I have a confession to make: I am a Jane Austen addict. But then again, most people know that about me.
In 2008 and 2010, Laura Viera Rigler introduced her readers to two very different Janeites. Courtney Stone, in modern day Los Angeles and Jane Mansfield, a single Regency era gentleman’s daughter are both going through tough times. The only thing that is constant in both women’s lives is Jane Austen.
In Confessions Of A Jane Austen Addict, Courtney Stone has just broken up with her fiance. While nursing her emotional wounds with Jane Austen and Absolut, she wakes up in Regency England. She finds herself in the body of Jane Mansfield. Despite her knowledge of all things Austen, Courtney is not prepared for the reality of life in Regency England and the enigma that is Mr. Edgeworth.
Two years later, in Rude Awakenings Of A Jane Austen Addict, it was Jane Mansfield’s turn. Nothing prepares her for modern day Los Angeles and the chaos that is Courtney Stone’s life. The modern world with cars, cell phones, the variety of clothes and unrestricted lives of women is a shock. While dealing with the modern world, Jane finds herself attracted to Courtney’s friend Wes, who reminds her of the man who broke her heart back home.
Both women are forced to answer questions in their own lives while trying to figure out the life of the other woman whose body they are inhabiting. I recommend both books.