Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Confessions of A Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Synopsis from www.goodreads.com

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 chaperons, 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?

My Comment:

When I buy this book I was  expecting it to be adventurous. Why not? After all the main character time travelled and have the chance the experience life in that era. There should be some fun in it. Instead I find that there is too much whining in here for my liking. Not much of romance as in normal Jane Austen novels. 

Some things does not makes sense to me. Courtney is said to be an addict of Jane Austen's novels and whenever she is unhappy, she will bury herself in the novel. If this is so, wouldn't her character be more tune down when she suddenly found herself back in time instead of hype up on what they don;t have there like makeup and a daily bath? A true Jane Austen addict would know what to expect in that era. Wouldn't she be enjoying the scene there or in the very least exploring instead of lamenting about her old  life which in the first place nothing to shout about?

This book have potential if only more mystery and a bit more suspense were added into it. Good job in portraying the hygiene during  that era. Just imagine it..not taking bath daily. Yuck. 

This is only my personal opinion. Others have read it and liked it. Have a try. Maybe you will like it.


Most Desirable said...

Hi mamakucing, great write up on very good books. i must say some classics are not easy to read, example The Count of Monte Cristo second half, takes tremendous amount of patience to get through the chapters, don't you agree?

Small Kucing said...

Most Desirable

Thanks. Some Classic are hard to read but Jane austen are quite easy.

As for this book it was hard to read coz the author mixed modern elements with classic things. Thus making the character sound like pretty empty headed :(

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Sounds like a great premise .. reminds me of a book I read once (can't recall the title) - but yes, great ideas only become great books in the hands of great writers :)

Small Kucing said...


ya agree


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