Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

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By (author) Laurie Viera Rigler

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  • Publisher: Plume Books
  • Format: Paperback | 293 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0452289726
  • ISBN 13: 9780452289727
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 205,095

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Read Laurie Viera Rigler's posts on the Penguin Blog. 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 level of Austen mania 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, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. This looking-glass Austen world is not without its charms, however. There are journeys to Bath and London, balls in the Assembly Rooms, and the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who may not be a familiar species of philanderer after all. But when Courtney's borrowed brain serves up memories that are not her own, the ultimate identity crisis ensues. Will she ever get her real life back, and does she even want to?

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LAURIE VIERA RIGLER's first novel, "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict," was a national bestseller. A Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Laurie teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.

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By Najla Qamber 03 May 2013 4

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is human nature for our subconscious to wish for an escape when the going get's tough and Courtney Stone's subconscious didn't just "wish" for an escape. It conjured it. The hows and whys of the situation is still remains at loss for me even after I finished the book.



Courtney Stone's life is in the gutter and at the end of the day she releases grief and takes refuge in all of Jane Austen's work. Somehow between the world of waking and dreaming, Courtney get's teleported 200 years back in time. She didn't land in the 1800's century as herself but as Jane Mansfield, a beautiful, slim, refined, and unmarried woman in her thirties. She doesn't know who Jane is except for the reflection she sees in the mirror and only gets glimpses and fragments of Jane's memory to help her blend in.



Courtney/Jane was first convinced that all she was experiencing was a dream caused by her obsessive readings of everything Jane Austen. But as days, weeks and months passed on, she just had to accept and take her Jane Austen training and put it to good use to please Mrs. Mansfield and shoo the Lords and Dukes, who are great big horn-dogs.

In this century, the author explains to us that there's more to the world Jane Austen has written. And that Austen only sugar coated the real happenings within a distinguished family, town balls, and overall, men of that time. Yes, mothers only think about their daughters marrying rich. Yes, they go to balls and dance way too much. Yes, there are rich handsome gentlemen who court and flirt. But Austen and many other authors of that age didn't tell us about the obsessive and urgency of the mothers, or that a lot of harassments occur during balls and most of these rich handsome gentlemen have nasty attitudes and only have one thing in mind. Courtney realizes this as she starts getting accustomed to the simple routine of an accomplished woman and starts traveling with her suitors sister to Bath and London.

I enjoyed coming to terms with the reality of how the 1800's is really like and how suffocating it is to be seen with a male underclassmen unchaperoned. And at the end of the book, I came with the conclusion that I didn't really know if Courtney's life in the 21st century was real or where the real Jane Mansfield is. It was a good end but an end that still made you ask what really happened to Jane and Courtney.

By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 21 Jun 2011 3

I was interested in this book because I love some of Jane Austen's novel. It seemed like the perfect book to me, so I bought it last year and only now I decided to read it.

Courtney Stone is a modern LA girl who loves Jane Austen's books. She was reading one of them when suddenly she wakes up being Miss Jane Mansfield in Regency England.

For me it's important to like the protagonists. In this case Courtney wasn't my favorite, but I decided to give her an opportunity because it was hilarious to read her thought about the disadvantages of living in this era, as the bathroom. But must of the time traveling characters doesn't give it a thought, but really, I couldn't live in that era just because of the bathroom.

I only wished Courtney would have been more secure about herself. She was constantly thinking about her ex-fiance and how he cheated on her. I understand it was awful and sad, but I was getting bored with the constant thought about how men couldn't be trusted, or how her body wasn't perfect, etc.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was an easy read, sometimes funny and with lots of references to Jane Austen's books that must of the Jane Austen's lovers will like. I wasn't expecting Jane Austen herself in the book, she appeared only for a moment and she wasn't as I thought she would be.

Overall, I was expecting something different, but still enjoyed it and I think I will read the next one, called Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.

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?A devotee of all things Austen? discovers the reality of life in Regency England: rampant body odor, sexual and class repression and a style of medical care involving bloodletting.? Despite the smells, little in [her] current lifestyle?including most of the men?can compete with the erotic charge of dancing in a candlelit ballroom.? ?"USA Today" ?[A] delightful comic romp? Jane Austen makes a cameo appearance that is pure pleasure.? ?"The Times Picayune" ?[A] charming novel? Rigler writes beautifully? a light and deftly orchestrated visit to 1813.? ?Austenblog.com ?[A] winner.? ?"Publishers Weekly"