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I love, love, loved this book. It was so much fun from the very beginning. I really enjoyed going on Jane with her journey to find love. There were some laugh out loud moments, some cringe worthy moments and some sighing with happiness moments as she stumbles through different "suitors" who just so happen to have similar characteristics to heroes and villains from Jane Austen's novels.
I lost sleep to stay up and read this book but it was totally worth it. The only other book I have read by this author was Prank Wars and I enjoyed this one much more because I feel like the author has grown and this book was much, much less confusing.
Some of the story was predictable but there were some twists and turns I didn't see coming. If you enjoy authors who modernize Jane Austen stories I HIGHLY recommend this one. I'm so glad I happened to see the author tweet she had a new book out or I may have missed out on this FANTASTIC story.
I'm so sad it's over.
I gave it 4.5 instead of the full 5 because I wish she wouldn't have called what was happening a curse but more of a coincidence. Had a character in the story not explained it that way I may have stopped reading.
If you liked this I recommend My Own Mr. Darcy
I truly fell in love with Jane. She's a romantic at heart and a cock-eyed optimist, but her hopes for that happily ever after, perfect Jane Austen love story never seems to be on target, especially with Austen, the guy she really wants.
Austen is logical and rational. Love is too emotional and irrational for this not-so-obvious hero. He and Jane have great chemistry and wonderful scenes together. I enjoyed the dialogue. It wasn't just chit chat, but the kind of dialogue that reveals character depth, development and advances the story forward.
The pacing was great, the comedic timing was awesome, and this book had some of the most memorable one-liners I've ever read. I will most likely be quoting them for the rest of my life. I think the author took most women's romantic fantasies, turned them on their heads, added a healthy does of reality and managed to make this love story more romantic than it had a right to be. I stayed up until 4:00am to finish it (darn you Stephanie) and felt the sleep deprivation was worth it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a wonderfully clean, romantic comedy mixed with some tantalizing Jane Austen themes.
First of all, when I began reading this and came upon all the names and places which are take-offs from Jane Austen’s six novels, my thought was, “This is too cutesy”. As there were so many I began to write them down. If you are reading this in kindle there is a glossary explaining the names and who they are taken from in canon after the end of the story. It is not easily accessible as you are reading. The glossary does not explain all the places. But if you are familiar with JA’s novels you can very easily make the connection, i.e., North Abbey/Northanger Abbey, Brightin Beach/Brighton, Kellynch Hotel, Lambton Marketplace, Lucas Lodge, Netherfield House, Norland Courtyard, Pemburkley Hall, Rosings House, etc. I did not find it hard to keep up with those. And some of the character’s shouted out with their behaviors just exactly upon whom they were based. After all, Colin Minster’s leeching onto Jane is just so “Mr. Collins”.
The author’s purpose was not immediately clear: however at about 60% of the way through the story the two protagonists have an AH HA moment when they put together all the names, their characteristics and their histories from canon. Although Jane is the ultimate romantic, her friend, Austen, (the owners’ son and an accountant) is very much a concrete thinker. He sees things in black and white while she sees the moon and the stars and is very much a mishmash of both Emma (the matchmaker) and Catherine Morland whose head is diverted by all the Gothic novels she has read. Austen does know the story of P&P as his previous girlfriend made him watch the 5-hour DVD. But he doesn’t buy Jane's theories…at first, and he also is sending so many mixed messages with body language and with verbal innuendos that one wonders when/if they are going to have their own “moment”. And then there are the women fawning over him: Junie and Anne Marie, to be specific. But at one point, DeBurgy, Dancey’s PR Manager, states that Jane is leading on five men on her own…Austen tries to determine who they are all.
We read this story from Jane’s POV. We know she has a crush on Austen but has “written him off” as he moves from his parents’ North Abbey Hotel, set on the beach in San Diego, to take a position in Boston. Jane’s mentor, Taylor Weston, the ultimate event planner, has trained Jane to take over as she has met her perfect guy, Chuck Bigley, through Em’s Matchmakers and is traveling to London to meet him. When she comes back for her perfect wedding she puts Jane is charge. And here Taylor turns into the Bridezilla of the year.
When the best man, Will Dancey, Rock Star, comes to town we read that Jane mistakes him for the parking valet they ordered when employee, Fred Tiney, seems to have disappeared. This becomes a comedy as she has him parking cars and telling him that this is what Taylor wants…he thinking of his friend, Taylor, and doing her a favor, while Jane is just explaining that this is what the boss wants. He warms to her as she is treating him as a normal guy while she is taken aback by his good looks and charms. He asks her to run off to Vegas with him and if that isn’t OK at least promise to go for a ride with him when everything calms down. The Wedding is a week-long event with breakfasts, bachelor and bachelorette parties, etc. planned. (OK, here I am getting mixed signals: the book is Jane and Austen so they are supposed to have a HEA but we see Will Dancey…Fitzwilliam Darcy, if ever I saw one – dark, brooding, rich, popular, with women chasing him, coming onto Jane. Where is the author going with this?)
This story is fast paced and there are many misunderstandings and angst and lots of tears, not to mention flirting and jealous looks between wedding guests. Then there are the parents…with daggers drawn and purse strings pulled tight.
I found this a very interesting and different modern take-off on Jane Austen’s books and characters. The author used a lot of imagination. All-in-all I would say she was very successful in giving us a diverting tale, which may keep you in suspense right up to the end. This is a very sweet tale so you can lend it to your daughter or your grandmother.