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Confessions Of A Jane Austin Addict (edition 2008)

by Laurie Viera Rigler

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Title:Confessions Of A Jane Austin Addict
Authors:Laurie Viera Rigler
Info:Plume / Penguin Books (2008), Edition: 1ST, Paperback
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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

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First I have to confess that I can't count myself among the millions of Jane Austen fans. It's not that I don't like her stories, it's that I don't remember reading them! So given the book's title, I wondered how much I would relate when my book club chose it as the April selection.

Turns out I needn't have worried. There's plenty in this book for any woman to relate to, Jane Austen fan or not. Ms. Rigler does a terrific job of taking us back in time to (at least her perception of) the realities of Regency England...the good, the bad and the really ugly. She does a wonderful job as well in giving us a taste of society where women of the upper classes had luxuries beyond our present-day comprehension, but none of the freedoms we in the Western world take for granted.

It would be easy to use a heavy tone in writing about those jarring contrasts, but she doesn't. She conveys the message in a fun, lighthearted manner that delivers a punch just the same.

We're reading the companion story, "Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austin Addict," for our May selection. I can't wait! I might even have to pick up a Jane Austen novel when I'm done! ( )
  LeahDee | Jan 24, 2016 |
A quick and easy read. I so enjoyed Laurie Rigler's sharp wit and sarcasm, and I liked her protagonist Courtney Stone immensely. The best Austen-inspired novel I've read to date. ( )
  cjservis | Jan 17, 2016 |
An entertaining read. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
Sweet, fun light as air. I shan't remember it in a week, but I enjoyed the few days I spent reading. ( )
  Narshkite | Dec 27, 2015 |
This book was actually better than I thought it was going to be. I grabbed it onsale at BAM and decided to bring it in to work and listen to it. I found myself just sitting and listening, not even working quite often.

The plot is pretty structured, but it has some tiny twists you don't quite expect. The main character is a tad bit predictable, and I wanted to smack her a couple of times for not editing her behavior to fit regency England, but she is a strong women and a very good character in my opinion. The plot slowed down a tad but right at the middle, around the trip to Bath, but other than that, everything flowed well and worked together I am definitely going to read the next book in this duo. Can't wait actually. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 12, 2015 |
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Till this moment, I never knew myself.
--Jane Austen,
Pride and Prejudice
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I dedicate this book to Austen addicts past, present, and future; and most of all, to Jane Austen, whose bit of ivory is an endless source of wisdom and joy for this humble admirer. If there is any justice in the world, Miss Austen, then there is a parallel reality in which that lovely young man from the seaside didn't die young, you lived to write at least six more novels, and the two of you grew happily old together, preferably without children.
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This is a story of characters changing bodies and lives with Courtney Stone in Jane Mansfield's body. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is the parallel story of Jane Mansfield in Courtney Stone's body. It is probably best to read this book first.
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This is a story of characters changing bodies and lives with Courtney Stone in Jane Mansfield's body. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is the parallel story of Jane Mansfield in Courtney Stone's body.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525950400, Hardcover)

In this Jane Austen–inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen’s time.

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 love of Jane Austen 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, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney’s borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.

Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman—and being this other woman is not without its advantages: Especially in a looking-glass Austen world. Especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

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A modern young woman wakes up one morning in the nineteenth-century England, in the bed (not to mention the slim and svelte body) of a girl called Jane Mansfield. At first she thinks this has to be some sort of weird dream, but slowly she becomes used to the absence of toothpaste and fat-free food, and finds herself actually enjoying Jane's life.… (more)

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