Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Comfort Read: Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
Cover photo via Goodreads

Going back into my Goodreads archives to bring you some favorite comfort reads. If you're new to me and my site, I'm a Jane Austen fan, though not a diehard Janeite, and I enjoy some modern retellings, and some continuations of her classic novels. One of my favorite modern Jane Austen retellings, this time of Austen's Sense and Sensibility, is Jane of Austin by Hilary Manton Lodge (I love her website--such pretty illustrations! And tasty looking recipes!) I think you'll still love this book, even if you haven't read the Austen classic, if you like stories of sisters and slow-growing romance, heroes and healing, and recipes too!

Book description (from the Amazon book page):

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.

My review:

I really enjoyed this modern spin on Sense and Sensibility. Lodge creates characters that are like echoes of the Austen characters and are wonderful in their own ways. I love Callum and Jane, just as I do Colonel Brandon and Marianne, yet they are different. The relationship between the sisters was lovely, though I felt it could have been fleshed out a bit more in the narrative. I savored this book the way I would one of Jane's teas and scones. A wonderful read!

Overall ★★★★★ (5/5)
Comfort 🍵🍵🍵🍵(4/5)
Romance ❤❤❤❤  (4/5)

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