I read this book long time ago, after bumping into the author in the Twitterverse. I liked the premise of the story, so I decided to buy the books (indeed I own a signed hardback of this book) and give them a try. When I started reading the book, I really liked the idea of a Jane Austen Addict waking up in Regency England, mainly because I am a Jane Austen addict myself. I liked the story because it is funny and different to other Jane Austen fan fiction that I have read afterwards.
Courtney Stone is a woman who lives in L.A. with her many frustrations. She feels that her life is a mess. After having an argument with her best friend and discovering that her fiancée was cheating on her, she sets in her house to read Pride and Prejudice. When she felt asleep, she couldn’t imagine that she was going to wake up as Jane Mansfield, a young woman living in Regency England. A dream come true! A Jane Austen addict living in Jane Austen’s period and country! But Courtney/Jane will discover that life during the Regency period in England is not the same as life in 21st-century America, obviously, and she will have to get used to her new life style. Will she be able to go back to her own life? Why is she living Jane’s life? Maybe she has to help to solve something in Jane’s life so she can recover her life?
One of the difficulties when writing a novel as this one is the language. And I think that the author manages quite well to write in modern English the parts that require it, and to write in the English spoken during Austen’s period when dealing with characters and events happening in Jane’s house.
The characters are well portraited, as well as the atmosphere from the period. It proves the author did a lot of research before writing this novel.
Really entertaining book for lovers of books with different twists and lovers of Jane Austen-like novels.
I think that I would have given 5 stars to this novel if I hadn’t found some odd things (motorbikes that appear and disappear, for example), or if I were a native speaker of English. Or even better, if I were a native from Texas. The author uses acronyms a bit too much. Maybe those acronyms are clear for people whose mother tongue is English, but I didn’t understand them and sometimes I was a bit lost about what they were talking about. And Nicola, the main character, is the kind of character that gets on my nerves.
Apart from that, it is an enjoyable novel, full of romance and hints taking us to the world of Jane Austen. The plot is quite original, even though it is not the first time we read about journals that speak to the ones writing on them (remember Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?). But nonetheless it is a good book, quite entertaining, and I liked it a lot. I am a sucker for a good romantic story, and a sexy Scotman is a good hook to keep you reading. The story keeps you wondering what will happen next, what will happen when Nicola checks the journal, or what will happen when she is about to meet what destiny has in stock for her. The magical element is interesting and gives this book an original twist, making it stand out from the other books belonging to the category of “Austen fan-fiction”.
A variety of different characters will play a certain role along the novel, and all of them will contribute to the development of the story in some or the other way. So, if you like a romantic novel about sexy encounters spiced with a bit of magic, this is the book for you.
Although Jane Austen has long been England’s best-loved novelist, much current criticism tends to ignore the appeal and accessibility of her novels and instead treats them as mere material—the preserve of academics, feminists, historical specialists, and would-be radical theorists. This book by Roger Gard is at once a thoughtful and detailed discussion of Jane Austen’s oeuvre and a provocative and witty commentary that will stimulate all readers. Gard offers lively and perceptive discussions of the six major novels, together with the early Lady Susan and the unfinished Sanditon. The precise nature and scope of Jane Austen’s realism, her particularly English approach to the world, and the characteristic blend in her work of a sharp skepticism about human nature and its banality with an idealism about human virtue are themes that recur throughout Gard’s study. The book is moreover notable for the original and striking links it makes between Jane Austen and other authors ranging from Shakespeare to Flaubert, Lawrence, George Eliot, and Barbara Pym. Gard has something new to say in every chapter, and he says it with authority and style. (Blurb on Goodreads)
This book is a great addition to any collection of non-fiction essays on the works of Jane Austen. It’s really insightful and makes very good points about Austen’s style. Very recommended for all those people who think Jane Austen is a very difficult author to read. Spoiler alert: she’s not.
Recibí una copia gratuita de este libro a cambio de mi opinión más sincera.
Aunque a primera vista este libro pueda parecer una novela juvenil, es mucho más que eso. Es la historia de una familia y de como todo lo que parecía estable puede desmoronarse en un segundo. La Familia Sinclair parece ser la familia perfecta: tienen dinero, posición, poseen una isla privada para que toda la familia pueda pasar el verano en sus diferentes casas, pero también tienen secretos, mentiras, y prejuicios.
La historia está contada en primera persona, mostrando el punto de vista de Cadence, la nieta mayor de la familia. Cadence divide la historia en dos mitades: antes y después del accidente. El accidente es algo que no vemos claramente en el libro, y me tuvo preguntándome qué habría pasado en ese accidente todo el tiempo. Tuve todo tipo de teorías sobre lo que había pasado hasta que al final me di cuenta de la realidad; aún así, aún cuando ya pensaba que había descubierto lo que había pasado, no estaba preparada para el final y para conocer toda la verdad. La información está tan bien dosificada que vamos conociendo retales de la verdad poco a poco, casi al mismo tiempo que Cadence.
Debido a su accidente, Cadence sufre amnesia selectiva. Recuerda todo sobre su vida y sus veranos en Isla Beechwood con toda su familia. Ella estaba muy unida a sus primos Mirren y Johnny, y a un amigo de la familia, Gat, de quien estaba enamorada; los cuatro pasan siempre juntos los veranos y se hacen llamar “Los Mentirosos”. Cadence lo recuerda todo sobre ellos y sus veranos, excepto por el verano de su decimoquinto cumpleaños, cuando tuvo el accidente y no recuerda apenas nada. El lector va descubriendo la verdad sobre ese verano al mismo tiempo que Cadence recupera la memoria. Es una forma muy interesante de hacer que el lector se implique; a mí me tuvo enganchada sin poder dejar de leer.
Sus referencias ocultas al Rey Liar de Shakespeare y a la historia de la Bella y la Bestia son muy inteligentes y ayudan a entender la situación familiar. Las familias pueden ser muy complicadas, y tener dinero no te evita los problemas. Sin embargo, es curioso como se muestra que las familias importantes tienen la habilidad y posibilidad de ocultar secretos que les podría perjudicar de cara al resto del mundo.
En líneas generales es un libro muy interesante, muy complejo y profundo, y su final se quedará contigo incluso mucho después de que termines de leer la última página. Lo recomiendo para un fin de semana de sofá y mantita.
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A hockey-playing prince, a most improper lady, and one accidental pregnancy…
When you’re an heir so spare that getting attacked by a shark is more likely than you ever wearing the crown, you’re only allowed certain liberties. Yet still, those liberties can bite you in the ass.
Good thing I’m such a charming devil.
But even my charms haven’t kept me from being banished to America for a year under the pretense of playing professional hockey while my father cleans up my latest mess. However, trouble follows me wherever I go. Generally, trouble of the beautiful female variety and Gracie Diamonte is no exception. Or possibly, she’s the best exception.
Until the dinosaur suit. The cookie incident. And the accidental pregnancy.
Of course, I’ll do the right thing.
Just as soon as I solve that pesky problem of my royal betrothal.
I’m about to be the biggest scandal to ever rock my country, and there’s a good chance my father may throw me to the sharks after all. The funny thing is I’ve heard that raising children may not be so different from swimming with the sharks. So no matter how you look at things… I’m ROYALLY PUCKED.
This book was the first book I ever read that was based on Jane Austen and her novels. And I have to say that I loved it. Six friends, six novels, six lives who need comfort and change. It’s a delightful story about how the lives of six people can change when they start a book club about Jane Austen; once they start asking themselves “What would Jane do?”, their problems seem to be less of a problem, so it is easier for them to find the solution.
The best part of this book is the characterization. Every character is unique and their traits make you feel close to them. And it is great to see how the author manages to link Jane Austen’s topics from her books to the lives of Californian people from the 21st century.
A real delight and a perfect read for a weekend. The movie is great too, but I would recommend to read the book first.
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Collect the first three stories in the Hostile Operations Team military romance series! 600+ pages of exciting reading!
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He was the last man in the world she wanted to see…but he might be the only one who could save her…
Ten years ago, Matt Girard did something he shouldn’t. When sweet Evangeline Baker offered him her virginity, he took it. Then he left town and he’s never looked back.
Until now. His future as a black ops soldier with the Hostile Operations Team is in jeopardy, and he’s come home for a few days before going back to face the consequences of a mission gone wrong.
Matt still makes Evie’s heart pound, but she wants nothing to do with him. She’s had enough of men who lie and promise things they don’t deliver. But when her sister goes missing and her ex-boyfriend turns up dead, she’s in need of Matt’s special military skills.
With time running out, Matt will put everything on the line to protect Evie and find her sister. Even if it means sacrificing all he’s worked for with HOT. Sometimes, the reward is worth the price. Especially when it’s the one woman he can’t forget…
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English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a Top Secret government program, is missing–and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night.
Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend’s baby sister. But Georgie’s not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male–and very dirty–thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have.
When someone threatens Georgie’s life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her.
Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he’s about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond.
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When public relations expert Olivia Reese stumbles onto evidence of a dangerous conspiracy right before Christmas, there’s only one man she can call for help. Billy “The Kid” Blake is a member of an elite military unit–the Hostile Operations Team–and he’s Olivia’s former lover.
Billy never forgot the sexy woman who rocked his world–and his bed–before she walked out on him. Now that she needs his help, he’ll do anything he can to keep her safe. But as time runs out and the snow piles up, can Billy and Olivia work together to thwart a lethal plot against the Pentagon without getting involved again?