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A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith

A Walk with Jane Austen A Journey into Adventure Love and Faith From the author of the widely acclaimed The Single Truth comes a poignant travel journal of a young woman searching for her own lifes story and love by tracing the steps of her literary he

  • Title: A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith
  • Author: LoriSmith
  • ISBN: 9781400073702
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of the widely acclaimed The Single Truth comes a poignant travel journal of a young woman searching for her own lifes story and love by tracing the steps of her literary he

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    1. Jeanette on said:

      It can be kinda annoying when you start reading a book thinking it is about one thing, only to discover it is about something else all together. This is especially true when what it turns out to be about is not something you are interested in reading. I thought the book, A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith was about her travels in England, following in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be a book about Lori's Smith search for the perfect Christian hus [...]

    2. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) on said:

      I can't really say what I expected from this book, but it was terrifically disappointing. The premise is good: traveling through England and visiting all places Austen-related. When Lori Smith talks about Jane or her life, the book is interesting. What was most disappointing to me was that it was more a story of her search for a husband. I really wanted to like her. I wanted to care. Mostly, I was annoyed at her whiny, martyr-like tone. The "poor-me, I'm-not-married-and-I-really-like-this-guy-I- [...]

    3. Lauren on said:

      Reading some of the other reviews of this book, I feel bad for the author. I don't think the people who gave the book one or two stars really understood where the author was coming from or else they expected the book to be something it was not.I will go on record and say that I really liked it. Even possibly loved it. True, at times the stream of consciousness writing that the author employs can get a little bit hard to follow and read along with, but instead of finding it annoying, I found it a [...]

    4. Carole Lehr on said:

      Since I am a Jane Austen fan, a friend loaned me her copy of A Walk with Jane Austen, which she carried while touring the U.K. After reading the back of the book synopsis, I was intrigued but didn't really know what to expect between the pages. I rarely read nonfiction but since Jane Austen was the main topic, I was drawn to it. A Walk with Jane Austen not only follows the places Jane lived and visited, but also explores the characters and locations where her stories take place. During this jour [...]

    5. Megan on said:

      So I did somewhat enjoy this book. I feel like I am simular to the author in some aspects of personality, feelings about being single, faith, and literature but not I can't completly relate to everything she's done or gone threw. I mean I'm still in my mid-20's, I haven't gone to England or have gone through some of her health issues. I believe she's intelligent and can write intelligently. Does that mean I like her book because she has the ability to write and I can relate to her on some level? [...]

    6. Jen on said:

      Just starting this book . . . thus far I like it, but the writing kind of reminds me of someone who knows they are being video-taped, trying not to act like they're being video-taped.___________________________I really really wanted to like this book. And the author, whose Jane Austen quotes blog I enjoy. And I did, at times. When the author was JUST talking about Jane Austen and the pertinent Jane landmarks she was after, the book was great. But the author, bless her heart, is too self-indulgen [...]

    7. Cheryl on said:

      Actually this was more of a 1 1/2 star book, 2 stars is too much. I really tried to keep an open mind about this woman who talks a lot about her evangelical conservative christian values, and who ended up being diagnosed with a very debilitating disease that went undiagnosed for many years so she had this inexplicable fatigue all the time making her extremely negative. If she talked one more time about how "weird" conservative christian men become in their 30's and 40's, I was going to have to s [...]

    8. John on said:

      Not one "hook", but four, here: Jane Austen (literature); a travel narrative; a romantic angle; being "Christian" -- all contained in the full title. Here's how each worked for me I read Austen's books (unabridged audio), except Sanditon years ago, and remember virtually nothing about any of them. Others may have found her treatment of Jane's life "superficial"; I didn't really care all that much, seeing it as basically something around which to frame her itinerary. The travel angle worked well [...]

    9. QNPoohBear on said:

      Exhausted and depressed from a debilitating mystery illness, Lori Smith had questions about her life and her faith and went searching for answers in Jane Austen's England. Starting her trip at a religious retreat at Oxford, Lori thought she found her Mr. Darcy, but he was kind of more like Willoughby, that is, non-committal or maybe just not that into her, Lori isn't sure. After Oxford she heads off alone to visit the places significant in Jane Austen's life and works, exploring Jane's ideas abo [...]

    10. Debbi on said:

      Sadly, this book did not live up to my expectations of a travelogue book to Jane Austen’s England. It turned out it was more about her trying to find a Christian husband and pining after one guy, whom she met and spent time with for one week of the trip. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I had not just finished Eat, Pray, Love. However, putting these books side-by-side there just wasn’t much of a comparison. The writing in A Walk with Jane Austen wasn’t nearly as captivating or interes [...]

    11. Usako on said:

      My expectations for this book were high when I saw it posted on the Jane Austen Museum website. However, imagine my surprise when I searched for the book at Borders, locating it in the Christian Religious Studies section. That was my first cue that this book would be less focused on Jane and be more of a religious awakening while referencing Jane Austen's books. This was one of my quickest reads. Entertaining. Enjoyable. It provided a good escape and reminded me how quickly we, at times, absorb [...]

    12. Nichola on said:

      I pulled this off the shelf with my usual JA impulse, and almost returned it when I saw it had a Christian viewpoint. But it was actually not bad, as the author did a good job drawing parallels between herself as a single older woman writer with a mysterious debilitating illness and Jane Austen's own challenges. I did not find the descriptions of her personal romantic experience very compelling, and couldn't help feeling disappointed that with the choices available to her she dwelled so much on [...]

    13. Linda on said:

      I enjoyed reading this travel memoir/following Jane Austen for the most part. The author being a christian has put into the mix her religious feelings, her search for what god means to her etc. I, as a non believer found this just too much and over the top.I found myself skipping paragraphs and even whole pages as the whole god thing was not what I wanted to read.I finished the book however, wanting to know the outcome. But there were some times I thought I wouldn't finish it purely because of t [...]

    14. Jan on said:

      I started this book either 18 or 36 weeks ago and only got to page 84. It is due at the library and I'm not renewing. I couldn't find adventure, love or faith in the first 84 pages. Ms. Smith is unattractively and uninterestingly self-absorbed, imho. If anyone knows any reason why I should attempt to finish this book let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

    15. Sarah Coller on said:

      I abandoned this a couple years ago as I couldn't stand her Feminist viewpoint and lackluster writing style, but decided to give it another try this week as I am preparing for a travelogue bookbox to come my way.Ugh. If I hadn't already taken this same physical "walk" several times throughout England and weren't already aware of how much she completely butchered the experience, there is nothing in this book that would compel me to want to visit England at. all. She took everything that is wonder [...]

    16. Tailsmo on said:

      This is not a book about a walk with Jane Austen, it is a Christian woman's search for a husband, and mostly a long moan about being single and not able to find the perfect, Christian, husband. Very disappointing, not that I'm anti-religious, I'm not, I'm a regular church-go-er.The American author takes a month-long trip to England to attend a week-long religious course at an Oxford college one summer, and then a 3-week trip around a few Austen-linked sites (Bath, Chawton, Steventon, etc). The a [...]

    17. Barbara on said:

      Usually a fan of people's stories, this one just didn't seem to draw me in. I wanted to like it, but it seemed to be missing that extra something that makes you like and understand the person's heartache, anguish, and striving. While I did feel compassion for the author's health and mental issues, I never felt truly involved in her story. I walked away uninspired and unfulfilled.

    18. Gretchen on said:

      A Walk with Jane Austen A journey into adventure,love and faith by Lori Smith. Ms. Smith decides to visit all the places Jane Austen spoke about in her books and along the way finds love or so she thought and has one mishap after another that can only happen to someone who is traveling, meets some wonderful people and begins to get to know herself in a whole new way.

    19. Cindy on said:

      This was a good book, a gentle look into someone else's life. Her walk with Jane Austen through the landscapes Jane knew and loved was enlightening. Some of my favorite parts:Writing about her visit to the British Library:"I felt as though I had walked into a sacred space, and everywhere I turned there was something new to inspire awe. I wondered about all of these people, the people whose work is here. Aside from genius, and a great gift, I think what they must have in common is a great energy [...]

    20. Vicki on said:

      While the parts about Jane Austen were interesting, there weren't enough of them. There was, however, far too much about the author herself. That would have been fine if I had ever really cared about her (I probably should have, but I couldn't never bring myself to). I was sorry that she was depressed and exhausted, but I didn't want to pity her for the whole book. And if I heard anything more about the man she met briefly at Oxford I was going to scream. I really didn't care about her love life [...]

    21. Kara on said:

      I'd give this 2.5 stars if I could because the parts that actually were about Austen and her family were very interesting and well-written and made me want to learn more. Unfortunately, the book mainly consisted of the author's ramblings about her own job/depression/love life/faith struggles, punctuated every so often with information on Austen and the locations being visited. From the book's description, I would've expected the opposite: a travelogue of sorts describing the author's travels thr [...]

    22. heather on said:

      I began this book with a very different expectation. The book seemed to center less on a "walk with Jane Austen" and more on a depressive, whining singleton who gives the rest of us over thirty singletons a bad name. Smith's progress through her English travels was disjointed and seemingly unfocused. I understand that the book came from personal experience, a blog-type self-evaluation; however, if personal reflection is to become something for others to connect to, it has to be presented with fe [...]

    23. Miriam Mitchell on said:

      This book was enjoyable, but a bit of a let down. I expected the memoir to be all about the walk taken to follow in the footsteps of Miss Austen. (My father has done several pilgimage walks and I was expecting a tale similar to his.) But instead, the story as mainly about the author's life while on the walk, intersperced with relics seen along the way. Lori entirely focused too much time on her relationship with Jake. While I do understand obsession, and that a person (women more so) can think o [...]

    24. Etta Mcquade on said:

      Lori Smith uncovers aspects of Jane Austen's life I was not familiar with--Jane's love of family and her quiet but sustaining faith. In quotes from "Catherine and Other Writings," I learn of her thoughtful evening prayers, three of which she had written down. Lori Smith writes about one in which Jane "talks about the blessings of God, thanking him and asking that they will continue, understanding that she was never worthy of them in the first place." (p. 101) The reader is also drawn into Lori's [...]

    25. Lara on said:

      I did like this book though there were certain things about it that I would think other people wouldn't enjoy. After reading the back of the book, I thought there would be more about the author's daily adventures in Jane Austen's England. Instead, the book was very introspective and more just used her interest in Jane Austen as a jumping off point for thoughts about her own life, her faith, her search for a husband. I had no idea that the book was religious at all when I started it but it was ve [...]

    26. Kate on said:

      I love the lyric honesty of this memoir. Smith invites us, as the reader, into her psyche as she traces Jane Austen's England, her own spirituality, and her own identity. This is a story about grace - about learning to love one's whole self (and, for Smith, learning to know God's unending love). It is also a story about how the ordinary things are the extraordinary things - how a life like Austen's (simple, ordinary, small) can mean so very, very much and be so very, very significant as we try t [...]

    27. Sharon on said:

      The strongest aspect of this memoir for me was the concise biography of Jane Austen. The author toured England, visiting sites where Jane lived or visited. She interspersed her personal reflections with facts from Austen's life and summaries of various scholarly works - the strongest portions of the book. The author is a devout Christian, so many of her musings did not resonate with me (citizen of "the world" that I am). I guess in some ways you have to admire a 33-year-old virgin, but the fact [...]

    28. Lynn Spencer on said:

      I wavered between giving this book 2.5 or a full 3 stars. When this book is at its best, the author discusses details of Jane Austen's life with great insight. It's obvious that the author has spent a great deal of time thinking about Jane and her books, and that shone through in the writing. However, much of this book also involves way too much time watching the author obsess over small encounters, her own love life, and what came across as whining over almost every aspect of her trip. This res [...]

    29. Leslie on said:

      Sadly, the reviews of Smith's work are better than the book itself. Her concept is interesting, and her research acceptable; however, Smith never fully demonstrates a true connection between herself and Austen. Her conjectures about Austen's faith are solid, but the attempt to compare her love life (or lack thereof) with Austen's is meager at best. Unfortunately, her description of her personal travails lacks the introspection and style necessary to make it interesting and thought-provoking for [...]

    30. Jennifer on said:

      I enjoyed reading about all of the Jane Austen-connected sites that this woman visited, but I just never connected with her personal struggles. I have to say though, it was nice to read about an actual person trying to recreate Austen's world, after all of the endless fiction books that I have read lately that feature characters that do the same thing. This kind of book always makes me dream about a trip to the Cotswolds, full of green rolling hills dotted with cloudy, white, sheep. I want to st [...]

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