12 MayRude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict 22/52

Imagine if you will writing some novels, and then, 200 years later, they are so popular they continue to span spin off novels (fan fiction!). They are so popular there is a society devoted to them, lots of tours based on them, and they remain on the bestseller list.

Welcome to the world of Jane Austen.

I suspect it would be very difficult to live in today’s society and to not have heard of Jane Austen. She is the original chicklit author. Pride & Prejudice seems to be made into another new TV / Movie / other movie picture every few years.

I mean c’mon. It’s Jane Austen.

At any rate, last year we got Laurie Viera Rigler’s books into the store. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. There are so many offshoot novels based on Jane Austen’s works that I figured they wouldn’t be much interest to me.

Then I read the back cover to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

Then I read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

Then I liked it so much I bought it and the second novel.

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is the second book in a Jane Austen based series by Laurie Viera Rigler.

In the first book, Courtney Stone ends up in another woman’s body in Regency era England. This book tells the other side of the story, how Jane Mansfield ends up in Courtney’s body in 21st century America.

Trying to navigate the culture shock of Courtney’s life, Jane discovers that the only thing they share in common in their love of Jane Austen. Not only that but Jane discovers Courtney’s life wasn’t so perfect – bills to be paid, a crappy boss, the difficult situation of Courtney having found out her fiancé had been cheating on her (right before the body swap, no less).

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. I had been expecting it to be a clone of the first, with Jane going through the same issues that Courtney did. While similar, the story is still quite different. Despite the title, the book isn’t centered solely on Jane Austen.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is three quarters of the way through, SPOILER: the fortuneteller reappears and basically tells Jane what is going on. It’s like the whole book is wrapped up in this one chapter. One of the key elements of writing is to show, not tell. Yet here the fortuneteller is telling Jane everything. Why did I waste an entire novel to find that out? In the first book it was better done, where the fortuneteller only let on to Courtney bits and pieces. END SPOILER

Also I found it sort of bizarre that MORE SPOILERS at the end of the first book, Courtney forgets all about being Courtney. All she remembers is being Jane. Yet at the end of this book Jane still remembers being Jane.END SPOILER

This is still a great chicklit read, that I definitely recommend. Four stars!

One Response to “Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict 22/52”

  1. Misty says:

    Nice post! I will have to try them.

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