Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

I actually finished this book last Friday, but I'm a bit behind on my blog! It was a quick and easy read, and the best of the Jane Austen "fan fiction" (for lack of a better term that I've read lately.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict centers on Courtney Stone, a young Los Angeles "singleton" who has just found out that her fiance was cheating on her and her best friend knew and didn't tell her. She falls asleep reading Jane Austen novels to get away from it all - and awakens in 1813 England as Jane Mansfield. Much hilarity ensues as Courtney tries to convince herself that she's just dreaming and then tries to tame her modern California self into an 1813 lady of quality. There are of course balls, romance, a bossy mother, and a great best friend. My only points of annoyance were when Courtney didn't know some basic etiquette and whatnot for the time. If she were as a big of a Jane Austen fan as she says she is . .. it seems like she would have picked this up in her multiple readings.

It was a pleasant read and had a good ending. I recommend it for other fellow Jane Austen Addicts!

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