I read the majority of this book on a six hour train journey and it’s pretty much exactly as I expected, great fun and nothing deep, but with a good ending that’s not too predictable. I’d recommend it for next time you’re looking for a ‘nice’ travel read – as someone who once spent a good 30 minutes sobbing whilst reading on a plane I like something that’s not too sad or stressful when on public transport!
The plot is very similar to the TV series ‘Lost in Austen’ shown a few years ago. Courtney Stone, a newly single LA girl, dreams that she wakes up in Regency England in the body of Jane Mansfield (get it?), but as the days pass she realises this is no dream and she’s stuck until further notice. Add in a few Mr Darcy like characters, a mother desperate to see her married and a similarly broken hearted best friend and you’ve got the idea.
It’s written by Laurie Viera Rigler who it turns out has also written a book entitled ‘Rude awakenings of a Jane Austen addict’ I’d definitely give it a go after enjoying this one. It’s also made me desperate to either re-read or re-watch Pride and Prejudice and with autumn on its way a Sunday afternoon with tea, chocolate and P&P sounds pretty darn good.