Category Archives: Jane Austen

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

We often hear about Mr. Darcy’s fortune of “ten-thousand a year.”  But where did all that money come from?  In doing research for my current work in progress, I have been exploring what industries the Darcy family might have built their fortune from.     While the Darcy family certainly owned plenty of land in Derbyshire… more goodness …

This Covers Everything

This Covers Everything

  “A young woman with the distinction of being crossed in love was unlikely to be so easily consoled.” – Something to Think Of, Chapter 16 It feels as if I’ve had more ‘working’ covers for my upcoming release, Something to Think Of, than any story I have ever written. Remember these? Maybe it’s a… more goodness …

Influential Widows and Matriarchs in Jane Austen

Influential Widows and Matriarchs in Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s novels are brimming with formidable and highly opinionated ladies. At a time when the female ideal was passive and even-tempered, she never shied away from creating characters that were quite the opposite. Today, we will look at some of the older women in her novels, how the author portrays them, and who amongst the… more goodness …

What’s In A Name? Austen’s Unknown Characters and What JAFF Authors Call Them – Part 1

What’s In A Name? Austen’s Unknown Characters and What JAFF Authors Call Them – Part 1

Jane Austen is celebrated as one of the greatest authors of all time — I don’t know anyone who would question that sentiment. But did you know that even iconic authors can make mistakes?   Okay, maybe not actual mistakes, but choices that are considered mistakes by readers — like Colonel Brandon marrying the “wrong” Dashwood… more goodness …

What is a Week End?

What is a Week End?

Welcome back! I am flabbergasted over the fact we are past the halfway mark of this year. My husband and I were having coffee the other morning on our front porch and commented how time truly does whiz past when you reach a certain age. I had to chuckle. I remember, as a young girl… more goodness …

Jewish Historical Romance: A Look at the Navy

Jewish Historical Romance: A Look at the Navy

As you have read in my previous posts, I began piecing together a story that involved Captain Wentworth and his good friend—and ship’s physician—Jonathan Isaacs. Naturally, this sliver of an idea resulted in hours and hours of research. I knew nothing about the Navy, nothing about officers, and nothing about the Jewish factor that I… more goodness …