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And that is the opening line of Caroline Jane Knight's memoir, "Jane & Me". I, an unabashed Janeite, was instantly hooked. What could have happened to make this blood relation of Jane Austen's (one of the greatest authors ever) want to reject her entire heritage? Over the next 250-some pages, Knight takes us on her personal journey from when her family forfeited their ancestral home to her present day successes...all the while weaving her Great Aunt Jane and Chawton House into stories from two-hundred years ago with her own yesterdays and tomorrows. I loved peeking in all the windows and nosing about the cupboards through such an intimate and masterfully written point of view.
Regardless if you have been fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house (the cottage) and the Great House or if visiting where Jane Austen walked remains on your bucket list, this book is a must-buy for your collection.
A perfect gift that supports the Jane Austen Literary Foundation, founded by Caroline Knight.
I enjoyed learning the personal journey and family history of the author, who is Jane's fifth great-niece and a direct descendant of Jane's brother, Edward Austen Knight. And (perhaps I wanted this to be so!), I detected a certain strength and spunk in the author's voice that reminded me of an earlier voice in the family.
Caroline Knight’s description of the family home sent me back to another life. A life that was seemingly simple, but as we learn anything but simple. You feel the hard work ethic coming from the facts of life at that time and the drive of Ms. Knight’s example. Jane Austen would have been very proud of her fifth great niece had she known her.
If you love family histories, the sense of dusty rooms and artifacts, a library with such history, you’ll love this telling of a life once lived and how it was seen 2 +centuries later. Caroline Knight, who moved away from her past is now reliving it with a writing ability that even Jane would approve. A definite Jane Austen fan read and also a must read for the anglophile in anyone.