Saturday, September 26, 2009

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Time Travel, Paranormal

Courtney Stone awakens in a strange bed, a strange room, with strange people and worst of all in a strange era! How in the world did she get to 19th century regency London? More importantly, how does she get back home to the 21st century in the year 2009?

The last thing Courtney can remember is learning that her fiancĂ© cheated on her and somehow she wound up in the time era of her favorite Jane Austen novels. It takes her some time, but slowly she realizes this isn’t a dream and she truly is in the 19th century. With no apparent way to return home, she settles into the life of Jane Mansfield. After all, that’s what everyone calls her and that’s who she looks like.

As Jane Mansfield, she has to deal with parents who are pushing her into marrying the well-to-do Charles Edgeworth. Courtney is a 21st century woman who does not appreciate being pushed into anything, but she admits to a deep attraction to this man. One humorous scene is when she runs into Jane Austen and tells her what a huge fan she is, but Austen thinks she’s deranged. After all, she hasn’t published any of her work yet!

I listened to the audio version of this and it was such fun as readers watch Courtney try to fit in with the people of the 19th century as well as trying to keep her secret. She fears she’d be instantly committed should she run around screaming she’s from the future. A 19th century insane asylum doesn’t sound very appealing.

I’m not a Jane Austen fan – actually I’ve never read one, but this book made me think I should try one. This is a fast-paced, light book that I enjoyed on audio. I’m also going to check out the print version and listen to the sequel to this one. I want to find out how the real Jane is surviving 2009 in Courtney Stone’s life.

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  1. I enjoyed this book as well. Earlier this summer I listened to Pride and Prejudice and want to listen to Sense and Sensibility next.

  2. Nise' - I took out the audio of Persuasion from the library. I'm going to try that one.

  3. Persuasion isn't my favorite Austen-- I'm struggling to remember the plot :-). If it doesn't quite work for you, try Emma, Sense & Sensibility or (of course) Pride & Prejudice.

    I enjoyed Confessions, even if it didn't make it into my list of favorites, and I'll looking forward to reading its companion, where we see what Jane does with Courtney's life :-).

  4. I really enjoyed this and then Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. Very entertaining books, I thought. Based on your review I'll probably listen to these at some point!

  5. This novel definitely has an interesting premise. I admit to being a little shy about trying any of the Austen knock offs. This one sounds different though and so I think I might enjoy this one. Thanks for the great review, Yvonne.

  6. I do wanna read this one, sounds so funny :D
    Thanks for the review Yvonne.

    As for Austen, well I have always found the movies much better

  7. I took the second one out in audio from the library. So, I'll probably start that one next week. I can't wait to see how a 19th century woman makes it in the 21st century :) I used to love time travel and it's been awhile since I've read one.

  8. I liked this one and the next one too! They are fun reads :)


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