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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Aclever time-travel setup functions as the prime attraction for this breezy debut novel. Courtney Stone, a single Los Angeles woman recovering from the double whammy of a broken engagement and a failed friendship, wakes up after a night of self-medicating with her drug of choice, Jane Austen novels, to find herself in 1813 England. She's inhabiting the body of Jane Mansfield, a manor-born Englishwoman who, at 30, has yet to find a husband, confounding her humorless, Miss Bossy-corset stand-in mother. While still haunted by real-life memories, Courtney, as Jane, soon gets swept up in this Austenesque world of decadent meals and grand balls, gentlemen in form-fitting knee breeches and traveling with her friend Mary, whose brother, Charles Edgeworth, appears to have an interest in Jane that Courtney struggles to understand. As her identity starts to meld with Jane's, Courtney rethinks who she wants to be (and to be with) in any time period. While her 21st-century anachronisms can be comical, Courtney, for such an Austen addict, is unconvincingly naïve about Regency norms. Fans of the ever-expanding inspired-by-Austen-lit garden party will find a winner here; it doesn't hurt that Austen has a brief, comical cameo. (Aug.)
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Talk about an out-of-body experience. One moment Courtney Stone is a modern-day L.A. career woman lamenting a lost love; the next she is Jane Mansfield, a well-to-do, willowy (though not particularly buxom, unlike her twentieth-century namesake) lady in nineteenth-century England. What could account for this transplant of time and place? Courtney has no opportunity to ruminate over such matters; she must quickly learn to interact with inhabitants of the brave old world in which she finds herself. There's her mother, determined to marry 30-year-old Jane off to handsome Mr. Edgeworth; her artist father, more inclined to his daughter's free-spirited frame of mind; and faithful servant Miss Barnes, who helps her mistress manage everything from chaperones to corsets. (Thank goodness Jane has read Pride and Prejudice more than a dozen times.) It's not long before Jane finds the lines blurred between her two vastly different selves. Like her heroine, debut author Rigler boasts an obsession with the novels of Jane Austen. This frothy take on literary time travel will appeal most to readers well versed in the celebrated author's memorable characters and themes. Block, Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, if you're looking for a traditional Regency, or something wholly "clean," this may not be a good match for your interests.
In this book, a modern-day woman wakes up in the world of Jane Austen's novels. Over a period of time, she seems to lose herself in her new identity, but not entirely. She remembers things from the past of the woman whose body she's now in. She also recalls her own recent (modern) past, and has an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong with her relationships in that world.
As she becomes more enmeshed in the world of Austen, her attitudes and values change, with occasional jolts from her 21st century standards and lifestyle. The transition is interesting, and -- until the end of the book -- I was never sure whether she'd get back to her modern world... or not.
For me, this was a compelling read, most of the time. However, I felt that the ending was rushed and not entirely satisfactory. (I need to read the sequel.)
For Austen enthusiasts -- not necessarily purists -- this is a fun book. I'm not sure that I'll read it over and over again, but I'm glad I read it once. (I also recommend the mini-series, Lost in Austen, which I enjoyed more.)
Courtney Stone is a modern LA girl who loves Jane Austen's books. She was reading one of them when suddenly she wakes up being Miss Jane Mansfield in Regency England.
For me it's important to like the protagonists. In this case Courtney wasn't my favorite, but I decided to give her an opportunity because it was hilarious to read her thought about the disadvantages of living in this era, as the bathroom. But must of the time traveling characters doesn't give it a thought, but really, I couldn't live in that era just because of the bathroom.
I only wished Courtney would have been more secure about herself. She was constantly thinking about her ex-fiance and how he cheated on her. I understand it was awful and sad, but I was getting bored with the constant thought about how men couldn't be trusted, or how her body wasn't perfect, etc.
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was an easy read, sometimes funny and with lots of references to Jane Austen's books that must of the Jane Austen's lovers will like. I wasn't expecting Jane Austen herself in the book, she appeared only for a moment and she wasn't as I thought she would be.
Overall, I was expecting something different, but still enjoyed it and I think I will read the next one, called Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.
This is the perfect summer book that is a fun and light read. It was fun to read how a modern day woman views life in Regency England. I highly recommend it to those who want a light hearted look at these possibilities and love Jane Austen. I like that the book takes on the style and language of both time periods and it definitely makes you appreciate things like modern day plumbing, toothpaste and much more!
I am looking forward to getting a copy and reading the author's next book that was recently released, Rude Awakenings of A Jane Austen Addict. The story continues when Jane awakens in Courtney's world in the 21st century. I can't wait to read it!
So not only did this book draw me in with its unique story twists, but it renewed my love of reading. Cannot wait to read the "sequel"...going to order it right now!