Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (final thoughts)
One morning 21st-century girl and LA resident Courtney Stone wakes up in someone else’s bed. And someone else’s century. And someone else’s body. Suddenly and inexplicably she is Jane Mansfield, of Regency England. She’s thrown into a life where at 30 she is a breath away from being declared a spinster, something the Mrs. Mansfield feels the need to constantly bring up. Courtney’s days become jammed packed with embroidery, taking turns in the garden, and wondering what the heck the deal is with the handsome widower, Mr. Edgeworth. In the midst of all of this, she also has to figure out how to get back home to her tiny apartment in the 21st century.
I don’t really know what to say about Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict other than that it was a lot of fun. I’m always interested in what life was like back then, and Courtney’s 21st century take on 19th century life was delightful. Her internal monologue and instances where she slipped up and used modern phrases had me laughing out loud more than a few times.
The story was moving along at a good pace and I really liked where it was going, but it seemed to sputter and stall at the end. I’m having trouble pinpointing exactly where things went wrong, but I think it was the epilogue that bothered me. I’m beginning to feel they’re largely unnecessary. That being said, I did really enjoy the rest of the book and am glad I read it. I would highly recommend it to fans of Jane Austen who are okay with mixing Jane’s world with a bit of chick lit.
There is a sequel coming out in April which tells Jane’s side of the story, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austin Addict. I’m very much looking forward to reading that one. Edit: Apparently this one came out last year. Why did Amazon tell me it was coming out in April? Paperback maybe?
Did anyone else have a similar experience with Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict? Or did the ending not work just for me?
My rating: 7.75/10