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Austen in Austin, Volume 1: Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen's Novels

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma — A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protege falls for the wrong suitor.
Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility — A misguided academy graduate spends the summer f
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by WhiteFire Publishing (first published January 2016)
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Erika Hoemke
Austenesque novellas set on Austin, TX, in the late 1800s.

~~~I received an ARC of Austen in Austin, Volume 1 by Susanne Dietze for an honest review!~~~

I had the pleasure of receiving (from Debra E Marvin) and reviewing this book early, and I must say I was not disappointed!!! Because it is set in TX in the 1800s it reminded me of Jack Caldwell’s Pemberley Ranch, which is a compliment because that book was one of my ultimate favorite JAFF books!! Austen in Austin is 4 novellas that play off each
Amanda Geaney
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Very rarely am I afforded the opportunity to read an entire novel in a day, but this past Friday I read Austen in Austin in it’s entirety in one sitting. This book released in January of this year, but before I could review it for you I felt like I needed to read all of the Jane Austen books on which these stories are loosely based. Having done so, I can say authors Welborn, Draper, Dietze, and Marvin pay proper homage to the original
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Four Charming Austen-Inspired Novellas Set in the Late 1800’s, in Austin, Texas

My overall 5-star rating is for the entire collection and below are my reviews of each novella.

Source: I received an ARC of this book, from the author, Debra E. Marvin, in exchange for an honest review.

What do you get when four lovable, witty and somewhat insecure Austen heroines find themselves in Austin, Texas during the late 1800’s? The same exact thing as when you meet four modern-day blog-mates who collaborate
Charity Andrews
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t ever get enough of Jane Austen adaptations. In this book, you will find four different Wild West Austen novellas: Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.

If you love Austen as much as I do, be sure to pick up this fabulous little book. What’s more fulfilling than having FOUR HAPPY ENDINGS in ONE BOOK!???? You can’t go wrong. Even though these are short stories, you’ll find a lot of depth here.

Thanks so much fo
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Loosely and quite cleverly based on classic Jane Austen titles, "Austen in Austin" follows the trail of four soon-to-be Texas brides as they learn that love isn't always what they thought it would be. It's even better.

Emmeline Travis's matchmaking skills have served her well up until now. Noah Whitley, her dearest friend, has been refused and it's up to her to revive his spirits. In addition, her lovely protege has just received some troubling news; her supposed "intended" has just returned to
Fiction Aficionado
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Janeite though I am, I have tended to steer clear of Jane Austen sequels, rewrites, and the like, and was therefore a little nervous when I agreed to review this volume. Not only was I unfamiliar with any of the authors’ previous books (meaning I didn’t know what to expect from their writing), but I am not a big fan of novellas. I guess you could say these novellas had their work cut out for them where I was concerned! Imagine my relief, then, to find that they were pleasant diversions from my s ...more
Suzie Waltner
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection had me a Jane Austen. What’s unique about this adaptation is that it is set in 1800s Austin, Texas. Each novella includes the essence of one of Austen’s beloved stories. In this first volume, readers get Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.
With Mrs. Collins who runs Austen Abbey anchoring each of the stories, I loved that there is a small amount of character crossover. The characters are acquainted with each other or run across each other at
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen fans will delight in these Westernized versions of her classic tales. Love how the authors incorporated familiar elements into a Texas locale.

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn -- based on Emma -- Noah is a swoonworthy, long-suffering hero. He has to be with Emmeline for a friend! I wanted to box her ears a time or two just to get her to stop talking and listen for once!!!! Pride gets in the way of her matchmaking schemes, and more importantly, nearly costs her own chance at a perf
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Rate: 3.5 Stars

I liked this compilation of novellas, as it was well written and all four relate to each other. These stories take place between 1882-1887 in Austin, Texas centering around graduates/current students at the Jeanette C. Austen Academy for Young Ladies better known as 'Austin Abbey' run by Mrs. Collins. It was enjoyable to recognize characters from Jane Austen's novels throughout each one...Emmeline (Emma), Marion (Marianne/Sense & Sensibility), Eliza (Elizabeth/Pride & Prej
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Novellas based upon Jane Austen novels and set within a completely unique framework of Texas-based stories. A collection with a cover designed by Roseanna White Designs and published by WhiteFire Publishing. What more could a Austen enthusiast ask for when deciding which renditions to read out of the myriad selection available based upon one of British literature’s most beloved authors? While the west is not my favorite setting (either in person or in fiction), between the authors, editor, publi ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I enjoy Austen retellings and stories based on her books. I don't consider myself an Austen "purist" because I like when the characters or plot are taken in much different directions than the original story. This is definitely a unique collection with the setting in 1800's Austin, Texas, and each novella based on a different book of Austen's. It was interesting to see how each author incorporated the classic storyline while making it new and interesting. I think some achieved more success at tha ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Based on Jane Austen’s novels—Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey— these four novellas are set in the late 1800s and their distinctive Austen flavor is quite palatable. The authors connected the stories together by having the principle characters from each previous novella mentioned in the next one. I found this to be a delightful addition! The narratives are easily read and contain humorous dialogue, as well as pleasantly descriptive settings.

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Annette Bower
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Austen in Austin
Gina Wilborn, Anita Mae Draper, Susanne Dietz and Debra Marvin used Jane Austen’s portrayal of English society in the 1800s and positioned the ideas and problems in the new world. Each author utilized a different theme from Austen’s novels but then set the scenes in Austin, Texas.
These are wonderful stories of parallel images and conflicting ideas of misunderstandings, common sense vs feelings, marriage to save a family vs marriage for love, and charm vs substance.
The authors sho
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
What a wonderful collection of Austen-esque stories set in 1880s Austin, Texas! This collection of novellas is somewhat unique in that each novella progresses in timeline and involves the characters from previous novellas to tie the four stories together. Such fun! I have only read Susanne Dietze’s books before so the other three authors were new to me. All four novellas are well-written, feature multi-dimensional characters worthy of the reader’s sympathy and affection, have great plots (though ...more
Beckie Burnham
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Austen in Austin, volume 1, is a fun take on classic Jane Austen stories with the sass and swagger of Texas in the 1880s. With a definite American twist, the four novellas focus on the love stories that make Austen a favorite with romance fans. All four novellas have the fresh voice of their respective authors, but contain a central thread that unites them. While many characters make repeat appearances, Mrs. Collins, the headmistress of the Jeanette C. Austen Academy for Women located in Austin ...more
Paula Shreckhise
Some of ny favorite authors have taken some of Jane Austen’s novels and set them in 1880’s Austin, Texas. Each story is recognizable. The names of the characters have NOT been radically altered to protect the guilty parties!
My favorite is If I Loved You Less based on Emma. As I was reading this one— my mind was picturing the actors in a favorite adaptation of Emma.
It was a nice touch to have a quote from Emma at the beginning of each chapter.

A favorite quote from Romantic Refinements patteren
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Volume One contains four novellas that are set in Austin, Texas, in the 1880’s and all are based on different books by Jane Austen. The ingenious thing about these stories is that several of the characters make appearances in all of them and many of the settings and the school, the Jeannette C. Austen Academy for Young Ladies are central to the theme of Austen in Austin. This makes for a very interesting foundation as the heroines and heroes know each other and interact on occasion. I loved that ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Austen in Austin, Volume 1 is a charming collection of novellas based on the works of Jane Austen. I am a big fan of Austen and really enjoyed the stories in this collection. Although they are based on Austen’s books, the stories differ enough from the originals so that there are still some surprises. The characters from the different novellas interact in small ways throughout so that all the stories in the collection tie together. These are clean, sweet romances with elements of faith woven in. ...more
Maureen Timerman
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Oh, how I loved the retelling of these Austen classics with a Texas twist, and once that cover is turned you are off on a sweet adventure.
Each author has taken about a quarter of the book for their retelling, so you can read a little or continue on to the next, as I did when I took a quick peek, only to finish the next. They are that good!
You will see the parallels if you are an Austen fan, if not, these are just delightful stories to sit down and enjoy as Jane Austen meets the wild west.

I recei
Vicky Sluiter
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in 1800s Texas, it was fun to see how each author wrote her story based on an Austen book. Entertaining light reads, I really enjoyed this series. While each story is a standalone they each also reference characters in another story.

The personalities are fun, quirky, and realistic. Love isn’t smooth, and to see the situations they got into made me smile.

If you are looking for a relaxing read to take you elsewhere for a while, I highly recommend this series.

I received a complimentary copy of
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Austen fans will adore this collection (I will be reviewing the 2nd volume later this week).

Each story had it’s own plot but there were characters that connected each as well.

All are well-written and it don’t know if I could really pick a favorite. If I had to pick one it would probably be Refinement. But as I said, I enjoyed all of them and think anyone who lost Austen or historical romance will thoroughly enjoys this collection.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opi
Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy this novella series set in Austin, Texas in the late 1800's. Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Sense & Sensibility lose their Regency top hats for Texas cowboy hats which sets the stage for romance...wild west style. All of these stories are clean with a dash of inspiration which makes them appropriate for teens or adults.
Ruth Jessen
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Austen meets West

Great Austen stories blended with cowboys and early American history. 4 stories whose characters are interwoven between the stories but they all work as stand alone if you don't want to read in order.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Four stories of women working at the Jeanette Austen School for Young Ladies. The stories are based on four separate Jane Austen novels. Very entertaining.
 Gigi Ann
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Always enjoy stories based on Jane Austen books.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun, interconnected Texan renditions of Austen classics.
I read this on #KindleUnlimited
Lynda Edwards
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Jane Austen fan; consequently there are great retellings or horrible ones—there is no middle ground. I always approach them with some trepidation, but a novella collection of Austen rewrites was just too much for me to resist. Happily, these stories both honored the original novels and added some of their own Texas flavor to create a delightful reading experience.

Each author takes one of Austen’s beloved novels and relocates it to Austin, Texas in the late 1800s. The character names
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three out of four novels I'd give somewhere between 3.5/4 stars and the last one I'd give a full 5 :)

This is a pretty fun collection. :) Each novella followed the plot of each of Jane Austen's books well, and still with their own unique-ness intertwined. "Emma", "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Northanger Abbey" were all a part of this collection.
Each of these authors were new to me, but they all did an excellent job! Each story was beautifully written and had great character
A.M. Heath
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a whole, this collection was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed watching the creative minds at work as they shaped new stories, new characters, and a different setting to the classic Austen stories. I love the titles and details that went into the stories. Each of the novellas are set in the same town so you meet some of the same characters again. It was a fun and unique experience to feel like I was visiting a town where ALL of Jane Austen’s characters lived.

If I Loved You Less was the most str
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning, RITA®-nominated author of several romances who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly, ECPA, and Amazon Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, ...more

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