It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin's funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though...more
To be clear, I think Alyssa Goodnight can write, and someday down the road, I'll perhaps peruse one of her books and see if she has (A) found an editor and (b) quit writing like she is getting paid by the word (see A).
I didn't find Nicola James likable, and was unsure if she was a 30s ...more
When Nicola finds a beautiful blank journal in a boutique in Austen, Texas, she is intrigued. It is shelved alongside Jane Austen novels, her favourite. She buys the journal, initially as a gift. She is so drawn to the journal that she decides to use it herself, and once she doe ...more
I listened to this one on audiobook, so you guys are actually going to get 2 reviews in 1, here: my thoughts on the story, and my thoughts on Janine Hegarty's narration of it. And I might as well just jump the gun and tell you I loved both. Okay, so yes, I may have made it pointless for you to read the rest of this review now, but I trust you'll stick around for my dazzling wit.
No? Unceasing charm?
Because you've got nothing else to do, and reading & commenting on this review earn ...more
Enter a quaint-looking diary with a mysterious quote from Jane Austen inside:
"...I dedicate to You the following Miscellaneous Morsels, convinced that if you seriously attend to them, You will derive from them very important Instructions, with regard to your Conduct in Life."
Nicola buys it for a vintage-obsessed younger cousin, but whi ...more
Ms. Nicola James is sensible. On the fast track to management within her engineering job, Nic has had her life planned since she was 13. Furthermore, despite the fact that Nic has lived in Austin, Texas (whose slogan "Keep Austin Weird" is proudly flaunted throughout the whole book), Ms. Nicola James has done very little in the way of weird. Even h ...more
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Nicola James is a woman with a plan. This plan is well laid out and pretty much written in stone. She has her life mapped out and by golly she is going to make it happen. All that changed the moment she purchased a vintage journal for her cousin. When a cup of chai tea latte met the journal, all things changed. With the gift ruined and now owned by Nicola by default, she can’t help bu ...more
When Nicola James beings writing in an antique-looking diary, her life begins to change. Once her journal begins writing back, she must decide if she is going to cling to normalcy, predictability, and her life plan, or throw caution to the wind and cross over to the weird side. After all, the unofficial motto of her hometown, Austin, Texas, is “Keep Austin Weird.” And who ...more
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I’m such a sap when it comes to anything Jane Austen; I always love the strong female lead and the wonderfully crafted romance. Alyssa Goodnight has written a story that every Jane Austen fan would love to have happened to them, Jane Austen herself giving advice, especially romantic advice. I immensely enjoyed Austentatious and look forward to reading more from Alys ...more
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately thought of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (I am a huge Harry Potter geek fan. So anytime a connection can be made, it usually pops in my head.) I loved that once I hit chapter 3 of this book, there was a Harry Potter reference and Luna Lovegood zing! But, this book was so much more than my initial thought and so much ...more
The plan starts to derail when she purchases a small antique journal that s ...more
Alyssa Goodnight has created a character so human and so funny, that I instantly fell in love with her and wanted her to be my new best ...more
Obsessive Test Engineer, Nicola James, who has everything plotted down to the crossed 't's and dotted 'i's in her life stumbles upon a magic journal in a curiosity shop. The journal leads her on a little romantic adventure kicking and screaming all the way. Her romantic ...more
I absolutely adore this Jane Austen-esque book. It is full of wit, comedy, magical journaling and utterly cute and ahhh worthy romance. Goodnight has done an excellent job capturing the essence of Jane Austen and her characters – creating a modern world for them to live. While there aren’t direct correlations to Austen characters (well, except for Nicola and Sean), there are plenty of references to them fo ...more
The day Nicola James begins writing in an antique journal, her "Life Plan" begins to unravel. Her entries disappear only to be replaced with tidbits of advice on life and romance. Very skeptical, Nic tries to ignore the advice “Fairy Jane” is giving her beca ...more
I am kidding. (Not about him though- yowzas!) This was not at all what I expected, and it exceeded my expectations. This is a contemporary romance that has the feel of a Bridget Jones Diary. Nic reminds me of many of my friends- that is what makes her character so wonderful. The author had me caring for Nic from chapter one- she is a realistic character that could be a sister or friend.
I love the magic ...more
Nicola James is one of my favorite female main characters that I have read about in a long time. She is funny and quirky, awkward and geeky and I loved all of her ...more
Not bad in a chick-lit sort of way. I did feel as if the ...more
Nicola James is a girl after my own heart. She wants organization, security, and predictability. Plus, she’s the girl with a Plan. I loved that one little book could wreck such havoc over every aspect of her life, personal and professional. Ms. Goodnight’s use of the ...more
Alyssa is a Texas girl who dreams of British accents (and gets her fix watching Masterpiece Mystery) ...more