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With the invention of the AfterNet, death isn’t quite the end to a literary career it once was, and Jane Austen, the grande dame of English literature, is poised for a comeback with the publication of Sanditon, the book she was writing upon her death in 1817. But how does a disembodied author sign autographs and appear on talk shows? With the aid of Mary Crawford, a strugg ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Mallard SciFi (first published June 2nd 2013)
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Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would YOU say to Jane Austen if it became possible to communicate with her personally after two centuries? This book explores that possibility with an endless array of “what-if’s:” Is there an afterlife? If so, in what form? If departed souls are immortal, will the living be able to communicate with them? Will one departed soul be able to contact another departed soul? How will departed souls legally verify their identities? Can a disembodied soul fall in love with another disembodied soul? ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
Disclaimer: The author sent me an ebook.

What a delight! What a Tour de Janeite! AGM Fort Worth, Chawton, Harvard Book Store(ok, only one chapter)! Jane Austen is in the 21th Century(via the AfterNet!) and has finished Sanditon. She is on a book tour. So much wit and charm in the book. With footnotes! In my not so well state, I was occasionally confused about what was happening and how it related to the whole. Everything came to together in end. Parts of the ending I wanted more of a conclusion.
Jane Greensmith
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Planning a complete review and giveaway on my blog shortly.

Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Hold on to your bonnet’s, Janeites – this new Austenesque tale by Jennifer Petkus creates a world where many of our Janeite wishes come true!

- Wish #1 – Jane Austen can communicate with us! An invention call the Afternet (similar to Internet) allows the dead (or disembodied, as they prefer to be called) to communicate with the living.

- Wish #2 – A new release by Miss Jane Austen! First thing Jane does when she is able to communicate with the world is finish her fragment of Sanditon and seek a pu
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Jane, Actually as part of a GoodReads giveaway.

The invention of the AfterNet allows dead (or rather, "disembodied") souls to stay in contact with those still on earth. With the advent of this new technology, a recently-authenticated Jane Austen, having hung around as a voiceless, formless ghost for two centuries, completes and publishes her unfinished novel Sanditon, sending 21st century Janeites on both sides of the Atlantic into a frenzy. Add her living best friend, publis
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a cute story. What if your favorite authors could come back and complete their unfinished book or better yet write new ones. Jane Austen comes back with the help of the AfterNet and the publishers really want her to finish Sanditon, the book she was writing when she died. How do you get a disembodied form to go on talk shows and book signings? Why you find someone to link up with and be their avatar.

This is part science fiction, romance, a touch of mystery and an all around good read. My on
Gayle Noble
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, other
This is one of the strangest and yet compelling books I have ever read. Jane Austen exists as a 'disembodied' person in the twenty-first century, completes her unfinished work 'Sanditon', and goes on a book tour. Bizarre and yet it works.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen is back and she’s not a vampire! With the invention of the Afternet disembodied souls can now communicate with the living so 200 years after separating from her body Austen is publishing a completed version of Sanditon--which she’s worked on since leaving it unfinished at the time of her death--and she’s planning new novels, exploring social media, and maybe finding love with a long dead but charming WWI soldier. She’s helped by Melanie, her agent who’s become a close friend, and Mar ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane, Actually is a delightful and unique tale of Jane Austen and her afterlife. I have never read anything like this and I enjoyed it immensely. I found it highly entertaining and believable; after all, I’m a huge supernatural fan, as well as Jane Austen. It was fun imagining Miss Austen continuing her life and writing after her unfortunate death.

I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. From Jane, herself, to Mary Crawford, her avatar, and finally to Albert, Jane’s disembodied ”friend.
Donadee's Corner
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book kinda took me by surprise, at first I was not sure that I liked where the story was heading but the more I read the more I really got into it. I think it would be so cool if this could really happen. Wow, the questions I would have for so many people. If you feel a little lost give it a bit and you will do as I did and fall completely in love with all of the characters and the story. That would be the reason for only 4 stars.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was on vacation and I appreciated to read this book piece by piece every day. I liked it and I will tell my friends about it.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Jennifer Petkus conveys an interesting look at what might have been for Jane Austen.
Maureen Reil
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I happily won on Goodreads. I entered the competition because I have always been interested in the life and times of Jane Austen and been a fan of her work, but I must confess to not having dipped between the pages of her books I own on my shelves at home since my school days (many moons ago). Having keenly watched and loved the many films and TV adaptations over the years and of course, my chick lit hero Bridget Jones has a connection to Jane Austen. So it was with great fascina ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Today I am sharing Jennifer Petkus’s novel Jane Actually. Thank you to Jennifer for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge Austen fan and am always delighted to share the various stories about Jane Austen and her work.
Jane has been hovering about for about 200 years in the after world. One day a device becomes available to let people communicate with the disembodied the After Net. Melody is one such person who can communicate with the real Jane Austen. She i
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Sheer delight! Wonderful! Fabulous! Fantastic! I love this book!

This is an absolutely brilliant concept that is perfectly delivered. It is a Jane Austen What if, as in What if some dead people could communicate through the,and what if one of them was THE Jane Austen. And what if she got a literary agent and a publisher and a book tour. And in order to connect with her fans she needs an living interpretation in the form of an actress.

We are treated to wonderful realistic characters from
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jane-austen
This novel had a very strange premise; the "Afternet" is a way for the dead to speak to the living. Dead, or disembodied, people exist as a sort of energy ball, able to see 360 degrees, having no senses except sight, but yet they take up physical space and must travel to destinations as a human with a corporeal form would. Jane Austen has her identity confirmed by an Afternet committee, and she then gets an agent and an avatar who will "play" her on her book tour to promote her newly finished SA ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Seems like a lot of information before the story even starts, but I guess it make sense as I go."

24.0% "I'm really enjoying this! I wasn't sure if I would, not being a Janeite, or even familiar with any work other than P & P, but the author does a great job filling in the blanks."

50.0% "Love this book! It's funny, with an interesting plot The footnotes may proof overkill to a Janeite, but for newbies, they provide the perfect balance between not providing enough background info and disrupting t
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and I had kind of a slow start, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because it did become one of my favourite books. The whole concept of the Afternet intrigued me, its philosophical implications as well as all the practical problems and possibilities. Very well constructed! Also, the character of Jane Austen was very carefully integrated into the setting - one could imagine that the real Jane Austen would have reacted just like this fictional representation. Jennifer Petkus' intuition for m ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very fun read - a real surprise. The author wrote a clever and fascinating book about how Jane came back in a form of afterlife. You will love this book - some sci-fi and romance all together. Lots of fun!
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque, epub-s
A very enjoyable read on the afterlife of Jane Austen.
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that JANE,ACTUALLY by Jennifer Petkus is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Jennifer Petkus divides her time creating websites for the dead, writing Jane Austen-themed mysteries, woodworking, aikido and building model starships. She has few credentials, having failed to graduate from the University of Texas with a journalism degree, but did manage to find employment at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper as a police reporter, copy editor and night city editor before the pa ...more

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