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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
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Jun 01, 2008

did not like it

(some spoilers ahead) One of the worst books I have read. It is about a woman, Courtney Stone, who (after a breakup) ends up in the body of a girl, Jane Mansfield (who lives during Courtney's favorite author, Jane Austen's, era).

Turnoff one--Basically Courtney is now Jane (even though she knows she is not. She realizes that she even has Jane's accent, mannerisms, and talents (such as needlepoint). Despite this, she continues to be afraid to do the things Jane would naturally do.

Turnoff two--Throughout the entire book this woman whines about her situation and how she can get back to her real life.

Turnoff three--even though she knows she is in the 1800s, she continues to interject 20th century language. Some of that was fine, but when she asks a woman whether Hargrove Court was a retirement center--I mean, come on, surely she knows better!

Turnoff four--one of the worst! She finally meets Jane Austen, and all she can do is go on about how great the books were as movies and what great kissing scenes there were at the end. If she is truly a "Jane Austen addict" then she would know that most true, diehard Jane Austen fans are bothered about these overly romantic scenes. Plus--Jane Austen would not even have a clue what a movie was!

It had the potential to be such a great book--the idea was good--but the lack of character development (as well as the obnoxious characters), the loose ends, and the flubbed ending just made this book flop.
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