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About Don Jacobson
He holds an advanced degree in History with specialties in Modern European History and the History of American Foreign Relations. As a college instructor, Don teaches United States History, World History, the History of Western Civilization and Research Writing.
Don turned his passion for reading The Canon into writing JAFF. He has published six works in the genre since late 2015. As a member of The Austen Authors Collective, Don joins (and he is modestly bowing his head to admit that he is the knave in this deck of Queens and Kings) other Janites who seek to extend the Mistress' stories beyond the endings she so carefully crafted.
Works by Don Jacobson
The Bennet Wardrobe Stories
Miss Bennet's First Christmas
The Bennet Wardrobe: Origins
The Keeper: Mary Bennet's Extraordinary Journey
Henry Fitzwilliam's War
The Exile (Pt. 1): Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque
Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess
Other Pride and Prejudice Variations
Lessers and Betters Stories
Of Fortune's Reversal
The Maid and The Footman
He is a member of the Jane Austen Society of Puget Sound (JASNA) and lives just east of Seattle with his wife, Pam, and their rather assertive four and twenty pound cat, Bear. Don is an avid cyclist, riding dozens of miles every week in preparation for one-day Centuries (100 Miles) as well as multi-day charity rides like the AIDs Ride (500 miles) and the Make-A-Wish Michigan ride (300 miles). Don also enjoys entertaining friends and family with multi-course dinners with wine pairings throughout.
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Lessers and Betters asserts that class is an imaginary distinction conferring no better manners on the haves and no lesser nobility on the have-nots and that the deepest human emotions are universal and ignore wealth or status.
Now for the first time under the same cover, discover the paired novellas that explore the remarkable events of November 5, 1815 when the Cecil Governess, Kitty Bennet, was grievously injured as she defended her charge. What rests behind the attack? Readers of Lessers and Betters will experience a unique literary unique approach that offers both gentry and servant perspectives presented in their own self-contained novellas.
Of Fortunes Reversal: A brisk Hyde Park morning is shattered by a child’s scream. How two gently-born adults react in those next few desperate moments sets the plot in motion that is a unique reconsideration of the traditional Pride and Prejudice memes. Of Fortune’s Reversal is a novella-length tale based upon an inversion of Mrs. Bennet's exclamation that with one good marriage, the other girls would be thrown in front of rich men. What if the well-wed sister was neither Jane nor Elizabeth?
The Maid and The Footman: Explore the growing affection between a young lady’s maid, Annie Reynolds, and a retired sergeant, Henry Wilson: ultimately a love story as great as any written by the immortals. In the Jane Austen universe, the celebrated novels are written from the point-of-view of the landed gentry. Servants are rarely seen except to open doors, serve dinner, or fetch smelling salts. Follow Annie and Henry as they combine with General Sir Richard Fitzwilliam and Miss Bennet to defeat an awesome threat aimed at the heart of the British Empire.
The combined volume is approximately 82,000 words in length.
“Now is the time for you. Heal now. Future only, my dearest sister.”
Mary Bennet has spent her entire life fighting to be herself. If only she knew just what that was. For years she buried her nose in the musty musing of Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women trying to be exceptional. She hid her light brown eyes—and herself—behind useless spectacles.
With both Jane and Lizzy married, it is time for Miss Bennet to emerge from her cocoon. Learn how a young woman of deep faith and inquisitive mind emerges. Yet, even as Mary Bennet overcomes her troubled teenage years, she is challenged by her sudden and total love for a man who mysteriously appears on the night of a great calamity. And his secret grows out of a remarkable device—The Bennet Wardrobe!
The Keeper follows the life of Mary Bennet as she matures from the prosy, moralizing caricature found in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice into a confident young woman looking to make her mark in the rapidly changing world of the Industrial Revolution. And, discover how the amazing Bennet Wardrobe makes life interesting for all Bennets.
The Keeper is Volume One of the Bennet Wardrobe Series...Named Best Series of 2017 by More Agreeably Engaged!
Henry travels over 30 years into the future to land in the middle of the most awful conflict in human history—World War I. His brief time at the Front teaches him that there is no longer any room on the battlefield for heroic combat. Rather he discovers the horrors of “modern” warfare—the machine gun, high explosive artillery and poison gas—and the incredible waste of young men’s lives.
But, it is his two weeks spent recuperating at the Beach House in Deauville, after being temporarily blinded by chlorine gas, that irrevocably changes his life forever. There he encounters an incredible woman, one who will define his near 10-year search for the love of his life after he returns to his own time--and how his personality was shaped by their emerging relationship...one that was impossible on a number of levels.
This brief Pride and Prejudice Variation novella (approx. 20,500 words) grew from the author’s efforts to sketch the events that shaped the personality of Henry Fitzwilliam. The young Viscount becomes who is a central character p in Volume II of The Bennet Wardrobe Series “The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque." Readers can consider "Henry Fitzwilliam's War" to be a prequel to "The Exile."
Named The Best Series of 2017 by More Agreeably Engaged.
The day after Jane and Lizzy marry dawns especially cold for young Kitty Bennet. Called to Papa’s bookroom, she is faced with a resolute Mr. Bennet who intends to punish her complicity in her sister’s elopement. She will be sent packing to a seminary in far-off Cornwall.
She reacts like any teenager chafing under the “burden” of parental rules—she throws a tantrum. In her fury, she slams her hands against the doors of The Bennet Wardrobe.
Her heart’s desire?
"I wish they were dead! Anywhere but Cornwall! Anywhere but here!"
As Lydia later said, “The Wardrobe has a unique sense of humor.”
London, May 1886.
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Marie Bennet tumbles out of The Wardrobe at Matlock House to come face-to-face with the austere Viscount Henry Fitzwilliam, a scion of the Five Families and one of the wealthiest men in the world. However, while their paths may have crossed that May morning, Henry still fights his feelings for another woman, lost to him nearly thirty years in his future. And Miss Bennet must now decide between exile to the remote wastelands of Cornwall or making a new life for herself in Victorian Britain and Belle Époque France.
The Exile follows the story of Kitty Bennet as she grows from the coughing follower of her younger sister, Lydia, into a bright and engaging young woman living in the exciting world of the late 19th Century. However, she must pass through many trials before she can fully understand why the Wardrobe sent her 75 years into the future—and for her to become one of the most important fixtures in the Bennet Wardrobe Universe.
The Bennet Wardrobe Series has been named Best Series of 2017 by More Agreeably Engaged!
"The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque" is Volume 2, Part 1 of The Bennet Wardrobe Series. "The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey" is Volume 1. "Henry Fitzwilliam’s War" is a prequel novella for "The Exile."
The Countess: An Enigma? A Mystery? Or a young girl all-grown-up?
Kitty Bennet, the fourth daughter of the Master and Mistress of Longbourn, had spent far too long as the shadow of her younger sister. The all-knowing Meryton chinwaggers suggested that young Miss Bennet needed education—and quickly—especially after the irregular circumstances that forced the wedding of Lydia Bennet and George Wickham.
How right they were…but the type of instruction Kitty Bennet received, and the where/when in which she matriculated, was far beyond their ken. For, they knew nothing of that remarkable piece of furniture that had been part of the lives of clan Bennet for over 120 years: The Bennet Wardrobe.
After spending 46 years in the future, the Dowager Countess of Matlock returned to Longbourn’s bookroom at that exact same moment as she left in 1811 to tend to many important pieces of Family business. However, she was now a woman of 63 years, some thirteen her father’s senior. Time can deal funny cards in the Universe created by Jane Austen and the Wardrobe.
Of course, the Countess is acting to set in motion forces that will shape the future of Britain—and the Five Families—throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. In the process, Kitty Fitzwilliam will help her youngest sister find the love she craved with the unexpected hero who, as the Duke said, “saved us all.”
"The Countess Visits Longbourn" offers insights into the touching reunion between Kitty Fitzwilliam and her father, Thomas Bennet. Readers will also learn how the mysterious Founder’s Letters were set in motion along with the purpose behind the Bennet Family Trust. New characters, some ancestors of those introduced in Part One of The Exile, will come onto the stage to illuminate a deeper understanding of the shaping of the character of George Wickham—the Hero of Hougoumont Woods at the Battle of Waterloo.
"The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn" is the second part and conclusion of the Bennet Wardrobe Volume chronicling the life of Kitty Bennet in the Wardrobe’s Universe. This novel takes readers on a journey that stretches from the early-19th into the mid-20th Centuries. Novel is over 89,000 words in length.
The Bennet Wardrobe Series is best read in order. The current Volumes of the Bennet Wardrobe (in order) are:
"The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey" (novel)
"Henry Fitzwilliam’s War" (e-book novella)"
"The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque" (novel)
"Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess" (novella)
"The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn" (novel)
As Joana Starnes, author of The Falmouth Connection and many other powerful Pride and Prejudice variations, noted after reading The Countess Visits Longbourn:
"Who can resist the magic of time-travel? Pages of worldwide history rustle back and forth between Regency grand salons, Napoleonic battlefields and more recent conflicts as, guided by Don Jacobson’s masterful pen, the Bennet sisters grow as people and come into their own. ‘The Countess Visits Longbourn’ is a wonderful new installment, and we cannot fail to revel in the excellent writing and the abundance of detail as the mysteries of the Wardrobe continue to unfold.
The Maid and The Footman explores the increasing affection between a young lady’s maid and a retired Army sergeant which was as great as any love written about by the immortals. In the Jane Austen universe, the celebrated novels are written from the point-of-view of the landed gentry. Servants are rarely seen except to open doors, serve dinner or fetch smelling salts. The Maid and The Footman asserts that class is an imaginary distinction conferring no better manners on the “haves” and no lesser nobility on the “have-nots” and that the deepest human emotions are universal.
The Maid and The Footman also reveals how Annie Reynolds and Henry Wilson teamed up with General Fitzwilliam to fight the nefarious plot that had penetrated to the heart of the British government after Napoleon’s fall. The hidden motive driving the attack on Kitty Bennet in Hyde Park is gradually revealed. Throughout it all, Annie and Henry circle around one another finding remarkable depths of love in spite of the great forces tossing them about.
The Maid and The Footman is a companion and simultaneous novel to the popular novella Of Fortune’s Reversal. Readers may find that revisiting Of Fortune’s Reversal will make for a broader and more rewarding experience.
Which Where/When was her destination? What needs could a young girl, only beginning to learn to make her way in the Regency, have that could be answered only by the Wardrobe? Or were the requirements of another Bennet, one who began as younger, but had aged into a beautiful, confident leader of Society, the prime movers behind Lizzy’s journey? Is the enigmatic Lady Kate the force that shaped the destiny of Lizzy and her younger sisters left back in Hertfordshire? How do the visions of the future brought home by young Lizzy help shape her world?
Answers to these and other questions raised in the Bennet Wardrobe Series can be found in Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess. This is a medium-length novella (41,000 words) that considers a slice of time between the end of The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque in 1892 (Volume 2 of the Bennet Wardrobe) and the beginning of Henry Fitzwilliam’s War in 1915. And, after Lizzy is transported back to that bucolic summer day in 1801 proto-industrial Great Britain, Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess will carry all readers forward to what may be considered the greatest writers’ workshop in history. T’was at the legendary Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva that Lord Byron gathered Mary Godwin (Frankenstein), John Polidori (The Vampyre) and Percy Bysshe Shelley for a vacation during the Year Without Summer. Oh, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, were there to act as catalysts that would transform vague ideas into timeless speculative fiction.
"Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess" is part of the Award-winning Bennet Wardrobe Series, named Best Series of 2017 by More Agreeably Engaged.
Many of the familiar faces from P & P appear throughout this story--Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Lizzie and Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Georgiana Darcy and Richard Fitzwilliam--to keep the story moving along. This story is the first entry into a new world of JAFF which builds upon the greatest novel of all time.
A critical Preface explains the operation of the Wardrobe. The Rules of the Wardrobe are published for understanding of all future stories and books. The story of its construction by the great Grinling Gibbons for Christopher Bennet is amplified by other travel stories of descendants Richard and Edward Bennet. The circle is slowly closed to move Edward into the life history of Mary Bennet (See "Miss Bennet's First Christmas").
How to prepare simple, delicious meals on the trail
If you think eating in the backcountry means either cooking out of your car trunk on a multiburner stove or subsisting on dried fruit and freeze-dried pouch food, think again. In the first case you’re not really in the backcountry, and in the second case, says Don Jacobson, you’re not really eating.
The One Pan Gourmet shows you how to enjoy Mother Nature and enjoy easy, tasty, and satisfying meals using fresh ingredients and only one pan, pot, or small oven.
Don has gathered and trail-tested all the recipes, and he's added some new favorites for this edition. He's also included up-to-date information on cookware, outdoor stoves, and water filtration, as well as:
- More than 175 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert
- Vegetarian options and low-fat choices
- Provisioning and packing advice
- Weekend menu plans for pan, pot, and oven
"Will improve the eating habits of all hikers. Gives the overnighter a delightful (yet luxurious) addition of tasteful, well-devised meals that require only one pan, pot, or do-it-yourself stove."—Sierra Outdoors
"Jammed full of a wide variety of dishes."—Sea Kayaker
"Offers a unique perspective on using fresh foods in the wild."—American Hiker
“Of Fortune’s Reversal” is a novella-length tale based upon an inversion of Mrs. Bennet's exclamation that with one good marriage, the other girls will be thrown in front of rich men. For more than two centuries, the Jane/Bingley: Lizzy/Darcy tetrarchy has been portrayed as the solution to Mary and Kitty's marriage difficulties, not to mention Mrs. Bennet’s housing requirements. But, what if that was not the case?
What if Mr. Bennet dies just as Jane is receiving the Bingley sisters' invitation to dinner?
No rainy day horseback ride. No cold for Jane. No Elizabeth coming to Netherfield to nurse her elder sister...so no links forged in any way with Bingley (beyond what he felt for Miss Bennet at the Assembly) and Darcy (no fine eyes, no walk around the library, etc).
No Netherfield Ball.
No proposal from Collins because he was already wed to a shrew who convinced him to evict the Bennet women. So no trip to Hunsford cottage for Lizzy because Charlotte remains a spinster at Lucas Lodge.
Rather, the Bennet women are forced out of Longbourn—the older girls to Gracechurch Street and ultimately taking up employment away from the city. The two younger girls remain in Meryton with their mother, to be sent away to seminary for some much-needed formal education. But, the death of Thomas Bennet has changed more than the family’s financial fortunes. It has also bent the arc of the P&P universe.
This novella is slightly more than 28,000 words in length. "Of Fortune's Reversal" is the first half of paired novellas considering the same circumstances from two different points of view.
Dieses Buch weckt die berechtigte Sehnsucht, Gott im Alltag mehr Raum zu geben und mit seiner Gegenwart und seinem Eingreifen zu rechnen.