Saturday, 1 May 2010

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Book Review

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

What is it about:
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.

What did I think of it:
A very girlish book, so I'll leave it up to Voodoo Bride to tell you about it as she loved it.

So what did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is a delightful story. It is funny, romantic and well written. The idea of a woman from this time finding herself stuck in another time is fun and well worked out and you can really understand how Courtney must feel. I myself am not a Jane Austen fan and definately not an addict, but I've been told the characters Viera Rigler uses in this story are her own creations (apart from a small cameo of Jane Austen herself) so true Jane Austen fans don't have to be afraid Viera Rigler butchers their beloved characters and stories. Don't expect to be reading something literary or profound when picking up this book, it is pure fluff and very entertaining! A great read when you're looking for something light and funny.

Why should you read it:
Jane Austen fans or people who like historical romances and such things will most probably love this.

Coming soon: a review of 'Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict'


Enbrethiliel said...


I'm glad that she woke up in Regency England rather than in one of Jane Austen's books, and that the book is up front about what a modern reader would think of chamberpots and the like. I try to steer clear of books in which an author writes a Mary Sue into an ideal Austenish landscape.

So I take it that Voodoo Bride will do all the "girly" books from now on? =)

Sullivan McPig said...

I myself am not too fond of books that are too girly, so yes: Voodoo Bride will handle the 'girly' book reviews ;-)

Nina said...

I like Jane Austen, no waite, adore is a better word. This book has been on my tbrlist for a long time and I so want to read this one. It's great to hear that it's a entertaining and fluffy book. I need fluffy! :) Great review!!

vvb32 reads said...

i love fluff sometimes. and i have this one coming to me soon. so glad to hear it will fulfill my fluff quota of the year ;-D