Friday, June 19, 2015

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, 293 pages

Author Laurie Viera Rigler confesses to be a Jane Austen addict.  In this novel, she has created a character, Courtney Stone, who is also a Jane Austen addict and lives in modern day Los Angeles.  Courtney wakes up from a alcoholic binge (where she is trying to forget about a cheating ex-fiance) to find herself in England in 1813.

But she's not herself.  She's no longer blonde, short and busty.  Now she's got brown hair and a willowy figure.  Everyone around her calls her Jane Mansfield, and Jane is a woman living a life very much like the life portrayed by Jane Austen's heroines.  Sure it's great to read Jane Austen, but to live it?  Courtney's not so sure.  Chamber pots, bleeding of ill humors, showers don't exist, baths are rare and women exist to marry and have children.

A fun, light summer read for even those of us who aren't quite addicts, but never turn down a good Jane Austen story.

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