What Would Jane Austen Do? Mass Market Paperback – May 5 2009
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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.See all Product Description
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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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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.
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
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.
She goes back in time to save a man's life...
Eleanor travels to England for a Jane Austen festival and is swept back in time to the glittering Regency era to help a pair of ghostly sisters prevent a deathly duel...
But she may have the wrong villain...
Lord Shermont, renowned rake and womanizer, has a Napoleonic spy to capture and a dastadly crime to untangle. The last thing he needs is a scandal too...
Thankfully, Jane Austen's sage advise prevents a fatal mistake...
With Jane Austen's guidance, Eleanor untangles the international intrigue going on before her eyes. But, which of the dueling gentlemen is the spy and which is the man of her dreams?
This book really surprised me in how much I ended up loving this story. I am not a big "Regency" period reader, but I do enjoy Jane Austen and thought I would give it a try. The story is full of ghosts, mystery, time travel and history, which keeps you involved with the characters until the very end! I won't give away some of the twists, but the character of Eleanor was refreshing to read. She was educated and had a passion that woman wish and hope we have in how we lead our lives. Eleanor is put in to a situation where she has to figure out what she needs to do to fix the past for the ghost/real sisters, but fate seems to guide her in a direction she may not be ready to accept. "Jane Austen" comes in to the story when Eleanor has a situation where she doesn't know what to do. So, she thinks about the books Austen wrote to draw on an answer! A variety of secondary characters are filled by the 'handsome' gentleman, the snooty older ladies, and family members that will have you laughing and intrigued by their lives.
Have you ever thought about if you were able to go back to a time period that you enjoy and had a life there...would you return back to your own time? 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. Just when I thought I had the ending figured out, it turned out better! I would tell anyone that enjoys a good book to take a look at this one. The book is like a looking glass to a time period through the eyes of someone who treasures the history of our world's past.
Rating: 4.5/5 (Amazon doesn't give halves..but I do!)