Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! — 61 Comments

  1. Dear Abigail,
    What a clever little writing desk! I just love things like that. I’ve found a couple of them in my travels to antique shops and 2nd handstores throughout New England. One that I have is made of paper, very old and small. It’s so precious to me.
    I would love winning your book! I’ve purchased Mr. Darcy’s Letters and can’t wait to get started on it this week. I sometimes wonder what Jane would make of all the much ‘n stuff we’ve made of her life! :]

    I so enjoy being a part of the Austen admirer’s group! LOL


  2. What an exquisite present and practical at the same time! Elizabeth and Jane Austen would definitely love it 🙂 And I wish you all luck with winning the lottery so that the writing process could become more delightful and you could write even more!

  3. Happy 236th Jane! What a wonderful writing desk! For a blog site’s writing contest, I’m writing(term used loosely) a short story that includes Nauset and Nobska! Cheers!

  4. Happy Birthday, Jane. You left us with a legacy of delightful novels that we now consider “historical” but for you were “contemporary” reflections on life in your time. Thank you for giving us rich characters and an a view to the world in which you live. Your writing has enchanted and inspired so many of us!

    Amazing contest! Wow!

  5. Happy Birthday to Jane!! did you ever realize that you’ve inspired so many people with your writing?????

    i’m grateful!!!!! LOL!!!

    thank you for this giveaway, Abigail!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  6. Happy birthday to Jane! Next semester, I’m taking an Austen class. I can hardly wait to spend the whole semester focused on that great lady!

    I love your adaptations! I’d really love to own them all!

  7. Happy Birthday Jane Austen! I’m so glad to have known you and to have such company all these years. Thank you Bloggers for feeding my obsession with gifts. Abigail, you are one of my favorites. Thanks for all you do.

  8. Oh, that writing desk is perfect – so practical and yet such an indulgence!

    Happy Jane’s Birthday! I would love to be chosen to win your drawing.

  9. One day i will tell you “Happy birthday” in an elegant way. When I woul be an honest pupil of you, but until then Happy Birthday!

  10. Ooh! Great gift, Abigail! I did some research into these lap desks as well, although I never ran across the image you have here. Really stunning! I am sure Miss Austen will discover it to be very useful.

  11. Abigail, I love the writing desk! What a great gift it would have been for Elizabeth, and Jane!
    Happy b-day Jane and thanks so much for the Giveaway of Mr. Darcy’s Undoing! 🙂

  12. What a wonderful gift, Abigail. Creative and very appropriate!

    Happy birthday, Jane!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. The writing desk in the second picture you posted is very similar to the one which Jane’s father actually gave her when she was a young girl, as he, too, wanted to encourage her writing. A perfect parallel to give one to Lizzie Bennett.

    May I also say, as a first-time visitor, how elegant I find the design of your blog. A pleasure to be here!



  14. Happy Birthday Jane ! It’s my birthday on the 19th and if my Mr Darcy happened to give myself a gift such as this I would be a very happy girl indeed….Love u Abi xxxx

  15. Happy 236th Birthday, dear Jane!

    Thank you for writing my favourite book (P&P – of course). I’m sure you will like Abigail’s present very much. But just in case you already own a lap desk, I’d be delighted if you would send it to me. If you don’t want to part with it, I will try to understand and could be consoled by one of Abigail’s signed books. Please put in a good word for me. Maybe you could even persuade her to share the cut scenes from “Mr. Darcy’s Letter”. I would be much obliged.


  16. That lapdesk is beautiful, I love it. I’m sure Miss Jane would love it, too. I like to imagine her in a peaceful place, writing more wonderful stories. I can see Lizzy using it, too, to write letters to a special Derbyshire gentleman. I can’t wait to read Mr Darcy’s Letter. I’ve gotten so behind in my reading because of the holidays.

    Thanks for the giveaway of Mr Darcy’s undoing, and Happy Birthday Jane!

  17. i discovered you with your “MR DARCY’S OBSSESSION” which i enjoyed so much *__* , your variation are just wonderful amazing, i love the plot and new characters that you created(mary), i heard that you are writting a sequel ,and i look forward to see the sequel .
    happy birthday to jane austen my favourite author and thank you to her for making our life brighter <333

    i hope i can get your book 🙂
    good day

  18. I have really enjoyed Fitzwilliam Darcy: Last Man in the World and how you handled that story. Was a great read with great twists and use of the original and their personalities established by the birthday girl. I need something new to read! HINT HINT!

  19. Still getting caught up on all of the posts for the Soiree. Thank you for joining Maria Grazia and I, Abigail! I hope you have a lovely Holiday. And the lap desk look beautiful! I wouldn’t mind one either. 🙂 No need to enter me in the giveaway.

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