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Hello, Janeites!
Today it is a happy day because we can celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. So I decided to devote this year to read all things Austen. Then I saw that Austenprose, the blog written by Laurel Ann Nattress, was holding a reading challenge to commemorate this happy day. I joined the challenge and this is the first one of the 12 reviews I will post along the year. I chose Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler to be the first book in this Austenesque year. I enjoyed this book very much and I am giving it 5 stars.

I read this book two years ago, after bumping into the author in the Twitterverse. I liked the premise of the story, so I decided to buy the books (indeed I own a signed hardback of this book) and give them a try. When I started reading the book, I really liked the idea of a Jane Austen Addict waking up in Regency England, mainly because I am a Jane Austen addict myself. I liked the story because it is funny and different to other Jane Austen fan fiction that I have read afterwards.

Courtney Stone is a woman who lives in L.A. with her many frustrations. She feels that her life is a mess. After having an argument with her best friend and discovering that her fiancée was cheating on her, she sets in her house to read Pride and Prejudice. When she felt asleep, she couldn't imagine that she was going to wake up as Jane Mansfield, a young woman living in Regency England. A dream come true! A Jane Austen addict living in Jane Austen's period and country! But Courtney/Jane will discover that life during the Regency period in England is not the same as life in 21st-century America, obviously, and she will have to get used to her new life style. Will she be able of going back to her own life? Why is she living Jane's life? Maybe she has to help to solve something in Jane's life so she can recover her life?

One of the difficulties when writing a novel as this one is the language. And I think that the author manages quite well to write in modern English the parts that require it, and to write in the English spoken during Austen's period when dealing with characters and events happening in Jane's house. 

The characters are well portraited, as well as the atmosphere from the period. It proves the author did a lot of research before writing this novel. 

Really entertaining book for lovers of books with different twists and lovers of Jane Austen-like novels.


 


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01/29/2013 6:51am

From a Janeite to Janeite, great review! This is definitely one to add to my to-reads. :)

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Ben Ditty
02/11/2013 3:03pm

I'm not a big fan of regency writing but this book sounds delightful.

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02/16/2013 4:42pm

Great review! I'm adding to my to-read list!!

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