Jan 212010

For a Well-bred Regency Lady 2009 is Definitely a Rude Awakening!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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. Continue reading »

Jan 182010

Fun and Frothy Chick-Lit for Jane Austen Fans

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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! Continue reading »