Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Posted by Caitie F on November 14, 2012
Summary from goodreads:
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 love of Jane Austen 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, condomless 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 not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.
I just started a book club within another group I am in and this was the first choice. The book club actually talked about the book, os that is always a good sign! I can’t go next month because that is the day we are celebrating the holidays with my husband’s family, but that is okay because they are reading a religious holiday book and I really don’t want to read it.
Unfortunately, I did not really care for the book. I was excited to read it since I read and liked my first Austen book this year and have been enjoying watching the Youtube series The Lizzie Bennett Diaries. But if you are a Jane Austen fan, watch out, this is nothing like I expected.
My problem was Courtney. She is supposed to be obsessed with Jane Austen, yet she seems to not understand the time period at all. She goes on modern feminist rants and does so many things that could really ruin Jane’s (the person she is in) life. She should know that you can’t spend time alone with a man without it looking suspicious and starting gossip. It was so frustrating. It got better as it went on, but a Jane Austen addict should get it!
I also got very annoyed with the language, she kept using modern language throughout. The worst was all the times she said “Whatever” to her mother. That does not fit in the time period! At all! It was not just that word, but the spoke differently and it wasn’t there.
Courtney was just kind of annoying. She wasn’t a very good friend or a good judge of people. I thought she spent a lot of time whining about her ex-fiancee and trying to relate others to him, even if they were nothing like Frank! She wouldn’t open her eyes to anything, which was disappointing. That said, I loved her friend Mary. She was the perfect 19th-century woman, a great friend, and it felt like she was a character from a Jane Austen novel!
I loved the concept, but it just didn’t really work for me. I want to check out the reviews for the companion novel though, it is Jane in Courtney’s world. It could also be fun.