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5.0 out of 5 stars Time travelling!
I have always loved reading historical stories written in the Victorian/Regency Era, and this story provides another look at what everyday life is like during those times. The adventures and stories make me feel like I've travelled back in time.
Published on March 8 2011 by Duchess

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3.0 out of 5 stars It was... Ok...
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was... Ok..., July 21 2008
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January Ford (Waterloo, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Paperback)
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'
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Aug. 7 2008
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ocelott (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Paperback)
I'm fond of Jane Austen myself, and I was intrigued by the premise, an obsessive reader finding herself in that world. The story starts with a promising beginning, as Courtney wakes up to unfamiliar faces in the world she's dreamed about, only they're insisting she's sick and needs to let the doctor cut on her with his razor for awhile. The situation is well presented, with a comical twist, and I was able to simultaneously laugh at Courtney while sympathising with her.

Unfortunately, this is the best scene in the novel. A lot of the situations and characters Courtney comes across should have been familiar to someone who claims to have read Pride and Prejudice twenty times, but she's apparently either self-absorbed or thick-headed enough to have missed those parts of the stories. She's completely unaware that it's considered a big deal if people knock boots before they get married until the end of the book. I'm pretty sure even casual fans, whose impressions of Jane Austen's novels consist entirely of Colin Firth prancing around in ruffly collars picked up that little piece of history, so I'm not entirely sure what Courtney's problem is.

Actually, I take that back. Courtney has a lot of problems, not just one, and they add up to her being an unsympathetic character. She comes to the conclusion early on that she's caught in someone else's life, but she really doesn't care about the effect her actions might have on the person returning to that life, since she'll be back in her modern apartment by then. In fact, it's not until the end that she decides maybe she should consider how her actions affect other people, and she can't exactly claim ignorance when she's been expressly warned about the things she does before she does them. Then she makes the same mistakes over and over. The combination of idiocy and self-absorption had me banging my head against the wall through most of the book.

The prose is written in first person, present tense, which was an interesting choice, especially considering this is a story that deals with time travel. Since the novel's "hook" is following a modern girl into the past, the first person narrative makes sense, but I'm not convinced the present tense was the natural choice for a story like this one.

Rigler has done her research on the time period and on Austen's novels in particular, but her knowledge and premise fall flat when she tries too hard to draw comparisons between modern attitudes and those of Austen's time, creating a very inconsistent set of scenarios, all tied up with a confounding ending.

It's too bad, really. From the title and concept, I really wanted to like the book. I get annoyed when something with potential goes horribly, horribly wrong, and this book had my annoyance levels going through the roof. This is not a book I will be keeping on my shelf.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confusions of a Jane Austen Addict, April 13 2009
This review is from: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Paperback)
If anyone else out there is going to take on Jane Austen in another chick-lit format, here's a few thoughts from someone who loves Jane Austen's novels:

Don't do it! I beg you. For those who love Jane Austen, just keep rereading her novels and don't waste your time on poorly written stuff like this. I won't do it anymore. Paul Newman is famous for the comment (when talking about his wife Joanne Woodward) but it applies here, too, "Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?" If you've got Jane Austen on your bookshelves, why go out and buy something of a much poorer quality?

I see there is a sequel coming. Marketing another chick-lit book like this one -- where the characters are two dimensional, where the story is a limp and confused facsimile of Jane Austen's -- and the humour (and dialogue) is utterly clichéd and ham-fisted -- seems to be merely one more attempt to grab more cash using the name and work of a great writer.

As a time travel book, it is a confused mess, really. If she ties up all the dangling ends in the second book, I won't find out. I won't be buying it.

Jane Austen wrote, "My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

I am absolutely certain that, Jane Austen, even with her wry humour and understanding of human frailties would not, for one second, find this book good company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time travelling!, March 8 2011
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I have always loved reading historical stories written in the Victorian/Regency Era, and this story provides another look at what everyday life is like during those times. The adventures and stories make me feel like I've travelled back in time.
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