For a Well-bred Regency Lady 2009 is Definitely a Rude Awakening!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
What a befitting title for this companion novel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Instead of reading about Courtney Stone’s experience in 1813 Regency England, we encounter Jane Mansfield, a well-bred Regency lady, waking up to find that it is the year 2009 and that she is in Courtney Stone’s body and apartment located in Los Angeles, California. Jane finds this inexplicable transformation to be a very rude awakening indeed, yet, not an unwelcome one… She is now the proud owner of six Jane Austen novels instead of two, can take luxurious showers with running water, and doesn’t have to live with her overbearing mother!
Jane learns that she has switched lives with Courtney for a purpose and that purpose is to fix the mess that is Courtney’s life. Courtney was avoiding her former best friend, Wes, who she believes to have betrayed her; mourning the loss of her cheating exfiance, Frank; and working for a unsympathetic, tyrannizing jerk. Jane sets about to restore order and happiness to Courtney’s life, and what ensues is an entertaining and lively excursion of how a 19th century woman endures being transplanted into 21st century.