Fun and Frothy Chick-Lit for Jane Austen Fans
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When I first read this book a year ago I gave it four stars mainly because I felt there were some unresolved issues and questions left unanswered. I recently treated myself (as an after Christmas present) to the second book in the series, Rude Awakenings of an Austen Addict. I decided to reread the first book, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict before starting Rude Awakenings of an Austen Addict in order to refresh my memory. Now, having finished both books I feel I have the complete story and can write a more informed review. This review is for Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, my review for Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict will be coming soon…
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time of Jane Austen? Do you love her world so much that sometimes you long to “take a turn in the shrubberies” or “dance at an assembly ball?” Courtney Stone, a Jane Austen addict from the 21st century, sometimes felt that the world of Jane Austen was infinitely better than her own (especially when her best friend betrays her and her fiance cheats on her!) One morning she gets her wish as she wakes up to the startling discovery that she is no longer in Los Angeles, California, but in Somerset, England and the year is 1813! Can you imagine the shock!
No, this book is not all about time travel and it is not a modern adaption of a Jane Austen novel. It IS an enthralling journey of how a 21st century woman copes with being transplanted into Regency England where she discovers there is a deficiency of privacy and independence and an abundance of social proprieties. In addition to being transplanted to a different time period, Courtney is also in a body that is not hers and frequently experiences memories that are not hers.
I greatly enjoyed the concept of this book as I do believe that many fans of Jane Austen would love to be transplanted to and experience Regency England. In addition, I thought Laura Viera Rigler did an outstanding job of portraying how someone from our world would react to living in the another time period. Furthermore, I loved how the central theme of love and freedom were focused upon. Both Courtney and Jane (the woman whose body she’s in) mistrust men in their lives and they have been shutting them out. In addition, Courtney faces the reality that being a woman in 1813 meant that a lot of the freedoms and rights she enjoyed in 2009 do not exist. Maybe Jane Austen’s world isn’t as ideal as she thought it was…
After reading Rude Awakenings of an Austen Addict this book does not seem as unresolved as it did at first. Yes there are some questions left unanswered but mostly everything is explained in the second book. However, I still felt that the explanation of the body swap and the page time it took up was more complicated than it need to be.
This series is a lot of fun and Austen fans that enjoy chick-lit will find much to enjoy. However, people who are not fans of chick-lit or readers looking for a refined regency novel may be disappointed. As I said before, this series is a brilliant concept and the author got a lot of things right, I think it would make a spectacular movie!