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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (edition 2009)

by Laurie Viera Rigler

Series: Jane Austen Addict (2)

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Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England, inexplicably awakens in an overly wired and morally confused L.A. with memories that are not her own and a friend named Wes--who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home.
Title:Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
Authors:Laurie Viera Rigler
Info:Dutton Adult (2009), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Tags:Paraliterature, Time Travel

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This is a fun, light-hearted listen - - especially if you're a Jane Austen fan. Rigler writes time travel stories where the time travel isn't the main plot point in the book. Instead it's a device for getting two women to the men they'll fall in love with. This book was especially fun watching a girl from Austen's time deal with our modern day conveniences.

These aren't spectacular books. They're just fun, clean listens. Reading is a great narrator. If you're an Austen fan, you'll enjoy these books. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
Really fun! Am now going to start thanking people for their "hints". ;) ( )
  akbooks | Sep 12, 2019 |
3.75 stars

When Jane Mansfield wakes up, she discovers that she is not who she thinks she is. She is from 1813 England, but she figures out that she's woken up in 2009 Los Angeles. She is not even in her own body; she appears to be in the body of someone named Courtney Stone. Courtney apparently hit her head while swimming and she is told she has a concussion and her memory should return. But Jane knows she's not Courtney! How did she end up in Courtney's life!? And not only is Courtney's life a bit of a mess, Jane doesn't understand the culture, the time, the place...

I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fun. I read the flip-book, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, where Courtney woke up in Jane's body, time and country, a few years ago and I wish I'd followed up with this one sooner, so I could remember more of the other one. I thought it moved quickly and it was fast to read. This is just fun chick lit, in my opinion. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 1, 2019 |
Cute. I liked the first one better, but this was a fun companion story. Last time, the modern day woman wound up back in the 19th century. This tells the story of the woman who switched places with her, the 19th century lady thrown into the modern day. Fun story. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Several years ago, while working at $corporate_bookstore, I came across Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler which promised a fresh perspective in the Jane Austen paraliterature canon. I had been burned before by authors who use Austenmania as the foundation for their work, usually bogging themselves down by trying too hard to emulate Austen instead of just using her or her work as inspiration. What I really adored about Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was that it didn't seem to fall into the same tangles and missteps as other Austenesque inspired novels - the writing was contemporary and not fake-Georgian/Regency era, the story was well paced, the background was well researched, the comedic errors were indeed funny and above all else, I really liked the heroine Courtney Stone.

I could also, which is hugely important when writing chick-lit, relate to the heroine's experiences and I could identify with her. This is really where Rigler excelled: She wrote chick-lit without making the heroine vacuous or implausible and she stayed (more or less) true to Austenesque style, which is where 90% of Austen regenerators fail.

One of the advantages of working in a bookstore is that you usually have your finger on what is going in the world of books and publishing much sooner then the general public, which was fantastic for me since I could keep atop on my Austenesque paraliterature better than the Austen blogging world. But not having worked at $corporate_bookstore since January of 2009, I've not been as diligent as finding new authors and books as I used to, in any genre. Thus when finding out Rigler had written a parallel novel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, to tell Jane Fairfax's side of the story, I was intrigued and hopeful: If Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was fabulous, how much more awesome would be Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict?

The answer is: Not so much.

If you haven't read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, here is a quick recap: Courtney Stone, 21st century Angeleno, finds out her fiance is cheating on her and breaks up with him. Stone's passion is everything Austen (natch) and after days of obsessive reading/watching/listening, she smacks her head while drunk in a pool and wakes up in Georgian era England (Austen's period) in the body of Jane Fairfax. Courtney has her own personality/memories, she also must contend with the memories of Jane Fairfax. Hilarity, anachronisms, misunderstandings and love ensues (obvs). While Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict concentrated on 21st Courtney's story, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict would tell of 19th century Jane Fairfax in the wilds of L.A. The premise then, is that while Courtney fixes Jane's "life," Jane too must fix Courtney's "life."

Supposedly hilarity, anachronisms, missteps and love ensues. Everyone goes home happy.

While I liked the idea and the concept, the executiion was not as well done as Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Rigler tries too hard to bridge the misunderstandings of a 19th century girl in a 21st century, but the whole thing fell apart for me.

I thought Rigler could have had a lot of fun with this, but the situations and problems she throws Jane in seem to be too conceptualized and trite. (Jane stumbling about as she learns about electricity/modern living for. everything. little. thing was stifling at best.) What I wanted, and what the premise foreshadowed, was a young woman who had been oppressed for years, finds her own voice and freedom. Instead, she falls into the same trap as every other damned heroine in chick-lit in the end; SHE MARRIES THE FUCKING MAN! What would have worked is having Jane/Courtney come into her own, find her own footing, become a 21st century woman, make her passion (drawing) into a career. She doesn't - she flounders for a few weeks, has everything taken care of for her by a man (just as in her past "life") and learns nothing about freedom or independence. Wasn't the point for Jane to fix Courtney's life, thus by ensuring "Courtney's" ability to stand on her own two feet and becoming her own person?

I was also confused as to what moral message Rigler was attempting to give here, because surely if she is attempting to project that Jane/Courtney is understand that things are different in the 21st century (as such Courtney/Jane discovers about 19th century in the first book), so are the mores of women. But Rigler doesn't do that, instead she just throws in some proto-feminist crap, makes weak arguments for/to about the sexual life of today's woman and then drops it. What the hell?

I adored Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict because of all the reasons I stated at the beginning of this review, but the Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict was nothing more than a huge mess. Rigler could have a had a lot of fun with this book by using Jane/Courtney to give a fresh perspective of 21st century life via a 19th century set of eyes and instead, it's a muddled piece of vacuousness with unbelievable and creepy characters1. Also, the leading man? Wes? Man has no balls or spine. But he DOES come from money, so obviously this fixes everything.

If you want fun, read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and forget that the second book exists. I think Rigler has a lot of talent, so I'm hoping Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is not indicative of her future works. If so, well, she needs to find another shtick because this 21st century girl won't be buying.

1. Deepa creeped me out -- I didn't find her to be "helpful" or "guiding" Jane towards the answers, for surely, that is what she was supposed to have been doing. Again, another character whose life was made simpler by a divorce from a man with money - how fitting. Rigler seems to be saying here, then, that the only way to true happiness is to marry a man with money. Because obviously, our sister suffragettes struggle for over 200 years means shit.

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  heroineinabook | Jan 17, 2017 |
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It is a fun exercise for the modern Janeite to imagine herself suddenly waking up in Jane Austen’s world—her real world, not the somewhat sanitized version presented in films of her novels. This has been fertile ground for novelists, with varying success; Laurie Viera Rigler’s previous novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, is easily the best of the crop, fresh and smart and more literate than the others. Thus we had high expectations for Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, a companion piece in which we experience the other side of the body-switch: Jane Mansfield (yeah, we know), willowy Regency brunette maiden, waking up as shapely, blonde, 21st century and decidedly not virginal Courtney Stone. If Courtney, well-versed in Jane’s time from her Austen addiction, had difficulty adjusting, just imagine what poor Jane is feeling.
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This book is dedicated to all who wish for another life, another change, another place. May they awaken to happiness.
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A piercing sound, like a ship's horn but higher, shriller, shakes my frame.
. . . While women value their so-called freedom, they are fearful of giving away too much too soon, thus obviating a man's reasons for marrying. Which sounds like freedom for men and not for women, in my humble opinion. And which sounds like being ruined is almost as much a risk in this world as it is in mine.
To think I had believed, even for a moment, that he was about to offer me marriage, not a chance to bed him again and be his mistress who must still work and pay her own rent and can be thrown off without a moment's notice unless perhaps he decides to make her an honest offer again. What a bargain.
He is sleeping, snoring softly, like a child worn out from its holidays.
I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. When has anyone ever said that to me?
Each of us has the power to create heaven or hell, right here, right now. I do not know how I have come to be in this time, in this place, in this body. But I do know that any place where there are six novels by the author of Pride and Prejudice must be a very special sort of heaven.
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Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England, inexplicably awakens in an overly wired and morally confused L.A. with memories that are not her own and a friend named Wes--who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home.

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This book, and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict parallel each other, telling the story of two women who switch bodies and lives. Confessions tells the story of Courtney Stone of Los Angeles, California in 2009 entering the life of Jane Mansfield in England in 1813. This tells the story of Jane entering Courtney's life.
Jane Mansfield has long wished to escape the confines of life in nineteenth century England. But awakening as twenty-first century Los Angeleno Courtney Stone is not what she had in mind. Nor is Courtney's barred-window urban box of an apartment. Gone are the rolling lawns and hovering servants of Jane's family estate. Gonve is even a single friend who sees her or knows her as Jane. Nothing--not even her face in the mirror--is the same. The only thing familiar, the only thing she appears to have in common with the strange woman in whose life she has landed, is a love of Jane Austen.

Not everything about the modern world is disagreeable. The apartment may be tiny, but it has a delightful glass box in which tiny figures act our scenes from Pride and Prejudice. And Jane may not be rich, but she has her first taste of privacy, independence, even the chance to earn her own money. Granted, if she wants to leave the immediate area on her own, she may have to learn to drive the roaring, horseless metal carriage. And oh, what places she goes! Public assemblies that pulsate with pounding music. Unbound hair and unrestricted clothing. The freedom to say what she wants when she wants--even to men without a proper introduction.

There are, however, complications. Such as the job she has no idea how to do. The bills that must be paid, despite the swindling bank account. The confusing memories that are not her own. And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and bewildering as the man who broke her heart back home. How is Jane to navigate a world in which kissing and flirting and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations? With only Austen's words and a mysterious lady to guide her, Jane cannot help but wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear--if returning is even an option. [book jacket]
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