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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict #1)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  10,299 ratings  ·  1,568 reviews
In this Jane Austen-inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern L.A. girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen's time.
Audiobook, 6 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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I really agonized over how many stars to give this book. I don't actually know why I finished it - or why I stayed up an hour past my bedtime to finish it. It wasn't worthy of such devoted attention, when nearly every page annoyed me in some fundamental way...and then the ending completely sucked, too! Let me list just a few of the reasons why I sort of hated this book, despite having devoured it in a single day:

For a character who's supposedly addicted to Jane Austen, she's way too condescendin
(some spoilers ahead) One of the worst books I have read. It is about a woman, Courtney Stone, who (after a breakup) ends up in the body of a girl, Jane Mansfield (who lives during Courtney's favorite author, Jane Austen's, era).

Turnoff one--Basically Courtney is now Jane (even though she knows she is not. She realizes that she even has Jane's accent, mannerisms, and talents (such as needlepoint). Despite this, she continues to be afraid to do the things Jane would naturally do.

Turnoff two--Thro
I have stacks of books just waiting to be read, but instead I wasted the last two days reading Laura Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

Considering my own Jane Austen addiction, it’s no surprise that I was initially attracted to the book. Courtney, the book’s heroine, is a modern woman from LA. One morning, not long after the disastrous end to her engagement, Courtney wakes up to find herself inhabiting another woman’s body: Jane Mansfield (snark snark) from regency England.

The p
If you are a self-confessed Jane Austen addict, there are things you should just inherently know.

#1 Women have no rights, no freedom and are often seen as a trophy, baby maker, and house keeper. If you read Jane Austen you would know that. You wouldn't walk into a Jane Austen era household and start throwing fits about feminism no matter how much it's needed. Yes, we know that Lizzie Bennett was a strong willed woman who wanted to marry for love, but she also knew the era's decorum - what a woma
Well, this book was weak at its best. I was sucked in by the ode to my lady Jane. Books like The Jane Austen Book Club should have taught me not to be so tempted, but alas, I was lulled into a belief that this book would be worthy because the author is a fellow Jane-lover. Her book, however, does nothing to convince me that she has ever even read a Jane Austen book. It is peppered with quotes, but those are easy to come by. The protagonist was whiny and a tad on the "loose" side where morals are ...more
This book has so many problems I don't know where to start. The title isn't really appropriate, as there is nothing confessional about the book. The premise, that a modern woman goes back to Austen's time, is interesting, but most of the story works against itself. Supposedly the main character loves Austen, but then she doesn't seem to know how to act appropriately. And she's constantly thinking about her old life in the 21st century. She's not very self aware for someone who spends most of the ...more
Generally I am not a fan of Jane Austen “sequels” and other fiction based on her work but I keep finding myself reading them. I thought this one sounded promising. Courtney Stone wakes up one morning in Regency England, living another woman’s life. The book did not hook me at all. It was a quick read but not an “I can’t put it down” read. I felt it took too long for anything to really happen. There was too much “Why I am here? How do I get back? Ok. I accept that I am here.” And then back to the ...more
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time of Jane Austen? Do you love her world so much that sometimes you long to "take a turn in the shrubberies" or "dance at an assembly ball?" Courtney Stone, a Jane Austen addict from the 21st century, sometimes felt that the world of Jane Austen was infinitely better than her own (especially when her best friend betrays her and her fiance cheats on her!) One morning she gets her wish as she wakes up to the startling discovery that she ...more
Kate Copeseeley
There are so many elements I expect from a book I read, but the most important aspect is being able to at least relate to the main character. In this I found Laurie Rigler's book a huge disappointment. I've read books like this before, where a woman from our time is stuck in another time period, but this is by far the worst rendition. The main character is not only unrealistic and unlikable, but she is also not even remotely a Jane Austen addict. A true Jane Austen addict would take time and eff ...more
There should be an "in limbo" category.
I started this book a few days ago. I read a few chapters and could not go on. The author takes several chapters to make a point - a simple point that would take any talented writer a page at the most. It just all seems belabored, and that just turned me off.
Maybe one day, I'll give it another go.
Fresh and funny - Austen addicts will relate!

Meet Courtney Stone, a modern LA singleton who mysteriously wakes up from a booze induced stupor to be transported back in time into the body of Regency era Jane Mansfield.

No, that's not the actress Jayne Mansfield, but I love the play of words. We see plenty of that as author Laurie Viera Rigler places her modern thinking Jane Austen addicted heroine Courtney into the 1813 era life of Jane, an unmarried woman of thirty who is also facing a cross roa
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was a really fun book. It follows the life of Courtney stone, a 21st century girl who gets transported back in time to the 1800s, and is stuck in a stranger's body. She has to take the place of Jane Mansfield and navigate her way through a completely different society to the one she grew up in.

I thought Courtney was a really enjoyable and likeable character. I expected her to be a bit silly and dumb but she was actually rather intelligent and level-headed, as
I might have liked this more if the protagonist were not such a complete idiot.

I was perfectly happy to go along with the premise. (The attempts at justification later were kind of lame.) I was willing to accept that her first couple conversations with people being wildly inappropriate because she thought she was dreaming. But she soon decides she needs to play along. This woman claims to have read all of Austen's works hundreds of times and watched all the movies as well. So why is she so unabl
If I had read the reviews on this book, I never would have downloaded the audiobook and would have missed out on a few hours of wonderful escape punctuated by moments of appreciation of the author's treatment of an impossibly difficult topic. Average young woman wakes in Regency England.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate what an excellent job the author has done. The explanation of the "time travel" is there, woven into the story. More would have made it pedantic, placed the story
Jan 23, 2008 Danielle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy "stream of consciousness"
Shelves: novels
I was highly disappointed in this book because I am a big fan of Jane Austen. It wasn't the "reality check" of the grime and filthiness of the times, but the stream of consciousness flow of the book.

The book opens with the heroine waking up as Jane Mansfield. She remembers her life in modern day LA and believes that what she is experiencing is an elaborate dream. She soon learns that she has somehow come to inhabit the body of Jane in this previous time period.

All along I was reading for an ex
This starts off like Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, except the cockroach is a woman named Miss Jane Mansfield of the Regency era. You sort of get glimpses of the narrator's past life through flashbacks, but you never really get to see her return to her old life.

And this book is really less about Jane Austen and more about free will -- the main character learns that it's really all about the choices she makes and the consequences that come of them. Bad men don't happen to her; she CHOOSES bad men.
Do you find yourself reading and re-reading all Austen's works? Do you read her early things, like Love and Freindship, letters, Sandition and others? Do you find yourself caught up in the other continuation books by other authors? Well then why wonder about reading this book? I think it is even something a woman interested in the 18th would enjoy. The author gives, I believe, a more accurate portrait of women during Austen's time; discussing smells, bathing habits, and the little details that w ...more
Leslie Wolfhard
Nov 22, 2008 Leslie Wolfhard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like awful jane austen fanfic
Recommended to Leslie by: the buy one get one half off table at borders
Purchasers of this book probably aren't novices when it comes to the ever-expanding field of published Jane Austen fanfic. Yes, such reading is indulgent, but sometimes a girl just needs a break from the piles of critical theory books that she has to wade through for her thesis. ...Okay, that last statement was probably a bit too specific, but I'm sure that many people follow the same principle. However, just because a book is supposed to be escapist does not mean that it must be poorly written. ...more
Jane Greensmith
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is a thoroughly fun escape from the everyday to Jane Austenland. It chronicles the adventures of Courtney Stone, a thirtyish singleton living in 21st century Los Angeles, who wakes up in the body of Jane Mansfield, a thirtyish singleton living with her parents in England in 1813.

Ever since I first fell in love with the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series, I've speculated that one of the secrets to its success was the fact that Gabaldon could write a historical nov
This book was very disappointing and I'm quite embarrassed to admit that I read the whole thing. I had high hopes that the character would reform much sooner than she did, but it took her forever to realize she doesn't want to be sleeping with anyone and everyone to forget the fact that her fiancee cheated on her and she is now all alone. The crass language is unnecessary and while it is true that many people believe pre-marital sex as necessary to getting to know someone better before tying the ...more
I read this book two years ago, after bumping into the author in the Twitterverse. I liked the premise of the story, so I decided to buy the books (indeed I own a signed hardback of this book) and give them a try. When I started reading the book, I really liked the idea of a Jane Austen Addict waking up in Regency England, mainly because I am a Jane Austen addict myself. I liked the story because it is funny and different to other Jane Austen fan fiction that I have read afterwards.

Courtney Ston
Woman wakes up in Jane Austin's time in another's body. That's no spoiler, that's the premise of the novel. (see: Both Sides of Time for YA equivalent. Also, a slightly better story.) There are three possible veins this novel could follow:

1. It was actual time travel. Li'l bit of sci-fi mystery goodness.

2. She is drunk or dreaming or in a coma.

3. Alternative approach of a them being the same person, possible reincarnation vibes, etc.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear which, if any, it is. Or i
Jan 24, 2009 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Recommended to Erin by: Lee-Anne
I am a Jane Austen addict, albeit not quite as obsessed as Courtney Stone, the main character of this novel. I am not so miserable in my own life, which is apparently a good thing, as it makes me less likely to awake one morning in 1813 as she did. (For all my moments of wishful thinking, I don't really want to be someone else.)

Courtney, however, retreats to the world of Jane Austen as often as possible, especially since she discovered her fiance cheating on her with the wedding cake designer. R
Well, it’s been two months, so the burning hatred I felt for this book when I first put it down has faded somewhat. It remains, however, idiotic and nonsensical even in memory. Courtney Stone, a modern-day Angeleno and the supposed Jane Austen addict of the title, miraculously finds herself transported back not only to Austen’s England, but into the life—and body—of a woman named Jane Mansfield (yup). Despite having supposedly read all of Austen’s books multiple times, Courtney seems shocked—sh ...more
I'm not sure why I finished this one. I spent the whole book wanting to step on our vacuous heroine's neck.
Courtney Stone lives in modern LA, and after a bad break up, and a friend's betrayal decides to self medicate with her drug of choice, reading Jane Austen. After falling asleep she wakes up in the body of Jane Mansfield who lives in 19th century England. Courtney uses her knowledge of Austen novels to navigate her way through the expectations, and etiquette of the time. She quickly learns that her romanticisation of time period might have been a little naive.

The reason I gave it only 2 stars i
A very good story line and well written. It mentions some of the much less glamorous side of life in this time. I really like how it showed how much work it was on the servants to get a bath ready. What it was like in Bath with the waters. All Austen fans dream of living in that time and this book gives us a good feel for what a modern woman might think and feel if they were able to live a day in that time.
Aug 14, 2008 Marnae rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Jane Austen
Recommended to Marnae by: My friend Kelly
On the cover of the book it says "A rich, saucy lark of a book." I agree. I laughed out loud a couple of times and I love it when that happens. It is a good quick read. I don't like it when the Lord's name is taken in vain, thus only the three stars. The story line was sure fun. I have only read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" but I definitely am going to have to read them all now.
This book was headed for four stars and then I got to the part about the shape-shifting fortune teller, and kerthunk down one. I love time travel books. Connie Willis' Doomsday Book is an all-time fav. Time Traveler's Wife. Even in Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy the time travel part out-weighed the paranormal part.

I enjoyed the parts of this book that explored daily life in Regency England. It was fun to contemplate a face-to-face meeting with the living author of our most beloved classics
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Laurie Viera Rigler’s novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (both published by Plume in North America and by Bloomsbury in the UK) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching.

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“I cannot imagine a world in which one can read Jane Austen only once.” 26 likes
“I self-medicate with fat, carbohydrates, and Jane Austen, my number one drug of choice, my constant companion through every breakup, every disappointment, every crisis. Men might come and go, but Jane Austen was always there. In sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, till death do us part.” 16 likes
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