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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict Hardcover – June 25, 2009
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"Absolutely uproariously funny"--Bookreporter.com
"Illuminating and at times hilarious and touching."--Austenblog.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT won a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Mainstream Fiction. CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was nominated for The Jane Austen Centre's (Bath, England) Jane Austen Award for Best New Fiction.
Both Austen Addict novels have been published in France by Bragelonne and in Italy by Sperling & Kupfer, and CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT has been published in the Netherlands (Archipel).
Having spent several years writing her first novel and reading all those proclamations about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about encouraging other writers. Prior to coming into her own as a novelist, she spent an exciting decade as a freelance book editor working with authors of fiction and nonfiction. She has also taught workshops in storytelling technique at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.
A longtime resident of the very same Echo Park / Silverlake neighborhood in Los Angeles in which RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT is set, Laurie now lives nearby in Pasadena, California, with her filmmaker husband. Her online home is at janeaustenaddict.com.
"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." Well, if you must know, Laurie read the classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Top Customer Reviews
This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman's daughter from 1813 who is transported into the body of twenty-first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone. Jane awakens with a headache, but it will take more than aromatic vinegar to solve her problems. Where is she? Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent's palatial Manor house in Somerset. Is she dreaming? She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point. She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own. How can this be? A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney. Is he a servant? Who is Courtney? Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior. Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel?
Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land. As her friends, or Courtney's friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing. She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new (to her) novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney's bookshelf - one passion/addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries. Between Jane Austen's keen insights and the fortune teller called "the lady", she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into.Read more ›
My second gripe about the book was the reason for their switch. It was after that chapter that my interest for this book wained. It was rather unbelievable I think not including that section would have worked much better. Leaving the reason for why the two characters switched open ended. It was almost sci-fi like in the description of why they switched and the circumstances and that really put me off the book.
Overall I did enjoy reading this book but it was nowhere near as fun as the prequel. Although this sort of explains the other side to the switch, it is pretty open ended at the end so who knows what will happen. If you read the first book of the series and enjoyed it, then I suggest you do read this. Do not expect it to be as enjoyable though.
Courtney's friends explain to Jane that she hit her head pretty hard while in a swimming pool and that her 'confusion' might just be a concussion. Her friends are also wondering why Courtney is now talking as if she just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel.
The last thing Jane remembers is riding her horse and bumping her head while taking a fall. While in Courtney's apartment, she finds copies of Jane Austen books as well as movie version of the novels. She begins to read the books and watch the films.
Jane is in shock to see so many differences in society. Besides television, cell phones, internet, cars and radio, Jane is stunned to see ladies unchaperoned, working and exposing so much skin. As the story goes on, Jane is getting flashbacks of Courtney's life. She realizes she has alot to figure out and wants to help Courtney set things straight. One thing Jane does find out is that both she and Courtney were unlucky in love at the time they switched bodies. With the help of her friend Deepa, Jane winds up going to a fortune teller who does seem to be other wordly and has some answers to Jane's questions. As Jane is trying to adjust to current day L.A., she is also wondering how and if she can ever get back to her former life.
I had been eagerly awaiting this book. Having read and really enjoyed Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and seeing what happened to Courtney while she lived in Jane's body, I was very curious to see what happens with Jane while she inhabits Courtney's body.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked it better than the first book - more fun to see Jane adapting to the modem world!Published 11 months ago by B. LaRock
Even though this book is the sequel to CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, this one is by far my favorite. I really could not put it down once I started reading it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Indigo
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict was a very sweet, quick read. I really liked the premise (time travel, in reverse) and the positive, hopeful message of it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Beth Wade
Why did i title my review "entertaining, yet totally unbelievable"? Well, first the good (the entertaining). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sean J. Hagins
I've read a few Jane Austen time travel books, and they were OK...the prequel to this "Confessions of..." was different. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by L. Jensen
More chick-lit than great lit, but so much fun for an Austen-lover like me! And what's wrong with chick-lit if it is well written, with plausible characters in a non-plausible but... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Carino
She wanted this book for herself, and wasn't wanting to purchase it. Mother's Day, and voila! The gift was given! She loves itPublished on August 1, 2013 by KG
This book is the companion volume to "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict." The two volumes complete each other, and each answers questions raised in the other's... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Hilary M. Murphy
I discovered this at a Dollar Tree store while waiting for my comforter at the laundromat next door. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by DiAnna Hudson