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What Would Jane Austen Do?

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  1,073 ratings  ·  173 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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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Miusseth
Now this was a surprise ...
I went on vacation and took this book that I had on paperback from quite some time to have as a backup in case I found myself without battery on my kindle on my trip... And when this happened I became so enthralled with the story and how fun it was that I just couldn't put it down!
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 time travel/Regency tale and I was a goner!
Eleanor w
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Lyn
Apr 25, 2011 Lyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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
Gaby
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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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Lexie
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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Inara
Actually 2,5 stars.
Usually I´m 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 I´ll give it a try. Regrettably I didn´t 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 i
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cecilia
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
Shelly
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
Kasey
Feb 25, 2014 Kasey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who just want a light read to smile at
Recommended to Kasey by: Goodreads
This was actually a cute read. The middle of the story, the Back in Time part of it, was really good! I was fully suspecting it to just be a witty back in time romance and was pleasantly surprised with the plot turns in it involving a traitor to the English crown and the chase to catch that person. The reason I gave this a three is because the beginning and end were kinda hard pills to swallow.

You kind of just have to accept the time traveling theory in the beginning (which is really okay becau
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Heidi
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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Julie
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.
Sandra
There's a lot in here of What Jane Austen would NOT do! But enjoyable to read...
Laura
... She would not read this book!
Anna
She wouldn't read this book.
Kat
Yes, the title is what made me want to read this book. The cover, however, is a big turnoff — looks like a cheesy bodice ripper. But the story itself is quite clever.

The book follows Eleanor Pottinger, a Los Angeles-based costume designer, who's visiting England for a conference. When her hotel reservation gets screwed up, she ends up staying in the haunted room of the hotel. The ghosts of two Regency-era sisters, Mina and Dierdre, inhabit the room and convince Eleanor to go back to 1814 and hel
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Jenifer
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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Nancy
A Jane Austen festival held in England attracts Elizabeth Poppering as a potential market for her Regency-era costumes. She arrives at the Festival with luggage full of her costumes, prepared to network her heart out and to make a go of her business. There is a small problem with her reservations - there aren't any - so she agrees to take the room no one wants: a haunted spot near the top of the Inn. Haunted it certainly is, by sisters Diedre and Mina, who try to convince her to go back in time ...more
Kyraryker
This was what I would call a quintessential "eh" book. It was just average I could have lived not reading it, but I didn't feel as if it stole precious time from my life.

I never felt myself connect with the main character Eleanor and most of the story is from her point of view. Shermont, Eleanor's love interest, was completely cookie cutter 18th century rake. He was vanilla, didn't love/didn't hate him.

I never really bought into the storyline of Eleanor being sent back in time to stop a duel, i
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Laurel
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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Wallace
Jan 12, 2011 Wallace rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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Kate  Maxwell
Mar 24, 2011 Kate Maxwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Liz
A costume designer, Eleanor, has traveled to England on her honeymoon – or rather what would be her honeymoon if she hadn’t found her fiancée was cheating on her. Due to a mix up in reservations she is placed in the inn’s haunted room. Falling into a jet-lag induced sleep, she believes she is dreaming when the ghosts of two sisters from the Regency era wake her and tell her they’d like to send her back in time to save their brother from being killed in a duel by a rake who had seduced one (or is ...more
Darcysmom
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown was fun to read from the very first page.

When the sweet, but meddlesome ghosts Mina and Deirdre send Eleanor back to the Regency period, Eleanor is forced to use all the knowledge she has gleaned from her obsessive reading of Jane Austen and her studies of the era's clothing to survive. This leads her to ask, "What would Jane Austen do?" every time she is faced with a puzzling social situation.

The cast of characters she lives with while she is back in
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Marie
Apr 25, 2009 Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Sophia Musgrave
Funny little romance novel. I wish it was a bit more serious and had more about Jane Austen as the title indicated, but being a romance novel it was more concerned with the protagonist learning and falling in love than about her (and one of my) favorite authors. I was not keen on the corny ghost stuff or the time travel only because it was not realistically portrayed nor really explained that well, it was just a means of making the novel take place in a regency time period. It did however have a ...more
Becky
Honestly, I'd probably give this one three and a half stars...What Would Jane Austen Do? is a cute story with a fun premise--not terribly believeable, but fun. Costume designer Eleanor Pottinger has been disillusioned by her former fiance and is in England for what would have been her honeymoon but is now a working vacation including an annual Jan Austen convention. When her reservation is lost, she agrees to sleep in the inn's haunted suite of rooms. There, she encounters a pair of ghosts in di ...more
Patti Loves FAB Romance
Wow. I LOVED this book! I bought it with my birthday $$ (thanks J!) and had it in my TBR pile. I just kept putting it off, picking other books to read. It just wasn't "calling" me. I mean, I wanted to read it - I bought it. But I couldn't make myself pick it up. I should know by now those are the ones that I end up loving....

WWJAD? is about a woman named Emmaline who was visiting England (was supposed to be her wedding but he broke it off and she decided to go anyway) and staying at a quaint hot
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Jenny
First off let me say don't judge a book by it's cover. The lovely male chest on the cover of this book is a little misleading. It almost makes it appear to be a bodice ripper type of book. Plus in the bookstore where I bought this book it was shelved alongside the bodice rippers. First off there is no bodice ripping for a good 200 pages into the book. And it's appropriate bodice ripping b/c by that point in the book you're practically begging for the characters to get together.

This book has a t
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Lori Twichell
Elizabeth Aston is the consummate Austen scholar. She has six sequels and/or adaptations of Austen’s work on the market. That’s no small feat. She knows everything that there is to know about the grand lady herself and she brings that to the table for this book. She also brings a very real understanding of what it would be like to take on such a daunting task. The voice she creates for Georgina resonates with the reader in a fun, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking way.

The heart of this bo
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