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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

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“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”―Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia St
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Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Waterbrook Press (first published June 2017)
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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IMPOSSIBLY SWEET AND DELICIOUS JANE AUSTEN RETELLING

I absolutely adored this Sense and Sensibility retelling. I loved everything from the modern spin to the characters and the other Austen Easter Eggs 💜

"Every woman swoons over a man walking out of a lake in a white shirt. It's a universal truth."
- Lila


💜 WHAT I LOVED 💜

Retelling: I always love a good retelling, especially one that stays true to the original (in this case Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility) but still puts its own teis
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Sophia
When their father embezzles and has to leave the country, three sisters determine to move on with their life enduring the bad reputation he left them, the loss of their tea shop's home in San Francisco, a move to Austin, Texas, and life's disappointments. But they have each other and that's what counts.

I adored this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's classic Sense & Sensibility that tells the story of the love and losses of three sisters. It grasps the spirit and essentials of the classic w
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Hannah
2.5 stars
I read the first chapter online and expected to love it. I'm nuts about hot teas, and loved the whole tea-shop aspect. However, in the end, it fell flat. It's published by a Christian publisher, but not billed as such in the summary; thus, the sole reference to faith is that one character wishes to go to seminary and start a church plant; the MC, Jane, doesn't even ask if the dashing man who comes to their rescue is a believer or not, which obviously should be one of the first things a
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Melindam
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,75 stars

Sense & Sensibility & Tea .... (deep) in (the heart of) Texas.

An easygoing & cosy little (clean) romance retelling. A bit onesided though, as it's told only from the POVs of Jane (aka Marianne) & Callum (aka col. Brandon).

Thank You, Ange for bringing this to my attention. :)

More detailed review to come.
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Emilee
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book took me a little longer to get into. I wasn't crazy about either of Jane's romantic relationships and I'm not even sure I got her relationship with her sister, Celia. Margot, on the other hand, seemed more realistic. I liked Beckett well enough and Dash was a fun character. And then there was Nina, she was cool. The setting didn't win me over. The plot itself wasn't bad and the book reads easily.
Jess
I sort of think that when reading an adaptation of another work, not being totally in love with the original is a good thing. And while I enjoy all of Austen's novels, Sense & Sensibility is not my favorite. It doesn't even make my top three. And I say all of this, because I adored the HELL out of this adaptation of just that book.

It was just so charming! The sister fight felt so real, as did the falling for someone terrible and charming because you're in a new place where you don't know anyone,
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Suzie Waltner
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to admit something that may not be popular here. As a Jane Austen fan, one of her books I like least is a favorite of many. There’s just something about Sense and Sensibility that has always bothered me. Maybe it’s because Marianne Dashwood seems more flighty that heart-on-her sleeve to me, or that Elinor and Edward spend so little time together that I never get the feel for their relationship.

Whatever it is, I’m happy that there have been some adaptation of the original story that I h
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Cassie
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Having read and fell in love with Hillary’s Two Blue Doors series, I was excited to read what she has next for readers. Her books have become a sweet treat!

This Sense and Sensibility retelling follows sisters Jane, Celia, and Margot when they are forced out of their tea shop and decide to move to Austin, Texas to rebuild their lives in a new city. And while I’ve never read the classic, I found this novel enjoyable as the sisters learn to adjust to life changes and new surroundings. I loved how t
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

In this touching adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Lodge stays true to Austen's tale, yet freshens it up for the modern audience. Fans will appreciate the homage, and those unfamiliar with the story will also thoroughly enjoy it as well. Likable characters, dastardly villains and fascinating information about tea and recipes, this book is everything Lodge's readers have come to expect from her delightful novels.
Jane Woodward and her sister Celia opened a tea salon in San Francisco in order to
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Sherwood Smith
Jul 24, 2017 added it
Shelves: romance
Another entry in Jane Austen-related books, this one a modern version of Sense and Sensibility, with the point of view characters switching between Jane (the middle sister, based on Marianne), and Callum, who is the Colonel Brandon character, which makes it clear that this retelling is more of a romance than social satire with some weddings.

The social satire really isn’t there at all, though there are many other elements to enjoy in this sometimes on-the-nose retelling. Celia, the elder sister,
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Beth Erin
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

This book exceeded my high expectations and was well worth the wait! Front and center in this story is a sisterly trio that won me over from the first page. The relationship Jane shares with her older sister Celia and younger sister Margot is grounded by a rare variety of unconditional and sacrificial love refined and strengthened by hardship and shared grief. I love them!

Through financial uncertainty, new adventures, and heartbreak, these quirky and loveable cha
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Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
This book was utterly fantastic. I’m going to take a few breaths and collect my thoughts before I dive into this review, because I want to do it right. So first I’ll tell you a little on what the story is about.

Three sisters have to deal with the repercussions of their businessman father’s major scandal, but they manage to make the best of the situation by creating a business of their own–a cute tea shop in San Francisco. Years late when their landlord passes away, his nephew forces them out of
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Rachel
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing book. It's sweet, salty, full of likable characters and enough problems to keep things interesting. It's also a retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, set in Austin, Texas, in the present day.

I loved it. I really did! It had quite a few surprises to it, not the least being that it's told alternately from the POVs of the Marianne character and the Colonel Brandon character. They're not named that here, but that's who they are. And it's really neat to hear the stor
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Shantelle
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge was a charming read. Fans of Jane Austen-esque novels, look no further! A retelling of Sense and Sensibility, this book was fun, sweet, bitter, and beautiful.

It's a contemporary, retelling a Regency tale of romance, heartache, and finding true love. I liked the sisters, Celia, Jane, and Margot. And it was fun getting it from Jane's (a.k.a. Marianne's) point of view. Truly, this was such a charming retelling of the beloved, classic tale, I didn't mind that i
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Charity U
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenite
What fun to find a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility - with just enough new elements to keep it interesting, but enough bookish and Austenesque elements to keep the lover of regency literature engaged. It's set in modern day Texas, with a hint of Austen, and a lot of tea and delicious food. Delightful.
Natalie
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sense and Sensibility is probably my favorite Jane Austen book, and though being a modern retelling this DEFINITELY doesn't measure up....it was still really really good.

And GUYS. This version of Colonel Brandon actually made me really, REALLY like him. *gasp* :D

Definitely recommend.
steph
Loved it. I closed the book with such a dopey grin on my face. This was a great modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility and I love the changes and liberties that the author took to make it her own (Tea! All the tea and Texas men). I really enjoyed having this story be told from Jane & Callum POV's, I wasn't expecting that take going into it but I loved it. Made their relationship much more believable in my opinion that the original.

The closeness that the three sisters shared was perfect. Favor
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Michelle
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was pretty excited to get this book in the mail. The cover is stunning and the whole idea of a modern day Sense and Sensibility is simply fun. The first part of the book had my complete attention and I couldn't put it down. I love the Woodward sisters and the family dynamic they create. Celia is probably my favorite sister but it's hard to say as there are fantastic secondary characters as well. LOVED learning about tea and the many recipes included are delightful. Sometimes in books you see ...more
Diane Estrella
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how much it related to Jane Austen and her life and/or books but it was a well written, character driven story. The best thing in this story were the characters both primary and secondary. Seeing their lives unfold and where they would end up was a pleasure to follow. This story pulls your heart in many ways and is definitely relatable to our current times. I read the book in 24 hours time. :)

The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because there were
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Amanda Geaney
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen has some of the most loyal, dare I say, obsessive fans. I feel the need to disclose that I do not attain to such fandom. However, I have read and enjoyed most of her books, Sense and Sensibility among them. In my basic familiarity with the original I was able to make a few direct connections to Lodge’s work. For instance, I fully expected Sean Willis to be a cad and Jane to eventually turn her affections towards Callum. The author retains enough elements of Austen’s work to label her ...more
Kristi Brokaw
Okay, I have a lot of thoughts. This is a solid modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and I thought the plot modernization was great. The characters were likeable and mostly believable. I liked what the author did with Lila's character and thought the Jane/Callum relationship was even a little more believable than Marianne/Brandon. The book was pretty well paced and I also think this would be a delightful movie. I liked this much more than other recent Jane Austen adaptations. Overall I wou ...more
Kara Isaac
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun modern twist on Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen and contemporary romance fans alike will fall in love with this warm, witty and charming story!
Rissa
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It was sweet, interesting a good twist on the story we all know and love
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Tea, Texas, and Team Marianne!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Source: Gift from Family


TYPE OF NOVEL: Sense and Sensibility Modern Adaptation

SETTING: Present Day San Fransisco, CA and Austin, TX

SYNOPSIS: Between their mother passing away when they were young and their dad fleeing the country because he was caught embezzling, the Woodward sisters have been through a lot! Now their kind-hearted landlord passed away and his selfish and manipulative son and daughter-in-law are forcing them out of their bel
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Sadie VanderKodde
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm actually not a big fan of Jane Austen. I've never even read Sense and Sensibility (on which this book is apparently based). But I loved Jane of Austin.

Celia, Jane, and Margot Woodward have faced a lot of tragedy in their young lives. After their mother dies in a car accident, their father is fired from his position in finance due to some questionable choices - choices that leave him on the run and his daughters on their own. Armed with a trust fund left behind by their mother, the girls sta
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Cathy
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in one sitting. I started reading and just didn't stop until I'd finished. I think I got up to pee. Once.

I've only read Sense and Sensibility once, about 16 years ago I'd say, so the details of that novel have slipped my mind. It was never my favourite Austen (of the ones I've read) but I do remember liking it and always having some vague plan to reread it soon. I adored the 1995 movie version of the book, because Emma Thompson.

So I read this without really comparing it to the orig
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Katie
This was good! I've been reading--or at least finishing--meh books this weekend and was hoping this would break the trend and it diiiid.

And, really, my complaints are about the original book. I don't get the Sean character and the transition from him to Callum was a little abrupt. And Teddy, just WHATEVER. I think that actually worked better for me in Sense & Sensibility, though still not WELL.

This book DOES improve on the SHE REMINDS OF ME OF MY OLD LOVE AND THAT'S WHY I LOVE HER. Improves it a
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Eva
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
This was a sweet, warm, beautiful book. It made me want to drink a bunch of tea, even though I hate tea. And Callum was the legit best.
Rissi
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California t
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Hayden
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was a little tentative picking up this book. I've had mixed reactions to this author's books before, and while I was intrigued at it being a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility, it's told from the perspective of the Marianne character, and Marianne is the One Austen Heroine I Do Not Relate To. However, despite this, I was attracted to the bright cover, promise of Austen love, and the setting of a tea shop.

One thing that I liked is that it's told from both Callum's (the Colonel B
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