Book Review: Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Rude Awakenings tells the story of Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in a modern woman's overly wired and morally confused L.A. life.

For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. Her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet, but it is fitted up with lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and a glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice

Jane relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry" and "rolling a call"? How can she navigate a world in which entire publications are devoted to brides but flirting and kissing and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations?"

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict was a very sweet, quick read. I really liked the premise (time travel, in reverse) and the positive, hopeful message of it. I thought Jane's observations on modern culture, women, romance and our polished view of the Regency era were spot-on. I also really liked her voice, which melded into a modern vocabulary (subtly) as it progressed.

I also got a kick out of the plot nods to Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. I didn't read the precursor novel (in which a modern gal travels back to the Regency era) but I imagine it's also a fun romp. 

You can easily read this in a weekend- it's fun and fluffy and, although predictable in most areas, a joyful and entertaining read. 

I recommend it for fans of Jane Austen (especially if you loved Persuasion), modern romance/dating, happy endings, and musing on cultural differences (Regency vs now). 

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