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Natalie Jenner

Autor(a) de The Jane Austen Society

4 Works 1,550 Membros 123 Críticas


Obras por Natalie Jenner


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Natalie was born in England and emigrated to Canada as a young child. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College where she was the 1990 Gold Medalist in English Literature, her LL.B. from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and was Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995. In addition to a brief career as a corporate lawyer, Natalie has worked as a recruiter, career coach, and consultant to leading law firms in Canada for over twenty years.

Natalie also once founded Archetype Books, an independent bookstore in Oakville, Ontario, where she continues to reside with her family and two rescue dogs.



DNF at 24%. If you’re a quarter thru a book and the only thing that happens is a me of the seventeen characters gets assaulted… you’re doing it wrong. Also, “Jane Austen Fan” is not a whole personality.
ilkjen | 78 outras críticas | Jun 14, 2024 |
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've picked up and put down this book several times. The blurb is what enticed me to ask for the ARC, it sounded more like a movie making story. I couldn't stay interested in all the characters coming and going. I really tried.

#EveryTimeWeSayGoodbye #NatalieJenner #Netgalley #StMartin'sPress
FDarlene491 | 8 outras críticas | Jun 3, 2024 |
I think there are some beautiful things to be learned from this book, particularly in the last 40% or so. It didn’t resonate with me as much as I’d hoped it would (I was a big fan of The Jane Austen Society), but I am certain it will work for other readers.


Vivien’s career as a playwright has been destroyed with the savage reviews of critics after seeing her last play. She moves from London to Italy, where she works as a “script doctor,” tidying up and fixing a movie script that doesn’t pass muster. In this new world, she is faced with challenges and setbacks, unwanted admirers, oppression, and several mysteries, including what happened to her fiancé after the war. Vivien has to face difficult truths and learn to grow past the grief that has kept her tethered for the past decade.


I think I struggled to connect with Vivien. She is supposed to be a woman still grieving the loss of her fiancé, but she felt passionless to me, and much too willing to give in to everything she said she wouldn’t. I didn’t like John Lassiter and his whole part in the story—particularly what we find out about him later—just confused me and didn’t feel necessary. I loved Claudia and Levi and would have loved seeing more of them on page. And I really loved Sir Alfred. I think that’s a big reason why the last 25%-30% or so was my favorite—Vivien finally started figuring herself out and we got more of Sir Alfred. Overall I think the history is interesting, and I was sad for Vivien and her loss (there is one particular scene that really finally helped me see what she’d gone through, and I wished we had gotten it sooner).

I think if you like history, 1950’s films or filmmaking, women’s fiction, and mysteries, this book could be for you.

TW/CW: war related stories and deaths; giving up child for adoption; child abduction; church oppression; kissing; mention of sexual relations

3.5 stars, rounded up.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Narrated by Juliet Aubrey—I am torn about this reader. On one hand, I thought her accents and voices were really good, so I knew who was speaking and where they were from immediately. On the other hand, her narration for the narrative and the main character’s voice felt so apathetic and lackluster, even when the character was feeling something deeply or emotional in some way. While her voice is soothing, I didn’t feel like it fit with the emotions of the character. Unfortunately, I do think the narrator made it hard to feel engaged with the character and negatively influenced my overall opinion of this book. There are some really redeeming qualities, but still not my favorite.
3 stars for the narration.

**Many thanks to the publisher, Austen Prose, and NetGalley for the e-copy and audio. A positive review was not required.
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LovelyBookishDelight | 8 outras críticas | May 28, 2024 |
Every Time We Say Goodbye follows Vivien Lowery who readers first met in Bloomsbury Girls. After her latest London play receives negative reviews, Vivien travels to Rome to find both a new start and a closure for old heartbreaks. This novel is set during the film heyday that Italy enjoyed in the 1950s. American screenwriters, directors, and actors enjoyed a kind of freedom not found during the McCarthy-era witch hunts in Hollywood. But with this “freedom” comes a new kind of censorship from the Catholic church. I found this thread of the novel interesting, and real-life Hollywood stars make their appearances, giving the novel a touch of glitz and glamour. But it is the second plot line that I found the most intriguing. The reader is introduced to the Italian resistance fighters of WWII. I found the fabricated fairytale lives of those in the film making industry an insightful backdrop to the selflessness of those who sacrificed so much. There is so much contradiction — those wanting to forget or tidy up the past and those who want to expose it in all its harsh reality. In the end the novel is one of finding purpose and truth in a world that seems only to want a perfect storybook ending.

Fans of Jenner’s earlier novels and those who love historical fiction set in the mid-20th century will not want to miss this book!


Audience: Adults.

(Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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vintagebeckie | 8 outras críticas | May 16, 2024 |



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