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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler - Bogormen
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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
Title: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
Author: Laurie Viera Rigler
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 288
Date read: December, 2009

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, 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. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck in 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. 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. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney's borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.

Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman—and being this other woman is not without its advantages: Especially in a looking-glass Austen world. Especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

I always find books with some sort of time-travel fascinating - especially those where the main character cannot reveal that she is not from that era, but has to "fake" her way through. A trick made even more interesting here by the fact that Courtney didn't just end up in a different time, but also in a different body, and had to figure out how her "new" self acted and what she knew.

Enjoyable, light-hearted chick-lit. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who didn't know (and love) Jane Austen though.

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