Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

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!


  1. Did you read her other? Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. If not, I have it if you would like to borrow it. Same type, though the ending is a little different.

  2. I actually did get this one next. Read it in one night also! I didn't get a chance to blog about it while the reading was fresh... :( I fail. But I did rather enjoy it. It was kind of empowering. People tell me I'm crazy sometimes when I say that we need to find and know and love ourselves before we can be in a truly healthy relationship. I think that's kinda what she was doing. There are a few other books I've come across recently that I wanna check out as well... Phantom of Pemberley is one. A murder mystery spin-off. Takes place over a Christmas holiday at the Darcy residence. Sounds intriguing! I'll have to check the library to see if I can get it!

  3. I loved the book. I can't wait to read Mr Darcy book.