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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

by Beth Pattillo

Looking for a fun, light but very good book for Valentine's reading. This one fits the bill. I've read several Jane Austen take-offs in the last year or two and this is by far the best. It rates higher than Austenland, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Jane and Cassandra. At least in my opinion. And I really liked two of those.

Emma has lost her husband to another woman and she has lost her college professorship for suposedly stealing the her teaching assitant writings. In hopes of gaining back her professional reputation she flies to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen - she has a contact who wants to help her.

Mrs. Parrot claims to have over 500 unpublished letters that Austen's sister Cassandra was put in charge of destroying. Before Emma is permitted to see the letters she must complete several task to prove her worthiness. I had lots of questions about Mrs. Parrot and the tasks which let just enough mystery to keep me interested in how things would turn out.

There were several passages that hit a chord with me but I didn't mark them. I usually put several BookDarts on the first page so they are handy when I run across a neat quote, but I keept forgetting to get the BookDarts. I'm passing the book on to my 19-yr-old daughter. I think her age group all the way up to my age group will enjoy this book. It's MUCH better than those Twilight books that were making the rounds.

This book will be released on Feb 3. Great timing for Valentine's and a perfect book for that holiday.

12 comments:

Kay said...

This one sounds fun. I'll have to watch out for it.

Staci said...

If this is better than Austenland then sign me up!! I noticed this book on your side column the other day so I made sure to add it to my books for 2009. I'm an Austen junkie...reading P&P right now!!

Excellent review :)

jenclair said...

I started this one, but put it aside to finish some others. Will have to get back to it!

Kristina said...

I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for this one! Thanks for a great review!

Kailana said...

I like the title! I will have to keep my eyes open for it. :)

Kristen M. said...

This sounds like a fun read. I have avoided a lot of recent Austen-based books that seem too self-important. I love Austen as much as the next introverted, nerdy gal but I don't believe that her books hold all the answers to life. :)

Carrie K. said...

Thanks for the review - I'm adding this to my wish list.

Amy said...

Oh good, I'm so glad it's a good one! I'm looking forward to it!

tanabata said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! Great title! :P

Lisa R.D. said...

This looks like a book I'll love. Thanks for the review and recommendation!

booktrash said...

I've never heard of bookdarts before, but I just googled them and now I want some pretty badly. Normally I just use a bit of paper, but I'm forever wanting to mark nice passages and not being able to (lots of bits of paper get lost and I hate to write in books).

Darla D said...

Nice review! I'll be on the lookout for this one.