Jane Austen Ruined My Life~Beth Pattillo~


Jane Austen Ruined My Life


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 Review~
My sister had recommended that I read this book. I can’t believe that it was actually enjoyable! It’s mainly about a 30 something year  lady who believes that Jane Austen ruined her life and so she’s basically out to get revenge on Jane Austen.(Like that is even possible. *eyes rolling*) It was a fun read nonetheless. 🙂

There’s only one seemly indecent part in this book(in my opinion). The two main characters stay in the same house but not in the same room if that makes any sense. The  heroine has a friend who owns the house and the hero are both friends of the lady and they’re just using her house while they’re visiting in England.It has no awkward parts.Nothing indecent happened between the two main characters which is very awesome.

What really drew me was how the author was talking about the lost Jane Austen letters and it really got me to thinking is could there be letters out there that may have belonged to Jane Austen? But we who love Jane Austen know that may not be a possibility because Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra burned most of her letters but it was a very interesting to read about anyway.

I think it was a pretty good and light read. The mystery really kept me interested! I think that this may be a potential book that Jane Austen lovers would like to read. I was very surprised by the ending! I hope I didn’t spoil it for you. You will be SHOCKED! lol!
The main character went to England to actually see the sights that Jane Austen lived in so that was really cool. I liked how the author took the time to talk about the different sights in England concerning Jane Austen. This is isn’t in the Christian Fiction category but it’s more like Contemporary Regency Fiction.  Again,this book was a really light, quick, and humorous read to enjoy. (3 stars)





Happy Reading Y’all!!!  🙂


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