For many years Patrice Hannon has spent her time teaching her students about the works of Jane Austen. After a while, Hannon noticed how much some students related to Austen’s characters and how they found comfort on the advice given among the characters of Austen’s novels.
One day, Hannon came up with the idea of working on a manuscript with the style of a self-help book, in which imaginary readers wrote letters to “Dear Jane Austen”. The answers to this conflicted readers would come from Jane Austen novels.
By this way, the book Dear Jane Austen, A hereoine’s guide to Life and Love became not only a way to go through the famous English writer’s work, but also a place where it’s nice to stay, as the conflicts and troubles presented are common in our everyday life and the answers are so well selected that it’s almost possible to see Jane Austen actually answering those letters.
The book approaches different aspects of life such as family and friends, the world around ourselves and our own character. Through this topics, it’s possible to get immerse into some of the novels written by Austen such as Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
In the end, in only 156 pages, Hannon manages to touch the readers heart and make it feel real close to Jane Austen work.