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Jane and Austen

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  172 reviews
[Jane and Austen: a Sweet Romance]

Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane—an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can’t match what she’s read in a book, she doesn’t want it. And then there’s Austen—a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn’t know.

The two have one thing in common: they can’t leave
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Triad Media and Entertainment (first published June 17th 2014)
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Rebekah Gernhard
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love chick lit, and I love Jane Austen, so I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, they were not met. Before I purchased it on Kindle, I read some of the reviews and they were all positive. Several reviewers claimed that this book made them laugh out loud, and I love a good rom com. I didn't laugh out loud once. I spent most of the book being annoyed.

The character development in this book is severely lacking. I'll focus on the relationship between Jane & Austen, since that's

A contemporary story set against the back drop of an older, shabbier family-run hotel on a San Diego beach filled up with people and staff gathered for a big wedding. In the midst of it all is a 'stars in her eyes' hopeful romantic and a prosaic guy who is none too impressed with romance when it comes with sighs, meet-cutes and 'moments'. The twist? All the characters are caricatures from straight out of Jane Austen's six completed novels. Okay, now you're talking. I settled in
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
While this book wasn't completely up my street - I am not one for contemporary stories - it was still an enjoyable read with many laugh out loud moments! It was a real comedy of errors!

It was well written on the whole but you do have to concentrate! It is very fast moving and there are a lot of characters to keep track of, particularly in the first few chapters when they are all introduced to us. Luckily, there is a glossary of the characters at the back to remind us if we do forget or get conf
The rating here was a rally tough call, there were elements of the book that I severely disliked but they are balanced out by my love of Jane Austen. It was a delight seeing all those characters in a modern setting. I am one of those people who know everybody before they had to be spelled out. Yup, I am an Austen-o-phile!! I even had the Northanger Abby and Mansfield Park references with ease!

The whole book is a single narrative, all from Jane's POV, problem is Jane is not always likeable. She h
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book was a lot of fun. I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and have read all her books. I know some of her stories much better than other one. I easily saw some of the parallels and was oblivious to others.

The first few chapters of this book are really confusing. We are thrown into the story and there are way to many people, places and names dropped on us all at once. It made my head spin but I'm glad I stuck with the story cause I ended up really enjoying it. The story did settle down some as it we
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
No. Just NO. This book was the worst book I've read all year. Thankfully, I read it for free and didn't have to pay for this rubbish.
First of all, Jane: could there be a more annoying 'heroine'? I mean, honestly, I had no idea why she was in love with Austen. The author never explained it. She spent the entire book complaining. She's also incredibly dense.
Every character was flat. There are so many it's difficult to keep track, and the reader has no time to get to know anyone. They all came off
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I'm sort of mixed review on this one. This book was entertaining, for sure. There were lots of funny moments and witty dialogue that I really enjoyed. But, it was so hard to settle into this book. It just didn't give me time. It felt crazy fast. The main character literally runs from one crazy moment to the next. There were a LOT of characters and sometimes I had trouble keeping them straight. Many were introduced quickly and I never had time to invest in them. This book would probably be better ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
What an absolute disaster. Any self respecting Austen fan would be appalled trying to wade thru this mumble jumble of a plot, that contains almost every person from her books, including locations. Try to put that into a modern day hotel in San Diego, and imagine all the characters acting like High School kids and the end result is this book. Pity, there were a few moments when I thought perhaps it was going to redeem itself, but then low and behold the author reminded us again AND again how unca ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Madcap fun.... as one of the characters says "it's like playing Where's Waldo with Jane Austen".... a mashup of Austen plot points and wild misunderstandings with two of the worst matchmakers in literature since Emma herself! Loved it!
Valerie Waters
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cute book!! I loved the Jane Austen twists. It was fun to
May 02, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF-ed at 9%. I really like the concept of this and that it has characters based off of all of Jane Austen's books, but I just couldn't get into it. It's been almost 2 weeks since I started this and haven't picked it up in awhile, so I'm giving it up.
Miriam Reeves
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shockingly good!!

This book!! I wanted to applause when I finished it! It was hysterical! And lovely! The vallet scene was AMAZING. The characters were spot on. I want expecting to love this book but I was happily wrong!!! A must read for Austen lovers!! And wonderful HEAs !
Sheila Majczan
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

First of all, when I began reading this and came upon all the names and places which are take-offs from Jane Austen’s six novels, my thought was, “This is too cutesy”. As there were so many I began to write them down. If you are reading this in kindle there is a glossary explaining the names and who they are taken from in canon after the end of the story. It is not easily accessible as you are reading. The glossary does not explain all the places. But if you are familiar with JA’s novel
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Is it dangerous to believe in for storybook romances and happily ever afters?

Jane, an event coordinator at North Abbey, a charming resort in Southern California, is a hopeless romantic who is still waiting for her storybook romance to happen. For awhile she thought her co-worker Austen would become the real-life hero of her dreams. But when he leaves to take a new job in Boston and does not leave with a romantic declaration of love in the rain, Jane realizes, quite painfully, that his regard for
Shannon Cooley
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars, rounded up.

This book was hilarious and adorable. It has quirky but likable characters, who don't always make the stupid choice just because it will add drama to the book (a pet peeve of mine with a lot of romance novels). Fun Jane Austen references are scattered all over the place.

More than anything, though, I love Fowers' sense of comedic and romantic timing. I've read several of her books, and she consistently manages to make me laugh aloud.

This book wasn't life-changing for me, w
Maria Hoagland
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pure romantic genius with delicious banter. The best non-Jane Austen Jane Austen book I've ever read. Quirky, philosophical, and intellectual at the same time while being a light, fun read. I absolutely loved how Fowers infuses the story with so many of Jane Austen's characters and plots, yet puts her own twists on them for a playful, refreshing read. I listened to the audio version--and I have to say, I LOVED this narrator. Andrea Emmes is amazing with the different voices and inflections, plac ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
"There are two kinds of people in this world. Jane fans and Jane haters. I'm a fan. You're a hater. I get it." ~Jane, Jane and Austen

Isn't that the truth? I'm a reformed Jane hater. When I first tried to read Pride and Prejudice when I was thirteen I found it incredibly dull with no action or real plot. I had tried to read it a few times since then, but it wasn't until I watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series on YouTube that I really got into that story and Austen's other works. (By the w
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 3 Story: 3

I’m a fan of Austen’s work, so this mash up of situations and circumstances pulling from her published works looked fun, and a chance to sample yet another Austen-inspired story.

Jane is out of university and working as an intern to the events planner at North Abbey, a B & B turned upscale resort. For me, Jane is almost a picture perfect caricature of Emma: a bit obsessed with her ‘vision’ of how things should be, obsessed with romance
Natália Lopes
This was a cute little romance, not espetacular and very cliché, but still a light and fun read. I like how Stephanie Fowers adapted Jane Austen's novels and even the places where they are set into this book and the characters. Some were pretty obvious, but others I only realized when the book revealed. I also liked that some of the characters personalities were mashed, it gave them a more realistic feel.

Jane was a little bit annoying and sometimes had no sense of pride and preservation (unlike
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read / listened to this book in audio format via I always go for the audio books whenever possible as the narrators tend to breath life into the stories, thus giving them a heart beat. Audio books also let us work, drive, walk, do chores and many other things while we read hands free.

What a great book! This story is fun & delightful. This book is about a young girl Jane and her BFF and on again off again boyfriend Austen.

Jane is a young romantic at heart. Jane has always be
Sydney Scrogham
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a cute story. I devoured it in 24 hours. I was SO appreciative to get my hands on a good romance that didn't have any explicitly uncomfortable scenes. Jane and Austen were the cutest thing--and I thought their characters were really developed! The opening to this story is strong and spot on. I could tell from the first page the author has a strong voice.

My only issue with this was, ironically, the Jane Austen fan fiction. About midway through the book, out of nowhere Jane becomes paran
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was going to be a version of Pride and Prejudice, but it ended up being all of the characters in Jane Austen's books coming together into one book.

It was a fun, clean read, but at times I felt a little confused with all the different story lines going on. I both loved and hated all the story lines going on at the same time - while it was a little confusing, it was also very cleverly done and fun to see all the overlapping story lines from all the different Jane Austen books. And I
Rachel Nunes
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Okay, so I love this author's very enthusiastic way of writing and many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. I love her style. Never a dull moment. Just a fun read--and I loved the Austen references. I would recommend to others.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic
Very witty. Clever plot twists. Enjoyable read! I loved how the characters tied into Jane Austen's characters.
Rachael Anderson
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great writing, clever, witty, romantic, and just plain fun. Highly recommend!
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The writing felt a little cluttered at times but I still like almost everything about it because it had to do with Jane Austen.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
What a sweet and fun romance this book turned out to be. Although it's advertised as a romantic comedy I didn't have any moments that inspired me to laugh or giggle. Despite the lack of laughs I found the story charming. Couldn't put the book down once I was on a roll.

The first two chapters didn't captivate me but as soon as I started to notice the Jane Austen characters similarities to all the characters in this story I was hooked. Who doesn't like a Jane Austen reference? Although unlike the J
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really should stay away from starry eyed protagonists that idolize Jane Austen. This is my second such book that proved to be a disappointment.

It had a solid beginning that showed a lot of promise. Then the plot seemed to get away from the author. It got unnecessarily complicated with things that just didn't need to be there. Adding to the complications were obvious hints about certain plot developments that the protagonist was oblivious about even when it stared her in the face.

I wish less fo
Anna Karol
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5... I liked the Jane Austen's lessons but the plot could be more Austenian.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Started off great - loved the Jane Austen references - but then it became more and more contrived, too over the top for me.
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Stephanie Fowers loves bringing stories to life, and depending on her latest madcap ideas will do it through written word, song, and/ or film. She absolutely adores Bollywood and bonnet movies; i.e., BBC (which she supposes includes non-bonnet movies Sherlock and Dr. Who). Presently, she lives in Salt Lake where she's living the life of the starving artist. Stephanie plans to bring more of her nov ...more