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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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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
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October 4th, 2013
I recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen-type novels! (Along with Austenland, Midnight in Austenland, and A Weekend with Mr. Darcy.) Courtney wakes up in the body of Jane Mansfield, a woman living in the same time period as Jane Austen. She adapts as quickly as she can to the shift in time period while trying to figure out who everyone is, from her condescending mother to her supportive bosom friend to the man who loves her, yet somehow brings to mind worrisome memories that are not her own. Can Courtney navigate through this new world and new romances when she is still recovering from a difficult romance back home? And speaking of home - how will she get there? The only fault I found with the book was finding out that two things that were pretty obvious were hardly obvious to the main character until much later in the book. Hello! Things that were blatantly obvious too. But the author really surprised me at the end of the book; I didn't think it would go that way! This is definitely a fun, intriguing read for Austen fans :)
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