Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler

From back of book:  In this Jane Austen inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an English woman in Austen’s time.
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 (Mansfield Park, specifically). Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?
But not even her love of Jane Austen 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, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience.

My Review:  When I first picked up this book I thought it would be a chance to fulfill one of my dreams…that is, to wake up in the distant past one day as a lady of wealth.

The book started off for me on an annoying tone.  The protagonist, Courtney, complains about how her last boyfriend left her and she wishes she could still be with him.

It gets much better once she is actually transported to Mansfield Park, but there she finds her Austenian character is in a similar love situation and we get crying romantic all over again.

Overall, this book was not what I expected, but I did enjoy the descriptions of how Courtney dealt with living in the 18th century.

Very happy we have showers now and I don’t have to bath in a large bowl every morning.

I’m still going to check out Rigler’s next book in this series: Rude Awakening of a Jane Austen Addict.  Will be interesting to see how an 18th century character deals with 21st century L.A.


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