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REVIEW

"a pleasant read for Regency fans"

Courtney Stone, a Jane Austen fan, awakens after a night of drinking to find herself in the regency period in the body of Jane Mansfield, a well-off regency miss. Thinking that she is having a very vivid dream, Courtney learns that Jane has taken a very serious spill and has been unconscious for several days. When Courtney starts telling about her life, the doctor tells Jane's mother that Jane needs to be put away in an asylum. Rather than face a regency asylum, Courtney decides to play along. Hoping her experience is just a dream, Courtney assumes Jane's life--complete with a tyrannical mother, a flirtation with a servant, and a wealthy suitor, who she can't quite trust.

While the method of Courtney's transference into Jane's body is left rather hazy, her experiences are described in vivid detail. While the romance takes a backseat to Courtney's trials, there is still a charming romance between Courtney, as Jane, and Mr. Edgeworth. A lover of the Regency period will find this novel intriguing.

All in all, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT is a pleasant read, and I recommend it to Regency fans.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted September 3, 2007

SUMMARY

In this Jane Austen-inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern L.A. girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen's time.

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman’s life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her level of Austen-mania has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney’s borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.

Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman. And being this other woman is not without its advantages:

Especially in a looking-glass Austen world. Especially with a suitor who may turn out not to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

Genre: Historical Regency, Time Travel

 

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler

Dutton Adult
August 1, 2007
Available: August 2, 2007
ISBN #0525950400
EAN #9780525950400
304 pages
Hardcover
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