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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Courtney Stone is a thirty-year-old L.A. woman who has had it with men after she catches her fiancé cheating on her with the wedding cake baker. Add insult to injury, Wes, a man she thought she could trust, had been covering Frank. But that becomes the least of her problems when Courtney wakes up in 1813 England, inhabiting the body of a country bumpkin by the name of Jane Mansfield (yes, Jane as in Jane Austen and Mansfield as in Mansfield Park). Courtney, a Jane Austen fanatic, cannot believe she has been transported into a body, a setting and a story not unlike Austen's memorable novels. Not only does she have to become accustomed to corsets, shapeless high-waist gowns, uncomfortable transportation, body odor and scarce baths, but she has to make sense of everything that goes on around her.Read more ›
Reeling from a broken engagement and the betrayal of her best friend, the last thing Courtney Stone expected was to wake up one morning and find herself in Regency England, trapped in another woman's (Miss Jane Mansfield) body. Shocked and concerned, Courtney desperately wants to return to her own life in L.A. but fate seems to have decreed that she remain in London for a while, leading Jane Mansfield's life. Can Courtney pull off this masquerade without anyone being the wiser? And what she should do about the real Jane's suitor, the dishy Mr. Edgeworth? Jane's masterful mother is determined that her daughter make a match of it with Mr. Edgeworth, but Jane seems to be strangely mistrustful of her very eligible and desirable suitor...
For me, the first part of the book unfolded quite smoothly and rather well.Read more ›
What would happen if a recently and multiply heart-broken modern-day woman, who has fallen asleep drinking vodka and reading Pride and Prejudice while mourning her broken engagement, were to wake up in Jane Austen's England? This is how the book begins. Courtney wakes up to find everyone calling her Jane Mansfield, doctors wishing to bleed ill humors out of her, and a marriage-obsessed mother threatening to put her into an asylum if she keeps insisting she is not, indeed, Jane. Courtney decides to play along convinced she'll soon wake up back in modern day Los Angeles, until she realizes perhaps it isn't a dream after all.
The reader gets to experience the early nineteenth-century English countryside, Bath, and London through eyes at once modern and Austenian. Throw in a bit of pride, a bit of prejudice, and a host of characters, plots, and subplots, and it all melds into a wonderful kaleidoscope of Austen.
The story is so deftly plotted, simultaneously familiar and new, the characters so likeable (and dislikeable), the prose so fluid and fresh, that the book goes by in a flash. Austen's words and world are ever-present, without weighing the story down. Laurie Viera Rigler has accomplished a marvel--a delicately-mastered fusion of the beloved and known with the sure-to-be-loved, not-yet-known.
I meant to read a few chapters before bed and ended up foregoing sleep, staying up all night, to read the book in one sitting. Whether you are a die-hard "Austen addict" or just discovering Austen's world, this book is sure to delight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just wanted to write a review to say that the ending was horribly abrupt and left me wondering WTF.Published 1 month ago by R.S.
This is a well'written, amusing book. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you'll enjoy this witty story.Published 2 months ago by Nancy Emmons
If you're a Jane Austen fan (or a fan of Regencies, in general), this might be a fun read.
However, if you're looking for a traditional Regency, or something wholly... Read more
An unusual approach - completely different from the predictable and time-worn formula for historical romances. A good story well worth reading.Published 4 months ago by Kristie Knutson
This was a really good book. The modern thinking in a not so modern time was very nice.Published 5 months ago by smandell
I found it to be a good read as she gets sent back in time to where she actually meets the real Jane Austen. She has a good sense of humor. I won't spoil the ending for you.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this book. If I could give it 7 stars I would. It's my favorite Jane Austen related book I've ever read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Kohler
Great concept and the writing and authentic voice of a women from 1813 is great.Published 7 months ago by AKC Book lover