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. Read more...
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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 level of Austen mania 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, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. This looking-glass Austen world is not without its charms, however. There are journeys to Bath and London, balls in the Assembly Rooms, and the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who may not be a familiar species of philanderer after all. But when Courtney's borrowed brain serves up memories that are not her own, the ultimate identity crisis ensues. Will she ever get her real life back, and does she even want to?
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
This charming debut novel features Courtney Stone, a 30-something career woman in Los Angeles who's struggling to get over a bad breakup with her fiancé. An avid reader, Courtney seeks solace in literaturespecifically, the novels of Jane Austen. After a night of reading her favorite author, Courtney wakes up to find that she's gone backwards in time, to the England Austen chronicled in her books. In this new 19th-century world, Courtney takes on the identity of an upper-crust young woman named Jane Mansfield. With no explanation as to how or why she's been transported, Courtney is forced to get her bearings in a society ruled by strict customs and populated with strangers. Her new mother is anxious to see her engaged to a dashing man named Mr. Edgeworth, while her liberal-minded father encourages her to be independent. Miss Barnes, her servant, helps her handle troublesome matters, including questions of fashion and codes of behavior. Thanks to multiple readings of Pride and Prejudice, Courtney is somewhat prepared to handle these and other difficulties. But nothing can ready her for the tough decisions that lie ahead as she becomes acclimated to her strange new existence. Rigler writes skillfully about two very different eras, bringing both to convincing life. This is a page-turner of a novel composed with remarkable assurance by a promising new author.
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