Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton lodge

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Retelling, Adult
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Purchase Link: Amazon | Kobo | BN
Pages: 312
Published June 13th 2017 by Waterbrook Press
 “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”―Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.

It took me a bit of time but once I got over that I pretty much devoured the book. Once I was like 50 pages in yesterday morning my day ended up planned around reading this book yesterday. I refused to go to sleep once I got nearer to the ending of the book. I loved getting to know theses characters, the struggles they were going through and seeing them trying to continue to look on the bright side. One part of the book that really stood out to me and I loved was the recipes of different things. Today I plan to go to the supermarket and make a couple of the items in the book because they sounded delicious. I loved that even though I know what this book is based off sense and sensibility that there was a surprising amount of tidbits that reminded me of Jane Austen's other books. I wasn't sure at first if it was purposeful until i read the readers note at the ending and was glad so know I was right. Overall if you love Jane Austen's novels and modern retelling.

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