Saturday, March 13, 2010

Book Review: Confessions of a Jane Austen addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Description (from Goodreads):
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. Especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

My thoughts: I have recently noticed that the local bookstore has added quite many Austen related books to their collection; first I found P&P&Zombies, then Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, and now this. I hope this flow of books continues even though it is BAD for my wallet. I visited the bookstore many times and everytime I hold this book in my hands but never bought it. Finally one day during my free lesson I went to the bookstore and bought it. And I am happy I did so,

I read some reviews from Goodreads before I started to read this book and because of that I did not really have high expectations towards this book (the book has only 2.99 average on Goodreads). I was positively suprised by the outcome. The idea of the book is great, a LA girl Courtney, suffering for a broke up has hit the Austen books, once again. One day she wakes up from a weird bed and pretty soon notices that she is not at LA, she is at regency England in a totally weird body to her. She is now Jane Mansfield, a 30 year old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Mansfield. She has new body, new accent but her own LA memories. As the time goes by she meets a lot of new people to her. As the time goes by Courtney's memories start to mix up with Jane's memories and Courney starts to get more and more clues of the life Jane lived before she took her place.

Since this book is Austen related, it must have a gorgeous, a little mysterious hero. In this book this hero is Mr. Edgeworth who reminds me a lot of Mr. Darcy, which is always a good thing. Courtney feels strong attraction towards Edgeworth, but when she starts to get more and more memories of Jane to her head she understands that the must be something mysterious in Edgeworth since Jane did not like him very much. If you have read Pride and Prejudice you probably guess that in the end, Edgeworth is the good guy. The mystery behind Edgeworth's character is well built. The characters of this book are likable and they remind me a lot of the characters of different Austen novels.

As an Austen addict, the events of this book would be a dream come true to me. I again started to wish that I could have a time machine to go to 19th century England, at least for a while. The book considers the situation of women in the 19th century society. Probably everyone knows that the situation was not good but because of novels like Pride and Prejudice I still see that era and century as a time of glory and it is something I would love to experience. I can identify with Courtney. Her addiction to Austen is similar to my addiction and I loved it. Confessions of a Jane Austen addict is funny, addictive and it made me want to read some Austen... again.

7 comments:

  1. I love the cover..Cute. Great review

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  2. The cover really is gorgeous!
    Thank you. :)

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  3. It is amazing how many Austen spin-offs have cropped up lately. You'd think she'd just suddenly been discovered. Whatever--I'm glad to have at least some of them!

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  4. Thanks for posting this review! I actually bought both books by the author and I can't wait to read them, especially the second one as I'm really curious as to how a person from an 18th century would cope with living in our time - it just has so much potential, lol.
    Looking forward to reading this one myself and I've actually just finished I Was JA's Best Friend and my review will be up on Monday in case you're interested. :)

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  5. There are so many of these Austen related books these days. Some of them are great, some of them not. Last August when I visited London I was suprised by the amount of these books on bookstores (in Finland you hardly find anything) and I got problems to choose what to buy. Luckily I am going back to London next month so I can buy some new books. :))

    I will definitely check out the review! And I must add your button to my sidebar since it looks so gorgeous!

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  6. Great post. I have just reviewed Intimations of Austen, and I think it may interest you:)

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  7. Thanks Andreea, I will go and check it our right away. :)

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