting" captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion's Wentworth and Anne as they await her family's approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani's "Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane" imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall's "Jane Austen's Cat," our beloved Jane tells her nieces "cat tales" based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler's "Intolerable Stupidity" finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany's "Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley's "Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss," a widow doesn't believe she'll have a second chance at love¿until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.