I arrived home from to work to a blinking red message on the answering machine (no voicemail on this landline, we kick it old school). Much to my delight, one of the 3 messages (the other two were quite discardable) was from the local library informing me that the book I'd requested on intralibrary loan had arrived.
I headed over to the library, arriving just moments before it closed - and to my delight, "Jane Austen Ruined My Life" was awaiting my pick-up. I determined to have no other pressing matters this evening and headed home and began my casual read. I wasn't sure of the premise of the book, but in reading the back, I was anticipating something a little different and yet, I hoped it would also stay truer to the feel of Austen's personality [than many other spin-offs I've recently read]. I was not disappointed.
This book was a quick read. I started reading at roughly 630pm. Took a brief break in the middle and had finished through to the epilogue by 1045pm. Again, I will say it was quite delightful. It took an original modern story on a journey through classic Jane Austen country - some places I've visited and enjoyed the trip down memory lane via this welcomed literary route.
I've determined myself to be somewhat of a snob when it comes to the spin-offs of Ms. Austen. But this one, is a definite thumbs up, in my opinion!