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What Would Jane Austen Do?

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

Everything! 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 ...

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Overview

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

Everything! 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…

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

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."
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"Humor, mystery, ghosts, history, and… pure fun."
blogcritics.org

"A fresh tale that is as charming as it is hot!"
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"You'll be transported to another time and won't want to return until the very last page is digested."
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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

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

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

"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

"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

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, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 693,856
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Seriously, what would Jane Austen do?

    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?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    sooo good!

    It is like an episode of Doctor Who written by Jane Austen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    A clever title that delivers a fun and frothy summer read!

    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."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Ahhh

    It is so flippin good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Pleasantly Surprised!!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    LOVED IT!!!!

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Fun read

    Wish they had all Browns books for nook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Wonderful Read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    What would Jane do? Read this book!

    This is a wonderful tale that Laurie Brown has written. I wonder how well I would have fared going back in time? The charcters were a joy to meet and experince their life and times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Jane Austen plays a very small role in this unbelievable tale. D

    Jane Austen plays a very small role in this unbelievable tale. Did not like this book at all.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    What would Jane do?

    This is wonderful look at what would it be like to go back to the time of Jane Austen. Lautie Brown did a wonderful job of creating likable and loveable charcters.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Fun read for the summer!

    Very funny and romantic. Wished it was longer...look foward to reading more of her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Darcy+fans+with+just+eat+this+book+up

    Summer+is+my+time+that+I+indulge+my+guilty+pleasure+and+get+lost+in+books.+This+book+%22what+would+Jane+Austen+do%22+is+a+fast+paced+fantasy+and+I%27m+lovin+each+and+every+second+of+it.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    quick, fun read

    a fun light read...nothin to do really with austens characters but the author herself in small part...wraps up too quickly but was a nice read for escape time.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Fun Regency read

    Honestly, I'd probably give this one three and a half stars...What Would Jane Austen Do? is a cute story with a fun premise--not terribly believeable, but fun. Costume designer Eleanor Pottinger has been disillusioned by her former fiance and is in England for what would have been her honeymoon but is now a working vacation including an annual Jan Austen convention. When her reservation is lost, she agrees to sleep in the inn's haunted suite of rooms. There, she encounters a pair of ghosts in distress who transport her back to Jane Austen's time in an attempt to right a wrong from their past. I really enjoyed the principal characters, especially the two sisters/ghosts of the house, Mina and Deirdre. My only issues, if you can call them that, are that many things, especially at the end, are a bit rushed and a little too simplistic and that at times the conversation seems a bit stilted and awkward. (There's even one of those moments where the villian reveals all to us, and it just didn't seem to be written in a terribly realistic way.) There are also a few issues with accuracy, but they really didn't get in the way of my enjoyment. All in all, it was a fun read and I do look forward to seeing more from this author.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    fun light reading

    A costume designer and Jane Austen admirer travels back through time to the Regency period, has an interesting time trying to fit in with the customs of the day, and finds love. Totally unbelievable, fun, light read.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    LOVED IT

    I only douwloaded this one because it was free, and jane austen was in the title, but once i started it, i could not put it down!! It has a very strong similiarity to Knight in Shining Armory, but has some twists i wasnt really expecting! i would recommend this if you like romance, over coming obstacles and time travel

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Very Enjoyable!

    I thought this book was great! It didn't rock my world or change my perspective on anything important but it was fun! Great characters, witty dialogue, thoroughly enjoyable read! I'm not sure why other reviewers are boo-hooing about it not being classic historical fiction. It's a modern girl in a historical setting and I think the combination of those two work well. I'll be looking for more from this author!

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Fun read

    This isn't exactly what I would call "Historical Fiction" but it's a fun and interesting read. More mystery than romance. It's an interesting premise that a costume designer is transported back in time to the period she specializes in. That, at least, was interesting. I really enjoyed learning about Regency "do's and don't's".

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

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    Not What I Expected

    I purchased this book because I like historical fiction, however I wouldn't put actually call this book historical fiction. I don't usually give bad reviews so I won't go into what I liked and didn't like, it just wasn't for me.

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