I’m helping out on this tour a little last minute which I’m rather pleased about and you’ll soon find out why…
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!
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!
You know when you can tell just from the first chapter of a book that it is a book that will make you happy, well that’s the feeling I got when I picked up this one. I do love reading anything involving Jane Austen or her stories and this particular book sounded a bit different from my usual picks so I was excited to read it.
What an adventure this book is, I wasn’t sure exactly what I expected from it but I can say that it exceeded my expectations. I was kind of looking forward to seeing how Miss Austen would fair in the twenty-first century but was surprised at how the book twisted it around, I won’t say too much more but I found it so interesting to see the repercussions of her arrival.
I have to say it’s hard not to read this book and fall back in love with all things Austen, especially with a character like Rose, her passion is definitely infectious. At first, I wasn’t too sure of her, I think because at times she seemed like she was written a lot older than her age but as she meets Jane and the real adventure begins she comes into her own. Especially with her fun and fabulous friend Morgan, their friendship was wonderful and I liked how they complemented each other.
I really liked the way Jane was portrayed and how she manages to get on well even though she’s been uprooted from everything she knows and finds herself as such a famous figure. I sometimes found it easy to forget that in fact she is a fictional character because I was finding out so much about Jane’s life that I didn’t know.
One outcome of this book that I didn’t at all imagine is that I expect it’ll end up costing me a lot of money in the near future, just hearing about the Jane Austen festival and all the events and the promenade it has definitely given me the itch to go to Bath just to take it all in, the authors have done a spectacular job of capturing an atmosphere and the excitement and it’s hard not to be swept along by that.
I’m so glad I got the chance to read this book and even if you aren’t an Austen fan I believe that you’ll love the adventure of this story and getting caught up in the wonderful characters and setting. I’m already excited to get my hands on the second book for this series.
A proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine, and enjoys them in any combination. She currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, and England, where she lives with her characters.
Ada has lived all her life in Southern California, which makes her intolerant to any weather above or below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. She grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book.
She is luckily married to a handsome and funny man who doesn’t mind that the laundry never gets put away and she has three amazing children. Ada spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.