Friday, August 22, 2014

Jane and Austen

Stephanie Fowers
Contemporary Romance

"For every romantic girl like me there was an unromantic guy . . . who clearly wasn’t interested."

Jane's life is about romance.  When she's not working at the charming inn as the assistant wedding and event planner, she is immersed in the novels of Jane Austen.  Now, if only Austen, the owner's son, would play the part of her own Austen-esque hero, everything would be perfect.  But Austen is the farthest thing from a storybook hero, eschewing both her ridiculous romantic notions as well as a future in his parents' quaint hotel.  Jane is devastated when he leaves, and resolved to ignore him when he finally deigns to return amidst her boss's upcoming wedding and the craziness that ensues, especially when it seems that there is more than meets the eye with many relationships.  As Jane notices the various guests and characters in her own life have an uncanny correlation to Jane Austen's plethora of characters, Jane must figure out just exactly who is who, before disaster can ensue.  Will Jane be able to rely on Austen's help, and charm, or will he leave her and her crazy romantic ideals once again?

My Opinion: This was a very cute and fun  and enjoyable contemporary romance.  Definitely a fun play on characters for those who are fans of Austen's works.  I was a little confused on some of them - probably because I haven't read all of the originals.  Despite the play with Austen's characters, the romance and story is unique and funny and stressful and heartbreaking and tender and all those other wonderful things you want from a romance - real or fiction.  It drags you into a modern Austen tale, leaving you a bit unsure until the end who will end up being the hero and who is the villain.  A vast cast made it a little hard to keep track of them all, but they made for a wonderful setting for the various plots to weave their magic in.  Overall definitely worth recommending - even more so if you'll recognize more characters than I did!

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. I also enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is a great story on its own but I liked the Jane Austen characters made it funny as well.



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