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A Better Fate For Jane — 19 Comments

  1. Lovely post! I’ll have to make sure I have this book on my tbr list. I prefer to leave bleakness out of endings when possible. 🙂

    • That’s great, Reina. As JA herself says in MP, “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore every body not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and have done with all the rest.” That means a happy ending!

  2. The fact that Jane died so young and in such painful circumstances offends and hurts the most devoted of her fans as nobody would wish such an ending for such a person.

    And yes,I would dearly love to think that she fooled the world into thinking that she’d died, while securing, for herself, in her own inimitable way, her very own HEA!

    This ending is so much sweeter,so befitting an author who graciously matched lover to lover, allowing us to think of the unparalleled happiness that lay ahead for beloved characters like Anne and Capt.Wentworth and Darcy and Lizzy.

  3. You birthed a masterpiece in Austenesque novels! I keep it right next to Jane’s “kids” on my favorites’ shelf. : )

  4. You knocked it out of the park with that book! One of my favourites! I think Jane would have loved your ‘events’ too!

  5. Thank you for this, Shannon. Seriously. I found last week’s “in memoriam” to Jane hitting a little too close to home, just a little too sad given some recent events in my life. Rewriting her personal story to give her a happy ending instead of an untimely death is just . . . beautiful. So, thank you. I hope it’s a tremendous hit. 🙂

    • Thank you for your good wishes, MeriLyn. Life can be brutal, and I’d rather offer a little hope where I can.

  6. I definitely prefer your ending! Excellent! Anytime I think of her death, your story comes to my mind and I feel much better. Thanks!

  7. Since discovering Jane’s stories I’ve suspected there was more to her life than what we think we already know. Perhaps I’m a cynic but I cannot believe that anybody could create such poignant stories and such thoughtful characters without some first-hand experience in at least the emotional sphere if not the physical manifestation. BTW I do not “celebrate” Jane on the date of her death but on the date of her birth; not the date she left this world but the date when the world welcomed her. Looking forward to reading your take on her life and experiences.

    • Your thoughts are very well expressed, Janis. You have a flare for writing too, I think.
      I hope you find TPoMJA a satisfying rewrite of our beloved Jane’s story!

  8. I read this book back when it came out and had to have it in paperback because of the cover. As I said then: this is the story I want to have in my mind for Jane’s HEA! Thank you for this story.

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