15.3.10

Book Review: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler


This lovely book from Bloomsbury is a must read for any Jane Austen fan. It is reminiscent of the ITV series Lost in Austen which I and I know many of you enjoyed watching. Courtney Stone is a single, thirty year old living in 21st century L.A. However, one morning she wakes up in the body of Jane Mansfield, also a single thirty year old, the big difference being that Jane lives in Regency England. Courtney is sure that she is dreaming at first but she slowly has to come round to the idea that it might all be real and that she is now living the kind of Jane Austen life that she had always dreamed about.
Courtney's new life as Jane is interesting enough but then the dashing and exceedingly rich Charles Edgeworth is thrown into the mix. Both Courtney and the reader have to decide whether Charles is a dastardly Wickham character not to be trusted or whether he is a beloved Darcy.
Laurie Viera Rigler recreates Regency England very well and she treats us to visits in Bath and London within the story. My favourite part of the book is when Courtney as Jane Mansfield bumps into the real-life Jane Austen and can't help but be a slightly scary and over-enthusiastic fan.
This book is a lot of fun, we watch Courtney Stone as she has to adapt her 21st century attitude and mannerisms to fit in with the etiquette of a lady at that time. It is very interesting to consider the vast differences between a 21st century single thirty year old and a woman of the same predicament in Jane Austen's time. Both women have different pressures placed upon them by society but they are identical in their desire to marry for true love.
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is a really lovely, light read. It has you laughing in many places whilst still offering you plenty to think about.

16 comments:

verity said...

This sounds good- shall look out for it at the library :)

Dot said...

Verity- I really enjoyed it, the hardback has been out for a while so I'm sure the library will have it.

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Haha, it seems to be an Austen day today! :) I have a copy of Confessions too, but I bought it mostly because I want to read the second book as I'm really keen on seeing how a person from like the 19th century would copy with living in the 21st century. Thanks for this great review, I'm really looking forward to reading these books too! :)

Dot said...

Bookalicious Ramblings- Thank you, I think you'll really enjoy it!

thebookwormchronicles said...

I've heard good things about this book and I simply adored Lost in Austen it was hilarious, I think this book is a must the next time I pop down the library.

Dot said...

thebookwormchronicles- I loved Lost in Austen too and this book is very similar!

Charlie said...

Sounds different! I looked at the Jane Austen bookclub book a while back, but this sounds better, like every fan's dream.

Dot said...

Charlie- It is like many a dream I have had!!

Nadia said...

This book sounds fab. I am definitely going to be reading this one. Thanks for the great review! I love the idea of reading about how she is going to handle living in a time period that she has only ever read about.

Dot said...

Nadia- Thank you, that is what I enjoyed most about the book!

Kim said...

This sounds like fun, Dot, I must look out for it. Thanks for the review.
I love the cover of your currently reading book, Angelology - Wow!

Dot said...

Kim- Thank you, I thought it was really fun! The cover of Angelology is gorgeous isn't it and the book is so good, I am struggling to put it down at the moment!

Kim said...

Dot, I saw Angelology in the book store yesterday and just couldn't resist the cover, so brought it home with me! I can't put it down either......it is really interesting.

Dot said...

Kim- It's so good isn't it! I'm on the last part now, hoping to finish it this week.

Rhiana said...

This sounds really good...I'm adding it to my wishlist!

Dot said...

Rhiana- I think that you would really enjoy it!

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