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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,363 ratings  ·  638 reviews
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want o ...more
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Published November 7th 2017 by Shadow Mountain
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I picked up this cute, clean contemporary romance on a 99c Kindle special (still available at that price at the time I’m writing this review). Definitely worth the price for fans of the genre!

So for starters, whoever wrote the Goodreads blurb made it way too detailed and included a couple of key spoilers from later in the book ... so don’t read the blurb if you’re interested in the book. Here’s the short version: Emma (a big Jane Austen fan) is a bit of a workaholic as a marketing executive with
Sherwood Smith
I tend to be skeptical about books with Jane Austen in the title--there are too many now that read like cash cows, without the wit, insight, or (in period) the feel of Austen.

But this one was not set in the past, and the heroine was a firm fan of Austen, so I went for it.

I loved the beginning--Emma, a marketing executive, has loved Austen for years, and wants a guy to match Mr. Darcy. Who doesn't? At first it seems that Blake Hampton is her Mr. Darcy; she turns him down for a weekend at his pare
Jacob Proffitt
This turned out to be a really engaging romance though the second half is a lot stronger than the first. I'm glad I got past the overly-expansive cover copy and the exasperating early conflict to get to the good bits.

I actually had two problems with the story. The first is more present because it makes up way too long of the beginning. Mainly, Emma makes an assumption that colors her read on Lucas and then clings to it rather tenaciously. For something to be so present in her ruminations, her in
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
$2.99 on Kindle 5/6/20

Such a fun story! I loved how Austen was brought into the contemporary world, influencing Emma (even after the "renouncement") and showing why her classics are so well-loved and still relevant. I'm not generally a fan of love triangles, but since I knew from the synopsis that Lucas and Emma are meant to be together, I was able to view the rest as providing conflict and obstacles to their relationship. I loved the friendship they shared and couldn't wa
Katie W
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Jane Austen fan and a complete romantic at heart. I love the way that Julie Wright brings such a beloved classic to a contemporary light and gives this age-old story a slightly new twist. By doing so, my heart was happy because I could feel the comfort of an old familiar favorite but the exhilarating freshness was something new.

Have you ever taken someone's words as law and then been disappointed when it turns out they weren't as magical as you thought they were? That's kind of what h
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received a copy from Netgalley for a fair review. More reviews can be found at:

“This was all her fault. If I hadn’t spent half my life wanting to be Elizabeth Bennet, I wouldn’t have held my own prejudices so dear. I wouldn’t have taken pride in my own clever snap judgements to like and dislike at a whim.”

Emma has broken up with Jane Austen. Despite all the happiness her novels and movie adaptations have brought into her life, she has decided that Jane essentially was a fraud – being that
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This has a great start but then the middle lags a little. About half way through I wasn't feeling this one quite as much as I hoped for. Thankfully I kept reading and was rewarded with a fabulous ending that left me satisfied and happy with this how this played out. Great book for those who love Jane Austen.

Content: Clean
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Lie Jane Austen Told Me kind of blew me away. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but whatever it was, I got much more!

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews
Lies Jane Austen Told Me is Emma's story. How she kept her rose colored glasses firmly in place looking for her happily ever after. Possibly she looked for this in the wrong places, though, and suddenly, she wanted to distance herself from everything and anything that had to do with her f
Aug 18, 2017 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Julie Wright’s Lies Jane Austen Told Me is a contemporary romance told from the first person point of view of Emma Pierce, a California-based marketing executive for a growing gym/lifestyle company, who is looking for love but mostly married to her work. When a weekend at her boyfriend Blake’s family home ends in disaster before it even begins, Emma is forced to rely on the kindness of her now-ex’s brother, Lucas, to make her way back home. A stop in a shady neighborhood on the way to the train ...more
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The title of this book intrigued me from the start. I love Jane Austen so I tend to gravitate towards books that have her name on the cover or that are retellings from her books. I have to be honest and say this book was good but not great. I didn’t fully connect with Emma and I found some of the interactions between the characters to be a little childish. Sylvia, Emma’s best friend on the other hand was amazing and I loved her!

This book was clean, which I really don’t mind but I know some peop
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book! Where do I even start?

I'm a Jane Austen fan but perhaps not so big a fan as Emma is. That may be a gross understatement but I am enough of a fan to greatly appreciate the Austen references and all the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. I found great humor in Emma and her love/hate relationship with her Austen ideals. Especially when she throws her book in the garbage only to dig it out a bit later, feeling ever so guilty. Ha.

Yes, I had plenty of smiling, giggling moments with t
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Giving Up On Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy!

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Contemporary Romance, Austen-Inspired

SETTING: Present-day California


- Emma Pierce: A savvy and intelligent CMO who has decided to renounce Jane Austen after years of waiting for a Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley to cross her path and being disappointed.
- Blake Hampton: Emma’s wealthy and handsome boyfriend who she catches entertaining one of his female work colleagues at his family home.
- Lucas Hampton: Blake’s younger
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
4.5 for me as a reader, clean romance.
This was such an interesting read. It was definitely romantic, but there were some subtleties in the characters and in their interactions that made me wonder why I haven't read more by this author? I don't often re-read light stories, but this will definitely be put on my to-read again shelf to enjoy the subtleties again. Emma's fall out and her relationship with Blake come in sharp contrast to the connection she feels with Lucas, his brother. She relaxes, s
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I LOVE all things Austen, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy of this book! I had no idea what to expect, I mean, the title alone could send an Austen fan into a fit of vapors! However, Wright was definitely up to tackling Austen, because this contemporary novel was amazing! Emma was a complete Austenesque character from her name right on down to her love life. And the Hampton brothers! Both were successful and handsome but come on folks, no one could hold a candle to Lucas in my ...more
Clever & witty! Which any title bearing a reference to Jane Austen must be. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I loved the epigraphs and references to Jane Austen's works throughout the novel. Several times I wanted to write down one of the more clever quips and insights just so I could remember them later and laugh. Alas, I was listening to the audio, so I couldn't. I think this is my favorite Julie Wright book (so far... until the next one). My favorite part about the story is that Emma kept ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2020
I really liked this one!! It was so realistic and good!
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK. Lets get real. Jane Austen. Those of us who love a good regency, are probably all besotted with anything Jane. How did she reach this status, in which all Austen fans feel this kinship to her characters and the author herself? I'm not quite sure. Each one of us feels like her stories are our own personal best friends. So, with that said, you put Jane Austen in a title of a book and I'm a sucker for picking it up. No questions asked, I didn't even read the description. If this had been a pape ...more
This is a modern clean romance story heavily influenced by Jane Austen. But this isn't a modern version of any specific story.
Although the main character is named Emma. Emma is the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) for an upscale gym franchise called Kinetics. Emma is 26. Emma is dating a Mr. Wonderful and expecting a proposal. When things go pear shaped in her love life she decides to reject Jane Austen's perspective on love and dating. She has an awesome BFF in the form of Silvia, a one eyed film
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

First off, I want to say that you shouldn't read the blurb for this book if you don't want some spoilers. It gives
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I'm sometimes a bit skeptical with books that count on Ms. Austen to carry them. I must say though, that I did like this. I thought the characters were pretty well rounded out. I especially liked Lucas (who wouldn't?). He is sweet, kind, good looking and intelligent - all good qualities.
Emma' s job is one that I myself did for over 30 years, so that was interesting to get the author's take. There were of course, a couple of childish moments, but I still felt this was a good read. I
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute delight from start to finish. Emma is fantastic. She is funny, spunky and very smart. I loved her inner conflict with “Jane” and whether or not Jane Austen has ruined her life. Very cute and clever. I thought the chapter headings were a great addition to the story too. I also loved Lucas and he and Emma had great chemistry. I enjoyed how they got to know each other, pretty much thrown together, as Lucas is hired as a consultant at Emma’s workplace. Emma and Lucas both ha ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. And men take care that they should."
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Emma Pierce is a marketing executive with a dreary past. Despite her admiration for Jane Austen novels, she just can't seem to find her romantic hero. After fleeing an awkward scene with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, she meets Lucas Hampton. As fate would have it, Lucas is also the new consultant Emma ends up worki
I need an intervention. Someone needs to stop me from wanting to read books that reference Jane Austen.

This one isn’t bad, but Jane and her apparent lies have very little to do with anything. Sure there’s hints of Austen’s plots, but there’s also hints of Austen’s plots in 80% of romances on the market and they don’t try and cash in on her name with their titles. (Well, some do, granted, which is why I need the invention.)

Emma believes her boyfriend, Blake, is going to propose; instead she catc
As a big fan of Jane Austen, Emma Pierce has been searching for her own Mr. Darcy. She thinks she has found him when her boyfriend Blake Hampton invites her for a weekend at his parent’s house. But the weekend is a bust when she finds him entertaining another woman. Devastated, Emma dives into her job as Marketing Director for Kenetics Gyms. When her boss brings in an outside expert to help her with the company's expansion, Emma is surprised when the person turns out to be Lucas Hampton, Blake's ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
It's true. Jane Austen has given a whole slew of us really, really high expectations for men and love in general. ;) When we meet the heroine of this book, though, she's kinda over it. She no longer trusts Jane and has given up on love completely. Until someone shows her that the Mr. Darcy's and the Mr. Knightley's of the real world are still out there. It's sweet but also kind of bland; I like a little more zing in my romance. Also, I feel cheated because I could have liked this a smidge more i ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Pierce is the CMO of Kinetics. She's smart, funny, and she's a HUGE fan of Jane Austen, but renounces Jane when she has a big misunderstanding with the guy she's been dating--Blake Hampton. He's invited her to his parents house for the weekend, and Emma originally told him she had a work meeting, but when a co-worker puts it into her head that Blake is going to propose, she changes her mind and suddenly shows up at their estate. He's surprised all right because he's already invited another ...more
Author Julie Wright has written an engaging and funny story that readers will thoroughly enjoy from cover to cover. The main characters in the story are easy to relate to, while the novel and romance of the story within and its connection to Jane Austen give everything a humorous and entertaining twist. The story has themes of friendship, family, and heart, in terms of both heartwarming and sweet romance. This is a story that readers will want to curl up all night with and not want to put down. ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love Jane Austen? I am a huge fan of Austen and contemporary romance and this new book by Julie Wright manages to cover both of those points. Lies Jane Austen Told Me captured my attention and my heart. This sweet love story was so fun to read!

I love the voice that Wright infuses into her characters. Emma is witty, sometimes sarcastic, and has a love/hate relationship with Jane Austen. I like that she's vulnerable and has a depth to her that is meaningful to the story. Blake Hampton
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed the overall premise of this novel, I found the dialogue to be a little too junior high at certain spots. (Like most romance novels!) The characters are cute and the storyline draws you in from the beginning. The Jane Austen quotes are placed cleverly. Not exactly a great novel, but not too disappointing either.
Rachel McMillan
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's talk about LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME! this book has a lot of tropes that rachel HATES:

> Jane Austen stuff ( I am so tired of this)

> A best friend who gets her own spin-off series ( I find that sometimes squeezing out a series by a supporting character means that supporting character gets tired quickly)

> 2 members of the same family falling for the same person

In most other novels, I wouldn't put up with one let alone THREE of these things just to personal taste; but Wright is converting me.
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Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen. She's written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.

She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition).

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“Because deep in your heart you know Jane is right. Romance is fabulous and it's worth it! All the crap we go through, all the worry and wondering-it's all worth it if we can find that one person who makes us happy, that one person we can go to and cry with when life is bad and laugh with when life is good. That is what life is all about. It' about relationships and making them work. It's about sharing our lives with someone else we can have private jokes and people who have to put up with us even when we're disasters. If we don't take our own lives in our own hands, we lose. This is the power of Jane, Emma. This is the truth. This is where it all gets real. If Jane teaches us anything, it's that we have the right to choose our own loves in life. We don't have to settle for Mr. Collins if we don't want to.” 0 likes
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