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By Jill Pitkeathley

In Dearest Cousin Jane, a fascinating new novel that attracts on historic truth, Jill Pitkeathley paints a luminous portrait of the true-life cousin of a literary legend—from her flirtatious more youthful years to her profound effect on one of many world's such a lot cherished authors.

Free-spirited and seductive—outrageous, precocious, and a widely known flirt—Countess Eliza de Feuillide has an unquenchable thirst for all times and a glamorous air that captivates every person round her. Rumored to were born of a mad love affair among her mom and the good Warren Hastings of the East India corporation, Eliza sees the realm as her playground—filled with grand galas, theater, and romance—and she is going to enable not anything carry her down. Even tragedy can't dim her enthusiasm. wasting her in basic terms baby at an early age and widowed whilst her husband—the rushing French count number Jean de Feuillide—is claimed by means of Madame l. a. Guillotine throughout the darkish days of the Reign of Terror, Eliza is set to stay indomitable, unpredictable, and unfettered. And it's this passionate spirit that she brings to an easy English state parsonage to steer the lifestyles, the paintings, and the area of her unsuspecting cousin . . . a quiet and unassuming younger author named Jane Austen.

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