Title: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen (The Austen Adventures #1)
Author: Ada Bright and Cass Grafton
Publication Date: September 12, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
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!
Why This Book
The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen introduces readers to a time traveling Jane Austen. Quite unexpectedly, a young woman from modern times, Rose, finds herself in a warped timeline along with Jane Austen, ripping her from the home she’s always known, her best friend who is visiting Bath all the way from California, and the man she’s deeply in love with but who is awfully aloof. It was lovely to see Rose and Jane ease into a friendship and, as a Jane Austen fan, I’m a bit jealous I never got to meet a time traveling Jane Austen. While this, sadly, did not go into Austen’s books much at all, or even the effects Austen not writing her books might have had on the world, it did pull in my absolutely favorite scene.
And thus begins one of my absolutely favorite and sweetly memorable book endings. It echoes a lovely scene in my favorite Austen novel, and brings someone back into Rose’s life for quite an adventure in the second book. This ending always makes me swoon a little. It’s so sweet and so beautiful, and how can I possibly forget something that takes a piece of another ending I love so much and puts it in in the best way possible?
My review: “While the timeline part was a major part of the story, it was only part. I was a little disappointed that the experience in an alternate time didn’t change Rose much, but it was just enough to make the end plausible. I loved that the romance was subtle, which somehow made it feel more powerful, and that the emphasis was on the lovely friendships the quiet, reserved Rose was able to nurture.”
All About Romance gave this a B-, saying “This is a doggedly cute little story, well-researched as only a devoted Janeite can do it. It’s a charming every-person comedy, and as such, it’s winning and worth a read.”
A Little Book Problem said “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”
Being Anne said “This is a both a lovely romance (in two dimensions, and so cleverly brought together) and quite a gripping mystery/adventure, with the real possibility that the world might move on without the joy of Jane Austen’s writing. “
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