Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane - an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can't match what she's read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there's Austen - a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. The two have one thing in common: they can't leave each other alone. Jane believes that if Austen could just experience a fairy tale romance, he would secretly love it. And Austen's pretty sure that if one of Jane's beloved heroes escaped from the pages of her dog-eared novels, she'd run and hide. Both are about to be proven right. When the rivals are called on to help a friend plan the biggest wedding of the year, an entire resort full of colorful wedding guests descends upon them - many sharing uncanny similarities to characters in a Jane Austen novel. It doesn't take long before Jane gets everything she thinks she wants. After all, too much of a good thing can't be all that bad, right? But when Jane's life turns upside down, the only one she can turn to is Austen; though he's got his own troubles of the heart... and she's afraid that he's enjoying them more than he should.
©2014 Stephanie Fowers (P)2014 Stephanie Fowers
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It was certainly a good stretch but for Jane Austen fans, it might be fun. I enjoyed it as I it got very busy with overlapping scenes and stories.It has a very interesting. The narration is very good.
"What a charming mishmash!"
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane—an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can’t match what she’s read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there’s Austen—a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. The two have one thing in common: they can’t leave each other alone. Jane believes that if Austen could just experience a fairy tale romance, he would secretly love it. And Austen’s pretty sure that if one of Jane’s beloved heroes escaped from the pages of her dog-eared novels, she’d run and hide. Both are about to be proven right. When the rivals are called on to help a friend plan the biggest wedding of the year, an entire resort full of colorful wedding guests descends upon them—many sharing uncanny similarities to characters in a Jane Austen novel. It doesn't take long before Jane gets everything she thinks she wants. After all, too much of a good thing can’t be all that bad, right? But when Jane’s life turns upside down, the only one she can turn to is Austen; though he’s got his own troubles of the heart…and she's afraid that he's enjoying them more than he should.
I've only read a couple of Jane Austen books and seen a couple of the films for other books, so I didn't get all there references, but Fowers made it work anyway. The story is a delightful mishmash of Jane Austenish characters set in a modern wedding center/bed and breakfast patterned after the places in Jane Austen books.
It took me a little while to warm up to Austen, and the story took a long time to play out, but it had a complex cast of characters (Austen did write 6 books, after all, and most of them contributed) so it really required that. And Austen totally grew on me. But was he ever an emotional tease. I wanted to strangle him a few times.
And Jane, in her role of wedding planner and trying to be pleasant and helpful to the guests, ended up being a doormat in the first half of the book. Fortunately, she finally comes into her own ... and it's sweet justice. I felt bad for Janes too because she was so desperate that her romantic visions of things led her to make a lot of mistakes. I loved that both she and Austen learned from each her--she became more practical and he more romantic. That's what any good romance is about. I will be looking for other audiobooks by Fowers.
***I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Would Go Well W/Required HS/YA Required Reading"
To younger friends or family. It brings Jane Austen's work in a contemporary setting. It is a clever play on words and develops points in [the real] Jane Austen books.
I rolled my eyes at the first part until I realized and Stephanie Powers was NOT trying to rewrite or knock off Jane Austen's originals. It was when I discovered the comparisons and characters referring to JA's original work that I began to see the appeal and cleverness that would draw the Young Adult' audience.
It would be interesting for Jr. High and High School students who are required to read J. Austen to read this book as they rad the classics.
Andrea Eamme's performance was spot on. She was required to perform male and female as well as English and American accents. The characters sounded age appropriate as well.
This would not have been my usual pick as it really was written toward a younger audience (YA.) *I was offered this free copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.*
This was a sweet, clean romance though somewhat juvenile for my normal listening. However, I think it was well performed and will appeal to the younger dynamic.
"Cute but a little silly"
It was a little off beat for me. A little fantastic. But it did make me want to go back and read every Jane Austin book again. I recommend it if you are looking for something light.
I enjoyed listening to this story. It kept me hooked. The narration was good except Taylor's voice didn't fit her character. The romance wasn't totally great. At times I thought Austin could have been more man and not stringed Jane along. Many of the secondary characters were unrealistic in their meanness. But I suppose that kept me reading on. The ending was romantic. Good plot but a bit too much drama for my taste and not enough true romance. It was a well - written book so my feelings are mostly personal preference.
What a fantastic story! As an Austen lover, this couldn't have been more crafty. It makes me want to read all of Austen's books again! Emmes was fabulous as the narrator. Her goggles and the way she could flow between characters (and there were A LOT of them) was effortless. She was perfect for the story.
This is definitely an audio book I will recommend and listen to again. Great job. Just wow.
I really enjoyed it when Jane and Austen started making all of the Jane Austen connections, which were kind of humorous. It made me smile.
For me, the happy ending.
No I haven't.
Yes, it made me laugh.
Very cute story!
"Good young adult read/listen"
Young adult fiction!
As a whole there really weren't that many memorable moments. I'll say that as a nice romantic, coming of age story that references & parallels the best of Jane Austen ' s books it definitely wins.
Andrea brings the charaters to life & her performances of female & male alike are brilliant. If I had read the book her voice would definitely be in my head!
I thought the story was as pretty similar to most young adult fiction. It's not something I would choose to listen to.
This audiobook was given in exchange for a fair & honest review.
"Fun, Romantic, and More Fun!"
I enjoyed the witty dialogue and fun storyline. Romantic but with more of a plot than your typical romance. Can't wait fir more!
"What a perfect title. I loved this book!"
I loved this book! I like books that make me feel good and move quickly just like this one did. Jane’s journey kept me entertained and it was hard to stop listening. I was never bored. I was bummed when I was half way through and realized how many hours were left. I’m attached to Jane and all the characters. I want more…
The book was full of quirky, snooty and zany characters each with a personality with ties to a Jane Austin book. I would have loved a character cheat sheet with full bios. That would have been so much time to read over and over. You don’t have to be a Jane Austen fan to enjoy this book, but if you are it is great fun.
The performer added to the charm of the book so between the narrator and the author’s words I kept picturing the characters as if I was watching them on TV. This would make a great movie or even a TV series. Oh…the adventures Jane could have…I can picture them now.
This is the first book I listened to by Stephanie Fowers and it won’t be the last. The same can be said for the performer Andrea Emmes. She did a fabulous job with her multiple voices and British accents. She really brought the story to life.
**I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.** And I’m so glad I did thank you! I will listen to this book over and over again.
I loved her voice and the emotions she brought to each character. I really could picture them.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes fun, humor, wit and romance oh and of course Jane Austen.
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