Lies Jane Austen Told Me

Lies Jane Austen Told Me

by Julie Wright

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Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

Ever since Emma Pierce read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So when it turns out that what her boyfriend Blake wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, only to find her job threatened when her boss brings in a consultant to help her expand the business to the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate. But as perfect as Lucas seems, he clearly has his secrets. After all, there’s an angry woman demanding money from him and a little girl who Lucas feels responsible for.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must figure out the truth—and soon—if she wants any hope of writing her own “happily ever after” ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629723426
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Proper Romance Contemporary Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 466,476
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen, and has since written twenty-three novels. She has a husband, three kids, a dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, traveling, speaking at schools, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

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Chapter One
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen is a horrific liar.

I used to believe that Jane, my Jane, could never be wrong about anything. She was the quintessential authority on all things to do with love, romance, and matrimony. Her complete works were the guidelines and rules I lived my romantic life by: from my first introduction to the Regency period when I'd been fifteen years old, and my best friend's mother begged us to join her in watching the movie Emma-the version with Gwyneth Paltrow in it.

How could I not love an author who wrote a book and named it after me? It didn't hurt that I had a lot of the same features as Gwyneth Paltrow: pale blonde hair, pale skin, pale blue eyes.

But as I moved into my mid-twenties, and no men ever acted as gallantly as Mr. Knightly or Mr. Darcy, where no one ever called my blue eyes fine or tucked my hair behind my ear, I came to a startling and wretched revelation: Jane never found love. Experience from my collegiate years taught me that it was far better to take advice from people who had walked the walk instead of just talked the talk. Jane died an unmarried woman, which in her day was something disastrous. In my current residence of modern day America, married or not married didn't matter much. But to be unloved . . . that was disastrous. And I spent so much of my time being unloved that I knew something had to change if I wanted a different ending than my once-hero author. I had to stop believing her.

The bad thing, the little secret I carried with me all through my liberal education and feminist discussions with my friends as I worked my way to executive levels in my company, was that I loved love. I wanted to be loved and to give love and to fight and make up and smile across the room at the one my heart raced for-smile because I would know he was mine. I wanted it too much and was disappointed too often. Jane and I had to split up.

Breaking up with Jane was far worse than breaking up with any boyfriend. I felt as jilted by that lady author from two hundred years ago as I'd ever felt in love. The revelation of Austen-style deceit allowed me to turn my focus to work instead of romance. That shift in focus was how I found myself at the office at the end of a Friday before a holiday weekend instead of chasing ridiculous romantic dreams.

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Lies Jane Austen Told Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Emma has been in love with Mr. Darcy ever since she read Pride and Prejudice. When the man she thought to be her Mr. Darcy turns out to be more like George Wickham, her whole world is shaken. However, there may be more to her brother than he seems. As a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, I had to give this a try. I’ve read some hits and some misses when it comes to other authors, but am always willing to try a new author. This one was kind of in the middle for me. At different times, the characters were a bit annoying misunderstandings just went on a bit long for me. Overall, not a bad book. I would like to try more books from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Emma seems to have it all. She’s a successful marketing officer for a big name gym and has a gorgeous boyfriend who wants to bring her home to meet his parents. She is also obsessed with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. So that trip to visit her boyfriends parents turns into a wedding proposal…. in her own head. When that turns out to not be true, she feels betrayed by Jane and the now ex-boyfriend and throws herself into her job 24/7. When her company hires a consultant, she’s dismayed to find out it’s her ex’s brother Lucas. Who turns out to be nothing like his brother. He’s not only handsome but gives away all of his free time to those more unfortunate than he. When Lucas and Emma travel together on business they get to know each other better and she falls a little bit in like with him. But… he keeps trying to get her back together with his brother! I listened to Lies Jane Austen Told Me, which is narrated by Justine Eyre (and very well done too!). It was the perfect book to listen to while driving to and from work, lighthearted and fun, the narration bringing to life all of the personalities in this love story. Blake, Emma’s ex is rather full of himself. He’s from a wealthy family and doesn’t want to settle down long term. When they break up, he rallies trying to win Emma back, but she has a hard time re-falling in love with him, realizing that maybe they just didn’t suit. When Emma gets to know his brother Lucas, his complete opposite, she is amazed that they were raised by the same parents. When she finds out Lucas’s background she realizes how much they have in common and can’t stop thinking about him. Lucas, however, never stops trying to fix her back up with his brother. 100% loyal, which is nice and all, but kind of annoying when I really wanted him to take a chance a LOT sooner. Like Mr. Darcy, Lucas seemed too good to be true. Except he wasn’t. He was the real thing. Emma had her work cut out in trying to make him see that they were the perfect fit, even though she started out with the wrong brother. There is a lot of silliness, some seriousness and a lot of heart in this sweet love story. My first by Julie Wright, but not my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Totally worth the read
KBreads More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so much fun from beginning to end! Emma has broken up with Blake, but unfortunately is stuck working with Blake's younger brother Lucas...who turns out not to be so bad afterall. But with Emma starting to have feelings for Lucas, who has loyalty toward Blake, who is starting to realize that he was an idiot for letting Emma go--Emma's life gets very complicated, very quickly. Emma's voice was fun and relatable, and I adored Lucas. I enjoyed seeing inside his life and what drove him to make the decisions he made. My favorite part was when Emma met Lucas and Blake's mom--and hearing what their mom said about Jane Austen. It made me want to stand up and cheer! I especially loved seeing all the connections to different Jane Austen novels (and even to Jane's life!) which were really fun for a Jane fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Jane Austen fan and a complete romantic at heart. I love the way that Julie Wright brings such a beloved classic to a contemporary light and gives this age-old story a slightly new twist. By doing so, my heart was happy because I could feel the comfort of an old familiar favorite but the exhilarating freshness was something new. Have you ever taken someone's words as law and then been disappointed when it turns out they weren't as magical as you thought they were? That's kind of what happens to Emma. She is a great character, let me just say. On one hand, she's very competent and strong, but on the other hand, she only needs to be loved and when her boyfriend, Blake, disillusions her with his fishy ways, she goes as far as to renounce Jane Austen. *gasp!* The cast of characters is pleasurable and I loved getting to know Lucas, Blake's brother, better, especially as he's thrown together with Emma through their jobs. In fact, I daresay that Lucas's vague persistence nearly made me swoon a few times. This story really resonated with me and I adored it all. The middle portion was slightly slower, but I honestly couldn't read it quickly enough. I especially loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Sometimes hard things happen to great people and I love how both Emma and Lucas are able to triumph over their pasts. This is a great read for any Austen lover. Content: mild romance *I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions.*
quibecca More than 1 year ago
Again, Proper Romance hits it out of the ball park. This was an absolutely delightful read. I am in love with the cover. While I was reading this I got a "While You Were Sleeping" feeling, which is wonderful, because that is my favorite movie of all time. Let me start by saying that I love all things Proper Romance. They are such amazing, clean, entertaining and well written books. If you want to see more books in this series you can go here. I have read every single one of them and each one has been amazing. I mean, A MAY ZING! This book is no different. Emma thought she was in love with Blake Hampton. A young, wealthy bachelor who chose her. Emma was getting more responsibilities at work, that she had worked very hard for. Blake invites Emma to his parents house for the weekend, but Emma doesn't feel like she can go. She tells Blake she won't make it, but her team encourages her to have their work meeting, and then drive out to meet Blake and surprise him. Emma's team is convinced it is going to be a marriage proposal. When Emma showed up at the Hampton's Estate, it was she who got the surprise not Blake. It was then Emma realized she loved Blake more than he loved her. While leaving the Hampton house Emma upset, and angry, she realizes she doesn't have a way to get back home. When she stomps down the driveway, a car pulls up and asks if he can help. When Emma realizes it's Blake's brother she doesn't want to have anything to do with him, but also realized she would never make it back home without his help. Making it home, sad, disappointed, and hurt, Emma decides she is just going to focus all on work from now on. Then she gets put in charge of finding new locations for her business and they bring on someone new to help out. Of course, you guessed it, Lucas Hampton. Emma was NOT happy about the new companion she would have to deal with while trying to get over her ex. Now she is expected to find new locations, and work with her exes brother. A comedy of errors (okay maybe not comedic errors, but you'll get it) , and misunderstandings happen from that point on. Emma loving Jane Austen so much has decided she lied about how men were, and was going to give up on them and break up with Austen. Little by little she sees that her resolve is waining, and she is finding Lucas agreeable and easy to work with. I don't want to say much more because I want you to go and read it for yourself. The writing is beautiful. I felt as though I was a fly on the wall whenever Emma was around. I love it when a book pulls me in that way. If you like Jane Austen, then you will love this book. Like I said at the beginning it gave me a "While You Were Sleeping" feel, and it was FAN FREAKING TASTIC! I took this book in all in one day, because that is how much this book grabbed me. Forget dinners, kids, responsibilities, I mean who can deal with that kind of stuff when your in the throws of love, and hurt. hehehe. Okay, I wish I could say I was kidding about ignoring everyone and everything, but I am not. That his just how much I loved this book. Pick it up, you won't regret it!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Such a fun story! I loved how Austen was brought into the contemporary world, influencing Emma (even after the "renouncement") and showing why her classics are so well-loved and still relevant. I'm not generally a fan of love triangles, but since I knew from the synopsis that Lucas and Emma are meant to be together, I was able to view the rest as providing conflict and obstacles to their relationship. I loved the friendship they shared and couldn't wait for them to figure things out and get together! While there is plenty of fun banter and snarky thoughts, there are also deeper themes that are explored and I finished the book with a happy sigh :) (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emma Pierce, age 26, works for Kinetics which is a growing company that runs gyms. She is in a relationship with Blake Hampton, a wealthy man. Although he would like for her to meet his parents, she would rather spend the weekend watching a Pride and Prejudice marathon with her best friend. But her office friend encourages her to go to Blake’s and surprise him. Her surprise flops when she finds he has a stand-in girlfriend with him. He also laughs at her when she says she thought he was going to propose. As she makes her dramatic exit, Blake’s brother, Lucas, drives up and insists on seeing her home. Lucas is a nice guy and Emma appreciate his help. Imagine her surprise when Monday at work Lucas shows up as the consultant hired by Kinetics who will be acclimating the company to gain business on the east coast. Emma is embarrassed that he knows what happened over the weekend, but he turns out to be very understanding and knowledgeable about his business. A trip to the east coast finds them on a plane together showing Lucas as a white-knuckled flyer. Emma helps talk him through it and they are then on to business. During the trip, an assumption Emma makes about Lucas deeply insults him, so she has to really scurry to apologize. Emma has always believed that the edicts set down by Jane Austen are spot-on, but she soon finds that maybe they aren’t. Her attraction to both Blake and Lucas seems confused at times. Which man, if either, would be a good match for her? For me, this ended up being a good book. At times, I thought that Emma seemed to be a bit flaky but I think that one has to read the entire book before making a judgment on that. I would be interested to see what other readers feel about this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Lies Jane Austen Told Me" is a predictable book about Emma, a 26 year old who has always loved Jane Austen. However, she feels like all Austen's stories are completely fake, because not only did Jane herself end up alone, but in her own life, men just don't seem to be that great. The book begins when she is CMO for a fitness company and working later than she should be on a Friday for someone who was supposed to be visiting her boyfriend's family for the first time (and maybe getting a proposal). Emma has been dating Blake Hampton, a wealthy and attractive man, who she cares about. At her coworkers' urgings, she leaves work to surprise him at the family mansion. When she arrives, Emma is thrown for a loop, as not only is his family not at home, but he is cooking dinner for another woman. Angry, she leaves and is caught by his brother Lucas, who offers her a ride to the train station. She finally arrives home and returns to work on Monday only to learn that the CEO has hired a consultant to help her- and that consultant is Lucas. As she and Lucas work more and more closely, she begins to realize that she has feelings for him in a way she never did for Blake- but Lucas seems to only want to get her back together with Blake. In a series of near-constant misunderstandings and frustrating fighting of the feelings, this book becomes a little tedious. Add to that, Emma's complex about her mother leaving when she was 5 (despite having a super-great dad) and which has subsequently taken over her entire life- and which she feels is entirely comparable to being homeless and abandoned by a single parent at a shelter, and it becomes somewhat harder to like her. She seems a little spoiled and self-involved, as is Blake. That being said, I still read the whole book and enjoyed it overall. It definitely won't make my list of favorites, but Lucas was the sweetest and a really great character! I also wish we had gotten to know Silvia better, as she seems like an awesome person (even though she seems to exist primarily as a shoulder for Emma to cry on). It had its ups and downs but was overall a quick read and a predictable love story. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Emma is a fan of all things Austen, even taking pride in her attitudes that mirror those of Emma Woodhouse: instantly judgmental, stubborn and removed from the ‘need’ for love, even as she dreams of her own personal Darcy. In a relationship with Blake – she’s done that dance to avoid conflict and real emotions, even as she professes to be in search of that one love. Of course, Emma has a huge backstory that effects every move: her mother left without looking back when she was a small child – and that search for validation and the fear that instilled in her runs deep. Fortunately she had a wonderful father and a best friend who won’t hold back from calling her out on her bad choices. Blake is rich, a bit of a playboy and Emma’s convinced he is the epitome of Darcy come to life with his handsome dark features and his ability to seemingly do the right thing. She’s often finding herself off balance with him – highlighted with her spontaneous arrival at a declined invitation only to find he was less than welcoming. Here we meet Lucas, Blake’s brother, who decides he’ll take care of Emma – get her to the train, but a stop in a less than wonderful area provide her with no lack of fodder for her judgy suppositions. A new position at her company brings Lucas in as a consultant as they are making moves to the east coast, and his working knowledge of the area will be helpful. Knowing that she’s now working with Blake’s brother is disconcerting, discovering her compatibility with Lucas is even more difficult. The two have much in common, and were it not for Emma’s need to judge everything that strikes an emotional chord, they may have taken the opportunity to truly open up and get to know one another – asking the important questions. But – no. Emma’s constant back and forth, her dithering and Lucas’ belief that his brother is truly the one worth having a relationship kept the story in a loop that dragged the pacing and progress. A bit of a mixed bag for me – the concept and the eventual growth that Emma eventually achieves work well, except despite her own love for Austen, she missed the most important lessons from her novels. While I could appreciate her use of Austen as a familiar friend, her literal application of lessons she started to absorb as a young teen didn’t change and grow with her own experience, and even reading the novels repeatedly didn’t bring new insight. A book of this length should have been a quick read – I found myself frustrated with Emma and tired of the repetitive nature of her navel gazing, and think that some of the more protracted moments could have been removed or moved forward more quickly. What did emerge was growth and some delightful moments with her best friend and Lucas’ niece April in this wholly clean and teen appropriate contemporary romance. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME explores the rocky, unfair, and rather confusing search for love in a modern world. But often it is when you stop looking that you find it. A cute contemporary romance filled with high hopes, dark realities, and tough choices, this book will sweep you away and have all those stuck in the frustrating dating world nodding their heads in understanding. **Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
Old_Tome More than 1 year ago
Isn't that cover fun? I liked the concept from the start, but even more so by the time I finished the book. Great choice on the design. And then...what an absolute joy to read! In fact, if I could give it six stars, I probably would. Not that it was life-changing or anything, but everything about it was so fun. First, the voice of the main character, Emma. She's an intelligent, caring person who tries so hard to see the best in everyone, but beyond that, I loved her spunky, snarky thoughts, yet at the same time, her insecure side she needs to work through. She's relatable. All the characters are well crafted and interesting--not just carbon copies of Jane Austen characters. Which leads me to another aspect of the book I really liked. I appreciated that it wasn't a strict retelling of just one Jane Austen novel, but that it has bits and pieces of each. And I loved Caroline Hampton's speech about the impact Jane Austen has had on writing and women--love it so much that I dog-eared the page, and I'm not that kind of reader!! So glad there are authors out there who write clean, fun stories like this!