Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Fabulous Giveaways — 75 Comments

  1. A teen Jane is a great twist on imagining her life. We can never get enough of Jane. The overwhelming interest in her life and literature 200 years later us testimony to that.

    • Thanks for your comment, Kathy. I agree that we can never get enough of Jane! I hope you enjoy the story of Jane’s romance as a teenager with Edward Taylor, in Jane Austen’s First Love!

  2. I thought it was fun reading what Jane looks for in a worthy young man. It reminded me of the conversation at Netherfield of what made a truly accomplished woman with Cassandra’s remark making me think of Elizabeth’s reply.

    • Thanks for your comment, Wendy, on the Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour. Based on what we know of Jane Austen, I’m sure she would have been vivacious, bright, full of energy and ambition at age fifteen–and full of romantic ideas. It was such fun to imagine her as a teenager, and to bring to life her romance with the unforgettable Edward Taylor. I hope you love the result!

  3. I enjoyed the sisterly conversation of the younger Jane envious of Cass being ‘out’ and eager for her turn. Fun paragraph of her ideal man too. I think its great to have Syrie tackle the time of Jane as a young girl on the cusp of womanhood.

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

  4. I loved reading this selection! It’s fun to imagine what the interactions between Jane and her sister would have been like, and you did a great job of getting into Jane’s head.

    The giveaway items look amazing! Thank you for making this available.

  5. Win or lose….I would just like to thank you for your generous Christmas “spirit of giving” . Five lucky people are going to have a wonderful Christmas thanks to you

    • What a wonderful and sweet thing to say, Lou. Thank you so much for your comment!

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, too, and best of luck in the prize drawing.

      In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Jane Austen’s First Love. 🙂

  6. I always enjoy reading books about the life of Jane Austen and her views about things.This book definitely seems to be a must-read for any Austenite!! I’ll certainly be reading it sometime in the near future 🙂

  7. I loved reading the excerpt because I also grew up with one sister, so I could relate to some of their conversation, especially the “which one of us Mother loves most” bit!

    • Thanks for your comment, Susan. It was such fun to write about the teenaged Jane Austen in “Jane Austen’s First Love”. Having written about Jane’s relationship with Cassandra in my previous novel, “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen,” it felt very natural for me to step into their minds again, just the younger versions of themselves.

      I hope you enjoy the novel!

  8. Fascinating! Made me think of all the sisters in her books–I wonder which one Cassandra is most like and which one is most like the real Jane. Wonderful read! Thank you!

  9. It does make me sad that Cassandra burned Jane’s letters so we will never truly know what she was thinking.
    I appreciate the reearch into what she may have been thinking as she wrote her stories it helps put her characters into the context of her times!

  10. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. It was such fun to be in Jane’s head when she was a teenager and imagine her excitement about the life ahead of her–as well as her ideal man. I think Edward Taylor measured up very well to fitting that ideal. I hope, when you read Jane Austen’s First Love, you’ll fall in love with Edward just as Jane (and I) did!

  11. I am so intrigued that Syrie’s research uncovered Edward Taylor. Thank you for the giveaways! The experpt that you shared felt like I was with Jane.

    • Thanks, Eva. It was such a wonderful experience to research and write Jane Austen’s First Love, and thrilling to discover so much new information about Edward Taylor. I’m pleased the you enjoyed the excerpt. You can learn more about the book at, and I hope you’ll find me on facebook!

  12. It has been so interesting reading about the information that was found regarding what Jane was like when she was young, her hopes and dreams.

    • That’s interesting, Patty, that you see a little of Lydia in Jane. I said it before but I can’t help repeating it–I truly believe that all authors put little bits and pieces of themselves into all the characters they write. I’m sure there was a bit of the “wild child” in Jane Austen–just look at how snarky she was in some of her letters to Cassandra! 🙂 I hope you enjoy seeing the enthusiastic side of Jane and her young romance in “Jane Austen’s First Love”!

  13. Yay! Another wonderful excerpt! Thank you for sharing so many excerpts from your book, and thank you too for the generous giveaway!

    • Thanks for your question! It’s entirely possible. For one thing, Mrs. Austen was a known hypochondriac. Jane must have known someone who was alwaqs complaining about their “poor nerves.” At the least, I think Mrs B was a heightened version of Mrs. Austen.

  14. Yet another wonderfully intriguing excerpt and a fabulous giveaway – what could be better? Jane – both real and imagined – continues to astound me. She was, simply, extraordinary.

    Thank you for this opportunity and happy holidays to you, Syrie.

  15. The research and talent to create this wonderful and memorable book is interesting and impressive. Thanks. Wishing you the best of happiness, enjoyment and wonderful holidays.

  16. Wonderful excerpt! You have brought Jane to life for me not only in this book but in the ‘Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen’ as well. So looking forward to another magical story of yours!

  17. Which young girl wouldn’t rather go for a walk in the cold and discuss boys instead of sewing shirts? This book gets better with each excerpt.Thank you for the giveaway.

  18. Was saving this for the airplane and the 4 nights in the hotel, but may have to go ahead and get started. Always can reread it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. It’s so nice to know there are others who just can’t get enough of Jane! Thanks for a new excerpt and for the opportunity to win an awesome giveaway.

    • Hi Beth, and thanks for the comment! Just FYI, my novel Jane Austen’s First Love is not included among the prizes in the giveaway, although several of my other novels are, along with a whole bunch of fabulous Austenesque goodies! You can see all five prize packages here:

      If you’re intrigued by Jane Austen’s First Love (and I hope you are), please put it on your holiday Wish List, or treat yourself and your friends to a copy! I’d be so thrilled and honored by your support of my book, which is truly a work of my heart. I hope you fall in love with Edward Taylor just as Jane (and I) did!

  20. Thank you, Syrie, for the excerpt and beautiful prizes! I loved getting a glimpse of the young Jane Austen and her sister. Thy seemed so real, just like many teenage girls wanting freedom and parties and boys. I am looking forward to visiting the other blogs and to reading the book. Best of luck with the virtual tour!

    • Hi TLeighF, and thanks so much for your comment. I am so glad you loved this excerpt from Jane Austen’s First Love about the teenaged Jane Austen. I hope you enjoy(ed) the rest of the excerpts and guest posts on the Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour.

      There’s still time to comment at other stops on the tour before the winners are chosen! Details at:

  21. What wonderful offerings from a talented, generous author. I hope, I hope I win something, but regardless, thanks for sharing your talent.

  22. I identify with Cassandra as my beloved sister died at age 45 when I was 44. We had planned on growing old together and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. Seems like times change but people don’t. Lovely to read about the sisters as teens. If only Cassandra hadn’t burned those letters!

    • Constance, I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult and painful it must be to lose a beloved sister at such a young age. Cassandra experienced the same thing, with Jane dying far too soon at age 41…

      I too wonder what else we might have learned about Jane, if only her other letters still existed.

      Thank you so much for your comment. If you enjoyed reading about Jane and Cassandra as teens, I think you’ll love Jane Austen’s First Love!

  23. Very poignant comment about not “wishing your life away”. I was definitely guilty of this as a teen and my early 20’s. Look forward to reading more of this book!

  24. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I would love to add these books to my collection. It so hard to find books that grab a persons attention and these do. My daughter has even said that she wants to read them. :~)

  25. Wonderful giveaway and wise and beautiful post which struck a chord within my heart. Wishing you enjoyment, and success. Happy Holidays and best wishes.

  26. Totally awesome 🙂 I love reading historical fiction about Jane herself, I think it is just amazing! Great job, can’t wait to read the whole thing 🙂

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  28. I think I have read the excerpt before, Syrie, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Though I have not read the book yet, I can tell that I would love Jane Austen’s First Love from reading your wonderful prose. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to win those five amazing gift packages.

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