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What Would Jane Austen Do? [Mass Market Paperback]

Laurie Brown
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Book Description

May 5 2009
When a modern woman goes back to Jane Austen's time, she needs to know…

Everything! Eleanor agrees to travel back in time to prevent a deadly duel, but she doesn't know how to behave, what to say, and most importantly…

How to tell a villain from a rake

The captivating, infuriating, and mysterious Lord Shermont is a renowned rake and womanizer—but is he also a dangerous cutthroat and spy? Eleanor has to get up close and personal to find out…

Otherwise, she could fall into a most shocking scandal…

Thankfully, Miss Jane Austen herself arrives on the scene, with sage guidance and a twinkle in her eye, to help Eleanor navigate countryhouse society and the dangerous terrain of her own heart…

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


"Highly original. If you're in the market for a different kind of historical romance, or you enjoy stories filled with period detail, Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake is a solid bet."

"Brown's ending was clever and I never suspected Josie would choose the path she takes. I would recommend Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake to anyone who enjoys paranormals, and even Regency fans who don't usually read them. Brown did an excellent job of combining the two genres."

"A very enjoyable read with Josie a feisty and independent character, and Deverell the ghostand Deverell the man both also very appealing."
curledup.com "Humor, mystery, ghosts, history, and… pure fun."
blogcritics.org "A fresh tale that is as charming as it is hot!"

"You'll be transported to another time and won't want to return until the very last page is digested."

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The plot twist at the end is genius! This is a great romance both contemporary and historical. (Maura Frankman The Romance Studio 2009-03-23)

I really do enjoy Laurie Brown's romances... and look forward to future books! (Lexi Cenni Poisoned Rationality 2009-04-13)

Eleanor and Shermont, were suited to each other... This was an interesting twist in a time travel story. (Eye on Romance 2009-04-15)

Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. (Harriet Klausner Harriet Klausner 2009-04-17)

Her characters were engaging, the story flowed well and we're actually given a HEA, but not one totally expected. For anyone looking for a good Regency era romance, I would strongly suggest checking this one out. (Jackie Morgan Literary Escapism 2009-04-22)

This is full of romance, a hunky guy, and even some Jane Austen to boot, which I think Regency romance fans would enjoy. (Marie Burton The Burton Review 2009-04-27)

I loved What Would Jane Austen Do?! Time travel, intrigue, history, romance...Laurie Brown gives us all that and more. (Rachel Smith Bitten by Books 2009-04-27)

Every woman, every fan of romance and historical novels should put this title on their summer reading list. (Lilianna Swistek Reading Extravaganza 2009-04-20)

If you like time travel romance novels, this one is for you! (Carey Anderson The Tome Traveller's Weblog 2009-04-27)

it's sure to make you smile and leave you eager to turn the page. (Keira Gillet Love Romance Passion 2009-04-28)

The author skillfully weaves time travel and Regency romance into a delectable mix. (Roberta A Romance Review 2009-04-30)

WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO? is an entertaining and light historical read. (Lisa Enchanting Enchanting Reviews 2009-04-30)

so much fun... a lot of appeal for those who like Jane Austen, chick lit, and really any quick, sweet read! (Meghan Kawka Medieval Bookworm 2009-05-01)

The writing in WHAT WOULD JANE DO? flows fantastically in both the current day and in the past. (Carrie Zimmerman The Book Girl 2009-05-01)

What Would Jane Austen Do? is a beautiful Regency tale that would make even Jane Austen proud... It has all the ingredients of a Regency classic, love, intrique and sexy men, and it will be adorning my shelves for many years to come. (Bella McGuire A Bibliophile's Bookshelf 2009-05-05)

This was a fascinating story of Regency England, ghosts, mystery and murder most foul. I whipped through it and will be looking for more novels by this author. (Nancy Eriksen ParaNormal Romance Reviews 2009-05-04)

This book was purely delightful! (Marta Hoelscher Marta's Meanderings 2009-05-04)

The writing style of the story gives such vivid details of the Regency time period and customs that you feel like your living there with Eleanor. (Allison King Allison's Attic of Books 2009-05-22)

What a totally delightful time travel romance!... Ms. Brown made her characters come to life providing a nice combination of mystery and romance both memorable and entertaining. (Marilyn Rondeau CK2's Kwips and Kritiques 2009-05-26)

Laurie Brown has pulled together elements of several genres – historical romance, spy thriller, time travel, and Jane Austen – in an ambitious endeavour. (Laurel Ann Natress Austenprose 2009-05-26)

Laurie Brown took a story that would be otherwise engaging and added a touch of a literary heroine to it in order to bring it together in even a better way. (Nicole Heffernan A Blog of Books 2009-08-21)

About the Author

Laurie Brown teaches writing classes at the college level, has presented seminars at conferences all over the country, and has three published romance novels. She has been a Golden Heart finalist twice and has received the Service Award from the Chicago-North Chapter of RWA. She resides in Illinois.

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3.0 out of 5 stars My Head Hurts Dec 24 2013
By Sue B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, I must state that I enjoyed this story. It was a lighthearted romance with a touch of magic and intrigue.
However, the author switched point of view too many times. I'd be reading from Eleanor's point of view and a thought from Shermont would pop in, then back to Eleanor.
This took me out of the story several times. If the author had not done this so often, I would have enjoyed this romance more.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Regency Romance with a Modern Flair April 25 2009
By Burton Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to Regency England, Eleanor.. our heroine is having a bad day (despite the 12-pack on the cover) when she meets up with some ghosts during her stay at a hotel for a Jane Austen Conference. Sure, as a costume designer she wanted to learn all about the costumes and nuances of Jane Austen's England but she had no idea that she was going to wake up in 1814 and be left to fend for herself while on a mission sent from two (ghosts!) sisters who need her help. Eleanor tries not to stick out like a sore thumb as she is socializing with Dierdre and Mina whom she had first met as ghosts. Their brother Teddy had died, and it is Eleanor who is sent to prevent his duel with Lord Shermont, who is an agent for the crown investigating Napoleon's spies. Somehow in the middle of the romance and trying to conform to the mannerisms Eleanor needs to change history so that she can return to the present.

As luck would have it, Eleanor learns that she is being courted by Teddy, yet she immediately senses a strong attraction to the mysterious Lord Shermont, as of course all the ladies have.
Eleanor seems to enjoy herself in this fluffy romance and gets to meet Jane Austen and socializes with ladies and gents of the Regency Era.

I enjoyed discovering Regency England through Eleanor's eyes; it was written with a Regency flair with not a lot of major events until the novel picked up the pace towards the end with an unexpected twist which was fortuitous. There was a nice wrap-up at the ending, although a bit contrived and roses and rainbows.. but I was glad that we learn the outcomes of the supporting characters. If you are looking for something new specifically on Jane Austen, this is not it although she is referred to numerous times. The Napoleon intrigue was not very developed, if it had been, it may have been a little less confusing and made me more interested in that historical aspect. The book gives the impression of having glazed over its topics for the sake of expediency. This is specifically about what Eleanor does during her time travel experience and how the ghost sisters wind up. The character of Eleanor is not very dimensional as she was strictly focused on her mission. So if you are ready for more of a no-brainer chick-lit romantic beach read without any major expectations, this is it for you. The author did her research as far as inventions and the types of things that Eleanor missed, such as medicine, bathing and the bathroom necessities of our day. The time travel aspect is a fun idea, and the costumes, dances and supporting characters helped round this book out. Perfect for a summer weekend read while watching the kids play!

The author, Laurie Brown, was once asked "If time travel were possible, would you go and whom would you want to meet?" and voila... we have this book, which is not her first time travel book. Mrs. Brown has cleverly blended time travel and historical romance in her second novel. This is full of romance, a hunky guy, and even some Jane Austen to boot, which I think Regency romance fans would enjoy.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever title that delivers a fun and frothy summer read May 25 2009
By Laurel Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Heroine Eleanor Pottinger is a costume designer from Los Angeles who arrives in Hampshire, England for Regency Week jetlagged and downtrodden after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. She has booked her accommodations at Twixton Manor Inn, an eighteenth-century grand manor house converted into a hotel whose staff has lost her reservation and must put her up in the only room left available - the haunted one that they never use. Undaunted, Eleanor just wants sleep and does not care if she shares it with anyone, spectral or otherwise. When the two ghostly sisters Mina and Deirdre materialize to haunt her, she strikes a bargain with them to travel back to Regency times to thwart a deadly duel that kills their brother Teddy if they will in turn introduce her to their neighbor, her favorite author Jane Austen. Eleanor awakens in 1814 to meet the sisters and their family living at Twixton Manor with a house full of guests including hunky rake Lord Shermont, an agent for the crown who is secretly hunting for a Napoleonic spy among them. Eleanor quickly becomes his chief suspect. Motivated to meet Jane Austen, Eleanor engages in a week of social activities to discover which of the sister's honor will be compromised provoking Teddy into duel with Shermont. Somehow she must figure out how to alter history and avert the deed and save his life. As a twenty-first century woman, Eleanor struggles with the Regency lifestyle and often asks herself "what would Jane Austen do?" in the same situation which works beautifully until romance gets in the way as she is courted by Teddy and the known womanizer Lord Shermont. Questioning their motives may be the key to her unraveling the mystery and discovering if she has fallen in love with a spy or an Austen-esque hero.

Author Laurie Brown has pulled together elements of several genres - historical romance, spy thriller, time travel, and Jane Austen - in an ambitious endeavour. The plot moved very quickly and was evenly paced. Contrary to scandalous rumor, I do enjoy historical romance novels, which What Would Jane Austen Do? would qualify. I have two requirements in my romance reading that this novel satisfied; -- that the characters are believable and the plot has substance. I enjoyed traveling back in time with Eleanor, meeting Lord Shermont and of course encountering Jane Austen. Who wouldn't? Brown obviously researched her Regency history and has read Austen's novels quoting characters and scenes (though I must correct her reference to Knightley criticizing Emma Woodhouse after the picnic at Boxhill where she had treated Jane so badly! It was Miss Bates who was abused not Jane Fairfax.). Taken as a fun and frothy summer read, I have very few quibbles. However, when an author chooses to use Jane Austen or her characters that ups the ante in my book, and the standards are raised. Unfortunately, the opportunity to distinguish the present and the past with language nuances was missed as modern words such as Tarzan, yummy, omigod leaked in to the Regency world, and misnomers such as Arabian thoroughbred was used to describe Lord Shermont's horse. Additionally, at times I would like to have rested and discovered more about characters and their motivations, which was Austen's forte. In the end, I knew very little about the heroine and hero's inner thinking and felt the plot skipped past moments to elaborate and reflect just a bit more. The author did however supply the requisite Austen-esque heroine transformation and happily-ever-after ending, which Jane would have chosen to wrap-up more swiftly with far less effusion. In the end, was I entrapped by Jane Austen's name into reading this novel? You betcha! Do I have any regrets? Like Austen's character Emma Woodhouse, in this instance "I would much rather have been merry than wise."

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with a new twist April 26 2009
By A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished What Would Jane Austen Do. It was a fun read with a new twist on time travel. If you want pure entertainment for a few hours this is the book for you. I particularly liked how the author wrapped up all the loose ends at the end. The story conclusions made sense and didn't feel artificial. I will be looking for more of Laurie Brown's books to enjoy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whimsical time travel romance May 3 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Recently dumped by her cheating fiance, Eleanor Pottinger is an expert on Regency aristocratic fashion. She is currently working as a designer for a Jane Austen festival during Regency Week. However, she is bit taken aback to find her room at the old inn is preoccupied.

Nonplussed Eleanor meets the ghosts of sisters Mina and Deirdre Cracklebury. The trio negotiates a deal in which Eleanor will go back to 1814 to prevent a deadly duel between their brother Teddy and Lord Shermont in exchange to them introducing her to Jane Austen. As she and Shermont flirt outrageously with one another, Eleanor must decide between sense and sensibility; she needs to choose either the active sex of a lifetime or a passive meeting with a writer even as she considers WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO?.

Though Jane is a minor player, Eleanor and Shermont are wonderful leads and the ghostly sisters great support as Laurie Brown provides a whimsical time travel romance. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists. This is Eleanor's tale as she tries to make the right choices considers her mantra: WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO? In this situation.

Harriet Klausner
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cheap romance novel trying to elevate itself by name dropping May 28 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a pretentious and cheap romance novel trying to elevate its stature by connecting itself very loosely to Jane Austen. Anyone who has seen any movie set in the Regency era could have written this story. There was no research or relevancy to Jane Austen herself. She would be embarrassed to have her name connected to such a story. While the overall plot was actually very clever, the heroine is only a crass immoral modern girl with none of the wit, elegance, or depth of a Jane Austen character. This is a huge disappointment to lovers of the elegant, chaste, romantic characters of Austen fame. The sex is graphic and lustful. The use of foul language throughout distracts from the story.
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