Friday, September 28, 2018

Review: Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela Santoni

Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela Santoni
Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper
by Manuela Santoni
October 1, 2018
96 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
In a time of formal dances, courtyard courtships, and strict ideas about a woman's role in the world, Jane Austen looked at the England around her and created unforgettable art. Before she was the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society's expectations and challenges of the heart. Her own story involves choices that changed literary history--and perhaps even the choice to walk away from love. This graphic imagining of Jane Austen's youth includes her creative awakening and her much-speculated-upon encounters with Tom Lefroy, a brash law student. Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper is a vision of the thrills and pains of young romance, the bonds of sisterhood, and the decisions that make a person who she is.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics yet I've not given much thought to Jane Austen the author until I had a chance to read this graphic novel. I loved what I learned about this timeless author.

The illustrations in Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper were easy to follow. The simple style sets it apart from the coloured graphic novels we usually see. It's refreshing. The illustrator was able to convey all the emotions and feelings with very little words. We see very clearly Jane's growth as a woman and as a writer.

The last few pages of the book was especially informative. Passages that summarized Jane Austen's life shed light on how her personal experiences gave way to her characters. I love seeing the parallels. Stories that draw from real life are often the most heartfelt and relatable.

I enjoyed learning about Jane Austen's life. Her personal life was bittersweet and her love life somewhat tragic but her characters are super empowering and will live on forever.
5 Cats
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way.

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