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What Would Jane Austen Do?

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Surely Jane Austen would know how to handle such a rake...

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

Eleanor is a costume designer in England for the Jane Austen
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Paperback, 333 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Miusseth
Aug 02, 2014 Miusseth rated it it was amazing
Now this was a surprise ...
I went on vacation and took this book that I had on paperback (from quite some time, actually) to have as a backup in case I found myself without battery on my kindle on my trip( God forbid) ... But when this happened I became so enthralled with the story and how fun it was that I just couldn't put it down! Forget the kindle! (Gasps)
I bought the book in the first place because of the tittle, I'm a big fan of Miss Austen's work so that was a plus for me. Add to that the
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Ana M. Román
¿Jane Austen y viajes en el tiempo? Lo reconozco, no pude resistirme, ni siquiera lo intenté. Tenía que leerlo. Aunque eso de "la mismísima Jane Austen entra en escena" es una exageración de la sinopsis puesto que esta solo "entra en escena" dos veces y apenas dice una frase o dos y eso de aconsejar...

Sí es cierto que tiene guiños hacía las obras de Austen que una fanática de la autora encontrará graciosas. De hecho, todo el libro está escrito en un tono divertido y fresco. Aunque hacia el final
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Ashley
Is it possible to ruin a book with time travel, the Regency period, and lots of Jane Austen quotes? Yes. Oh God, yes.

Of course the beginning of the book required the reader swallowing a lot. The heroine Eleanor arrives at a historical home in England for a conference on period costume making, only to discover that there was an error in her reservation. The only room left for her to stay in is the attic, which is haunted by two sisters from the Regency period (Mina and Deirdre) who desperately ne
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Tara
Jan 16, 2011 Tara rated it it was ok
I am not sure why I am even giving this book two stars. I didn't really like it at all, but it wasn't the worst thing I have ever read and I downloaded it free on my Kindle so I am not out any money at least. From the description and title of this book you think that you are going to read a modern day twist on a genre Jane Austen perfected. Well, I think the author got confused on what kind of book she really wanted to write. The premise was sketchy to begin with. Two ghost sisters that haunt th ...more
Lyn
Apr 18, 2011 Lyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
If you are looking for a bit of fluff and are not particular about your writing at all, look no further. Jane Austen fans, do not read this. One of the worst books, if not the worst, I've read thus far this year.

I stopped at the end of Chapter 3 on April 12, 2011. Is 42 pages out of 233 enough of a chance? I can't get over the anachronisms and historical inaccuracies. The unrealistic dialogue and lots and lots of telling are also grating. Posted: April 18, 2011

Update: I finished this very silly
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Pamela
Mar 27, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
This was a charming little time travel regency romp. Likable characters and a fast read.
Gaby
Feb 19, 2014 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publicado en http://historias-imaginarias.blogspot...

Por si no lo saben, soy una gran fanática de Jane Austen, así que mi curiosidad se activo al leer la frase “¿Que haría Jane Austen?”. Yo misma me la he preguntado en algunas situaciones, así que obviamente me sentí identificada con Eleanor, una fanática de la misma autora.

Eleanor es una mujer común en nuestra época, la cual trabaja confeccionando la vestimenta para películas. Esta vez, ha viajado hasta Londres para participar en una convención
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Inara
Actually 2,5 stars.
Usually Im not really a fan of time travel romances and avoid reading them most of the time. But I thought the premise of this book was interesting and Ill give it a try. Regrettably I didnt enjoy reading it as much as I hoped I would and MY prejudice was once again confirmed.
Eleanor Pottinger traveled to Hampshire, England to attend a Jane Austen conference and when she arrives at Twixton Manor Inn her room was accidentally assigned to someone else. Only the tower suite is s
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Saray
Este es un libro muy sencillo y muy rápido de leer. No vamos a encontrar grandes entresijos, ni una historia que os vaya a marcar, es un libro simple y llanamente para entretener y desconectar.
Además, cuenta con varios elementos: humor, misterio, un poco de acción y mucho amor. La autora también aprovecha para meter algún suceso histórico importante, como la guerra con los franceses, y explicar todas las costumbres y las conductas sociales de la época.
Tiene un amplio abánico de personajes secun
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Lexie
Oct 04, 2009 Lexie rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-blog-pr
In college I knew a few girls who were part of the Jane Austen book club on campus and I would sometimes hear them muttering ‘What Would Jane Do?’ in certain situations. I was always amused by this since Jane lived a century and half before, how would she know what to do in our modern era? Oddly enough this book proved one thing to me--despite the superficial changes, society itself hasn’t really progressed.

Eleanor was a very likable character to me. As were the two ghost sisters, or even their
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cecilia
Aug 08, 2009 cecilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: red-covers
Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed myself when reading What Would Jane Austen Do? The summary on the back cover was nothing spectacular, but I was surprised at the charming answers to WWJAD as Eleanor attempted to fit into the different time period. She deftly thwarted two gentlemen about to challenge each other to a duel to protect her honor. She flirted quite wittily with Lord Shermont that might make Jane Austen proud. She calmly kept her cool around the snooty women and managed to keep the sister ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
While killing time in my local library I came upon this little gem. My first thought was chick lit and I almost ignored it. (I'm not big on chick lit.) But I decided what the hey...

So Eleanor Pottinger is in England and gets to the hotel she had reservations for and there is a problem. But she is finally given a room that is reportedly haunted. There she meets the ghosts of Mina and Deirdre, two sisters who once lived there. They want to send her back in time to prevent a duel, thus preventing t
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Shelly
Aug 25, 2011 Shelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: recorded-books
The book was hopeless. The time travel element of the story was silly. The author didn't even try to make it somewhat explainable. I was happy, however, that I could easily skip the numerous sex scenes without ANY impact on the plot or "substance" of the book. Yes, I should have put it down after the first few pages, but I didn't believe it could get decent reviews and yet be so bad. The most delightful element of the book was the ending--the book was so sappy with unrealistic fantasy scenes of ...more
L. Septiembre
Sep 13, 2016 L. Septiembre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
¿Por qué me he hecho esto a mí misma?
Julie
Jul 02, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
It would have gotten two stars if it had been 50 pages shorter and without that appallingly stupid fairy tale ending that made me want to gouge my own eyes out with my elbows.
Laura
Aug 15, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it
... She would not read this book!
Geno
Jul 24, 2016 Geno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entretenido, bonita historia
Nancy
Jul 15, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
Silly, bodice ripper...with Jane Austen. Better than Jane Austen with Zombies, but not by much.
Sandra
Apr 14, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-related
There's a lot in here of What Jane Austen would NOT do! But enjoyable to read...
Anna
Jun 25, 2010 Anna rated it it was ok
She wouldn't read this book.
Laura Garay
Es un libro muy sencillo y fácil de leer; aunque me decepcionó el hecho de que Jane Austen salga solo unas 3 veces en todo el libro, sirve para desconectar y echar alguna risita.
Se pasa todo el libro preguntándose que haría Jane Austen, pero al final hace lo que le parece y no lo que quizás sería más correcto en la época de la Regencia.
Sin embargo, hay muchas cosas que te recuerdan a los libros de Austen, como los picnics, los paseos por los jardines, una obra de teatro, la caza de un/a esposo/a
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Laurel
Sep 04, 2010 Laurel rated it really liked it
A clever title that delivers a fun and frothy summer read

This time travel romance novel has a great hook in the title – Jane Austen’s name, and we all know that it caught your attention, cuz, you’re reading my review!

When an author sets out to ‘entrap’ (or more kindly stated) ‘entice’ us into noticing their book over all of the other thousands of books published each year by choosing a catchy title, it’s called clever marketing. Add to that, a provocative cover sporting a set of six-pack abs th
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Kate  Maxwell
Mar 22, 2011 Kate Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Jane Austen, the Regency, mystery, and romance
I quite enjoyed this book, and one of the main reasons is that the ending was not rushed. It was very well written and had all of the elements for a good story. It was evenly paced, had a bit of romance, adventure and mystery as well as good character development. I was actually sad when I had finished it so quickly, that I would no longer have a chance to enjoy the story. Though, as I mentioned that the ending was not rushed, so I did not feel cheated when the story did end.

It was obvious in re
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Marie
Apr 22, 2009 Marie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regency Romance
Recommended to Marie by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Shelves: own
Welcome to Regency England, Eleanor.. our heroine is having a bad day (despite the 12-pack on the cover) when she meets up with some ghosts during her stay at a hotel for a Jane Austen Conference. Sure, as a costume designer she wanted to learn all about the costumes and nuances of Jane Austen's England but she had no idea that she was going to wake up in 1814 and be left to fend for herself while on a mission sent from two (ghosts!) sisters who need her help. Eleanor tries not to stick out like ...more
Babel
es desenfadado , gracioso y más ingenioso de lo que esperaba. La premisa de por sí es suficiente para despertar una sonrisa. Eleanor se presenta en una mansión de la época de la Regencia, en Inglaterra, para presentar sus diseños de moda durante una convención dedicada a Jane Austen. Por cuestiones desastrosas del destino, acaba alojada en una habitación con presencia fantasmal. ¿Acaba aterrada y ululada? No, los "Casper" en cuestión son dos damiselas con el poder de enviarla al año 1814 en pos ...more
Jenifer
Oct 28, 2011 Jenifer rated it really liked it
WWJAD?

Meet Eleanor, modern day woman somewhat tricked by meddling ghosts into accepting a mission to prevent a deadly duel in the past. What she finds there is so much more however.

Meet Shermont, sexy Lord who spends his days tying to uncover traitors to the crown and he thinks this new American woman may just be such a person.

To fulfill her mission and get home Eleanor must get up close and personal with Shermont to keep him from engaging in the duel, but with no knowledge of the period except
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Heidi
Apr 23, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
This really deserves 3,5 stars. I would like to have given it 4 stars but found two parts a bit inappropriate for the Jane Austen theme. More about that in a moment...

Eleanor arrives in England for a JA conference. When she gets to the hotel, she finds her room has been cancelled instead of rebooked to a single room after the break up of her relationship. The only room left is in the haunted old tower of the hotel. Haunted supposedly by the ghosts of two sisters who used to live in the old manor
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Wallace
Jan 03, 2011 Wallace rated it liked it
Recommended to Wallace by: Cass
Time travel, romance, and Jane Austen. Three things that always catch my attention. So, when I saw that Cass had liked this book (she who does not often like frivolous literature) I decided I needed to give it a try. I was surprised by the cover — the hard body of a man overshadowing the stately home beneath it — it’s not often that I put Jane Austen and a bodice ripper cover into my mind at the same time.

Eleanor Pottinger, a costume designer, who is starting her own company making Regency inspi
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“I once heard an author describe writing as taking bits and pieces of her experiences and observations, then she questions, dissects, and analyzes them. She extrapolates from them, stretching the thought out. Then she adds from her imagination a big dose of what might have been, a good measure of what would never be, and spices it all with wishful thinking.” 4 likes
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"What would the fairies be doing?" Shermont asked. "Waltzing with the butterflies," she answered before thinking.”
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