What Would Jane Austen Do?
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What Would Jane Austen Do?

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by Laurie Brown
     
 

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When a modern woman goes back to Jane Austen's time, she needs to know...everything!

When Eleanor agrees to travel back in time to prevent a deadly duel, but she doesn't know how to behave, what to say, and most importantly...how to tell a villain from a rake.

The captivating, infuriating, and mysterious Lord Shermont is a renowned rake and womanizer-but

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When a modern woman goes back to Jane Austen's time, she needs to know...everything!

When Eleanor agrees to travel back in time to prevent a deadly duel, but she doesn't know how to behave, what to say, and most importantly...how to tell a villain from a rake.

The captivating, infuriating, and mysterious Lord Shermont is a renowned rake and womanizer-but is he also a dangerous cutthroat and spy? Eleanor has to get up close and personal to find out, otherwise, she could fall into a most shocking scandal.

Thankfully, Miss Jane Austen herself arrives on the scene, with sage guidance and a twinkle in her eye, to help Eleanor navigate countryhouse society and the dangerous terrain of her own heart.

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PRAISE FOR LAURIE BROWN:
"Highly original. If you're in the market for a different kind of historical romance, or you enjoy stories filled with period detail, Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake is a solid bet."— wordcandybooks.blogspot.com
"Brown's ending was clever and I never suspected Josie would choose the path she takes. I would recommend Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake to anyone who enjoys paranormals, and even Regency fans who don't usually read them. Brown did an excellent job of combining the two genres."— aladysdiversions.blogspot.com
"A very enjoyable read with Josie a feisty and independent character, and Deverell the ghost and Deverell the man both also very appealing." —curledup.com
"Humor, mystery, ghosts, history, and... pure fun."—blogcritics.org
"A fresh tale that is as charming as it is hot!"—zeekspage.blogspot.com
"You'll be transported to another time and won't want to return until the very last page is digested."— fantasybookspot.com

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The plot twist... is genius! This is a great romance both contemporary and historical." - The Romance Studio

"I really do enjoy Laurie Brown's romances... and look forward to future books! " - Poisoned Rationality

"Eleanor and Shermont, were suited to each other... This was an interesting twist in a time travel story. " - Eye on Romance

"Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. " - Harriet Klausner

"Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. " - Harriet Klausner

"Her characters were engaging, the story flowed well and we're actually given a HEA, but not one totally expected. For anyone looking for a good Regency era romance, I would strongly suggest checking this one out." - Literary Escapism

"This is full of romance, a hunky guy, and even some Jane Austen to boot, which I think Regency romance fans would enjoy." - The Burton Review

"I loved What Would Jane Austen Do?! Time travel, intrigue, history, romance...Laurie Brown gives us all that and more. " - Bitten by Books

"Every woman, every fan of romance and historical novels should put this title on their summer reading list. " - Reading Extravaganza

"If you like time travel romance novels, this one is for you!" - The Tome Traveller's Weblog

Publishers Weekly

Modern-day Regency fashion expert Eleanor Pottinger consorts with ghosts and travels in time in Brown's charming romance. Eleanor discovers her hotel room is haunted by sisters Mina and Deirdre Cracklebury, and she agrees to a deal: she will save their brother, Teddy, from a deadly duel by keeping the wicked Lord Shermont from seducing one of the sisters, in trade for meeting Jane Austen. Eleanor wakes up in 1814, meets smarmy Teddy and is instantly attracted to Lord Shermont, who is not all he seems. Soon she's forced into a terrible choice: "Hot sex or the real Jane Austen?" True Janeites will find scant evidence of Austen's acerbic wit in either character or tone, but the sprightly humor, handsome hero and twisty ending will please most Regency romance fans. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402218316
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
773,905
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Excerpt from Chapter One

"I sensed a strong presence of spirits at Twixton Manor Inn. Two distinct females… one who cannot leave and the other who won't."
—Crystal Darkhorse, psychic, in her newest travel book Haunted Destinations II

"What do you mean, no reservation?" Eleanor fought to keep her tone pleasant despite physical and emotional exhaustion. "Please look again. P-O-T-T-I-N-G-E-R."

"Noooo," the little gray-haired woman said as she watched the names scroll across her computer screen. Her plastic name tag identified her as the manager, Mrs. Ruth Simms. She turned and peered over the counter. "I'm so sorry. The Jane Austen Society is holding a conference here, and it's Regency Week. We have no vacancies." She frowned.

"Why does your name sound familiar?"
"I have a confirmation letter," Eleanor said. She stooped to dig in her carryon for the piece of paper.

"Now I remember," the woman said, her birdlike voice floating over Eleanor's head. "We received several boxes marked: Hold for E. Pottinger."

"The costumes for my fashion seminar on Friday," Eleanor explained without stopping her search. Thankful the shipment had arrived on time, she mentally crossed one item off her list of things to worry about.
"I'll have Harry fetch your boxes."
"Got it!" Eleanor stood with the prized confirmation letter held high.

Unfortunately, the shutters had been drawn across the opening of the registration counter. She looked around for a bell or buzzer and noted the changes made since her last visit two years earlier. The service counter was newly built into the doorway that had previously led to a cozy room once known as the ladies' parlor.

The impressive entrance hall with its sweeping staircase, marble floor, and carved paneling looked a bit… well, less elegant than she remembered. A modern fixture replaced the original crystal chandelier, and the suit of armor standing guard near the front door could use a good polish. To the left of the entrance, double doors led to the main parlor where a number of guests milled around, most in Regency dress, all with those silly stick-on name tags.

A wave of exhaustion swept over Eleanor. She desperately needed sleep after fifteen hours of travel. She knocked on the shutter. A few moments later, she knocked again.
A young woman, much tattooed and pierced, opened one shutter and responded. "Gram has gone to fetch Harry. You might as well have a seat." She gestured toward a wooden bench that looked like it had once been a church pew. "It'll be a while. He's out having a smoke." She sucked air between her thumb and forefinger, indicating more than a plain cigarette. "Either that or he's fiddling with that old motorcycle some guy left here instead of paying his bill. Either way, Gram won't find him anytime soon, especially if he hears her coming."

"I have my reservation confirmation."
The girl took the paper with the same enthusiasm she might accept a traffic ticket. She tapped on the computer keyboard and looked in an old-fashioned ledger. "It says you cancelled your reservation. The bridal suite?" She looked up, obviously curious.
Eleanor was not about to share with a stranger that her fiancé had dumped her for a tall, bosomy blonde talent agent who'd promised to make him a movie star.

"Bummer," the girl said.

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Meet the Author

Laurie Brown teaches writing classes at the college level, has presented seminars at conferences all over the country, and has three published romance novels. She has been a Golden Heart finalist twice and has received the Service Award from the Chicago-North Chapter of RWA. She resides in Illinois.

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What Would Jane Austen Do? 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed myself when reading What Would Jane Austen Do? The summary on the back cover was nothing spectacular, but I was surprised at the charming answers to WWJAD as Eleanor attempted to fit into the different time period. She deftly thwarted two gentlemen about to challenge each other to a duel to protect her honor. She flirted quite wittily with Lord Shermont that might make Jane Austen proud. She calmly kept her cool around the snooty women and managed to keep the sisters - the real ones, not ghosts - in prim and proper line (though perhaps a wee independent and forward-thinking). I believe any Austen fan will appreciate Eleanor's channeling of Austen - I mean, who hasn't dreamed of going back in time in order to rub elbows Austen-style, possibly find a Mr. Darcy to match wits with, and perhaps meeting the lady herself?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is like an episode of Doctor Who written by Jane Austen!
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
Heroine Eleanor Pottinger is a costume designer from Los Angeles who arrives in Hampshire, England for Regency Week jetlagged and downtrodden after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. She has booked her accommodations at Twixton Manor Inn, an eighteenth-century grand manor house converted into a hotel whose staff has lost her reservation and must put her up in the only room left available - the haunted one that they never use. Undaunted, Eleanor just wants sleep and does not care if she shares it with anyone, spectral or otherwise. When the two ghostly sisters Mina and Deirdre materialize to haunt her, she strikes a bargain with them to travel back to Regency times to thwart a deadly duel that kills their brother Teddy if they will in turn introduce her to their neighbor, her favorite author Jane Austen. Eleanor awakens in 1814 to meet the sisters and their family living at Twixton Manor with a house full of guests including hunky rake Lord Shermont, an agent for the crown who is secretly hunting for a Napoleonic spy among them. Eleanor quickly becomes his chief suspect. Motivated to meet Jane Austen, Eleanor engages in a week of social activities to discover which of the sister's honor will be compromised provoking Teddy into duel with Shermont. As a twenty-first century woman, Eleanor struggles with the Regency lifestyle and often asks herself "what would Jane Austen do?" in the same situation which works beautifully until romance gets in the way as she is courted by Teddy and the known womanizer Lord Shermont. Questioning their motives may be the key to her unraveling the mystery and discovering if she has fallen in love with a spy or an Austen-esque hero. Author Laurie Brown has pulled together elements of several genres - historical romance, spy thriller, time travel, and Jane Austen - in an ambitious endeavour. The plot moved very quickly and was evenly paced. I enjoyed traveling back in time with Eleanor, meeting Lord Shermont and of course encountering Jane Austen. Who wouldn't? Brown obviously researched her Regency history and has read Austen's novels quoting characters and scenes (though I must correct her reference to Knightley criticizing Emma Woodhouse after the picnic at Boxhill where she had treated Jane so badly! It was Miss Bates who was abused not Jane Fairfax.). Taken as a fun and frothy summer read, I have very few quibbles. However, when an author chooses to use Jane Austen or her characters that ups the ante in my book, and the standards are raised. Unfortunately, the opportunity to distinguish the present and the past with language nuances was missed as modern words such as Tarzan, yummy, omigod leaked in to the Regency world, and misnomers such as Arabian thoroughbred was used to describe Lord Shermont's horse. Additionally, at times I would like to have rested and discovered more about characters and their motivations, which was Austen's forte. In the end, I knew very little about the heroine and hero's inner thinking and felt the plot skipped past moments to elaborate and reflect just a bit more. The author did however supply the requisite Austen-esque heroine transformation and happily-ever-after ending, which Jane would have chosen to wrap-up more swiftly with far less effusion. In the end, was I entrapped by Jane Austen's name into reading this novel? You betcha! Do I have any regrets? Like Austen's character Emma Woodhouse, in this instance "I would much rather have been merry than wise."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so flippin good
psweet59 More than 1 year ago
I got this when it was a free read. Took me a while to get around to reading it, but so glad I did!! Easy read & enjoyable story!!
Waiting_4_My_Vampire More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!!
R Hendrix More than 1 year ago
Wish they had all Browns books for nook.
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read in which a modern woman is brought back in time to the regency period. This book is full of interesting characters and a well written plot that is full of surprises and will keep you captivated until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great take on an old tale.
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Jane Austen plays a very small role in this unbelievable tale. Did not like this book at all.
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