Saturday, August 15, 2009

by Laurie Vieira Rigler

Jane Mansfield is the daughter of a gentleman in nineteenth-century England. She has long wished to escape the societal confines placed on a young, unmarried woman. But awakening after being thrown off of her horse, to find herself in twenty-first-century Los Angeles in the body of an unfamiliar woman named Courtney Stone isn't what she had in mind. Gone are the rolling lawns and hovering servants of Jane's family estate. Gone is even a single friend who knows her. Nothing--not even her face in the mirror is the same. The only thing familiar, the only thing she appears to have in common with this strange woman into whose life she has landed, is a love for Jane Austen.

This unique, well-done novel let's the reader see the present day from a nineteenth-century English perspective. It's fun to watch as Jane, now Courtney, makes discovery after discovery. Not unlike the famous British writer, Jane Austen, whose works play such a prominent role in the story, this novel holds a mirror to our own society. We see how Jane/Courtney struggles with a love triangle not of her own making. We see how friendship and the support of good friends helps get us through trying times.

I really like the creative story and the action in this novel. Whether or not you are a fan of Jane Austen, this novel is fun to read. Will Jane/Courtney find love in her new world, or is she "lookin' for love in all the wrong places" as the song lyric goes.

What do you think?To hear my interview with RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT author Laurie Viera Rigler on my internet radio show INSIDE THE WRITER’S CAFÉ on, click on the link.

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