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~FREE ♶ Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict ⚇ Can a girl from Regency England survive in today s morally confused world Jane Mansfield has long wished to escape the confines of life in nineteenth century England But awakening as twenty first century Los Angeleno Courtney Stone is not what she had in mind Nor is Courtney s barred window urban box of an apartment Gone are the rolling lawns and hovering servants of Jane s family estate Gone is even a single friend who sees her or knows her as Jane Nothing not even her face in the mirror is the same The only thing familiar, the only thing she appears to have in common with the strange woman in whose life she has landed, is a love of Jane AustenNot everything about the modern world is disagreeable The apartment may be tiny, but it has a delightful glass box in which tiny figures act out scenes from Pride and Prejudice And Jane may not be rich, but she has her first taste of privacy, independence, even the chance to earn her own money Granted, if she wants to leave the immediate neighborhood on her own, she may have to learn to drive the roaring, horseless metal carriage And oh, what places she goes Public assemblies that pulsate with pounding music Unbound hair and unrestricted clothing The freedom to say what she wants when she wants even to men without a proper introductionThere are, however, complications Such as the job she has no idea how to do The bills that must be paid, despite the dwindling bank account The confusing memories that are not her own And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and bewildering as the man who broke her heart back home How is Jane to navigate a world in which kissing and flirting and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations With only Austen s words and a mysterious lady to guide her, Jane cannot help but wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear if returning is even an option A Cheeky comedy with a messageIs there always another chance at happiness Are we bound to our past, or do we all have the power to create heaven on earth, right here, right nowImportant questions heroine Jane Mansfield must come to acknowledge and understand in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler s parallel story to her best selling novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman s daughter from 1813 who is transported A Cheeky comedy with a messageIs there always another chance at happiness Are we bound to our past, or do we all have the power to create heaven on earth, right here, right nowImportant questions heroine Jane Mansfield must come to acknowledge and understand in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler s parallel story to her best selling novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman s daughter from 1813 who is transported into the body of twenty first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone Jane awakens with a headache, but it will takethan aromatic vinegar to solve her problems Where is she Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent s palatial Manor house in Somerset Is she dreaming She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own How can this be A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney Is he a servant Who is Courtney Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land As her friends, or Courtney s friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new to her novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney s bookshelf one passion addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries Between Jane Austen s keen insights and the fortune teller called the lady , she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into Is this the same fortune teller she met in Bath in her own life She had warned her not to ride her horse Or did she Are her memories and Courtney s one in the same The lady tells her she has work to do to put Courtney s life in order Jane only wants to return to her former life and Charles Edgeworth, the estranged beau she left behind Seeing our modern world from Jane s nineteenth century eyes was quite revealing I do not think that I will ever look at a television screen again without remembering her first reaction to the glass box with tiny people inside talking and dancing like characters from Pride and Prejudice These quirky insights are what Rigler excels at, and her Regency era research and knowledge of Jane Austen plays out beautifully We truly understand Jane s reactions and sympathize with her frustrations Not only is Rude Awakenings a comedy of lifestyle comparisons across the centuries, it supplies a very interesting look at modern courtship and romance with a bit of genteel feminism s thrown in for good measure Interestingly, what principals and standards that Jane learned in the nineteenth century, will straighten out Courtney s mixed up twenty first century life at home, work and in her budding romance with Wes Rude Awakenings is a cheeky comedy with a message Like Jane Austen s novel Persuasion, it helps us to look at mistakes in our past, and reminds us that time is fleeting, and few of us are fortunate enough to notice that there is always another chance at happiness I enjoyed the humor, fondly remembering why I became a Jane Austen Addict in the first place Laurel Ann, Austenprose So we all know what happened to the real Courtney and if you don t, check out my review here But what happened to Jane Mansfield Well, we get to find out in this parallel story to last year s favorite Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.Jane Mansfield, a gentleman s daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney s body in present day L.A And although her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet she is enthralled by the lights that burn without candles, machin So we all know what happened to the real Courtney and if you don t, check out my review here But what happened to Jane Mansfield Well, we get to find out in this parallel story to last year s favorite Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.Jane Mansfield, a gentleman s daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney s body in present day L.A And although her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet she is enthralled by the lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and that ever entertaining glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book you guessed it, Pride Prejudice As Jane comes to terms with her new life she goes from one hilarious situation to the next from meeting Courtney s friends, job and the mess her love life or lack thereof is in.Ms Viera Rigler is one funny gal there were parts where I found myself laughing out loud over I found it uproariously funny that Jane Courtney wakes up in this whole new world and ends up wearing a wedding gown since it was the only suitable thing to wear I mean just the thought of it still tickles me The transition for Jane is much harder than it was for Courtney Who in 1813 could envision all the technology we have and take for granted in our day to day lives in the 21st century I enjoyed this just as much or eventhan I did Confessions I will suggest that you read Confessions first only because you get to meet Courtney and getinside information on who Jane is or was in 1813.This was a fun, light read with plenty of laughs and a wonderful message I certainly enjoyed it and recommend to all not only Jane Austen lovers.Merged review Jane Mansfield, a gentleman s daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney s body in present day L.A And although her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet she is enthralled by the lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and that ever entertaining glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book you guessed it, Pride Prejudice As Jane comes to terms with her new life she goes from one hilarious situation to the next from meeting Courtney s friends, job and the mess her love life or lack thereof is in Ms Viera Rigler is one funny gal there were parts where I found myself laughing out loud over I found it uproariously funny that Jane Courtney wakes up in this whole new world and ends up wearing a wedding gown since it was the only suitable thing to wear I mean just the thought of it still tickles me The transition for Jane is much harder than it was for Courtney Who in 1813 could envision all the technology we have and take for granted in our day to day lives in the 21st century I enjoyed this just as much or eventhan I did Confessions I will suggest that you read Confessions first only because you get to meet Courtney and getinside information on who Jane is or was in 1813 This was a fun, light read with plenty of laughs and a wonderful message I certainly enjoyed it and recommend to all not only Jane Austen lovers Very repetitive, nothing happened and the audio was awful I consistently laughed at her American accents and especially those of the men It was terrible This was a big disappointment compared to the first and the independence the character speaks about so much, that the author speaks so much all but disappears in the end She was reverted back to her ways in her former life and she kept saying she was a proud independent woman so I don t know. Obviously I m a glutton for punishment Even though I was bored by the first book I still read this Maybe because it required very little mental exertion on my part to get through Maybe I m just a masochist The thing that annoyed me most about both books is that neither character seems hugely disturbed after finding themselves in completely different time periods and cultures There s the obligatory this must be a dream and some idle curiosity following the realisation that it s not but noth Obviously I m a glutton for punishment Even though I was bored by the first book I still read this Maybe because it required very little mental exertion on my part to get through Maybe I m just a masochist The thing that annoyed me most about both books is that neither character seems hugely disturbed after finding themselves in completely different time periods and cultures There s the obligatory this must be a dream and some idle curiosity following the realisation that it s not but nothingAt least in the last book Courtney had some idea of what the 19th century would be like In this, Jane can t possibly have known just how different the 21st century is to the time she came from and yet she casually accepts the existence of cars, skyscrapers, computers and phones with nothingthan a moment of wide eyed amazement Moreover, neither woman really comes out as an individual, theyor less fit right into the life of the other getting along with their friends just fine so that no one really notices a change, apart from a change in manners.The explanation behind these two women swapping bodies across hundreds of years is still disappointingly vague, being left to some half explained mystical magic mumbo jumbo.I had my expectations set very low for this book and I was right to do so This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Much better than Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, this book offers the Courtney Stone Jane Mansfield story from Jane s point of view in Courtney s 21st Century life, where she is very confused by just about everything.I think the writing has improved in this sequel It s worth borrowing from the library or borrowing from a friend in paperback I wouldn t pay for this one in hardcover, but it was still a good summer light read.I can deal with the not very well discussed issues of time travel Much better than Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, this book offers the Courtney Stone Jane Mansfield story from Jane s point of view in Courtney s 21st Century life, where she is very confused by just about everything.I think the writing has improved in this sequel It s worth borrowing from the library or borrowing from a friend in paperback I wouldn t pay for this one in hardcover, but it was still a good summer light read.I can deal with the not very well discussed issues of time travel, and the odd way the secondary characters behave, but I m not totally convinced that one might be in love with someone one has never met through cellular memory nor that someone else might be in love with a woman whose whole personality has changed, even if her body has not When I m not in this story, I wonder if that isn t rather an offensive take on men and lovebut when I m reading the story it doesn t bother me too much Once again, I felt like there was somethingweirdabout mentioning menstruation again in passing , and there s still an anti feminist vibe, as when our heroine is all nervous walking home from work Actually, perhaps it is the odd juxtaposition of an insistance that you seize living with an undertone that you re not really in control of fate that is bugging me A sort of surrender to your life kind of irritation that perhaps iscomfortable to other women than it is to me It s not that I don t think that this is a topic appropriate for such a book, just that it feels like a forced inclusion here to explain how Jane will deal with such a different situation in modern times from what happens to Courtney in the past It really sticks out in a way that a conversation among women friends in the book might not Such a fun book I actually liked it even better than the prequel It s an easy read in the chick lit genre, and especially fun if you are a Jane Austen fan Very creative to have someone from Jane Austen s time wake up in modern day Los Angeles Add in a little romance, and you have a delightful little book. Anything with Jane Austen is a super yes for me I happened to read this book in San Jose Public Library and reading has never been the same Now I want one of my friends to wake up as Jane Mansfield one day and I be the one who believes them when they share their dilemma with me Is it too much to ask In 2007, Rigler published Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, the story of Courtney Stone, a present day Los Angeles single woman who one day wakes up transported to Edwardian England, in the body of a young woman named Jane Mansfield.This book is the story of how Jane fares when she wakes up in Courtney s body in 21st Century Los Angeles Like Courtney, Jane is very unhappy in her own life, and wishes she could be someone else She shares this wish with a fortune teller at a country fair, and In 2007, Rigler published Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, the story of Courtney Stone, a present day Los Angeles single woman who one day wakes up transported to Edwardian England, in the body of a young woman named Jane Mansfield.This book is the story of how Jane fares when she wakes up in Courtney s body in 21st Century Los Angeles Like Courtney, Jane is very unhappy in her own life, and wishes she could be someone else She shares this wish with a fortune teller at a country fair, and wakes up in Courtney s body, having just suffered a concussion after hitting her head in a swimming pool She is understandably confused by this new world of cell phones and DVD players, but her friends attribute this to her head injury As she becomes accustomed to the techonology, she discovers that she really enjoys her new found independence the clothing, going out in public without a chaperone, living alone But as she begins to appreciate the new life, she learns that her old life may not have been as bad as she believed Which life will she end up with Will she even be able to choose I actually enjoyed this book a lotthan Confessions, but I m not sure why I may have to go back and reread the earlier book to find out I became hooked on time travel stories watching Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour Then I read Jude Devereux s Knight in Shining Armor and fell so in love with the characters and improbable plot that I began to actively seek out time travel novels I discovered from reading Diana Gabaldon s Outlander and watching the recent television presentation of Lost in Austen that I prefer stories that take a character back in history over those in which a person is transported to o I became hooked on time travel stories watching Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour Then I read Jude Devereux s Knight in Shining Armor and fell so in love with the characters and improbable plot that I began to actively seek out time travel novels I discovered from reading Diana Gabaldon s Outlander and watching the recent television presentation of Lost in Austen that I prefer stories that take a character back in history over those in which a person is transported to our time This is simply a matter of taste So I beg of you, gentle reader, to keep my little bias in mind as you read this review of Laurie Viera Rigler s latest book, whose cover of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict appropriately depicts a Regency woman wearing an ipod.Having traveled back to the Regency era in Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Courtney Stone is now living Jane Mansfield s life It happened like this One evening, the very American, extremely modern Courtney is grieving over the end of her engagement to a cad and the betrayal of her friend, Wes The next morning she wakes up in Regency England in the body of a tall, elegant woman whose relationship with her mother can best be described as rotten Confessions ended with Courtney falling in love with Jane s beau, Mr Edgeworth, and overcoming the inconvenience of living without indoor plumbing or electricity But if Courtney has taken over Jane Mansfield s body and life, what ever became of her regency counterpart In Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict the reader discovers that poor Jane Mansfield is transported into Courtney s shorter, curvier body after a fall from a horse and has landed smack dab in a modern apartment in Los Angeles Horror of horrors, nothing that Jane as Courtney has ever known is recognizable in this strange environment, nothing, that is, except for Pride and Prejudice The 1995 AE version is playing on television as Jane examines her strange surroundings Mr Darcy and Elizabeth are mere illusions but Jane confuses their ethereal transmissions for the real thing She is rapturous when she comes across Jane Austen s novels on Courtney s bookshelves, happily discovering thatwere published than the two she d known about The books provide her with her first emotional security blanket, for up to that moment everything Jane has seen, heard, and touched in this new world has been surreal and mind boggling As Jane says to a fortune teller who helps her sort out her confusion, If I am not asleep, how can I be anything but awake One imagines that Courtney had a much easier time adjusting to the past, for she d been a Jane Austen addict and had had the opportunity to study the regency era in history books and novels Poor Jane Mansfield had no such knowledge about 2009, for who in 1813 could have forecast the invention of microwave ovens, cars, cell phones, planes, elevators, high rise buildings, computers, refrigerators, and wonder of wonders efficient showers and toilets And then there were the clothes How was a self respecting Regency Miss supposed to wear those indecently skimpy outfits and hoydenish makeup that her new friends put on without blushing Thankfully, Courtney s new body has retained a visceral 21st century memory of dressing, driving and using appliances, giving Jane some time to recover her equilibrium and sort out her bewildering surroundings When life becomes too crushing for her, she happily hunkers down to read Emma or Mansfield Park, or watch the marvelous movie adaptations of Jane s novels Despite those few moments of bliss, there are still many modern customs that Jane must learn She is both intrigued and appalled that women must work for a living, for isn t this an activity reserved for working class women And yet the working women she meets enjoy riches and freedoms that she could only dream about in her constricted regency world Then there is the situation with her rotten ex fiance and ex best friend, Wes, whose gentle presence is at odds with the antipathy Jane s new friends feel toward him Wes is just the sort of Mark II hero that this reviewer loves sweet, warm, cuddly, and handsome and I rooted for him to win Jane s hand despite the evidence of his betrayal.Rude Awakenings ties up the plot threads left dangling in Confessions, and I was pleasantly surprised to have my many questions answered in a sensible way, especially about Jane s terrible mother Of the two books, I did prefer Confessions, but please do recall my bias towards those who travel backwards, not forwards Having spent a satisfying couple of evenings reading this latest installment of Laurie s series, I would like to see her write a third one in which the descendants of the Jane Austen Addict characters are united In my imagined plot I see Courtney writing an extensive journal about her Regency experiences, which languishes upon the dusty shelves of an antique book seller for over 150 years This document is discovered by Jane s daughter, a confirmed Jane Austen addict and romance novelist She visits England in 2034 in search of archived information about the Mansfield and Wentworth families after her mother confesses a few pertinent bits of information about her Regency past During her quest, Jane s daughter meets a haughty male descendant of Courtney s, a handsome but priggish Jane Austen scholar, who discounts Courtney s journal as the rantings of an insane relative The two young descendents disagree, sparks fly, she suggests a DNA test, and they then well, use your imagination.Meanwhile, I can think of no better way of spending a Sunday afternoon than to curl up in a hammock and read Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict Just make sure to have enough ice tea and sun screen at hand, for you won t be able to put this gently humorous book down until you are finished Three out of three Regency fans