Drianne's Reviews > By a Lady: Being the Adventures of an Enlightened American in Jane Austen's England

By a Lady by Amanda Elyot
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Jan 02, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, library, historical

Fun time travel book. Our idiotic (no, really, her behavior is simply incomprehensibly stupid throughout the book) heroine is transported, in the middle of an audition for a Broadway play about Jane Austen, back to... Jane Austen's England! Where she proceeds to do very stupid things, like steal a piece of fruit (and be arrested), have sex and get pregnant when she's unmarried ('cause the Georgians, they love that), and generally act like she expects everyone to welcome 21st-century thought. Not the sharpest quill in the stand, she. But the book itself was cute (if surprisingly full of very NC17 [tantric!!!!] het sex!), although the surprise 'revelation' at the end was anything but. Anyone who hadn't seen that coming, well, is probably very sympathetic to Our Heroine. It was really fun, though, the book.

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