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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict: A Novel Paperback – April 27, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
This delightful sequel to Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict has 19th-century Jane Mansfield switching bodies and milieus with contemporary L.A. girl Courtney Stone. As Jane grasps the idea that she's a different person in an unimaginable world, and grapples with the radically liberal social mores, dress and language, she leans on Jane Austen's novels as touchstones to reality. Kate Reading performs the first-person narration with a cultured tones and accent befitting an upper-class Regency-era young lady. Her skill as a versatile voice performer becomes evident as dialogue introduces modern American characters, and she skillfully modulates her accent, dialect and tones to accommodate them. The romantically suspenseful story and the entertaining vocal interpretation will keep romance listeners enthralled and amused. A Dutton hardcover. (Aug.)
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"Delightful...romantically suspenseful"--Publishers Weekly
"Absolutely uproariously funny"--Bookreporter.com
"Illuminating and at times hilarious and touching."--Austenblog.com
"Delightful... romantically suspenseful."—Publishers Weekly
"Absolutely uproariously funny."—Book Reporter
"Hilarious and touching."—Austen Blog
Praise for Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
“This frothy take on literary time travel will appeal most to readers well versed in the celebrated author's memorable characters and themes.”—Booklist
“[A] delightful comic romp … Jane Austen makes a cameo appearance that is pure pleasure.”—The Times Picayune
“[A] charming novel… Rigler writes beautifully… a light and deftly orchestrated visit to 1813.”—Austen Blog
"Confessions is a novel of manners, but with a nifty twist. Laurie Viera Rigler sets the sensibilities of a 21st century L.A. woman against the manners of Regency England to watch the sparks fly. By turns funny, thoughtful, romantic and suspenseful, this engaging story is as brisk and delightful as ‘taking a turn in the shrubbery’ in the company of a handsome gentleman. If you’ve ever fantasized about being a Jane Austen heroine, this is your book."—Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Bread Alone
“A rich, saucy lark of a book for all of us who have ever looked at our lives and marveled, 'How did I get here?'"—Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In
“Courtney, flung into the past, learns the importance of living in the present even as she challenges our assumptions about identity and memory. I read this wonderful novel in a single sitting; Jane Austen fans will love it!"—Masha Hamilton, author of The Camel Book Mobile
"Rigler evokes the Jane Austen period masterfully, along with the perplexity of a 21st century L.A. woman, Courtney Stone, who lands unexpectedly in the body of a 19th century British woman in a world of chamber pots, chaperones, and different rules about finding true love. Courtney's navigation of the delicate 19th century social scene and her attempts to figure out how to get back to her ‘real’ 21st century life make for a hilarious and affecting, all-around wonderful read."—Ellen Baker, author of Keeping the House
“A devotee of all things Austen… discovers the reality of life in Regency England: rampant body odor, sexual and class repression and a style of medical care involving bloodletting… Despite the smells, little in [her] current lifestyle—including most of the men—can compete with the erotic charge of dancing in a candlelit ballroom.”—USA Today
Top customer reviews
Great writing, research, characters and idea. Loved it.
IN "Rude Awakenings" Regency era, Miss Jane Mansfield awakens to find herself, not in her own body! And in modern day LA! Although the modern world of computers, cars, airplanes, cell phones, etc etc etc are rather frightening & intimidating at first-- as she acclimates, she finds it all, not only the modern conveniences like electricity and running water, quite liberating! As she learns to maneuver through the mores of modern times, along with her friendships with women and her realtionships with the opposite sex, she decides she must also accept where she is and help improve the lot she has been given. Blessedly, Rigler gifts the reader in "Rude Awakenings" with lovely, and most satisfying closure, indeed. You need not be a Jane Austen addict like myself to enjoy this smart and witty novel-- but I dare say you will become a fan of Laurie Viera Rigler!
Jane relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry" and "rolling a call"? How can she navigate a world in which entire publications are devoted to brides but flirting and kissing and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations? Even more bewildering are the memories that are not her own. And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home. It's enough to make her wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear-that is, if returning is even an option."
This was a great Summer read. I was very excited to read the Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict after reading Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, and I wasn't disappointed with it. There were many moments where I was laughing over Jane's introduction to the modern worlds many technologies and social faux pas. It was such a great read!
Again the story starts as our heroine awakens to find herself in someone else's body, place and time. Jane is suddenly in the life of Courtney, trying to make sense of modern technology and modern relationships. It's not necessary to read the first book first, but it adds to the enjoyment to read both. The book is well written and funny, and the author is terrific at describing things as someone from another time would see them. Quite charming and a fun read!