I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend

“Jane says that if I am to be the heroine of this story, something will throw a hero in my way…”

Meet Jenny Cooper: the shy, pretty cousin of clever, sparky Jane Austen – who has lots of handsome brothers and a vivid imagination! When Jenny goes to live with the Austens, she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip and romance that Jane inhabits. But when Jenny falls hopelessly in love, who better than Jane to help her win the heart of this most eligible man? An irresistible tale of dashing young men, glorious gowns and two teenage girls in search of a hero, set in Jane Austen’s richly-imagined historical world.

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  • I read this after I read jane austen and I thought that it was really good . I liked that it was set out a diary .

    5 March 2013

  • I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!! It is great. It is based on the true life of Jane Austen but is written as a diary through the views of her best friend Jenny (who in real life was also called Jane, but the author changed it to Jenny as it would be to confusing with two Jane’s !) Jenny’s story is also based on true events. The book follows the two girls as they visit balls and as Jenny meets Captain Thomas Williams … Great read, i would recommend it for girls aged 12+

    29 February 2012

  • loved it

    This book is amazing it was wrote in the late 17th century its about the famous book writer jane austen and her cousin jenny cooper who falls in love with captian thomas williams and got married.

    It is a lovly book and it is all true jenny cooper is real and so is captian thomas williams and jane austen and her family are real ever one in this book is real.

    The best book i have ever read . I LOVED IT.

    bookworm662 age 10

    21 April 2011

  • loved it

    i absolutly loved it!

    when i read the back cover it didn’t seem that good but as soon as i started it i LOVED IT!!!


    1 April 2011

  • i think i would not what to be jane at the start but it is very upsetting

    14 March 2011

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    Winner of the 2011 East Sussex Book Award for The Montgomery Murders.

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