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4.56  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Only a Novel chronicles a year in the life of Elizabeth Markette, who is forced to earn her own living after the death of her grandmother. She travels from Philadelphia to London and secures a job as a governess, serenely believing that her new position will be just like one of Jane Austen's novels. It isn't. But if we told you all the details surrounding that, it would sp ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Createspace
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I can't possibly give this book a high enough rating, so I'm going to rave about it for awhile-bear with me.:) Can I just say how much I love Elizabeth? And Rodney? OH RODNEY! *swoons* I just fell head-over heels in love with him! And then there was Lavinia and Mercy, and, and, the whole plot! I mean, this is the kind of book you talk about enthusiastically to your friends, how you wish someone would write it, because you'd very much love it and read it, and treasure your copy-and Amy Dashwood ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
From my first glimpse of it on Amazon's Preview, (achingly few pages...which is a good thing) I started to fall in love with Only a Novel and main character Elizabeth. Her realness, and relatability were delightful and gripping, it was so easy to slip into her Elizabeth's shoes and follow her on her exciting adventure...oh, and what an adventure.

Orphaned, with no one and no where to go with a very small inheritance, Elizabeth Markette, decides to do something she has always wished. Go to England
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this book is awesome if only for the fact that I won it in a giveaway. Yeah, how awesome is that?


But, I hate to admit that I won it last summer and haven't read it till this spring. Pretty bad, I know.

Anyway, another thing I wanted to mention is that I don't always know exactly what to make of budding writers. I've read several things from new, self-published authors and they've been good and not so good. I can't really say why I'm a bit hesitant when reading stuff from self-publi
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for: Ages 10 to Adult (interest and reading level)

Rating: G

I hadn't heard much about this book before a friend lent it to me, so I didn't really know what to expect. I ended up really loving Only a Novel. After I finished it, I handed it over to my sister who read it in a day. She loved it too.

Writing: 4.5/5

Only a Novel was very well written. It had a very old-fashioned feel, like that of the classics, but thankfully without the rambling the classic authors were prone to do. It had s
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, indies
Only a Novel begins in the late 1800s with Elizabeth Markette utterly alone and down to her last penny. Obsessed (although, of course, she would never admit it) with Jane Austen, she decides to use the last of her money to head to Europe and seek a job as a governess. After all, the classic works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens are proof that romance and adventure (and eligible, wealthy young bachelors!) abound in England, right? Things, of course, do not happen exactly as ...more
What an adorable book!

It is soooooo cute! I love it to pieces! I mean, it is modeled after Jane Austen's novels, and written by one of my favorite bloggers, so obviously it's perfect.

Elizabeth was a bit...annoying at times, but she was a good heroine, complex enough to suit my needs, and LADYLIKE! Oh yes, I can hear the gasps of astonishment issuing from the lips of every person reading this particular review. A ladylike heroine???

I like a heroine with spunk, but I am so fed up with supposedly
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! That’s how I’d have to sum it up in one word. This book has all that I look for in historical fiction, while having none of the cheesy clichés, the boring narrative, the unrealistic characters or the shallow (and overly-descriptive) romances I find so often in recent works of that genre. Instead, the words dance and sparkle, the humor is exquisite; the characters enjoyably true to life and, most importantly, you can really like and grow attached to them. (If some of them are geese fr ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For the author's first novel, I was astounded at how wonderful it was. A must for Janeites!
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I really did like this book. The story was very good, very sweet, and it was very fun placing all the hints at various works of classic literature. Lavinia was properly vexing and lovable, Rodney was witty and charming, Mercy was sweet, and Elizabeth was properly Catherine Morland-ish. I really wanted to give it four stars, but there were too many problems for me to do so in all good conscience.

My first issue was on the grammatical side. Often times the sentences seemed rather clunky. Most often
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'Only a Novel' is a keeper! Pleasantly surprised by this new author's work, I found I had serious trouble putting the book down. I would even tell myself that I would just read to the end of the chapter, only to find that fifteen or twenty minutes had passed, and so had several more chapters than I had intended. I honestly didn't even remember turning pages!

This absolutely charming story follows Elizabeth Markette on her journey to become a governess, once she learns that she was left practicall
Ruth Dahl
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I read the preview, and was intrigued.
I ordered it and I'm so glad I did.
The plot was predictable, but in a 'comfy armchair read' way, with many hilarious allusions to classic novels.
There was some social circle blurring that I don't think was normal for the time period, but considering the characters involved, not out of character for them. Some background characters objecting would have fixed that.
All in all, perfect for a rainy day with tea.
Great debut from Amy Dashwood, can't wait to see wha
Rachel Heffington
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The three-star rating on Goodreads, while seeming terrible in most aspects of life, means "I liked this book" and that is how I felt about Only a Novel. The plot is slight and the references to Pride and Prejudice a bit too frequent, but Miss Dashwood's ability to make her readers chuckle and smile by turns is quite defined. If you like a leisurely read and aren't the type to demand a high-stakes story, you will certainly enjoy following Elizabeth Markette around London with Rodney the Gardener ...more
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Christian, bookworm, Janeite, blogger, seamstress, nanny, amateur humorist, tea fanatic and lover of all things old-fashioned. "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." ~Henry Tilney