I'm reading this WONDERFUL book called Just Jane.
It's a fictionalized account of the life of Jane Austen. Who would have thought it would be so great? I mean, Jane Austen's life, on the surface, seems as though it would have been pretty boring. But Nancy Moser is a skilled writer, and Jane Austen was such an amazing woman. Her books are my absolute favorites of all time. Her work has stood the test of time, and Pride and Prejudice is often hailed as the best romance novel ever written. So imagine my surprise to find out that she wrote for many, many years wondering all the time if she would ever see her books in print. It seemed quite doubtful. One of her books was accepted for publication, then the publisher did nothing with it for six years. Jane waited, then finally wrote him a letter. He refused to publish it, said he never agreed to publish it. The nerve. But I could just imagine (no, don't have to imagine, I know) how Jane felt.
If you have any interest in what life was like for an unmarried woman in the Regency period--and Jane did have several chances to marry, but either she didn't love the man or things didn't work out for other reasons--then you should read this book. Or if you're a Jane Austen fan, like me. Or if you're a writer, feeling the disappointment and/or discouragement of wondering if your books will ever be published. This book encourages me to believe that no dream is wasted, no life is unimportant to God, even if society says, "We don't want you. You're insignificant and unworthy. You didn't play by our rules so we're going to ignore you."
Jane Austen is a hero to me, and even more so after reading this book.