Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Jane Austen fan and ardent reader Cassie Taylor has a run in with an average-looking stranger named Ted at the bookstore. When he very kindly invites her to get coffee she turns him down thinking he isn’t at all her type. Cassie immediately regrets her rejection of Ted because of what happens next: she witnesses him being hit by a car. If Cassie said yes, then Ted wouldn’t be in the hospital right now fighting for his life! Filled with regret and guilt, Cassie follows Ted to the hospital and poses as his girlfriend. It is there something truly strange and inexplicable happens…
While getting some fresh air outside on the hospital’s grounds Cassie comes to a gate and decides to walk through it. Once she does though she immediately finds herself transported to an English estate and dressed in Regency clothing. How did this happen? What does it mean? How can she get home?
Even though I’m typically not a huge fan of time-travel stories, I find myself perpetually drawn to time-travel stories that involve a Jane Austen addict traveling from our modern-day world to that of Jane Austen’s and her characters. I think it is something I would like to experience myself (not permanently mind you!), and I love to see how modern-day heroines cope with all the strictures and alterations of life in Jane Austen’s time. I appreciated how capably Cassie handled herself in this time period – she was quick to recall the rules of propriety she was familiar with and knew what kind of modern language and slang to avoid. In addition, I enjoyed how Ms. Jeremiah illustrated the favorable and not so favorable aspects of living in the Regency period. Some small details like the practice of being served wine in times of crisis instead of water never occurred to me before. (Wine is not exactly helpful when you are feeling overheated or dizzy!)
I enjoyed seeing Cassie’s interactions with the characters she meets at Westerleigh, an estate in Dorsetshire, and I especially enjoyed seeing her reaction to Edward Hamilton, or as Cassie knows him in the 21st century – Ted! Between all the new friends Cassie encounters at Westerleigh Hall and her reunion with Ted in this strange time warp there is much to keep Cassie occupied! Not only does Cassie want to find a way back to her own time period, but she wants to help her new friend, Isabella, with her romantic troubles.
While I definitely enjoyed the charming cast of characters and the various twists Ms. Jeremiah implemented in her storytelling, I found myself wishing for more development. In this book most characters seemed to fall in love quickly and with few interactions. I wish we witnessed more of how their feelings developed, especially between Ted and Cassie. He seemed to fall in love with her instantly even though she was a little rude at their first meeting and rejected him. In addition, some plot events seemed to occur quite suddenly, like a house ball planned in secret and a plan to elope. I don’t mind that these types of plot twists occurred, but their suddenness made them feel perhaps a little disjointed.
Perhaps there will be more connection and relationship development in the next book of this series, Love Divided. Even though I’m a little disappointed that this story didn’t have a complete resolution and ended with some unanswered questions, I’m eager to see what becomes of Cassie and Ted and to learn more about why and how they were transported to Jane Austen’s time. I greatly enjoyed all the subtle nods to Jane Austen that Ms. Jeremiah cleverly and skillfully intertwined into her tale, and I definitely look forward to seeing more Austen-inspired works from her in the future!
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