Friday, April 29, 2011

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

I may be one of the few people that have never read a Jane Austen book. 

I really enjoyed this book that takes a step back in time.  A tale of time travel where a modern women not only retains her own identity but also that of a person in nineteenth-century England.
The writing was so enjoyable, I had a good sense of what it might have been like to live back then.
One moment Courtney Stone is a modern-day L.A. career woman lamenting a lost love; the next she is Jane Mansfield, a well-to-do, willowy lady in nineteenth-century England. What could account for this transplant of time and place? Courtney has no opportunity to ruminate over such matters; she must quickly learn to interact with inhabitants of the brave old world in which she finds herself. There's her mother, determined to marry 30-year-old Jane off to handsome Mr. Edgeworth; her artist father, more inclined to his daughter's free-spirited frame of mind; and faithful servant Miss Barnes, who helps her mistress manage everything from chaperones to corsets. (Thank goodness Jane has read Pride and Prejudice more than a dozen times.) It's not long before Jane finds the lines blurred between her two vastly different selves. 

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