Monday, 5 December 2011

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Published August 2nd 2007
288 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Stars: 4/5

Description via Goodreads:
After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy? 

Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman’s life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her level of Austen mania has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. 

My thoughts:

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was a really fun book. It follows the life of Courtney Stone, a 21st century girl who gets transported back in time to the 1800s, and is stuck in a stranger's body. She has to take the place of Jane Mansfield and navigate her way through a completely different society to the one she was raised in.

I thought Courtney was really a enjoyable and loveable character. I was worried she might be a bit silly and dumb but she was actually rather intelligent and level-headed, as well as being easy to relate to. I liked the story itself- I thought it was interesting and different, and also funny at times.

I especially enjoyed Courtney/Jane's encounter with Jane Austen at a time when Austen was still anonymous and found it incredibly amusing to watch Courtney fumble around trying to find the words she needed.. This book was really light and entertaining. I loved it.

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