Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Beth Pattillo
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Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Beth Pattillo
Guideposts Books
288 pages
February 2009
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Emma Grant is a typical Jane Austen fan: bright, witty, and in love with the idea of love. She has no idea how she's made her life such a mess, and she's gone to London to follow a trail of misplaced Austen letters in hopes of getting her life back on track.

Emma found her husband in the most compromising situation imaginable with his twenty-year-old assistant. Added to that, she's been accused by said assistant and husband of plagiarizing a paper that she has submitted to the board in hopes of getting tenure. She's on her way to London to seek out missing Jane Austen letters and expose them to the world in hopes of getting her job back. Along the way, she comes across a long-lost first love, a reclusive old lady who lays hold to the missing letters, and an enterprising young tabloid reporter trying to woo Emma in hopes of getting his hands on the letters.

The romance between Adam and Emma is endearing and romantic, what every young girl hopes for, but in the end, Emma learns an important lesson about life and love, and deals with the fact that she, not Jane Austen, has ruined her life - and it's up to her to fix it. Although the ending isn't a typical “happy ending,” it is happy.

Perfect concept for a book, and I love the facts littered throughout about Austen’s life, but the ending leaves you hanging in a way that says "sequel". I don’t know if Pattillo is considering that angle, but it sure would be nice. I know the book is already out, but the cover should feature that pink Chanel dress instead of the red one. Just a thought.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Megan Duncan, 2009

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