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Overview From the author of the widely-acclaimed "The Single Truth" comes a poignant travel journal of a young woman searching for her own lifes story and love by tracing the steps of her literary hero, Jane Austen.
Publishers Description Step into a Life of Grace At thirty-three, dealing with a difficult job and a creeping depression, Lori Smith embarked on a life-changing journey following the life and lore of Jane Austen through England. With humor and spirit, Lori leads readers through landscapes Jane knew and loved-from Bath and Lyme, to London and the Hampshire countryside-and through emotional landscapes in which grace and hope take the place of stagnation and despair. Along the way, Lori explores the small things, both meanness and goodness in relationships, to discover what Austen herself knew: the worth of an ordinary life.
From Publishers Weekly In this engaging, deeply personal and well-researched travelogue, Smith (a PW contributor) journeys to England to soak in the places of Jane Austens life and writings.... This is an unusual look at Jane Austen. Readers will learn plenty of biographical detailsabout Austens small and intimate circle of family and friends, her candid letters to her sister, her possible loves and losses, her never-married status, her religious feelings, and her untimely death at the age of 41. But it is the authors passionate connection to Janethe affinity she feels and her imaginings of Austens inner lifethat bring Austen to life in ways no conventional biographer could. Smiths voice swings authentically between her own raw, aching vulnerability as a single Christian woman battling a debilitating and mysterious chronic illness and the surges of faith she finds in the grace of a loving God. And yes, Smith even meets a potential Darcy at the start of her journey. This deliciously uncertain romantic tension holds the book together as Smith weaves her own thoughts, historical research, and fitting references to Austens novels into a satisfying whole. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith by Lori Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 10/08/2007 page 20
Publishers Weekly - 08/27/2007 page 82
CBA Retailers - 10/01/2007 page 63
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2007
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400073707 ISBN13 9781400073702
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More About Lori Smith
Lori Smith is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in "Washington Post Book World," "Publishers Weekly," "Washingtonian" and "Today s Christian Woman." She is author of "The Single Truth" and creator of the popular literary blog Jane Austen Quote of the Day."
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The biggest disappointment since the burning at Alexandria Feb 27, 2010
I'm about eighty-four percent through this book on my Kindle, and while there are some locations yet to go, I'm not holding onto any hope that it will get better.
This book is the biggest disappointment since the book burning at Alexandria. It's quite possibly the worst book I've ever read, and that's INCLUDING Twilight.
... Alright, perhaps it wasn't quite that bad, but it's definitely in the running.
The book is 85% Lori Smith's life and fifteen percent Jane Austen's.
Shouldn't it be the other way around?
I mean, if Smith was going to draw connections between her life and Austen's, the least she could have done was make sure there were enough to fill the book with.
You know how people go on Oprah and she gives their book a recommendation, and then the book starts appearing on bookshelves with the Oprah's Book Club sticker on it? And then how people jump on the book like rabid animals because it has Oprah's signet on it?
I feel like that's exactly what Lori Smith did with Jane Austen's name. If Lori Smith wanted to write a book about her love life, her religious faith, her depression and medical issues, she should have done just that; there's no reason to bring Jane Austen into it.
I've given this book three stars because the Kindle edition was formatted very well, with an active table of contents (one star) and clickable footnotes (another star). I've given it a third star for being well researched, though the amount of research pales in comparison to the information on Lori Smith's life.
A Breath of Fresh Air! Feb 16, 2010
In A WALK WITH JANE AUSTEN, Lori Smith provides a glimpse into the pride, prejudice, sense, and sensibility of Austen's 19th century characters juxtaposed against her own experience, thoughts, and impressions as a writer and single woman living in the 21st century. Her colorful, and sometimes humorous, musings on British life--especially tearooms, chapels, rolling hills and meadows--as she encounters it makes this travelogue come alive. Smith is an author not afraid to fight the good fight of faith and write about it. I love the way she details her personal journey of coming to a deeper and richer understanding of God's grace. Her honesty is like a breath of fresh air in a stuffy room. Eileen Rife, author of the BORN FOR INDIA trilogy Journey to Judah
An Uncomfortable Look into Someone's Psychosis Aug 17, 2009
I admire the author for having the courage to seek out her vision of Jane Austen on her own. Ms. Smith is not unlike many Janeites who look to Jane Austen for guidance of some sort (books, movies, travel, etc.) when their own lives are in disarray. Unfortunately, I felt sorry for the author through most of the book, at one point wanting to grab her by the shoulders and say "I'm sorry, but he's just not that into you." If I had it to do over again, I'd spend my money on another book.
A Walk with Jane and Lori Aug 10, 2009
Lori Smith, the author of 2002's The Single Truth, takes the reader with her on a summer's journey through Austen's England. We not only experience the places Jane did, we experience the places her characters did. And we live inside Smith's head and life in the process.
I found the different perspectives enjoyable and fascinating in the ways they intertwined. Smith, like Austen, is a single woman making her living through her writing. Because of her admirable adherence to her Christian faith, she is a woman who waits, in contrast with many of her contemporaries. No tawdry summer fling for her (which is certainly not to say she doesn't experience summer love). So, while we know Jane's romantic fate, we await word on Smith's while she treks from Steventon to Chawton, from Chatsworth to Stoneleigh.
One of my favorite aspects of Smith's book is her Notes section at the end. I watched Roger Michell's 2000 film version of Persuasion during the week I read this book, so I was able to use Smith's Notes in order to see how her walk coincided with what I had just watched on film. It was a double Austen whammy, and I loved it.
If you're a fan of memoir and/or a fan of Jane Austen, I think you would enjoy this book. Kudos to Smith for an honest, compelling journey.
Terrifically disappointing Jul 8, 2009
I can't really say what I expected from this book, but it was terrifically disappointing. The premise is good: traveling through England and visiting all places Austen-related. When Lori Smith talks about Jane or her life, the book is interesting. What was most disappointing to me was that it was more a story of Lori Smith's search for a husband.
I really wanted to like her. I wanted to care. Mostly, I was annoyed at her whiny, martyr-like tone. The "poor-me, I'm-not-married-and-I-really-like-this-guy-I-met-in-Oxford, but-will he-like-me-when-he-sees-me-again" got very old, very fast.
I think that if I were still 29 and unmarried I would have enjoyed this book more. I could have related to the desires of marriage. I do know, however, that I never had the whole "feel sorry for myself" attitude, even though I was single. I think that's what turned me off of this book. It was less about Jane Austen and more about Lori Smith and I just didn't feel much empathy for Lori.
I had to force myself to finish it. The Austen passages are interesting. Just read those and skip over the rest.