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By Jill Pitkeathley

ISBN-10: 0061875988

ISBN-13: 9780061875984

In Dearest Cousin Jane, a fascinating new novel that pulls on historic truth, Jill Pitkeathley paints a luminous portrait of the true-life cousin of a literary legend—from her flirtatious more youthful years to her profound effect on one of many world's such a lot liked authors. Free-spirited and seductive—outrageous, precocious, and a widely known flirt—Countess Eliza de Feuillide has an unquenchable thirst for all times and a glamorous air that captivates every body round her. Rumored to were born of a mad love affair among her mom and the good Warren Hastings of the East India corporation, Eliza sees the realm as her playground—filled with grand galas, theater, and romance—and she is going to enable not anything carry her down. Even tragedy can't dim her enthusiasm. wasting her basically baby at an early age and widowed whilst her husband—the rushing French count number Jean de Feuillide—is claimed by way of Madame l. a. Guillotine throughout the darkish days of the Reign of Terror, Eliza is set to stay indomitable, unpredictable, and unfettered. And it really is this passionate spirit that she brings to an easy English kingdom parsonage to persuade the existence, the paintings, and the realm of her unsuspecting cousin . . . a quiet and unassuming younger author named Jane Austen.

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I thought him very young to be going on his own but knew that the navy was a good career for a young man who had no money of his own. I thought his brother Edward infinitely more fortunate in what had happened to him. Some cousins who had no children of their own had taken a great fancy to him when he was but twelve years old and had adopted him. I thought it very romantic, but Mama was as ever very practical. ’ ‘How so? ’ I had recently read a story in which a child was sold to a prince. She laughed.

True, we took care of their little boy and the two stepdaughters when he was in the first paroxysms of grief. But he has little cause to thank us for our recommendation that the little boy should be sent to the school of my brother-in-law in Hampshire. I am sure Mr Austen took the greatest care of him and that his wife looked after him as she would one of her own, but the fact remains that the child was dead of a putrid sore throat within months of being there and never saw his father again. Mr Hastings has never cast blame on them or us and I suppose he looks on Betsy as a substitute child.

I thought his brother Edward infinitely more fortunate in what had happened to him. Some cousins who had no children of their own had taken a great fancy to him when he was but twelve years old and had adopted him. I thought it very romantic, but Mama was as ever very practical. ’ ‘How so? ’ I had recently read a story in which a child was sold to a prince. She laughed. ‘No, of course not, but the Knights are rich while my brother- and sister-in-law are always short of money. ’ She looked sad, as she often did.

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