Jan Hahn

Jan Hahn’s The Secret Betrothal made it on to the Best Austenesque Historical Novels 2014 on Austenprose’s list this year.  The Secret Betrothal is a Pride & Prejudice Alternate Path story in which Fitzwilliam Darcy learns that Elizabeth Bennet is secretly engaged to another man which ruins his chances of winning her hand, but fate keeps throwing them together.


Austenprose was started in 2007 by Laurel Ann Nattress, a life-long acolyte of Jane Austen.  It is now a blog staffed by a diverse group of individual who share a love for all things Austen.  It has over 600 reviews under it’s belt. “We pride ourselves in our honest, in depth reviews and our thorough research on any topic we present.”

Jan Hahn has also been honored with making this respected list within the Austenesque genre in 2012 with The Journey which also earned the Reader’s Choice Award, and in 2011 with An Arranged Marriage with the Best Indie Book Award.

Hahn is currently working on another Austenesque book due out in 2015 titled Stolen Past.

Meet the author: Jan Hahn

Jan Hahn is fascinated by Jane Austen, 19th Century England, and true love. Having spent years in the world of business, she is now content to leave it behind and concentrate on writing about Austen’s characters finding true love in 19th Century England. A storyteller since childhood, she’s written skits and plays for local organizations and owned a business recording, writing and publishing oral histories. Jan is a member of JASNA and began writing novels based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 2002.

Jan’s first novel, An Arranged Marriage, won the award for Best Indie book of 2011 from Austen Prose. The Journey, published in 2012, was selected by Austen Prose as one of the Top Five Austen Inspired Historical Novels of 2012, and it won the Favorite Pride and Prejudice Variation/Alternate Path of 2012 award from Austenesque.

Jan has five children, seven grandchildren, and is a native Texan. In her dream world, she lives in England in a place called Pemberley.

Read an excerpt

From the Author:In the following excerpt from Chapter Four of The Secret Betrothal, the annual Mistletoe Ball is in progress at Meryton wherein Sir William Lucas delights in placing mistletoe hanging from a long pole over the head of an unsuspecting young woman during the dance. Her partner is welcome to a kiss for, as Lydia says, “What other use is there for mistletoe?”


Get ready for something special, readers! Jan Hahn is visiting Austenesque Reviews today, and she has prepared a fantastic little scene where several Jane Austen characters discuss her newest novel, The Secret Betrothal. This inspiring work of prose is a sequel of sorts to her first guest post on Austenesque Reviews in 2011! Thank you, Jan!! I’m thrilled to bits about sharing this post with everyone!Jan Hahn

Thank you, Meredith, for the opportunity to be a guest at Austenesque today and post about my latest release, The Secret Betrothal. Rather than take the floor myself, I would like to give you an account of a recent somewhat anxious meeting between several of Jane Austen’s characters and let them discuss my book. Miss Elinor Dashwood has invited the ladies for tea.

Read the rest here: Guest Post + Giveaway with Author Jan Hahn – Austenesque Reviews.

TSBcoverThe Secret Betrothal with Jan Hahn

It is with much excitement and pleasure that I introduce today’s guest,

my dear friend Jan Hahn. Today Jan has agreed to talk to us about her newest release, The Secret Betrothal. I have been so excited about this book and its release. Ever since I first read it at DWG, I had hoped that Jan would publish it someday. For all of us readers, that day is almost here! Following are Jan’s answers to some questions that have intrigued me since that first reading. So without further delay, please join me in welcoming Jan Hahn.

Your latest book is a reworked, enlarged version of a story you wrote in 2003 called The Engagement. I’m interested in your writing process. Before you began writing, what ideas or inspiration sparked this story?

Since my first idea for the story occurred way back in 2003, I’m not sure I can remember it; however, I do know that I was intrigued by Jane Austen’s treatment of secret engagements in her books.

Read more at More Agreeably Engaged: The Secret Betrothal with Jan Hahn.

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