Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

by Beth Pattillo

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ISBN-13: 9780824947712
Publisher: Ideals Publications
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

RITA Award—winning author, Beth Pattillo combines her love of knitting and books in her engaging Sweetgum series. Pattillo served on staff with churches in Missouri and Tennessee before founding Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program. Pattillo is the married mother of two children and lives in Tennessee.

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Aquamarine82 More than 1 year ago
I love anything Jane Austen so when I saw this title in the store, I had to read it. I always judge how well I'm going to like a book by how deeply engrossed I get within the first few pages. Will I stand in the bookstore reading in the isle all the way up to chapter 3? Or will I get bored and put it down after page 2. Well, this one had my attention from the beginning and kept it. You feel for the main character and everything that she's been through that led her to England. Broke, divorced, and discredited, she heads to England on a wild goose chase. And you're right along with her as she's teased with new writings by Jane Austen, and will be eager to learn the next discovery just as much as she. The main character thinks that the ideals Jane Austen wrote in her novels about love and marriage are a cause of her emotional strife, but she grows throughout the book and not only finds Jane Austen, but herself.
Lulu_Burroughs More than 1 year ago
After walking in to find her husband and her teaching assistant having a sexual fling on the dining room table, Emma's well-ordered life falls apart, along with her university career specializing in the literary works of Jane Austen. Since it was Austen's novels that made Emma believe in happy endings in the first place, she heads to England with plans to discredit the long dead author, whom she now feels was no real authority on love and relationships. However, what Emma discovers in her literary research is that Austen experienced her own disappointments in life and love due to the choices she made. The more Emma learns, the more she evaluates her own life choices, her relationships with others, and the paths she ignored or did not take. Her journey to England is one of self discovery that gives her a new respect for Austen, as well as a fledgling sense of self worth and the confidence to explore new found possibilities in love and her career.
threezcharming More than 1 year ago
A definitely different take on Jane Austen characters! I enjoyed this and look forward to reading other books by this author!
Orla More than 1 year ago
This book will have you guessing everything that you read in it and wondering if Jane Austen's works were a hint as to a secret that she kept. I enjoyed this story so much and I also liked how there was no cursing anywhere in the dialogue. The storyline flowed so easily that I could picture myself with Emma on her amazing journey around London and its surrounding cities.
kel-kel More than 1 year ago
Wonderful cast of characters. Great story full of tiny little tidbits you might not have known otherwise, along with a few made up ones .. just to keep things interesting. Honestly makes me wish there really was some secret Jane Austen society!
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
American college professor Emma Grant always does the right thing and expects the same from others. She acquired her expectations from her minister father and her favorite author Jane Austen, who both taught her to believe in the happily-ever-after. Life was turning out as planned until she unexpectedly discovers her husband's affair with her teaching assistant who in turn falsely accuses her of plagiarizing another author's work. An academic scandal ensues prompting an investigation and removal from her prestigious teaching position, denunciation by academia, and an ugly divorce leaving poor Emma at a turning point in her life. She had always believed in the possibility of finding her Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley and settling down to martial bliss. How could Jane Austen have ruined her life?

Without a job, husband, reputation or money, she packs up and off to London on the invitation of an elderly woman Mrs. Parrot who claims to have a stash of undocumented letters written by Jane Austen. If this woman's claims are true, they might be the famous missing letters that Jane Austen's sister Cassandra inherited after her death in 1817 and supposedly burned deeming them to personal for public view. If authenticated, they represented the ultimate Holy Grail of Austenalia and the ticket to Emma's academic and personal happiness. The enigmatic Mrs. Parrot is not quite ready to just hand them over to anyone, even if they have been summoned to her house. Emma must prove her worthiness to Mrs. Parrot, one of the 'Formindables', a secret society of devoted Janeites named after Jane's own moniker of herself and sister Cassandra in their later years. Mrs. Parrot sends Emma on a series of Austen related tasks/tests to prove she's up to snuff visiting Steventon, Chawton, Bath and other Austen haunts. Along the way she encounters many coincidences including a reappearance after ten years of a previous boyfriend Adam and a new man Barry who just happens to pop up unexpectedly along her journey all adding to the mystery surrounding the letters and their importance.

Jane Austen Ruined My Life is an intriguing and quick read that succeeds on so many levels by blending accurate biographical and historical information about Jane Austen's life and works (major kudos to Pattillo) with a contemporary adventure romance that at times is reminiscent of The Last Templar where the heroine is thrown into a quest to discover ancient information that will change our current perceptions. Austen enthusiast will appreciate discovering all the Jane Austen lore and references, and romance readers will identify with the modern heroine and her adventure. Anglophiles will enjoy the added benefit of Ms. Pattillo's past residence and many trips to England as she describes familiar haunts in London and Jane Austen travel destinations with aplomb. My one quibble is that Emma's romantic decision could have ended differently. Obliviously, I am not as evolved as the heroine yet, and expect my Jane Austen happily-ever-after!

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
1morechapter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now the only friendship I still had, however unexpected, had been upended. I was tired of being adrift. Tired of romance and attraction and all the complications and ruination it entailed. Tired of trying to find some pattern, divine or not, in what had happened, what was happening to me. Most of all, though, I was tired of Jane Austen ruining my life. ¿ p.146Emma Douglas has just found her husband cheating on her, and she blames Jane Austen¿s novels (as well as her parents¿ own happy marriage) for leading her to believe that there are always happy endings. Devastated by her personal and professional life, she travels to England in search of Jane Austen¿s missing letters, where, coincidentally, she also bumps into her old college friend Adam.I really enjoyed Beth Pattillo¿s `what-if¿s¿ concerning Austen¿s personal life and letters, particularly her take on which of Austen¿s books most closely mirrored the author¿s (imagined) life. I was also fascinated by Emma¿s treks around Austen¿s old haunts and the real personal history of the author. Mixing fact and fiction, this book is a fun and quick read that most Austen fans will appreciate.2009, 270 pp.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book to read. There's a little bit of intrigue, and a walloping dose of romance, and a surprising dose of personal growth. I enjoyed this jaunt through the places where Jane Austen lived and I liked the speculative thoughts on the life of the famous author. Worth the read!
nicole_a_davis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always interested in trying these books inspired by Austen, but they invariably disappoint--after all I'm expecting them to be as good as Austen and that's a high standard. But this one was particularly bad with very weak characterization and a boring, predictable, and unbelievable plot. At times it seemed like the author was trying to make it a "Da Vinci Code" for Austen lovers what with the secret society and missions to uncover hidden details, but it wasn't even as good as that. I was particularly annoyed at how the author kept referring to the men in Austen's stories as heros, as if they did nothing but save the damsels in distress and sweep the women off their feet--but what makes Austen's characters so good is their complexity and real humanity. That seems to have been too much for this author to realize, much less mimic in her own novel.
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma was ruined both professionally and personally. When her divorce was final she packed her wedding rings and some clothes and went to London. In London Emma completes six tasks in order to learn the truth of Jane Austen's missing letters. In the end Emma realies that it was she and not Jane Austen that ruined her love life.
laurscartelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I set out to read this book, I didn't bother to read the back. It left me in anticipation of what kind of disheartening conclusion the narrator must have come to, to inspire the title and events of this quick 270-page read.As most people would expect, it begins with the aftermath of a romantic betrayal. I say it is expected because many people credit Jane Austen with being their rock and resource in the world of courtship and love, and the betrayal of something that Jane would have inspired would indeed lead to ruin. Our narrator, Emma Grant, has recently divorced from her husband whom she found, shall we say, "laying the table," and as a direct result she has also been ousted from the academic community. She determines then and there to take up the hopeless task of discovering the lost letters of Jane Austen and exposing her as a fraud who lived a sad and depressing life, despite what her novels touted. Through a series of coincidences she manages to take an old friend along for part of the ride.At first I thought that the book would follow the line of A.S. Byatt's Possession in which the two main characters are tracing the history of two different authors (in this case it would have been Austen and Sir Walter Scott) and discover a common history and eventually a lineage between the two that leads directly to one of the main characters. This was not to be so. It does however focus on a period of time from which we have no letters at all from Jane Austen (similar to the situation in Possession), which is akin to Barbara Ker Wilson's The Lost Years of Jane Austen which has Jane travel to Australia during this period. Instead of going a little too far into fantasy, though, we remain in England and the "excerpts" that are eventually discovered do fit in rather well with what history and what letters we do have.In the end, to me, it felt a little more like reading Lauren Willig's The Secret History of the Pink Carnation while already knowing the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel: I already knew most of the facts, it was simply the introduction of an alternate theory that went along with the facts that was intriguing. The state of things in the novel makes sense because the truth is so very mysterious. We know that, in her adolescence, Jane made up fake entries in the church register, having herself married to three different persons. We are told that Jane's sister Cassandra burned most of Jane's correspondence after her death. We are told that Cassandra passed on a story (to a niece) about Jane having cared for a man on one of her visits by the sea. But that is all we know. Serial hearsay. Ms. Pattillo takes us through a course of what-if's following that mystery.Almost every new "fact" that she gives us is very plausible. The book made for an easy read not only because I already knew the facts, but because I wasn't stumbling over new ones. They felt real. They felt as if I were reading them right out of the collection of her letters that we do still have. And along the way we go on a course of healing with the narrator. She mends her heart in a very Jane way and life goes on, just as Jane would have had it. The only bit of material that tripped me up was a "letter" included towards the end in which Ms. Pattillo has Jane writing to Cassandra, from her bed in which she died three days later. "Jane" reassures Cassandra that she has been very happy to have Cassandra by her side for her whole life, that she does not regret living as such, and she goes on to tersely state how the heroes out of 5 of her 6 novels have factored into her life. To me this seemed a bit much. I can't imagine Jane lying in her bed in immense pain, citing herself--and leaving out Edmund altogether at that!All in all it was a very quick read but very enjoyable. The characters in our narrator's life make one somewhat hopeful. Especially Adam. Adam does not quite fit in to any of Austen's molds, but we know that he functions well as a means to a happy ending. B
risadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was average, it is a book to read to fill time. I didn't realize that this was Christian fiction until I finished reading the book and that kind of explained why the romance between Emma and Adam was not more developed, it would have made the book much more interesting. I am a Jane Austen fan and I liked the references to her history. However, the book was a bit too drab for me. As well the tasks that Emma had to complete for the Formidables weren't anything daunting or special. The author had a great premise and there was a lot more she could have done with this book.
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book at The Mother Ship (also known as Barnes & Noble), I had no idea that this was our heroine, Emma Grant's second literary appearance. As a reader, you should have no fear that you need to read Ms. Pattillo's first book featuring Emma before this one. I did not and I still found Jane Austen Ruined My Life to be a delightful, witty romp through England.I loved the setting - - I have always wanted to travel to England and having yet to get there, I savor any books that take place in that lovely foreign land. Ms. Pattillo, who states in her bio that she travels annually to Britain, describes even the most everyday highlights of British living, from the local Starbucks to riding the tube to jaunts to the local bookstore. Even having never been to London or the surrounding areas, I could picture each location almost clearly in my mind from the narrative.I could also relate to Emma. She realizes too late that she was married to a man who was controlling and didn't cherish her. She changed her life to suit him and his and it took something as cruel as catching him the act of adultery for her to make an official break. She is scarred and she is bitter about relationships but she isn't a bitter person. I could also understand her passion about finding potential secret letters written by Jane Austen and her one-minded drive in her hunt.The only thing I didn't like about Emma was her apparent blindness when it comes to Adam, her friend from college days whom she hasn't spoken to or seen since marrying Edward and who she runs into again upon arriving in London. It's painfully obvious, to this reader at least, that Adam has long held a torch for Emma and it was no coincidence that Emma and Adam's friendship was broken when she married Edward.Adam is a wonderful leading man - - thoughtful, generous and literate. Throughout much of the book I rooted for Emma to come to her senses and throw herself into Adam's arms - - in between rooting for Emma to find those Austen letters and reveal some tantalizing aspect of Ms. Austen's life.Jane Austen too is a central character of this smart piece of chick lit - - her name isn't just used to sell the book. There are no flashbacks but much of Jane is revealed, fictionally, through papers.In all, I found Jane Austen Ruined My Life to be a fun, intelligent read and a wonderful way to spend some quiet afternoons. The ending was not at all what I expected and some readers may find the ending questionable and objectionable. While it might have been a bit of a letdown, it didn't ruin the spirit of the book for me.If you're a fan of clever chick lit and/or Jane Austen, I recommend you pick up this book.
lmb209 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Jane Austen ruined my life" .. I'm going to England to get my revenge on Jane Austen. And my parents... to prove that there's no such thing as a happy ending. "Fleeing a cheating husband and a scandal poised to ruin her marriage and academic career, Emma follows a lead hinting a discovery of Jane Austen's lost letters. As she visits Jane Austen's homes and haunts while completing a series of tasks required by the mysterious Formidables to get full access to the letters, she discovers her meetings with old and new beaus are not coincidental and learns new things about Austen's life bearing on her own future.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. One thing I really relish, is being able to have an author allow me the luxury of stepping back into academia. Graduate school was one of those experiences that I loved and cherish, and enjoy escaping back into it through the pages of an author's text. In this case, I thought it was fun watching Emma research more about Jane Austen, and although her research tended to be more the "field" type of research, it was still fun to watch her intellectual curiosity increase as she learned more. You do get the sense that you know what's going to happen, but in reality, the novel ended much differently than I expected. I can't say that I liked the ending, and would have preferred the one I was expecting (a bit happier), but it still didn't totally detract from my enjoyment of the story as a whole.Emma's character is one that you connect with, and feel the pain of her broken marriage and job loss. This escape to England seems like a luxury, so it is fun to watch her pick up information about Austen, and then to try to determine how it all ties together. I quickly found myself loving her friend Adam, who was her previous flame. Adam might just be a bit too good to be true, but his role in the novel and in helping Emma to feel appreciated again, are interesting. Told as a sort of mystery, yet with this self-discovery by Emma entwined with it, I just thought it was a fun read. You think you know where the story is going, and you do to a point, but don't be completely deceived; the novel moves off in a direction that might just surprise you!
ashwey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute, light read. Really liked it and would recommend anyone looking for some good fluff.
AlisonsBookMarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun book for any Jane Austen lover!Fresh off an ugly divorce from her cheating husband, who also ruined her career, Emma goes on a pilgrimage to England to find the lost letters of Jane Austen. Emma is an Austen professor, an Austen fanatic, an Austen "junkie", as she sets out on her quest in hopes of restoring her credibility and reputation. What she restores is her faith and hope in all things Jane Austen...and herself."It's hard for modern-day people to imagine how lives used to be changed by the receipt of a letter. Today, bad news comes over the phone, in an e-mail, or via a text message. But in Jane Austen's day, important information had to travel by post, and so many historical, life-changing moments still rest upon the pages for us to witness." Jane Austen's life was recorded in her letters, but her sister, Cassandra, is believed to have destroyed Jane's letters before her death, leaving her fans without the knowledge of several years of her life. Thus, much of Austen's life remains a mystery, adding to the magic of her novels. This much is true. We also know from our literary texts that Jane Austen never married - but how could the woman who penned some of the greatest love stories ever told not have found her own true love? Beth Pattillo takes us on a wonderful journey to help fill in some of the gaps in Austen's personal life with a fictional tale of a secret society known as The Formidables, who swore to secrecy and to protect the lost letters of Jane Austen. She takes us from Austen's humble birthplace, her family's retreat in Bath, several stops in between, and finally to her last home where she spent her final days. This is not the fan-lit that is so popular now, taking Jane Austen's books and retelling them or creating would-be sequels. This is a book all unto its own.If you loved Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma and Sense and Sensibility as I did, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this lovely story of how these novels might have given us some clues into Jane Austen's true love life. Did she find her Mr. Darcy? Her Mr. Knightly? I will say, if you have not read Austen's classics, you might miss a few key references, like the Cobb from the scene in Persuasion where Louisa Musgrove jumped from the higher level of the Cobb instead of the lower steps, expecting Captain Wentworth to catch her. Even though Pattillo reminds us of the scene, it may not resonate with readers who haven't read the novel and feel a connection to it. Jane Austen's novels move me to laughter and tears, and reading Jane Austen Ruined My Life was pure joy. I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down.The only thing I would change about this book is the ending, which of course I won't give away. Still, I enjoyed this book so much that I have Beth Pattillo's Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart on my nightstand, and I can't wait to read that one!If you are a lover of Austen's novels as I am, read this book. It's a wonderful, light, fun story, and one that I had to keep reminding myself was fiction. I so wanted it to be true.
LauraT81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Jane Austen Ruined My Life, English professor Emma Grant is an expert on, and slightly obsessed with, Jane Austen. After losing her job and divorcing her cheating husband, Emma decides she is done believing in Austen's happy endings. Her opportunity to change her life comes when she's requested to visit England to see Austen's lost letters. Finally, she can reinstate her career, put happily ever after behind her, and expose Jane Austen as a liar. But when the owner of the letters sends Emma on a series of tasks, Emma finds herself in a moral delimma and in a romance with an old friend.This is an easy, rainy day kind of read that is a must for Austen fans. I thought it was fun, but believable enough to make the reader accept the "lost letters" as fact.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pre-judgements on books are always iffy. Without some kind of pre-judgement, without the weighing of cover art and blurb, opening a book cover would be like opening an unlabeled can: will it be beans, or cherry pie filling, or one of those gag snakes-on-springs things? But so often the data available on the outside of the book sets up the wrong expectations (or gives away too much of a mystery, but that's another rant)... I thought, based on the cute title and the cover photograph of a swooning woman and not much else, that Jane Austen Ruined My Life was going to be sheerest chick lit. A fluffy, funny, maybe occasionally biting romance novel. (Something can be both fluffy and funny - I have been chewed on by many's the puppy.) It started out that way. It started out fulfilling my expectations as fluff. Here is Emma Grant (speaking of Wrong Cover Blurbs - she's named as Emma Douglas on the back cover, though that may or may not be Edward's name?) on her way to England, leaving the ruins of her life smoking behind her. She discovered her husband om flagrante delicto, and her career as a professor at a prestigious university has been destroyed by a baseless claim of plagiarism. Now, unemployed and financed only by judicious sellings-off, she is flying across the Atlantic on the basis of some mysterious correspondence to get her hands on the letters of Jane Austen - long supposed to have been, at Jane's request, destroyed. With these letters she can "get back at" Jane Austen - Jane, who valued her privacy above all and wanted her letters never to be public; Jane, whose every book ended in a Happily Ever After which Emma has found resembles real life not at all. Jane, whose effect on a girl named Emma was to make her look for and expect her Mr. Knightley. It's all her fault, and exposing her letters to the public will not only be vengeance, but it will also most satisfactorily restore (and launch into the stratosphere) Emma's career. Win-win, with Jane's laundry, hopefully dirty, hung out for all to see. I knew a little about Jane Austen's life from whichever movie that was that I saw (not that one, the other one), and from general reading, but this did a lovely job of pointing up a few parallels (concrete and apocryphal) between her life and her work. Her situation when her father retired - and then when he died - is very like the Dashwoods' in the same position, except that Jane's brothers were kinder (not much more able to provide, but kinder). There is the fictional parallel between Jack Smith and Harriet Smith, and between Lt. Jack Smith and Captain Frederick Wentworth - how poignant to have Jane rewriting her life as it might have been, and for her sister Cassandra to take the place of Lady Russell. The sisters adored each other in reality, but it's a fascinating idea that Jane's portrayal of Lady Russsell, that scheming pompous bitch, was a way to vent her emotions ... Of course, what I just said is the best argument against any such thing, as the family knew the books as well as Jane did, and Jane would not have written to hurt any of them. The only problem with the parallels drawn in the book is that I was saying "Anne" and "Persuasion" chapters and chapters before Emma - and she should have said it long before me. A more valid parallel is "Jane Austen fainted when they told her they were moving" from their beloved home to Bath: this reminded me of Anne, when because of her father's insolvency they had to pack up and leave. Anne and Jane were both also at the beck and call of their siblings, though where Anne was cosseting her hypochondriac sister, Jane (and Cassandra) were in demand and happy to oblige assisting their beloved siblings with their large broods. As I said, it started out as fluff, and in fact I was cynically prepared to take umbrage on Jane's behalf ... Somewhere along the line, though, as Emma made her way through a series of tasks set by the letters' guardian; as she - to
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo caught my attention mainly because of the title. I also love the cover to this book. I had to find out how a beloved author who has been dead for some time could ruin anyone's life. Emma Grant believed in happy endings once upon a time. However recent circumstances have forced her to rethink her beliefs. Her marriage has fallen apart and she was recently fired from her job. The only thing that keeps her going is revenge. Revenge against Jane Austen. Emma seeks to expose Jane for the fraud she is. When Emma gets wind of the possible existence of letters written by Jane Austen and kept secret from the rest of the world she knows this is her ticket to getting her life back on track. Emma boards a plane to England to bring Jane Austen down.I really like the story line to this book. It's fun and fast paced. This book is full of great characters. I especially like Mrs. Parrot. She belongs to a secret society called The Formidables. The Formitables were created by Jane Austen's sister Cassandra. They are in possession of some of Jane's letters that Cassandra didn't want to destroy but she also didn't want the letters to be publicized either. Mrs. Parrot entices Emma to come to England to view these letters. However Mrs. Parrot does not give them up so easily. She sends Emma on sort of a scavenger hunt that not only teaches Emma a few things about Jane Austen but also helps Emma realize a few things about herself.Emma is a great character that I'm sure many people can relate to. She's been hurt and doesn't know how to trust anyone. While in England she runs into her former BFF, Adam. Emma and Adam had a falling out before she got married and haven't spoken in ten years. Adam is a dream. He's handsome, bookish, always carries a handkerchief and makes tea rather well. Emma and Adam try to rebuild their friendship but some obstacles stand in their way.I really enjoyed this book. I like everything from the storyline to the characters. It is a fun adventure about self discovery, learning to trust, and finding your own happy ending. I especially like the ending. I won't give anything away but I will say I didn't expect it. I thought Beth Pattillo did a fantastic job. I wish the Jane Austen letters had been real though. It would have been great to find out more about the mysterious Jane Austen. Pattillo did a great job channeling her inner Austen.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After her husband's betrayal destroys her marriage and her academic career, English professor Emma Douglas flees to London in response to a mysterious invitation. For two centuries the world has believed that Jane Austen's sister Cassandra destroyed most of Jane's letters upon her death. Emma's British correspondent claims to have these letters, and she offers to let Emma see them if she will first carry out some tasks. Emma blames Jane Austen for giving her false hope in happy endings, so she is determined to publish a work based on the long secret letters that will show the world that Jane Austen didn't live up to the ideals she espoused in her novels.Having once lived in North London, I enjoyed reading about Emma's visits to familiar places like Hampstead, Kensington, and Covent Garden. The book held my interest through to the end, but it probably isn't one I will reread. We learn a lot about Emma, who narrates the book, but the other characters are not developed to their potential. It might have worked better as a short story.Readers who are wary of the Christian fiction genre should not avoid the book for that reason. The book addresses moral and ethical issues without being over simplistic or "preachy".
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma Douglas, a Jane Austen scholar and professor of English, finds herself on a flight to London after her husband's affair with a university TA ends their marriage. Emma has been approached by a woman claiming to have many of the lost letters of Jane Austen, a gold-mine of a find for an Austen scholar. Emma meets the eccentric Mrs. Parrot and is sent on several mysterious tasks to deem her worthy of the huge responsibility of seeing all of the letters. Emma stays in her cousin Anne-Elise's apartment and of all things, a decade old flame, Adam, has arrived at the same time. Emma discovers a bit about herself while researching and visiting many Austen sites for the first time.
amanderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kinda fun chick lit for the Austen fan, but light weight.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
clever and entertaining as divorced Emma goes to England ans begins a tantalizing 'goose chase' to win the confidence of Mrs. Potter. This will allow her to see the j.a. letters never seen except by a few. Along the way, old love Adam is an integral part of the picture as Emma learns to be more realistic in her life....to give up the belief of 'happily ever after' for more reality.
Shuffy2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma Grant, has sold off most of her possesions, left her lying, cheating husband and run away to London for a Jane Austen truth finding- fact finding mission. She is hoping to uncover some secrets that will shed new light onto the life of Miss Austen, and when she meets up with the mysterious Mrs. Parrot who claims to have 'numerous' unpublished, unedited letters written by Jane Austen, Emma's head start to spin with publishing possibilites. The quest is more than she bargained for, especially when she runs into an old friend who just happens to be staying with her at her cousin's London flat. Will this trip make or break her?A great quick, easy read Austenites won't want to put down. As someone who feels 'ruined' by Jane Austen, the book is a balance of love, intrigue and fun. A must read to add to your list, fast and fun for a trip (great plane read) or a lazy afternoon.