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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler

Published: 2008-04-29
Paperback : 304 pages
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The Los Angeles Times bestseller that has Austen lovers hooked

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up to find herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. ...
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The Los Angeles Times bestseller that has Austen lovers hooked

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up to find 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 inside 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. For her borrowed body knows how to speak without slaying the King's English, dance without maiming her partner, and embroider as if possessed by actual domestic skill.

But not even Courtney's level of Austen mania has prepared her 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. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, a suitor who may turn out not to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

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  "Unexpected premise...but entertaining"by lindseyschmidt (see profile) 01/03/10

It's sci-fi/mystical nature of the premise nearly turned me off in the beginning but like most 5th graders reading "A wrinkle in Time", I was quickly pulled into the chaos and enchanted by the era, mannerisms,... (read more)

 
  "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict"by MacSadler (see profile) 05/15/09

Easy to read, fun to talk about. Not a deeply emotional story.

 
  "Confessions"by lesliemich (see profile) 05/15/09

 
  "An insight into what it was REALLY like to live during the Jane Austen era!"by awolfe0503 (see profile) 05/14/09

The author takes a Jane Austen romance and mixes in the stinky, dirty details of life in the 18th century with a little sci-fi on the side. I can't wait to read the sequel!

 
  "A Book with a Huge Cliffhanger at the End"by ezzie36330 (see profile) 05/14/09

I liked this book, but it definetly leaves you hanging at the end. I will be purchasing the sequel when it comes out in June.

 
  "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict"by bchamplin (see profile) 05/14/09

I liked this book. It was different. there are a few things that need some further explaining, but we found out there is a second book to this set. Someone in our club is going to read the s... (read more)

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