Delighted to be a late addition to the blog tour for The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen today. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey for asking me to step in and to the publisher for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!
Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just around the corner, all is well with the world…
But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.
Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It’s not worth living in!
I was intrigued by the premise behind this book as soon as I read the blurb and, being a huge Jane Austen fan, could not resist picking it up and seeing where it would take me. To some bizarre places is the answer, but it was a lot of fun to go along with the ride.
We follow the adventures of Jane Austen devotee, Rose, as she prepares for the visit of her online friend, whom she has never met in person before, and the annual Jane Austen festival in Bath. She is also trying to suppress her feelings for a hunky archaeologist who happens to be one of her clients. Then a mysterious neighbour moves in upstairs and this is when her life takes a weird turn.
This book took a little while to get going, to be honest. There was quite a lot of time spent setting up Rose’s current life in Bath and giving hints about the real identity of her new neighbour, before all is revealed and the action really starts. I could have done with it getting moving a bit quicker but, that being said, it is easy reading and I did very quickly fall in love with Rose, her friends and her life in Bath. This is very important when we come to the part where everything is threatened by some strange twists of fate.
Quite what mind-altering substances led to the plot of this book being conjured up are something you will have take up with the authors, I hadn’t realised that excessive consumption of Mansfield Park could have this effect, but it certainly is out of left field. However, if you can just go with it and suspend your disbelief for the duration of the book, you will have a lot of fun with Rose and Jane on their adventures.
I thought the authors did a great job capturing the spirit of Jane, and the charm and appeal of Bath. Also, despite the fact this is a light and breezy read, I did feel a great deal of tension when Rose’s life is changed and the future looks like a world without the novels of Jane Austen in it. There was definitely a sense of peril there which was a little unexpected after the first half of the book and the stress had me turning the pages looking for my happy ending!
I particularly love the fact that the authors obviously share my appreciation of Persuasion as Jane Austen’s finest book and the letter written by Captain Wentworth as the most romantic letter ever written in English literature and something all men should be using as a template if they really want to capture a woman’s heart. Imagine a world without that letter in it? Inconceivable! (I know, that’s from The Princess Bride, I’m on a roll with my favourite romances here, just go with it.)
Despite a slowish start, this book is a sweet, charming, pleasurable, if slightly off-the-wall, read that I highly recommend and I really look forward to reading the second book in the series. If I could ask just one thing, I would wish that the paperback had the same cover as the digital version as I really LOVE it and would adore to have a copy to grace my shelves.
The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen is out now and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Authors
Ada has lived all her life in Southern California, which makes her intolerant to any weather above or below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. She grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book.
She is luckily married to a handsome and funny man who doesn’t mind that the laundry never gets put away and she has three amazing children. Ada spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.
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Facebook: Ada Bright
A proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine, and enjoys them in any combination. She currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, and England, where she lives with her characters.
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Facebook: Cassie Grafton
Cass & Ada have a joint website, which you can find at https://tabbycow.com.