Why I wanted to read this Book
When I was asked if I wanted to be on the Blog Tour of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Asuten by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton, I said yes without hesitating for a second. This even when I had never read these two authors before and had no idea if their writing style was my cup of tea.
It was because of Miss Jane Austen!
Yes, you read that right. Jane Austen is one of my all time favourite authors and I was not going to miss out on this novel just because I did not know what was in store for me here.
Here is a little synopsis for you
Before I actually give you a synopsis, take a look at the book cover. Isn’t it pretty? I mean very, very pretty!
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!
Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just around the corner, all is well with the world…
But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.
Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It’s not worth living in!
My Thoughts on the Book
I have been going on an on about it so much that if you follow me on any social media, you’d know by now that I loved the book. And, I do not say this lightly. I seriously loved it! As a Janeite myself, I can say the book is well researched and gives a sense of endearing a legend. Kind of humanising a legend too.
So, in this one Jane Austen is not really the main character while at the same time she is the most important person in this story as well. Confusing? What I mean is, it is not Jane’s perspective or her being the main person in the story but the story is there only because Jane existed.
Still confusing? You’ve got to read the book already!
Rose, our lead lady in the story, is a woman who has always underestimated herself and this encounter with her favourite author (who died a couple of centuries ago) – Jane Austen – teaches her how she ought to grab at the opportunities life presents as that is an integral part of her life.
The story portrays how one person’s existence (or non-existence for that matter) may not only impact another person’s life but may as well change the face of the future itself. This is shown by dear Jane Austen’s ability to time travel but still holding the ability to go back to her time so that the timeline of the world moves at it’s own pace and what chaos ensues once the portal to real time is lost.
Just because there has been no Jane Austen in the history of the world, so much changes! A city’s importance. Friendships existing no more. Businesses losing their selling points. Entire future (or present, really) changes!
I was with these two as they made their way in the current chaos and worked towards restoring the normal reality to regain what had been lost.
There is a sub-plot of a romance and I love how that has not been overdone and keep it very real with the hesitancy and fear of rejection in the forefront of the minds of all involved. I say all because there is more than one romance sub-plot.
Seriously, just read it already!
If you are a Janeite, give this one a go. I give it a solid 4.25/5!
Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for arranging this blog tour.
A little about the authors before I sign off
Ada grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book. She spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.
A proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
6 thoughts on “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen”
Hallo, Hallo Hina,
You’re insta reaction matched mine when I first learnt of the trilogy by Mr Hemingway – which is now capstoned on my blog with a very wickedly insightful interview!! There is this whole journey I undertook into a theory of how Jane Austen might account for a gap in what is known of her history as played out in this trilogy. I hadn’t known anything about the author myself nor did I understand fully what the trilogy would entail. I also – at the time I asked to join the first blog tour realise the next installments would also tour and I could read the whole trilogy in sequence of order! In the end, I found a new author who embodies the spirit & essence of Jane Austen – not just as a woman but as a writer and I am so dearly grateful I was hosting with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours at the time these first came into the book blogosphere.
Those are the moments as bloggers we cherish because it allows us to connect & find stories and/or authors we might not have previously had a route to find! (smiles)
Full stop – I read until you said about how one person’s life can alter another person’s life simply by their existence and/or their presence in a mutually defined timeline. I stopped there because I had so much rambling through my mind at that point, I’ve decided to hold the rest of your thoughts until I can read the book! I did attempt to see if this was on audio recently but I only found I could get the book via interlibrary loan (ILL). If that doesn’t work out, I’ll definitely try to request it at the library as a new purchase. Either way, at some point – this convo will be continued because I love how this tucks into introspective thoughts and how each of us plays a role in other people’s lives with or without our direct knowledge. The whole interconnective theory of humanity seems to play a very key role in the story and I am dearly hooked!
Thank you for nudging me about this on Twitter!
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I am so glad that my thoughts resonate with you.
Come to think of it, if it was not for Jane Austen, we two wouldn’t have known each other from Eve probably. It has so much to talk about and I am going to wait for you to read it so that we can have a detailed discussion as to the life of Miss Austen and in turn how she has impacted lives way after death as well.
P.S. I love your long comments. Keep them coming ❤
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Hina, I adore your review! It’s fun, witty, insightful and thorough, and fabulous!
Funnily enough, Ada and I wouldn’t know each other if it hadn’t been for Harry Potter! She lives in California and I was living in Connecticut when we ‘met’ online. I’ve since moved home to the UK and now I’m in my 6th year in Switzerland but we still manage to co-write across the miles and the 9-hour time difference!
Our love of HP led us both to realise we also had a shared love of Jane Austen. How things turn on a sixpence sometimes!
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Thank you, Cass.
So in a way Rose and Morgan are a reflection of you two in a way?
P.S. I am a Potterhead too. A Slytherin,
I love this review! I’m definitely going to have to check this out!
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Do share your review with me when you do. 🙂