Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

by Laurie Viera Rigler

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ISBN-13: 9781101213766
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2007
Series: Jane Austen Addict Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 405,123
File size: 919 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LAURIE VIERA RIGLER's first novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, was a national bestseller. A Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Laurie teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.

What People are Saying About This

Marisa de los Santos

A rich, saucy lark of a book for all of us who have ever looked at our lives and marveled, 'How did I get here?' (Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In)

Ellen Baker

Laurie Viera Rigler evokes the Jane Austen period masterfully, along with the perplexity of a 21st century L.A. woman, Courtney Stone, who lands unexpectedly in the body of a 19th century British woman in a world of chamber pots, chaperones, and different rules about finding true love. Courtney's navigation of the delicate 19th century social scene and her attempts to figure out how to get back to her "real" 21st century life make for a hilarious and affecting, all-around wonderful read. (Ellen Baker, author of Keeping The House)

Masha Hamilton

Courtney, flung into the past, learns the importance of living in the present even as she challenges our assumptions about identity and memory. I read this wonderful novel in a single sitting; Jane Austen fans will love it! (Masha Hamilton, author of The Camel Book Mobile)

Judith Ryan Hendricks

Confessions is a novel of manners, but with a nifty twist. Laurie Viera Rigler sets the sensibilities of a 21st century L.A. woman against the manners of Regency England to watch the sparks fly. By turns funny, thoughtful, romantic and suspenseful, this engaging story is as brisk and delightful as "taking a turn in the shrubbery" in the company of a handsome gentleman. If you've ever fantasized about being a Jane Austen heroine, this is your book. (Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Bread Alone)

Reading Group Guide

INTRODUCTION
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. And especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

 


ABOUT LAURIE VIERA RIGLER

When not indulging herself in rereadings of Jane Austen’s six novels, Laurie Viera Rigler is a freelance book editor who teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman’s, Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore. Laurie lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

 


A CONVERSATION WITH LAURIE VIERA RIGLER
Q. Why did you choose Jane Austen’s world as the inspiration for your novel?

A. Despite my fascination (or let’s be honest, obsession) with all those period details, what really draws me to Jane Austen is that she does, in fact, transcend time. Her all-seeing, all-knowing, take-no-prisoners approach to the follies and flaws of human beings makes her books not only timeless but almost eerily contemporary, despite the bonnets and balls and carriages. It is as if she were a modern-day psychotherapist with a wicked sense of humor who time-traveled back to the Regency and wrote novels about everyone who spent time on her couch.

Q. Why are you, and so many others, “Austen addicts”?

A. Because the more I read Jane Austen’s six novels, the more I discover about myself and human nature in general. In fact, the Austen canon equates to the best self-help book you could ever have in your library. Feeling self-important? Read Jane Austen. In the midst of an identity crisis? Perhaps, like me, you’ll find a little of yourself in all her heroines. Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Morland, who is addicted to scary novels, dancing, and old houses, reminds me of who I was when I lived in a crumbling Victorian that was said to be haunted, or when I could spend all night in after-hours clubs and still make it to work by nine. Sense and Sensibility’s Marianne Dashwood, she of the tear-rimmed eyes and self-destructive tendencies, is who I was when consuming little more than espresso and Big Gulp–size vodka martinis, and American Spirits was my idea of post-breakup nourishment. Emma is who I am when I get lost in the land of running-your-life-is-so-much-better-than-looking-at-my-own. I still wish I were as eloquent a smartass as Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet, but the more I venture into the minefield of self-reflection, the more I appreciate Austen’s less incendiary heroines: the quietly steadfast Anne Eliot of Persuasion, and even the iconically timid Fanny Price of Mansfield Park, whom I used to dismiss as a prude.

Q. How did your obsession with reading and rereading Austen’s novels lead to writing a novel yourself?

A. For me it was an inevitable outcome. I can never get enough of Jane Austen’s six novels, or of the veritable banquet of Austen-inspired movies. There’s Colin Firth fencing and working up a sweat in the BBC’s 1996 Pride and Prejudice, Matthew MacFadyen smoldering in the 2005 version, and Lost’s swoonworthy Naveen Andrews in the Bollywood version. If there were fifty adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, I’d see them all. I’d buy them all. I’d play them all till they started skipping and I had to buy a new one.

After all, I am insatiable. Which is why I started writing Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. I could feed my cravings by creating a story of a twenty-first-century party girl who wakes up in the body and life of a woman in Jane Austen’s time. Now, that’s what I call an identity crisis. That’s what I call the perfect excuse to immerse myself in the world of my favorite author.

This book, however, grew into a more complex personal journey than I could have imagined. I found myself exploring fundamental questions of identity, destiny, and the nature of time, such as: Can I really be who I think I am if everyone around me thinks I’m someone else? How big a role does free will play in our destiny? And is time really linear, or is there another way to look at it? These are things that are worth pondering, even if one doesn’t wake up in Regency England.

Q. How did you research your novel? And what does B.B. King have to do with Jane Austen?

A. I read everything I could find on the period, and I traveled. I went to London, to Bath, to little country villages frozen in time. I went to the Assembly Rooms where Anne Eliot longed to catch Captain Wentworth’s eye. I went to conjure the past through the lens of my twenty-first-century protagonist’s mind. While searching for articles on the Internet, I also stumbled across a bunch of Jane-centric groups and fansites. (Apparently there were people as addicted to Austen as I was.) The only group I joined was JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America. I never thought of myself as much of a joiner, but they were a scholarly group whose publications were food for my research. Or so I reasoned. So what if some of them liked to dress in period costumes for their annual Regency ball? Was that so wrong? Wouldn’t I like to don an empire-waisted muslin and learn English country dancing and pretend I was Gwyneth Paltrow dancing with Jeremy Northam? The very thought was enough to make me break out in a cold sweat.

No, I decided, there was no reason for me to actually attend a JASNA meeting, not even when they blew into LA. for their annual confab. Truth is, I was afraid of being in a room with other people who were not only as obsessed with Austen as I am, but who also had no problem labeling themselves as such. Might it not be like going to an AA meeting and admitting publicly I had a problem? Like my protagonist, I didn’t know if I was ready for that.

My husband, however, insisted I go. Alone.

After willing myself through the glass doors of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA and down the grand columned and chandeliered hallway, I made my way to the JASNA registration table. The women at the table were all giddy about B.B. King, who had apparently just passed by, caught sight of the sign, and said, “Jane Austen! I love Jane Austen!” Thrilled, they gave him a tote bag.

Picturing the blues legend carrying around a canary yellow bag emblazoned with the JASNA acronym, it suddenly hit me: If B.B. King could love Jane Austen publicly, couldn’t I?

And so I came out of the Janeite closet that weekend. I went to every talk and lecture I could, short of cloning myself so that I could attend three at once. I took English country dance lessons and danced every dance at the ball. Most of all, I met a lot of wonderful people who love to read Jane Austen. Over and over again. And my world’s a better place because of it.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • Would you have handled things differently if you found yourself in Courtney’s/Jane’s situation? Which things would you have done differently? Which things would you have done the same?

    Had you witnessed my behaviour there, I can hardly suppose you would ever have thought well of me again.— Frank Churchill, in Jane Austen’s Emma

  • How does Courtney/Jane use Jane Austen’s novels as a means of making sense of her world? Have you ever turned to your favorite books or films for inner strength, guidance, or comfort?

    “Oh! it is only a novel!” replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. It is . . . in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.— Henry Tilney, in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

  • How do you interpret the ending of the book?

    Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.— From Mansfield Park

  • Aside from the societal restrictions on a woman’s mobility, career choices, and living arrangements that Courtney/Jane faced in 1813, have parental, peer, and personal attitudes toward unmarried women fundamentally changed since Jane Austen’s day?

    Ah! Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman.— Lydia Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

  • One of the ways in which Courtney/Jane defines herself is by what she reads. To what extent do we define ourselves by what we read? To what extent do we form our opinions of others based on what they read?

    The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Henry Tilney, in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

  • Like Courtney/Jane, have you ever found yourself in a situation where your very concept of who you are was fundamentally challenged?

    Till this moment, I never knew myself.— Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

  • What are the things you think you would enjoy the most about being in Jane Austen’s world? What are the things you might find particularly challenging? Is there anything in the contemporary world that you absolutely could not do without?

    One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.— Emma Woodhouse, in Jane Austen’s Emma

  • If it were possible for you to be someone in Jane Austen’s world, who would you wish to be? Would you prefer a round-trip ticket to that world, or one-way only?

    The distance is nothing, when one has a motive . . .— Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
    Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
    Meet Courtney Stone, a modern LA singleton who mysteriously wakes up from a booze induced stupor to be transported back in time into the body of Regency era Jane Mansfield. No, that's not the actress Jayne Mansfield, but I love the play of words. We see plenty of that as author Laurie Viera Rigler places her modern thinking Jane Austen addicted heroine Courtney into the 1813 era life of Jane, an unmarried woman of thirty who is also facing a cross roads in her life after a riding accident knocks her unconscious and her threatening ma'ma is determined that she conform or be sent to the insane asylum. Even though Courtney has inhabited Jane's body, she has no recollection of her memories, only adding to her frustration and angst. Jane's world could not possibly be worse than her own shattered life back in the future after her fiancé Frank shagged their wedding cake designer, and her best friend Wes covered up for the cad. The engagement is off in her own life, but with her new personae Jane, it has yet to happen, much to the disapprobation of her mercenary ma'ma who is quite determined that she accept her latest suitor Charles Edgeworth. This dishy buck is even richer and more handsome than Mr. Darcy, so Courtney can not understand Jane's hesitation in accepting him. Not knowing their back story she trys to fake her way through, all the while reminding herself that it is all a dream and she will wake up or get back to her own life at any moment. Until then, she must negotiate her way through a time where repugnant body odor is ignored, blood letting common practice, and the social customs and mores for a women in her upper class station are so restrictive that her 21st-century sensibilities clash even after her years of reading Jane Austen novels. With stream of consciousness, pulse beating detail, we follow Courtney/Jane through her travails, cringe over her disgust, feel her anxiety, share in her laughter, and find hope after she meets a fortune teller in Bath who might have the answers to how this mysterious transformation took place, and how she can get home. Courtney Stone is one of those characters that you just want to wrap up in a big hug. A cross between Bridget Jones and Catherine Morland, author Viera Rigler has crafted a young woman so fresh, funny and real she could be your best friend, workmate or YOU in the same situation! Her use of driving first person narrative places the reader within her heroine's mind adding intensity, candor and humorous insight. Her encounter with Jane Austen herself on a London street is so hilariously embarassing that it was the high point of the novel for me. Once you have begun on Courtney/Jane's journey, you will be hard pressed to put it down, hooked on living her Regency era life through the filter of her quirky Jane Austen sensibilities. What Courtney discovers about herself through her gradual transformation will pleasantly remind you of why we all become Austen addicts to begin with. Laurel Ann, Austenprose
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Definitely worth the read!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Beware the Jane Austen in the title! If you love Jane Austen this book is a sad disappointment. An American full of obsessions with body odour, beautiful teeth and self absorbtion trying to write about Regency England is a recipe for disaster. The story premise is quite good, unfortunately not a lot of research went into this book other than re-reading Jane Austen many times over. I did finish it, but wouldn't recommend buying it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    this book would have been great except for the author's quirky idea of having the woman who is time traveling arrive in a different body. this, at best, makes the whole plot less personal, and at worst, makes the novel down right creepy. It was a lovely idea for a time travel book that has been seriously marred by this odd time of plot twist.
    lalawe on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    A few months after a bad breakup, a woman wakes up in a Regency England - in a body that¿s not her own. Now, I¿ve always had suspension of disbelief problems with ¿modern person goes into the past / into a fantasy world, etc¿ plots. Unlike many of these books, I found Courtney¿s (or Jane¿s - whatever you want to call her) reactions believable. She quickly grasps the consequences of acting like a moderm women in Regency times.Besides that, the plot was pretty boring. Not to say, really, that much of consequence happens in an Austen book, but it is her phrasing and wit that makes her books sparkle - unfortunately, this book lacks it. There is some fun in visiting Jane Austen¿s England with a modern eye - but I¿m sure there are certainly some non-fiction books that have done this better. Basically, it smells bad. And is gross. Oh, and women have no options besides marrying. Speaking of which, the romance subplot of the novel? Kinda lame, and your generic ¿oh noes! misunderstanding!¿ is resolved neatly.Overall, it¿s diverting, but nothing special.
    verbafacio on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict has the questionable distinction of being better than average in a generally subpar genre. Chick lit books involving modern women traveling to inexplicable places and times tend to bring out mediocre writers for some reason. Rigler is smarter than average, and she has created a book that is entertaining, if not particularly enlightening. If this genre appeals to you, you could do much worse than Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. The title, by the way, has very little to do with the book itself.
    Gofita on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    This had such a fantastic premise. Time travel and a modern-day woman heading back into the time of Jane Austen. I just didn't like where Laurie Viera Rigler headed with the plot. Even at the end of the next novel, hardly anything was cleared up. I was really disappointed.SPOILER ALERTPlus just can't buy into the view that we're all one across time and space. I'm an individual and as such I just didn't buy into her philosophy. I hated that neither one of the women get back into their own bodies...I think it's all about learning from one another and how to be happy with ourselves in our own lives not in someone else's. Just my two cents worth. It was OK, but nothing I'll ever read again.
    tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    I read the sequel first and just now finished the first novel. I quite enjoyed it and liked Courtney/Jane's transformation. There were a some fun moments when Courtney was out of place and trying to reconcile her modern sensibilities with Jane Austen's England, but Ms. Rigler managed to use those experiences in a way that showed Courtney's growth as a person, not just as an adjustment to her new circumstances. Great first book.
    Kegsoccer on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    I really wanted to like this. I've started reading "Jane Austen sequels" and this is one of the books that kept popping up in my search. Obviously the premise of this book is a bit different then those books which are meant to be almost direct sequels to "Pride and Prejudice" or any of Austen's other works. Unfortunately this one ranks last out of the three books I've read. I felt like this was an interesting take on Austen- inserting a modern girl into the past. However the main character wasn't likeable at all. I didn't find her funny and she simply kept getting on my nerves. I almost put the book down because I couldn't get into it. I did struggle on, and once the main character wised up a bit the story went more smoothly. I have to say that the flashbacks to modern time were jarring and didn't really help the story. And the end totally lost me. I'm not sure what the author was going for, but she made what should have been fun and interesting chick lit into a something completely the opposite. Sorry can't recommend this one. I'm off to try "Austenland: A Novel" next. Edit: I finished "Austenland" and really enjoyed it! So maybe skip this one and head for "Austenland" instead.
    lemuralley on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    Not horrible, but goofy. Needed an editor to remove half of the navel-gazing and replace it with character development to further the story.
    iBeth on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    This book was fun, but I lost interest partway through and skipped to the end. The best part was seeing the character adjust to the past. The ending seemed a little abrupt.
    Magadri on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    This was a quick read. Overall, I was fairly satisfied with the story. It was definitely entertaining and the look "behind-the-scenes" of Jane Austen novels was humorous and eye opening. However, the ending of the novel left something to be desired. Rigler did not neatly tie up the ending to her novel as Austen does with hers. I was left wondering what happened to everyone and if the "body-switch" had any lasting effects on the main character.
    jannief on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    A 21st century woman (complete with modern-day ideologies) somehow ends up in a 19th century woman's body without anyone knowing the difference. This transfer is never really explained. It's rather interesting to watch her struggle however. She loves Jane Austen books and so has always romanticized that time period (as Austen fans do) yet she brings up things that we don't think about when we read the books - the bad hygiene, the confining clothing, the class barrier, etc. The romance was just so-so as I don't feel the male character was developed enough. It was just an okay story. Good for a quick read.
    EeyoreGal on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! I am a HUGE fan of Jane Austen novels - and this book was great! Once I started reading I never wanted to put it down! This is a great book for anyone who has ever dreamt of meeting their own Mr. Darcy or wondered what it would have been like to experience the world of Austen novels.
    jasmyn9 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    Courtney is having a bad couple months. She finds her fiance is a flirt and possible more and her best friend was covering for him. She decided to take solace in some nice hard liquor and a Jane Austen novel. The next morning she wakes to find herself no longer Courtney living in LA, but Jane Mansfield living in England...a long time ago.As Courtney/Jane struggle to figure out what happened to send her into another time, place, and body...she comes to learn that not everyone is as they seem and first impressions don't usually last. The story of Courtney as Jane is a wonderful adventure into the world of Jane Austen, full of romance, mistaken intentions, and best friends. The story ends in a somewhat traditional Austen fashion, but is even more wonderful because of it.4/5
    January_F on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    (NOTE: This review was written when I initially read the book in 2008 - before there was a sequel.)Maybe I read to many fantasy novels and watched too many Sci-fi shows, but while this was a fun book with a great premise, I found the lack of details regarding the ¿hows¿ of time travel disappointing. I¿m not sure how Courtney ended up in Jane¿s body¿ Or what happened to Jane during that time ¿ especially since it was Jane who wished she was someone else. The final chapter didn¿t really wrap things up for me, and if anything, it left me with more questions.It would have been great if we could see Jane¿s experiences during our time as well. And all that self-discovery about Wes ¿ where did that go? I just felt like I was left hanging¿
    colls2009 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    When will I learn my lesson and stop reading published Jane Austen fanfiction? This book could have easily been titled "Confessions of a Molly Sue." I was shocked when I reached the end and discovered that the author teaches creative writing--I spent the entire book cringing at how undergrad-writing-seminar-ly awful the prose was, even writing "show don't tell!" in the margins. It's not that I don't like fantasy, I just can't read it done poorly. The central character was insufferable in her denseness and shallowness, the writing was almost unbearable, and I wish I had trusted my gut and abandoned the book after the first chapter. Don't waste your time; just reread P&P or Persuasion if you need an Austen fix.
    DWWilkin on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    Watching Lost in Austen, the recent British television show, it was clear that a literary version had to be out there somewhere. This is not quite it, but it is close. Lost in Austen however was much better for some significant reasons that this author has allowed into her work.When reading the acknowledgments you see that she is patting herself on the back for being a member of JASNA, and with the presentation, this book seems aimed at that group and not your average reader of fiction. Then to establish character we have little factoids that have nothing to do with our storyline, such as the date of the last handmade Mercedes Benz. Something that has nothing to do with the price of tea in England.The book could have been significantly better if we had seen more of the incongruity of a young woman of our era thrown back to that era. As such we do not see it enough. We have a discussion of using a toothbrush and taking a bath. Little else to immerse ourselves as our heroine would certainly be struggling to understand these differences. We can find fault in so many devices that the author tries to use to make the story work and then in not keeping with the base plot but adding even more paranormal activity, with the use of a fortune teller we never need to meet, to further muddle things for us, and never return to. Keeping it simple and playing with all that she had to work with, without adding a great deal of this extraneous material could have made this book read as many times as Lost in Austen is watched. Instead it, and the totally and completely ruinous scene where the author just had to bring in JANE shall be placed on the shelf.
    Kirconnell on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    A modern woman awakens to find herself in another woman's body and life.....a life in 19th century England. A charming little fuff of a book with references to Jane Austen and her classic works. I found it to be a fun, amusing book to lighten a dismal weekend.
    mysteena on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    Imagine waking up and finding yourself stuck back in the era of Jane Austen. Such is the premise for this book and it is a slightly odd one. There is no time traveling, no scientific explination as to why this twenty first century woman is suddenly trapped in the body of a rich, Austen-era woman. Aside from such a shaky premise for a book, it is a somewhat interesting read. She obviously did a lot of historical research to accurately represent the novel with historical correctness. All the realities that are left out of the Austen novels are explored in this one: the foul smell of everyone's body odor, the realities of dealing with menstruation, and the truly limited scope of a single woman's life.It's a very easy read, what I generally refer to as a "fluff" book. I did get a little tired of the constant running dialogue in her head. I felt like the book could have been shorter. Still, it made me realize that I need to read some Jane Austen this summer!
    Kasthu on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    In Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Courtney Stone, a modern LA girl, wakes up to find herself in the body of Jane Mansfield, a thirty-year-old single woman living in Regency England. Courtney, who back in LA was nursing a bad breakup with alcohol and Jane Austen¿s Pride and Prejudice, finds herself nearly appropriating Jane¿s life.The one thing this book has going for it is humor. Courtney¿s reactions to certain situations in which she finds herself were told with a style that made me laugh out loud. It¿s a fast-paced novel that had me quickly turning pages. And there¿s no lack of plot here.But I thought some of the characters were a little bit weak. We don¿t learn very much about Courtney¿s life back in LA until the halfway point of the book, when I thought that information could have been given earlier. Jane¿s relationship with Mr. Edgeworth seemed a little bit constrained (but maybe that was the nature of 19th-century romantic relationships). The names Rigler used for her characters seemed as though they had been borrowed from Jane Austen¿s novels.That said, I loved Mrs. Mansfield, Jane¿s mother, who nearly stole the show, what with her practically forcing Jane and Edgeworth together. In all, this was a very cute novel about the differences between two time periods. It turns out, however, that Courtney and Jane¿s lives are not as different as they might appear to be on the surface. Recommended if you want something light.
    maggie1944 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    A quick read, perhaps best classified as chick-lit or a beach book. A modern young woman wakes up in the 1800s in England living out a Jane Austen story. The young woman knows a lot about this time and setting as she is, in modern times, addicted to Jane Austen's books. I enjoyed it as a quick read for a book group but I am not sure I ever would have chosen it. I would recommend it as a book to read while on vacation being distracted by sunshine, swimming pools, good looking companions. I know some readers enjoy quick, easy reads and do not need to have deeply developed characters, or complex plots. This book is most likely meant for these reader, not so much me.
    KarenAJeff on LibraryThing 1 days ago
    I didn't really enjoy this book,.
    SandSing7 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
    A great idea gone terribly wrong. The book was riddled with ridiculous scenes including an interview with a fortune teller, a semi-pornographic proposal, and a run-in with Jane Austen herself, where the main character not only acted like a stalker but chatted incessantly about movies of the future - a tremendous waste of even an imaginary conversation with Miss Austen. There were moments where Edgeworth's dialogue pulled me into the time period, but the long strings of rhetorical questions quickly brought me back to reality. Real Jane Austen lovers should skip it, and go read Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time.
    khuggard on LibraryThing 3 months ago
    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was extremely disappointing. It is the story of modern woman, Courtney, transported back to Jane Austen's time where she inhabits the body of a 30 year old woman, Jane. Though its premise is promising, this book had far too many plot holes and unresolved questions. We never really find out how or why Courtney ended up in Jane Austen's world and how or why she returned to her life. We never learn where Jane is while Courtney is inhabiting her body and what happens to Courtney when she returns to her own life. Furthermore, most of the characters are flat and based on stereotypes and none of the relationships seem convincing. Not recommended.