Book Review: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Random House UK

Pub date: 23 January 2020

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

If you are a fan of Jane Austen then this is for you. Cassandra Austen, sister to Jane burnt many of Jane’s letters and this book delves into a possibility of why she would do this.

Twenty three years after the death of her sister Cassandra returns to Kintbury, aware that Jane’s correspondence is hidden somewhere.

This is such a beautiful story of family and friendship. The relationship between Cassandra and Jane is incredible and Cassandra wishes to protect her sisters secrets and feelings from being ousted in to the world. The book flits between Cassandra in 1840 and back when Jane was alive and tells the story of their lives as two sisters who never married.

A well written, captivating novel which drew me in from the first chapter. It is beautifully written and I love that quotes from Jane’s work are used throughout.

Reading this has tempted me to read all of Jane’s work again.

You can pre-order your copy here:


Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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