Cassandra’s Sister By: Veronica Bennett

Cassandra’s Sister by Veronica Bennett is a dramatized version of Jane Austen’s life. It takes you along on the journey of young Jenny becoming mature Jane. It begins when Jenny is a seventeen years old growing up in the late 18th century . Going to elaborate balls with her sister and friends, engaging in frivolous conversations, usually centering around marriage. She is very intelligent and very inquisitive; often asking her elders questions like, what does it feel like to fall in love? As a young girl she has aspirations of falling in love and living happily ever after. As the story progresses Jenny realizes that what is planned doesn’t always occur. Through the tragedies that fall upon her loving sister Cassandra and worldly cousin Eliza, Jane begins to think more seriously about her future, particularly marriage. And wonders if it’s worth getting married to someone you don’t love just because everyone else is? Or in order to be financially secure?

            This book is really enjoyable especially if, like me, you’re a fan of Jane Austen. This book gives you a look at what was happening in her life as she wrote her major novels, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibilities. It gives you a better understanding of these novels to know what might have been going through her head as she wrote them.   

                                                                                       By: Aja Green

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