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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402218311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402218316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Modern-day Regency fashion expert Eleanor Pottinger consorts with ghosts and travels in time in Brown's charming romance. Eleanor discovers her hotel room is haunted by sisters Mina and Deirdre Cracklebury, and she agrees to a deal: she will save their brother, Teddy, from a deadly duel by keeping the wicked Lord Shermont from seducing one of the sisters, in trade for meeting Jane Austen. Eleanor wakes up in 1814, meets smarmy Teddy and is instantly attracted to Lord Shermont, who is not all he seems. Soon she's forced into a terrible choice: Hot sex or the real Jane Austen? True Janeites will find scant evidence of Austen's acerbic wit in either character or tone, but the sprightly humor, handsome hero and twisty ending will please most Regency romance fans. (May)
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"The plot twist... is genius! This is a great romance both contemporary and historical." - The Romance Studio

"I really do enjoy Laurie Brown's romances... and look forward to future books! " - Poisoned Rationality

"Eleanor and Shermont, were suited to each other... This was an interesting twist in a time travel story. " - Eye on Romance

"Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. " - Harriet Klausner

"If you like time travel romance novels, this one is for you!" - The Tome Traveller's Weblog

"Every woman, every fan of romance and historical novels should put this title on their summer reading list. " - Reading Extravaganza

"This is full of romance, a hunky guy, and even some Jane Austen to boot, which I think Regency romance fans would enjoy." - The Burton Review

"I loved What Would Jane Austen Do?! Time travel, intrigue, history, romance...Laurie Brown gives us all that and more. " - Bitten by Books

"Her characters were engaging, the story flowed well and we're actually given a HEA, but not one totally expected. For anyone looking for a good Regency era romance, I would strongly suggest checking this one out." - Literary Escapism

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This book really surprised me in how much I ended up loving this story.
Allison R. King
The character of Eleanor is not very dimensional as she was strictly focused on her mission.
Burton Book Review
I've read other Jane Austen/time travel type books, and this is by far the best.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Burton Book Review on April 25, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to Regency England, Eleanor.. our heroine is having a bad day (despite the 12-pack on the cover) when she meets up with some ghosts during her stay at a hotel for a Jane Austen Conference. Sure, as a costume designer she wanted to learn all about the costumes and nuances of Jane Austen's England but she had no idea that she was going to wake up in 1814 and be left to fend for herself while on a mission sent from two (ghosts!) sisters who need her help. Eleanor tries not to stick out like a sore thumb as she is socializing with Dierdre and Mina whom she had first met as ghosts. Their brother Teddy had died, and it is Eleanor who is sent to prevent his duel with Lord Shermont, who is an agent for the crown investigating Napoleon's spies. Somehow in the middle of the romance and trying to conform to the mannerisms Eleanor needs to change history so that she can return to the present.

As luck would have it, Eleanor learns that she is being courted by Teddy, yet she immediately senses a strong attraction to the mysterious Lord Shermont, as of course all the ladies have.
Eleanor seems to enjoy herself in this fluffy romance and gets to meet Jane Austen and socializes with ladies and gents of the Regency Era.

I enjoyed discovering Regency England through Eleanor's eyes; it was written with a Regency flair with not a lot of major events until the novel picked up the pace towards the end with an unexpected twist which was fortuitous. There was a nice wrap-up at the ending, although a bit contrived and roses and rainbows.. but I was glad that we learn the outcomes of the supporting characters. If you are looking for something new specifically on Jane Austen, this is not it although she is referred to numerous times.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on May 25, 2009
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Heroine Eleanor Pottinger is a costume designer from Los Angeles who arrives in Hampshire, England for Regency Week jetlagged and downtrodden after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. She has booked her accommodations at Twixton Manor Inn, an eighteenth-century grand manor house converted into a hotel whose staff has lost her reservation and must put her up in the only room left available - the haunted one that they never use. Undaunted, Eleanor just wants sleep and does not care if she shares it with anyone, spectral or otherwise. When the two ghostly sisters Mina and Deirdre materialize to haunt her, she strikes a bargain with them to travel back to Regency times to thwart a deadly duel that kills their brother Teddy if they will in turn introduce her to their neighbor, her favorite author Jane Austen. Eleanor awakens in 1814 to meet the sisters and their family living at Twixton Manor with a house full of guests including hunky rake Lord Shermont, an agent for the crown who is secretly hunting for a Napoleonic spy among them. Eleanor quickly becomes his chief suspect. Motivated to meet Jane Austen, Eleanor engages in a week of social activities to discover which of the sister's honor will be compromised provoking Teddy into duel with Shermont. Somehow she must figure out how to alter history and avert the deed and save his life. As a twenty-first century woman, Eleanor struggles with the Regency lifestyle and often asks herself "what would Jane Austen do?" in the same situation which works beautifully until romance gets in the way as she is courted by Teddy and the known womanizer Lord Shermont. Questioning their motives may be the key to her unraveling the mystery and discovering if she has fallen in love with a spy or an Austen-esque hero.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott on April 26, 2009
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I just finished What Would Jane Austen Do. It was a fun read with a new twist on time travel. If you want pure entertainment for a few hours this is the book for you. I particularly liked how the author wrapped up all the loose ends at the end. The story conclusions made sense and didn't feel artificial. I will be looking for more of Laurie Brown's books to enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 3, 2009
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Recently dumped by her cheating fiance, Eleanor Pottinger is an expert on Regency aristocratic fashion. She is currently working as a designer for a Jane Austen festival during Regency Week. However, she is bit taken aback to find her room at the old inn is preoccupied.

Nonplussed Eleanor meets the ghosts of sisters Mina and Deirdre Cracklebury. The trio negotiates a deal in which Eleanor will go back to 1814 to prevent a deadly duel between their brother Teddy and Lord Shermont in exchange to them introducing her to Jane Austen. As she and Shermont flirt outrageously with one another, Eleanor must decide between sense and sensibility; she needs to choose either the active sex of a lifetime or a passive meeting with a writer even as she considers WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO?.

Though Jane is a minor player, Eleanor and Shermont are wonderful leads and the ghostly sisters great support as Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. This is Eleanor's tale as she tries to make the right choices considers her mantra: WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO? In this situation.

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