Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review- Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the first in the Formidable Series (I reviewed the second, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, last year).

I admire how Beth Pattillo plucks her heroes from the ranks of academia, she has a real knack for turning book nerds into dashing leading men. Her quirky writing style makes her novels completely different than anything else in the CBA. Like Mr. Darcy I found the inspy in this inspirational to be very subtle, which might be a selling point for those not used to Christian fiction.

I enjoyed getting a peak into Jane Austen's real life. Although many details were imagined by the author, there were enough facts sprinkled in to find it fascinating. But because of Pattillo's light-handed treatment of the romantic plot line, I found it difficult to consider this a page turner (y'all know how I feel about my romance). It was interesting enough, just not as engaging as the cover promised.

Want more info? Here's the product description:
English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.

In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.

My rating: (Add an extra couple if you're a mega Jane Austen fan).


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