Confessions of A Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of A Jane Austen Addict

A Novel

Book - 2007
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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. This looking-glass Austen world is not without its charms, however. There are journeys to Bath and London, balls in the Assembly Rooms, and the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who may not be a familiar species of philanderer after all. But when Courtney's borrowed brain serves up memories that are not her own, the ultimate identity crisis ensues. Will she ever get her real life back, and does she even want to?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2007.
ISBN: 9780525950400
Branch Call Number: RIGLER L
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 11, 2014

I thought it was going to be a great book, I was wrong.

Jul 22, 2014

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was a very sweet, quick read, just like its sequel (which I read first). This one was a bit steamier, which fits given the narrator, and brings up some excellent observations on the role of women in Regency society, the view of sex and scandal, and bodily odors.

It's amusing (diverting?) as well as sweet, and although I didn't quite give the male love interest the benefit of the doubt, Courtney's voice was a familiar one to me. It felt pretty true to what any of us would do if faced with her situation, and there were some positive messages in there about enjoying the now and letting go of cynicism.

I also recommend reading both novels back to back (in either order) as the complete story has parallels and crossovers, and makes more sense that way. This one had fewer nods to Jane Austen novels, though there were quotes from Pride & Prejudice sprinkled in.

I recommend it for fans of Jane Austen, modern romance/dating, happy endings, and musing on cultural differences (Regency vs now).

Jul 31, 2012

Highly entertaining for Jane Austen fans.

Jan 07, 2012

courtney stone changed body with jane mansfield and lived her life in her 19th century england. descriptive book and some very funny parts dealing with customs and rules of female in 19th century england.

May 15, 2011

Watch Lost in Austen instead. Much funnier!

Mar 21, 2011

I listed to this book on CD. The plot had a lot of promise - I don't see anything wrong with playing with or spinning-off Austen - but I didn't really form an attachment to the heroine and the ending was just lazy.

nwplreffie Sep 15, 2010

I enjoyed this twist. Movies and television presentations of Austen's work make it all seem so glamorous back in the 19th C. As the lead character wrestles with less than sanitary conditions, poor medical practices and restrictive social mores, we get a dose of reality. All is done with good humour of course.


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