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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
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Aug 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit, austen-spin-offs
Read in August, 2009

In 2007, Rigler published Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, the story of Courtney Stone, a present-day Los Angeles single woman who one day wakes up transported to Edwardian England, in the body of a young woman named Jane Mansfield.

This book is the story of how Jane fares when she wakes up in Courtney's body in
21st Century Los Angeles. Like Courtney, Jane is very unhappy in her own life, and wishes she could be someone else. She shares this wish with a fortune-teller at a country fair, and wakes up in Courtney's body, having just suffered a concussion after hitting her head in a swimming pool.

She is understandably confused by this new world of cell phones and DVD players, but her friends attribute this to her head injury. As she becomes accustomed to the techonology, she discovers that she really enjoys her new-found independence: the clothing, going out in public without a chaperone, living alone.

But as she begins to appreciate the new life, she learns that her old life may not have been as bad as she believed. Which life will she end up with? Will she even be able to choose?

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than Confessions, but I'm not sure why. I may have to go back and reread the earlier book to find out.
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