Blog tour: Review from Jane Austen’s World

Many thanks to Vic at Jane Austen’s World who posted a lovely review today and gave The Jane Austen Guide to Life 4.5 out of 5 Regency tea cups:

Lori Smith’s  The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman continues to inform us about our lives through the lessons that Jane Austen and her characters can teach us. Like her first book. A Walk with Jane Austen, Lori’s clear writing style is a delight to read. One can almost hear Jane speaking through her words. This book is a wonderful gift for mother’s day, for mothers to give to their daughters, and for men to understand the mind of a fine woman. It is also delightfully illustrated.  (Read the whole thing here.)


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  1. I only recently descovered Lori Smith. I just read “A Walk wih Jane Austen” and finished it in two days, I could not put it down. I’m very pleased to see there is a new book out, I hope it’s available in the UK soon.
    I found it fascinating to read about Jane Austen through the eyes of an American and also the view from, what seemed to me, as a non church going English woman, a very strict religious background. I have to admit that I’m thankful not to have come from such a background. I think, however, there is some need for us all, in these times, to have some kind of moral framework to live by. It’s strange but I have never thought of Jane Austen as a teacher of morals. However, after Christmas I felt quite down and to cheer myself up, watched my favourite DVD version of the 1971 BBC version of “Emma”. I felt compelled then to re-read the book and I suddenly realised that it is a very moral book. Since then I seem to be continually coming across other people who think the same. (I recently read “A Jane Austen Education”).
    Thanks Lori for a lovely two days read! I can’t wait to get “The Jane Austen Guide to Life”.
    Sue, Lincolnshire, England.

    1. Thanks so much, Sue! Yes, Austen’s books are all very moral, but they’re so gently moral that we almost don’t notice. Underneath all the great writing and humor and wit is an exceptionally strong moral background, but Austen was never tedious or pedantic about it. Quite an accomplishment, I think. I hope the book will be in the UK soon! No word of that yet, but crossing my fingers (and toes).

      1. Thanks so much for replying to my comment Lori. I thought I would just let you know that your book “A Jane Austen Guide to Life”, IS available in the UK. I found it yesterday on The Book Depository site ( and have ordered it. I’m looking forward very much to reading it.
        By the way, I hope you eventually found a Mr Darcy to suit you. I was lucky to find mine thirty five years ago and I’m still married to him. He isn’t like Mr Darcy though, I think a real Mr Darcy would scare me to death! I’m lucky that my husband also likes reading Jane Austen and we have regular Austen DVD weekends, with some nice red wine of course!
        Sue, Lincolnshire, England.

        1. Thanks for letting me know, Sue! I’m so glad you found it, and glad to know it’s available there. I’m still looking for my Mr. Darcy. He doesn’t appear to be on eHarmony. 😉

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