Debra White Smith has written a series of contemporary romances, with a Christian perspective, based on Jane Austen's beloved novels.
Age and Wisdom in Jane Austen
If wisdom comes with age, how much wisdom do Austen's older characters show?
Sanditon Season 3
The third and final season of PBS's Sanditon is now available.
Book Reviews: Science-Themed Regency Novels by Cecily Van Cleave and Julie Klassen
Women had a difficult time with scientific pursuits in Jane Austen's England. Yewspring and The Apothecary's Daughter tell stories of brave women trying to use their gifts.
Sydney Smith: Model for Henry Tilney?
Henry Tilney may not have been a typical clergyman, but he seems to have been modeled after the wittiest clergyman in England.
Mansfield Park and Klara and the Sun
Surprisingly, Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro, is similar in some ways to Mansfield Park.
Book Review: Jane Austen Cannot Marry, by May McGoldrick
Jane Austen Cannot Marry is a fun time travel romance.
Book Review and Author Interview: The Secret Garden Devotional, by Rachel Dodge
Another delightful devotional based on a classic children's (and adult's!) book.
Book Review: Mansfield Trilogy by Lona Manning
These entertaining variations on Mansfield Park add more history and new twists to the story.
Jane Austen Gifts
Looking for gifts for the Jane Austen fan in your life, or for yourself? Here are some ideas!
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
Happy Birthday to Jane!
Sermons by Jane Austen’s Family
What do we know about Jane Austen's father and brothers as clergyman? What did they preach about?
The Church in Jane Austen’s England
A final giveaway, and links to my guest posts on the church in Jane Austen's England and excerpts from Fashionable Goodness.
Fashionable Goodness: A Video Interview
Check out my first video interview about my new book!
Fashionable Goodness Launches! Blog Tour with Giveaways
At long last, Fashionable Goodness: Christianity in Jane Austen's England, launches!
Jane Austen’s Cultural World
Cultural Universals show different facets of life in Austen's England.
Services in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in Bath
What was worship like in the Countess of Huntingdon's lovely chapel in 18th century Bath? The "sweetly sung" music was the best!
The English Church, by Robert Southey
Robert Southey describes the Church of England in the early 1800s, giving insights into how Austen and her characters worshiped.
Outline of Morning and Evening Services in the Book of Common Prayer
How did Jane Austen and her characters worship?
Whately’s Review of Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion, 1821
An early review of Mansfield Park and other novels shows Austen's Christian perspective, giving lessons by natural, entertaining, moral examples and not by preaching.
Persuasion 2022 Movie on Netflix: Anne with a Rabbit
The new Netflix version of Persuasions: hilarious but far from Austen
The Murder of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Gray
Who murdered George Wickham? Many of our favorite Austen characters are suspects in this fun cozy mystery.
Colonel Brandon in His Own Words: Book Review, Austen Variation with Christian Themes
A delightful new variation by Shannon Winslow tells the story of Sense and Sensibility from Colonel Brandon's perspective, providing fascinating insights into this often misunderstood character.
￼The Little Women Devotional by Rachel Dodge
Rachel Dodge has written a delightful devotional based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
In the Garden with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson
A garden is refreshing, and all the more so when you accompany Jane Austen!
Jane Austen’s Cousin Edward Cooper, Evangelical Clergyman, Part 2
Jane Austen did not always agree with her cousin Edward Cooper's Evangelical sermons.
￼Much Ado About Persuasion: Book Review of a Christian Austen Variation
A light, fun new variation on Persuasion, with faith elements and a Shakespearean twist!
Jane Austen’s Cousin Edward Cooper, Evangelical Clergyman, Part 1
Jane Austen was close to all three of her first cousins, including Evangelical clergyman Edward Cooper.
Mr. Elton, a Vicar, not a Rector
Why did it matter that Mr. Elton was a vicar, not a rector?
The Delights of Doctor Syntax
Jane Austen enjoyed the escapades of country curate Dr. Syntax, in Rowlandson's cartoons.
￼Anne Elliot and the Christian Virtue of Patience
Anne Elliot shows Christian patience as she patiently endures suffering.
￼Austen Variation with Faith and Science: Jane and the Year Without a Summer
Jane and the Year Without a Summer is a fun new addition to Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mysteries.
Caricatures of Christmas
Wishing you all a festive and worshipful Christmas!
￼The Stereotype of the Self-Indulgent Clergyman (Rowlandson’s Parsonage)
Thomas Rowlandson's satirical cartoon, The Parsonage, shows one stereotype of the clergy in Austen's England.
￼The Joy of Jane Austen Embroidery: Making a “Housewife” Sewing Organizer
A great Christmas present or source of gift ideas, Jane Austen Embroidery is full of beautiful projects based on patterns from Austen's time.
Exploring the Arts at the JASNA AGM in Chicago
Faith, Science, and Joy at the JASNA 2021 AGM in Chicago
Jane Austen: A Companion, by Laura Dabundo
Laura Dabundo's new book, Jane Austen: A Companion, gives many insights into Austen and her world, including faith and science in that world.
Marriage by banns, common license, or special license
In Jane Austen's England, a couple who wanted to get married had several choices. They could wait about a month, while the parson announced the banns, for free. Or they could pay a bishop's representative two or three pounds for a common license and wait a week. Or, if they had the right connections and … Continue reading Marriage by banns, common license, or special license
Jane Austen: The Secret Radical
Helena Kelly's Jane Austen: The Secret Radical gives some startling possibilities for Austen's "secret meanings."
Jane Austen’s Death
Today we remember Jane Austen's death, 204 years ago.
Jane Austen and the War of Ideas
Jane Austen's novels express the Christian moral principles of her time.
Celestial Persuasion by Mirta Ines Trupp
This prequel to Persuasion features a Jewish young lady who loves astronomy, and who travels to Argentina.
Jane Austen Biographies for Kids
Three beautiful biographies introduce Jane Austen to children ages 4-13.
Book Review: Fanny, A Mansfield Park Story
What if Henry Crawford had "done as he ought"? How would Mansfield Park have turned out? Amelia Marie Logan explores this possibility in a delightful variation.
Would Jane Austen have met black people in England?
Black people were a small percentage of the population in Jane Austen's England, but she would have seen them and possibly met some of them.
The Woman of Colour
The Woman of Colour tells us what life might have been like for a mixed-race heiress like Jane Austen's Miss Lambe of Sanditon.
A Most Clever Girl
by Brenda S. Cox "For she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous." From Pride and Prejudice, used to describe Jane Austen herself in A Most Clever Girl Are you looking for a children's book that introduces Jane Austen with gorgeous illustrations, and a deeper look at who she was as a … Continue reading A Most Clever Girl
Jane Austen’s Clergymen
A whole range of clergymen appear in Austen's novels. Were they mostly good or bad clergymen? How was each one unique?
Book Review: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha at Last is a fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a Canadian Muslim community.