Author: Stephanie Powers
Published: June 26, 2014
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.
This book was a lot of fun. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and have read all her books. I know some of her stories much better than other one. I easily saw some of the parallels and was oblivious to others.
The first few chapters of this book are really confusing. We are thrown into the story and there are way to many people, places and names dropped on us all at once. It made my head spin but I’m glad I stuck with the story cause I ended up really enjoying it. The story did settle down some as it went on but the whole story was faced paced and jumped all over the place from one story line to another. I wished we had a little more of just the main 3 couples or 4 couples and a little bit less of everyone else. Including so many characters from so many different novels ultimately detracted from Jane & Austen’s story where I wished the author had spent more time.
There is a little guide at the back of the book that matches up the characters in this story with the characters from Jane Austen’s books. A few times when I was confused I wish I had realized it was there although it is “spoilery” so ultimately I’m glad I didn’t read it until the end.
This is a clean read that I can recommend to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. It has a young adult feel to it even though technically it would be classified as New Adult or Romantic Comedy due to the age of the characters.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Source: Review copy from author
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