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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict Hardcover – June 25, 2009
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"Absolutely uproariously funny"--Bookreporter.com
"Illuminating and at times hilarious and touching."--Austenblog.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman's daughter from 1813 who is transported into the body of twenty-first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone. Jane awakens with a headache, but it will take more than aromatic vinegar to solve her problems. Where is she? Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent's palatial Manor house in Somerset. Is she dreaming? She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point. She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own. How can this be? A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney. Is he a servant? Who is Courtney? Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior. Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel?
Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land. As her friends, or Courtney's friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing. She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new (to her) novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney's bookshelf - one passion/addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries. Between Jane Austen's keen insights and the fortune teller called "the lady", she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into.Read more ›
My second gripe about the book was the reason for their switch. It was after that chapter that my interest for this book wained. It was rather unbelievable I think not including that section would have worked much better. Leaving the reason for why the two characters switched open ended. It was almost sci-fi like in the description of why they switched and the circumstances and that really put me off the book.
Overall I did enjoy reading this book but it was nowhere near as fun as the prequel. Although this sort of explains the other side to the switch, it is pretty open ended at the end so who knows what will happen. If you read the first book of the series and enjoyed it, then I suggest you do read this. Do not expect it to be as enjoyable though.
The premise is very dicey--a bit of time travel, a bit of voodoo hoodoo, and a lot of social and femenist commentary tossed together in a very artful salad. I have not read the previous work of Ms. Rigler, so I can' say whether her success here is a one-off or not. I do understand that some purist Austen fans will take offense at this effort. I thought it was very good. And I found it restful to read a print book which had been edited of a most typos and grammatical gaffs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked it better than the first book - more fun to see Jane adapting to the modem world!Published 16 months ago by B. LaRock
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict was a very sweet, quick read. I really liked the premise (time travel, in reverse) and the positive, hopeful message of it. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Beth Wade
Why did i title my review "entertaining, yet totally unbelievable"? Well, first the good (the entertaining). Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Sean J. Hagins
I've read a few Jane Austen time travel books, and they were OK...the prequel to this "Confessions of..." was different. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by L. Jensen
More chick-lit than great lit, but so much fun for an Austen-lover like me! And what's wrong with chick-lit if it is well written, with plausible characters in a non-plausible but... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Carino
She wanted this book for herself, and wasn't wanting to purchase it. Mother's Day, and voila! The gift was given! She loves itPublished on August 1, 2013 by KG
This book is the companion volume to "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict." The two volumes complete each other, and each answers questions raised in the other's... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Hilary M. Murphy
I discovered this at a Dollar Tree store while waiting for my comforter at the laundromat next door. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by DiAnna Hudson
This is the sequel of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and, in this occasion, we have the chance to know about the adventures of Jane, a young woman from Regency England, in... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa