Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
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.I enjoyed this book. I liked the Courtney is thrown back in time to the era she adores in literature. I also loved her humor as she navigated a completely foreign world without daily bathing and simple hygiene that she was familiar with. I also really liked the way she dealt with Jane's mother.
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.
A very cute, amusing story and I was always wondering what would happen next. Was Mr. Edgeworth a good man or a scoundrel? Will Courtney return to the 20th century. Can she love again after being left by her fiancee? It was a very enjoyable story that produces swoon-worthy moments and laugh out loud moments.
For those that love Jane Austen books - this is a fun book and a fun look at Austen-era society.
Binding: Trade Paperback
On-sale Date: May 2008