I can honestly say that I read her novels a couple of years ago. I downloaded her books for free on my Kindle. I can truly say that I got hooked. I became an Austen fan in my late thirties.
Since then, I can tell you that I have read every prequel, sequel and variation that has been written.
I am an avid reader. I read about a book a day, some days, even more! I download most of my novels, but when I don't find anything new to read, I always go back to one of Miss Austen books.
My husband makes fun of me every time I am engrossed in one of Austen-inspired books. I honestly believe he thinks I've lost my mind. He wonders how can I spend so much time with the same characters.
How? Because they are wonderful! She created amazing characters and some of the authors that have continued their stories have done a beautiful job.
So today, after so, so many months of absence from my blog, I am coming back to thank Miss Austen for her novels, for giving me - and thousands others - hours of joy, pain and sorrow with her beloved characters.
Happy birthday Jane!
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