The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – A book review

Ever since I read the Pride and Prejudice many many years ago, I have been obsessed about Jane Austen and her history. And picking up The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner should not come as a big surprise, right? Let us get on with my review shall we?

About the book

Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Book Name: The Jane Austen Society

Author: Natalie Jenner

Genre: Fiction – RomanceHistorical

Characters: Adam Berwick, Dr Benjamin Gray, Mimi Harrison, Jack Leonard, Frances Knight, Andrew Forrester, Esq., Adeline Lewis Grover, Evie Stone, Yardley Sinclair

Setting: Hampshire, EnglandThe UK

Plot Summary

Just after the World War II, a group of unlikely individuals group together to save the last legacy of the late Jane Austen.

In Chawton, Hampshire, England, where Jane Austen spent her last years, with her last few distant relatives wanting to sell their diminishing estate off, it is upto her readers to step up their game.

With nothing but the love for the author’s book to hold them together, would these fan from different walks of life accomplish their mission form the rest of The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.

Book review

If you had read all the Jane Austen novels, then you would appreciate The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner more. Having said that, it is not mandatory to read them to enjoy this book. Each person in the book has a favorite Austen character whom they love and defend. Talk about “bias”.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner reads like an Austen novel itself and that means slow burn romance and quite a number of characters to get acquainted.

While I love the premise and I would die to be a part of such an ardent fan club, it took me a long time to get into the the book. And until about 50% into the book, they don’t even form a society. Yes, it got frustrating.

What worked for me

  • As a bookworm, I loved the characters discussing and defending their favorite fictitious characters.
  • The slow-burn romance and the Austen-esque setting would keep romance lovers interested.

What may have been better

  • It took me a while to get into the story. The Jane Austen Society is definitely slow and steady and needs a lot of patience.

Bottom line

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner is specifically directed at the Austen fans and it is worth a read, if you are one. Even if you have not read an Austen novel yet, this slow burn romance book could motivate you to pick one.

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Let’s chat

Have you read The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner? Which Jane Austen book is your favorite? Do you know any other book that is based on a book club? Let us talk.


  1. Iza

    I enjoyed it when I read it earlier this year, but the best remains The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society which I finished re-reading yesterday evening πŸ™‚

  2. jessicabookworm

    I am a HUGE Jane Austen and my favourite books are Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion (I can’t choose between them!). I haven’t read this, but I have a copy of it I am looking forward to reading soon! πŸ™‚

  3. Satabdi

    Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen book. It was the first Austen book I read and it has always been my favourite.


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