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A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith Paperback – October 16, 2007
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–Karen Joy Fowler, best-selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“Sensitively written and carefully paced this memoir takes the reader on a tour of the author’s experiences while journeying around England in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Lori Smith moves seamlessly from romantic daydreams, through a close questioning of her relationship with God, to battles with her mental and physical health. The book reads as an intimate and honest memoir and has enough to satisfy the non-Christian (like myself) if they choose to look beyond the somewhat unexpected (in a mainstream book at least) pairing of Jane Austen and Christianity. Above all else, this is a book about searching–for love, meaning, peace with oneself, health, a good night’s sleep, and a decent cup of coffee that wasn’t made with that freeze-dried-instant-powder–and these are experiences that anyone of any faith can relate to.... A welcoming read. Lyrical and questioning...perfectly pitched.”
–Emma Campbell Webster, actress, author of Lost in Austen, and founder of lostinaustenblogspot.com
“With wit, charm, and rare honesty–of which I have to believe Jane Austen would have thoroughly approved–Lori Smith weaves her personal life experiences throughout her journey into the life that was Jane’s. Infused with faith, romance, loss, and a search for self, A Walk With Jane Austen makes for that rare book that keeps popping into one’s thoughts and beckoning one back.”
–Tamara Leigh, author of Perfecting Kate and Splitting Harriet
“With deep and sometimes heartwrenching honesty, Lori Smith weaves her story and Jane’s together into a wholly unique narrative. In the midst of a craze for treating Austen’s novels as little more than glorified bodice-rippers, Lori brings to bear her perspective as a single Christian woman who can identify in many ways with Austen’s own beliefs and experiences, exploring truths and ideas that others gloss over. The resulting book stands out like a beacon.”
–Gina R. Dalfonzo, editor of The Point weblog (http://thepoint.breakpoint.org) and writer for BreakPoint Radio
Top Customer Reviews
I have been to England to see Chawton and Bath and walk where Jane did; while they brought me significant joy (much more than I expected), being your average tourist (which Lori basically was, sans car) hardly qualifies as adventure. Climbing a stile does not induce terror (at least not the ones I climbed in England, perhaps she found a different style of stile?). Yet I knew my vacation didn't make a book, and somehow Lori's vacation is this lightweight. She had no profound life changing experiences or revelations, though the reader does learn all about her outfits (poor thing - she had to put on a clashing red fleece in the cold!). Seriously, are Jane Austen fans supposed to care about this?
I've already attacked the "adventure" part of the title, and unless you think falling in love over a couple of days with someone who honestly tells you early on that he is seeing someone and wants to be true to that - if you think that that is a journey into love - because really, that's all there is - then well, maybe you can find the journey into faith part, too.Read more ›
The book was filled with faith and uplifting to read. I am now a fan of this author that I stumbled on in my own obsession of all things Jane.
Lori Smith is very honest regarding her struggles with her health, unfulfilled desires, and especially her faith. To say it was "engaging" is not enough--I really couldn't put it down. I came away encouraged by her reminders of God's grace, freely given, grace not given in exchange for anything I've done or can ever do. She also exhorts one, using Jane's example, to be faithful in the little, everyday things--that this is what makes an extraordinary life.
Regarding Jane Austen, I learned many "factoids" that I had never encountered, and enjoyed the seamless comparisons Smith made to her own experiences. The descriptions of the Austen sites are excellent and have me scheming...how can I get back to England ASAP?
An excellent, addicting, journal-type read! Women: get some comfort food, a quilt and this book--instant English "vacation."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. From a more technical perspective first, it has the distinctive personality of a combined personal and travel diary, except clearly... Read morePublished 12 months ago by michelle
Great read from another Austen fan. Thank you Lori for sharing your story - along with your travels in Austen-Land. I wish to do the same soon!Published 13 months ago by A.
I am not an evangelical Christian but I did enjoy reading about this author's studying Jane Austen and relating it to her life as a Christian. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cooking Grammie
A introspective personal journey with applications for us all, interspersed with fascinating tidbits about Austen. A cozy read with big impact.Published on January 20, 2014 by Charlotte Tsoucalas
If you like Jane Austen then this book will take you on a journey of how the author lived while writing her novels.Published on December 20, 2013 by Anjoyla
I started this book, and found it real boring. Not what I thought it would be. I put it aside and maybe I'll try again later.Published on September 26, 2013 by Stephanie from Michigan
I enjoy Jane Austen's work, but I read this book for an entirely different reason. Like Lori, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness as a young woman. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Elizabeth Ridley
Lori Smith writes a lovely and candid memoir of her experiences searching for herself in Jane Austen's world. Her style is honest and heartfelt. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by bcq
I really enjoyed this book. Lori Smith did a great job penning her adventures following Jane Austen's life. A trip I would love to take myself. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer