some spoilers ahead One of the worst books I have read It is about a woman, Courtney Stone, who after a breakup ends up in the body of a girl, Jane Mansfield who lives during Courtney s favorite author, Jane Austen s, era.Turnoff one Basically Courtney is now Jane even though she knows she is not She realizes that she even has Jane s accent, mannerisms, and talents such as needlepoint Despite this, she continues to be afraid to do the things Jane would naturally do.Turnoff two Throughout the entire book this woman whines about her situation and how she can get back to her real life Turnoff three even though she knows she is in the 1800s, she continues to interject 20th century language Some of that was fine, but when she asks a woman whether Hargrove Court was a retirement center I mean, come on, surely she knows better Turnoff four one of the worst She finally meets Jane Austen, and all she can do is go on about how great the books were as movies and what great kissing scenes there were at the end If she is truly a Jane Austen addict then she would know that most true, diehard Jane Austen fans are bothered about these overly romantic scenes Plus Jane Austen would not even have a clue what a movie was It had the potential to be such a great book the idea was good but the lack of character development as well as the obnoxious characters , the loose ends, and the flubbed ending just made this book flop. Eeeeeesh Somebody save me, please I stopped on p 119 of 288 because a It s boring Atrociously boring NOTHING exciting is happening at all b The heroine is bloody AWFUL She wines, she complains, she doesn t know what she wants and she s a total snob Her Jane Austen addiction is so unbelievable She wakes up in the Regency era and is never, not even for one fraction of a second, excited about having landed in her supposedly favourite author s world Not even a tiny little Oh my goodness, this is SO COOL moment I mean, if I were stuck in 1813 I d start panicking too after a few days, but come on This is fiction Courtney should be so elated to wake up and have the chance to be a real Austenesque heroine But no Miss only wants her lousy job and crappy apartment back WELL, FINE c The Regency details setting is mediocre at best Honestly, this story could be taking place during pretty much any time of the 19th century There is nothing save the appearance of Ms Austen herself later on to really identify the setting as Regency And Miss Courtney, for all her supposed love and knowledge of Austen s world, is completely clueless She s not even trying to act like a Regency lady She doesn t watch her language and launches into feminist speeches She doesn t seem to have any idea how the society works and she s in the country for heaven s sake, it s not as though she d been thrown in the middle of a debutante ball in London And she has apparently read all 6 Austen novels over and over again If you ask me, the only thing remotely Austenesque she ever did was watch the 95 adaptation of PP to swoon over that Darcy in the lake scene AUSTEN ADDICT, MY AUNTIE d Speaking of which, there are NO Austen feels to this book AT ALL It would have been much better if this book had nothing whatsoever to do with Jane Austen.e All the other characters except maybe Wes are so super one dimensional and boring They have no personality, and they re not interesting f What the heck is even the point of this story JA retelling I don t think so We ve already established that Courtney is anything but a heroine A romance Where on earth is the darned hero Just what IS this g Some elements of the time traveling concept make no sense at all Excepting the fact that we don t have a single clue how Courtney ever ended up in the body and life of Jane Mansfield in 1813 England but I didn t finish the book so maybe it s explained in the end , the idea that Courtney knows how to do certain things and not others as though she were Jane, is hardly believable For example, she knows how to embroider perfectly well without really having to think about it, but she has no idea how taxing it is on the servants to have to prepare her bath I know this book is supposed to be far fetched, but this made no sense It was also weird how she started having Jane s flashbacks and memories, as though her mind was becoming Jane s I think it would have worked better if Courtney s mind had remained entirely her own, and only her body was changed Readers, I m really sorry I know many of you loved this book, and I m honestly happy it worked for so many of you I started out really liking the concept love time traveling and I was really excited for this book I ve had it on my shelf for a long time and was really looking forward to it I might have finished it had an ARC I got for review not arrived just as I was getting very bored, but truly I don t think it would have made much difference as there were already too many things that annoyed me and prevented me from enjoying it I happen to own the sequel as well, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, and will probably give it a chance at some point as the premise once again sounds really good Jane wakes up in Courtney s life in 21st century L.A , but this time I ll be prepared for a disappointment. I have stacks of books just waiting to be read, but instead I wasted the last two days reading Laura Viera Rigler s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.Considering my own Jane Austen addiction, it s no surprise that I was initially attracted to the book Courtney, the book s heroine, is a modern woman from LA One morning, not long after the disastrous end to her engagement, Courtney wakes up to find herself inhabiting another woman s body Jane Mansfield snark snark from regency England.The premise is intriguing How would an Austen enthusiast adjust to life two hundred years ago How would she react to the strict social s and bed pans Apparently, not well For someone who claims to be a Janeite, Courtney knows very little about the time period She is shocked to discover proper young women do not wear makeup, finds being escorted to dinner by a male partner odd, and is completely clueless about the rules of courtship The latter is particularly perplexing since Austen novels are replete with romance.Courtney is an unappealing heroine, both in her time and Austen s She lacks any sort of charisma or logic, at one point even lecturing Jane Austen herself about cinema Huh Of course, Courtney isn t really to blame but Rigler Her writing is awkward and self conscious I found it difficult to get past the stilted words in order to fall into the story She also adds inexplicable elements and leaves several loose ends in the book s convoluted wrap up.I love Jane Austen, and I wouldn t mind experiencing time travel myself However, Confessions is not the best means of enjoying either. If you are a self confessed Jane Austen addict, there are things you should just inherently know 1 Women have no rights, no freedom and are often seen as a trophy, baby maker, and house keeper If you read Jane Austen you would know that You wouldn t walk into a Jane Austen era household and start throwing fits about feminism no matter how much it s needed Yes, we know that Lizzie Bennett was a strong willed woman who wanted to marry for love, but she also knew the era s decorum what a woman did and didn t do, and what a woman could get away with 2 You would know that as a woman everything you did was on display for the entire city, country, town, etc So you wouldn t go traipsing off to the city park by yourself and meet a man under your status no matter how stodgy that would be.These were my biggest problems with this book The protagonist just had no clue how to behave in Jane Austen s England For all her talk about how she was so addicted to Jane Austen novels she had absolutely no clue as to how to act or even speak when she transferred to the Regency England Stupid, big flaw in a book title Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.The cool thing about this book is that we get a peek at just how frustrating and dirty it was to live back then How body odor is the norm as is dirty teeth How women really had no freedoms at all That stuff was interesting, the historical stuff Jane Austen never talked about Lizzie Bennett having to take a shower or use a bed pan or how the doctors would most likely have used leeches to bleed Jane Bennett when she took ill at her beloved s home This book is purely brain candy Something you would read sitting at the pool Get it from the library. I picked this paperback up at a secondhand bookstore during Christmas vacation for 2.50 When it has Jane Austen in the title or anything related to any of her books, I just cannot resist Published in 2007, the book immediately begins with 21st century L.A girl, Courtney Stone, waking up in the body of 19th century, Englishwoman Jane Mansfield A longtime fan of the works of Jane Austen, Courtney is now living in her favorite author s world But oh my heavens does she fumble her way around In her own time, Courtney dealt with her share of man troubles, but she soon learns that Jane Mansfield also dealt with her share too It s an okayish type of read, as far as Jane Austen fan books go, Austenland is still the conquering hero of my heart As far as time travel novels go, it pales in comparison to Outlander or The Mirror However, I found it an easy read and I did like some of characters that Courtney Jane meets up with. Well, this book was weak at its best I was sucked in by the ode to my lady Jane Books like The Jane Austen Book Club should have taught me not to be so tempted, but alas, I was lulled into a belief that this book would be worthy because the author is a fellow Jane lover Her book, however, does nothing to convince me that she has ever even read a Jane Austen book It is peppered with quotes, but those are easy to come by The protagonist was whiny and a tad on the loose side where morals are concerned She unwittingly ends up in the body of a Regency England period well to do female and must figure out her life essentially to get back to her own The character is supposedly someone who had spent her modern day life pining for the era of Jane s books and reading them voraciously, yet she knew very little about the era and seemed perpetually surprised by the times, the conditions, and the dialogue The plot was poorly executed, the main character was not engaging, the idea started with merit but flopped rapidly The ending left me so disappointed that I would hazard the guess that even a lover of this book would have frowned and felt sold short All I can say is that if you are craving a little Jane, then go read something by the lady herself She would NOT have cared for this tribute. This book has so many problems I don t know where to start The title isn t really appropriate, as there is nothing confessional about the book The premise, that a modern woman goes back to Austen s time, is interesting, but most of the story works against itself Supposedly the main character loves Austen, but then she doesn t seem to know how to act appropriately And she s constantly thinking about her old life in the 21st century She s not very self aware for someone who spends most of the book thinking about herself, and she doesn t seem to understand the s of the time, though she says she s read PP and SS than 20 times.The biggest problem with the book, however, is the way the story is told It is told rather than presented in scenes I felt like most of the story was summarized And I began to get fed up with the protagonist s rants about how women were trapped by marriage, etc WaitI thought she liked Austen I agree that we can look back on that time and see problems, but, again, as a Jane Austen addict , doesn t she have at least some romantic notions about that time I also found the writing to be flat much of the time. In This Jane Austen Inspired Comedy, Love Story, And Exploration Of Identity And Destiny, A Modern LA Girl Wakes Up As An Englishwoman In Austen S Time 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 m temporarily I hope departing from my usual review style while life is crazy and we re in the construction zone I m trying this rather than no review at all I m basically going to make occasional notes as I read, which is not as satisfactory to me, but hopefully they ll still be helpful 5 22 19 Notes I m taking a chance on this audiobook offering from my library via Libby It reminds me of the movie Austenland So far, there has been the occasional swear by the main character but it s not so pervasive that it honestly bothers me Like it No, but I am able to brush it off Another content issue is that the MC s fiancee cheated on her, and there is a reference to doing it but there s been nothing graphic I ve not yet completed the book at this point, but I do see that a couple of my GR friends have labeled it as a clean read So it s not squeaky clean due to the language and sex reference, but so far, it s an Austenesque offering that I m enjoying, regardless of the occasional swear Hopefully, this doesn t change for the worse Already, there are elements of presumably time travel body swapping that I think are explored well by the author.May 23, 2019 The MC has some memories and skills which belong to the person whose body she s inhabiting So far, I m willing to buy it because it seems consistent I do, however, take issue with her casual modern speech when at one point the MC reflects that she s doing a good job of using period language And she doesn tThere s some use of present tense in the narration, which stands out to me every once in a while At one point, the MC mentions that someone danced FIVE dances with one man without being engaged to the man THREE has always been the number of dances indicating a scandal according to every other Regency I ve ever read On the other hand, I don t remember previously reading in any other book that there is a register in Bath in the Pump Room where visitors can leave information about where they are staying to help friends locate each other.An update on content The MC definitely leaves the reader in no doubt that she has previously been in intimate relationships I m a bit bummed about that, because that s not my preferred sort of heroine, but I m continuing on because I m enjoying the premise, something I ve only ever seen in Austenland and in a couple of Nichole Van s time travel Regencies.5 26 19 update I m only somewhat satisfied with the ending The journey if I ignore the swearing and the world view of sex was an interesting one I took one star off my rating due to what s in the spoiler tag view spoiler However, the ending did not satisfactorily answer my question about what was going on, especially when taking the title into consideration And that is what I was looking forward to the most Looking at Meredith s review, the sequel offers explanations I think it was unnecessary to defer explanationAlso, I didn t consider it to be much of a romance at all, in that I never really rooted for the hero until the end, which was also a disappointment Meredith calls this book chick lit, and perhaps she s right hide spoiler Gonna be talking about this one soon for Austen in August, but very quick super fun read.
Laurie Viera Rigler s novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict both published by Dutton in North America and by Bloomsbury in the UK could have been considered semi autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching Her short story, Intolerable Stupidity, in which Mr Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Preju
- 304 pages
- Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
- Laurie Viera Rigler
- 09 January 2019 Laurie Viera Rigler