About Me

I am a hopeless romantic who lives in a quaint little village in good old England, just waiting for my Mr Darcy to come along. I have one sister and I suppose we are a little like the Dashwood sisters, me being Marianne! Just in case the theme of my blog had not already given it away, I am an avid Janeite – give me anything and everything to do with Jane Austen! I realised, when considering starting this blog, that yes there are already many Jane Austen blogs out there, but I thought where's the harm in having another one! (Although I did need some encouragement from my wonderful fellow blogger Miss Woodhouse - thank you!)  

How did I first come across Austen? Well, I was 9 when I saw the 2005  film version of Pride and Prejudice, but I was a little too young to fully understand the language and so it didn’t really make an impression on me. I watched that film a few more times and as I grew up I began to fall completely in love with it! (I have to say that being able to understand it helped!)  But I still wasn’t hooked on Jane Austen – I think I was just hooked on Mr. Darcy! In 2011 I was going to be studying the novel Pride and Prejudice for my English lessons at school and so that summer I had to read it - you have to understand that at the time I wasn’t a reader, and in fact had never read another ‘proper’ book before (shocking I know)! However, given I enjoyed the film, I was looking forward to reading it. When I was on my summer holidays I read it in a week, which is pretty quick for a new reader! I just couldn’t put it down! It seemed strange to my family to see me engrossed in a book – I guess I used to be like Emma Woodhouse in regards to books and reading! Pride and Prejudice was amazing from start to finish, and from that point I was completely hooked! I re-read straight afterwards and I really enjoyed studying it at school. Following this, I wanted to read her other novels! So I read Sense and Sensibility, then Emma, followed by Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and finally Mansfield Park.  I have also managed to get my hands on every single adaptation I possibly can and have loved all of those as well! There is no going back now - I am a true and proud Janeite.


If you would like to contact me about anything, then email me at...
s.j.andrews@hotmail.co.uk

Interests – Jane Austen and everything to do with her world, other historical eras such as the Victorians or the Georgians and similar authors to Jane Austen who also write regency romances. I also enjoy playing the piano - particularly songs from Jane Austen adaptations! 

Favourite Adaptations – I love them all! Pride and Prejudice 2005, 1995, 1980, 1940. Sense and Sensibility 2008, 1995, 1981.  Emma 1996 (Paltrow), 1996 (Beckinsale), 2009, 1972. Persuasion 1995, 2007. Northanger Abbey 2007, Mansfield Park 2007,1999, 1983. 
I am also a fan of other period dramas, such as North and South, and other romantic films and romantic comedies.
Favourite Music – The soundtracks of Pride and Prejudice 2005 and 1995, Sense and Sensibility 2008 and 1995, Emma 1996 (Paltrow) and 2009, Persuasion 2007, Mansfield Park 1999, North and South 2004.
Favourite Authors – (this is in no particular order) Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Amanda Grange, Mandy Goff, KaraLynne Mackrory, Georgette Heyer, Louisa May Alcot, Heidi Ashworth, Julianne Donaldson, Sheri Cobb South, Diane Farr, Jeanna Ellsworth, Kara Louise, Jan Hahn, Elizabeth Adams, Laura Sanchez, Maria Hamilton, Abigail Reynolds, Alexa Adams, Jack Caldwell, Cynthia Hensley,  Beth Deitchman, Jen Turano, Julie Klassen, Barbara Metzger, Donna Simpson and many more!

36 comments:

  1. I too am a devoted fan of Jane Austin.
    This is a great idea for a blog. My blog is about my own book, however I do occasionally write about Jane Austin too...
    Good luck!

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  2. Thank you!! i adore all the Austens and can't wait to talk, talk and talk some more about Austen!

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  3. Hey girl!
    I'm Irene, from Goodreads.
    What a nice Austen blog you have here! Don't worry, places where we can talk about Aunt Jane are always welcome and never in excess!

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    1. Hello!!
      Thanks for visiting my blog and glad you like it!
      Well I thought there was no harm in another one for this amazing author!!

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  4. I really enjoy talking to you so if you do too, I give you my email adress : nyra_60@hotmail.fr. You said you don't have a lot of Janeite friends, I could be one ;) We could talk about Austen and others writers. And I could improve my English !

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    1. I really enjoy talking to you as well! Of course I do!
      I would love to email you! I have just added your address and I will email you so you have my email address :)
      I would love to have another Janeite french and try and help you improve your English - not that it needs any improving!

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  5. Well, I am waiting for your mail then :)

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    1. Did you not recieve my email? I sent it yestarday :)

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  6. 16 and already a Janeite!! Absolutely great!!!
    Greetings from a Belgian Janeite :)
    Ilse x

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  7. Hello from the USA!

    I first read P&P several years ago when I was 14. It was the first Austen I had read (though I've been a reader all my life) and I was hooked from the first page. :) Have you read her shorter novel Lady Susan? I enjoyed that one.

    You read Georgette Heyer!!!!!! My mom introduced me to her a few years ago and I can't get enough of her books! You are the first person I've 'met' on Blogger who reads Heyer.

    Your blog is delightful!!

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    1. Hello!

      I was hooked from the first page as well! I haven't read Lasy Susan, I need to though. Have you read Sandition, her unfinished work, or her letters?

      I do read Georgette Heyer! I love her stories. Any regency romances will please me, and Heyer's are so funny!

      Thanks about my blog. I really appreciate the comments, it makes it more worth while :) I hope you enjoy posts :)

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  8. I stumbled onto your blog from goodreads...I love your blog because I am a big fan of Pride and Prejudice. Following you now! :-)

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    1. Thank you :) I hope you enjoy my posts :) Thanks for commenting :)

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  9. HI!!

    I love Jane Austen, even though I am just a humble 13 year old! ;) I first came across her when I was in Primary School, and fell in love. Unfortunately, in my school library, they have the shortened versions. :( they are never as good as the original, because they have all the good bits of juicey detail taken out.

    But, on the up side, there are some books in the library (sorry cant remember who by! will tell you soon!) that are about Jane Austen. There is one called "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend". I love it!

    From,
    A music lover!

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    1. Hello!
      It is lovely to come across another Janeite, and one so young! Shortened versions are pointless... It is the detail and character depth which makes the stories so good! :)

      Jane Austen stole my boyfriend haha! That sounds true for me! How will any man live up to Mr Darcy!?

      Enjoy my posts, past and future! :)
      Mrs D :) xxx

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  10. Hello Mrs.Darcy, it's Chahrazad from Goodreads :)
    I've already said that I liked your blog, but I couldn't fight the temptation of posting something!

    Keep it up.

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    1. Hello! :)
      Aww thank you! :) I am glad you enjoy my blog!
      Mrs D <3 :)

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  11. I stumbled across your blog because you are a fan of KaraLynne Mackrory. She is a fellow author at Meryton Press! I see you normally read Regency novels, but I was wondering if you would consider or be interested in receiving a free copy of my novel Echoes of Pemberley, which is a modern-day continuation of Pride and Prejudice. I am sorry to be writing this here on your comments, but I didn't see a place to contact you directly. If interested, please contact me at writer.chensley@gmail.com. The Heart Does Whisper, the sequel to Echoes of Pemberley, has just released and I am hoping to reach as many readers and fellow Janeties as possible. Thank you and I really enjoyed reading your blog!

    Cynthia

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    1. Thanks for your comment Cynthia :) I will email you :)

      I must put my email on this page... thanks for reminding me!

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  12. Hello from Oklahoma, USA!!
    Yeah... you know who I am. ;) Since I already know you, this "About Me" page is all old news. haha!
    I just wanted to say that I've really enjoyed a reading lot of your posts! Looking forward to reading some more! :)

    "See" you on GR ;)
    ~Aery

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    1. Hello! Of course I know who you are ;)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment and I hope you do enjoy future and past posts :)

      "See" you soon :)
      <3

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    2. Hello again! :)
      I just wanted to tell you that I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. Here's a link to my post: https://aerykah.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
      If you decide to do a post, please leave me a comment & let me know! :)

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  13. Hello there,

    I see you have Louisa May Alcott listed as one of your favourite authors - she is one of mine as well! Have you read all of her books, and do you have any specific favourite? :)

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    1. Hello!

      I haven't read them all no - ashamedly so far I have only read The Inheritance which I loved and I need to read more of her work! Which would you recommend next ? :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Hmm my personal favourites are Rose in Bloom - that actually is my all time favourite book by any author - and Jo's Boys. I'd recommend starting off with the Little Women series and going on to the Eight Cousins series. Some of her heroes are very unconventional :D

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    3. Oh thank you! I will check those out!

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  14. Hey girl! Just nominated you for the Sunflower Blogger Award! :)
    Here's a link to my post -- http://aerykah.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/sunflower-blogger-award/

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  15. Hi!!! I've nominated your blog for the Liebster and the Very Inspiring Blog Award! Here's my post:http://ablogfromtheheart.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-and-the-very-inspiring-blogger-awards/
    Your blog is very delightful and insightful. Remember that you are very well appreciated for all the work that you put into your blog! :)

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    1. Aww thank you very much for your kind words!

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  16. It is truly amazing that Jane Austen can change lives so many years after she lived, isn't it?

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  17. I love Jane Austen! It's always nice to meet a person who loves Jane Austen. Following you right now.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment - I appreciate it! I hope you enjoy what I post!

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  18. I love your posts on facebook and have just discovered your blog page. I am quite a bit older than you - 50, but have very similar interests - everything Austen,Victoria, Edwardian....I live in Wyoming - USA but adore everything English. I spent 3 years on Scotland while serving in the Navy when I was young. I traveled to England twice during the course of my posting. My t.v. and DVD viewing is primarily English programs. The U.S. is sadly lacking in any sort of decent entertainment writing. Thank you for your sweet posts, your videos, and your wonderful dresses! I truly enjoy all of it. The 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is also my favorite. I have watched it more times than I can even count. My email is; lchandler7@outlook.com (Lisa Chandler on facebook)

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