Monday, June 13, 2011

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
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 level of Austen mania 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. This looking-glass Austen world is not without its charms, however. There are journeys to Bath and London, balls in the Assembly Rooms, and the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who may not be a familiar species of philanderer after all. But when Courtney's borrowed brain serves up memories that are not her own, the ultimate identity crisis ensues, Will she ever get her real life back, and does she even want to?


'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict' was just so confusing! I kept reading it thinking that it will all be explained at the end, but the ending doesn't explain anything - it just confused me even more.

One of the only parts of the book that I liked was when Courtney spotted Jane Austen. Courtney quickly approached her and began to tell her how much she loves her books. At first Austen denies that she wrote them, but then she seemed very pleased that she enjoyed her books. Courtney then precedes to name books that aren't yet published, which frightened Austen so much that she left at almost a run!

There were so many parts of this book that I didn't like.The book never explains what happened, why it happened or how it happened. I never found out what happens with Courtney afterwards or for that matter what happened to Jane Mansfield, the woman whose body Courtney is in, while Courtney was possessing her. Courtney is such a slut, one time she almost completely compromised herself/Jane with a man she had just met - the only thing that stopped her was her fear of getting a std or pregnant. 

Overall I think that this book is a total waste of time. I DON'T recommend this book.

Laurie Viera Rigler


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