Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Authors
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original, Jane Austen as a Fictional Character
SETTING: Bath, England present day (in September during the Jane Austen Festival to be more specific)
Rose – a die-hard Janeite living in the basement flat at No. 4 Sydney Place.
Morgan – her American friend who she is meeting in person for the first time.
James – her boss who seems to have become besotted with her American friend.
Dr. Aiden Trevellyan – her longtime secret crush who doesn’t really know she exists.
Jane Austen – her favorite author with whom she goes on an unexpected adventure with!
In the midst of attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, devoted Jane Austen fan, Rose Wallace notices something a little peculiar about one of the festival’s attendees she keeps running into. Is she merely obsessed fan? Is she corrupt or crazy? When she finds out the answer, it is too incredible to believe! And Rose finds herself facing the question every Janeite has wondered – what would their life be like if Jane Austen never published her books…
WHAT I LOVED:
- Beautifully Blended In Every Sense: A tale of dear friends coming together, a mystery turned adventure, and more than one budding romance – Ada Bright and Cass Grafton seamlessly blended and perfectly balanced every ingredient of this novel. Each component was well-crafted and it is impossible to tell where one author’s writing ends and one begins. Hats off to such a stellar writing team!
- Realistic and Accessible: I adored the characters in this story! They were easy to relate to (especially Rose and Morgan), entertaining, and intriguing. Jane Austen was delightful with her observations and forthright manner; and I found both men, James and Aiden, equally adorable in some Bingley-esque and Darcy-esque ways!
- Life Without Jane: *sigh* can you imagine?!? I know, it is painful to think about! But I really enjoyed seeing how the absence of Jane Austen’s books would effect so many different aspects of a person’s life – not just what they read and watch, but bigger things like relationships and careers. It is amazing to see the different direction life would go if it weren’t for dear Jane.
- Jane Austen Festival: Sadly I’ve never been to the festival and celebrations in Bath, but I love stories like this that make me feel like I have! The promenade, dance classes, guest speakers, and workshops – it’s like a Janeite’s dream experience! And it is wonderful to see all the details and descriptions of everything that goes into this special tribute!
- Harry and Frodo: I love it when characters geek out over Jane Austen! Not only did this book show that in abundance, but they threw in some Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings geekery for us multi-fandom book lovers! Readers who love these series will be pleased to find so many references and nods to these stories. I loved how they all tied together.
- Ending: I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I adored how the story ended and left a door open for more… Also, totally made me think of Back to the Future… 😀
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF: The only thing I can think of to say is that perhaps the exposition felt just a teeny bit long. But that didn’t bother me much since I soon became swept up in the adventure!
Thought-provoking and inventive this story presents readers with a fascinating journey about great friends, adventure, and romance. But more importantly, The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen is a splendid homage to Jane Austen and her books. The world would definitely not be the same without them!