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The Jane Austen Project
The Jane Austen Project: A Novel | Kathleen A. Flynn
Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world's most celebrated and beloved authors: two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel. London, 1815: Two travelersRachel Katzman and Liam Finucanearrive in a field in rural England, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. Turned away at a nearby inn, they are forced to travel by coach all night to London. They are not what they seem, but rather colleagues who have come back in time from a technologically advanced future, posing as wealthy West Indies plantersa doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam arent the first team from the future to go back, their mission is by far the most audacious: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen herself. Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common besides the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austens circle via her favorite brother, Henry. But diagnosing Janes fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the continuous convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile the woman she is with the proper lady nineteenth-century society expects her to be. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history intact and exactly as they found ithowever heartbreaking that may prove.
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CrowCAH
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bookishbitch Thanks for the tip. I bought it. 3w
CrowCAH @bookishbitch you‘re welcome! Trying to spread the Jane Austen love! 3w
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kera_11
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2 people are sent back in time to get lost Jane Austen novels & find out what disease killed her. As they get to know her/befriend her, they struggle to leave the past as is & let her die. The Jane Austen aspects were so good, imagining her/her family/life made me love her all over again. The developing relationship between the 2 MC‘s was not for me. so interesting to think about what if we got more books from her, what would you give up for them?

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This book was so good! The writing was excellent. It made me want to read more of austen' books and her biography! The time travel aspect adds a twist that makes it even more enjoyable!

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behudd
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“What kind of maniac travels in time?”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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OriginalCyn620
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I managed to find some navy blue books!
#12coloursofdecember #wintergames2020 #merryreaders 10+1=11pts

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raeintheworld
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Pickpick

At first, I thought this book was only okay, but since I‘ve finished it, I can‘t stop thinking about it. Two people travel back in time on a mission to retrieve Jane Austen‘s letters and the manuscript of The Watsons. But what happens when they actually meet her? What are the consequences?

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Read66
Mehso-so

I wanted this one to be better than it turned out to be... Not bad but not a top read for me either.

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BookishMe
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@sprainedbrain Jenni, was this title mentioned in the growing list of Austen-adjacent books? 😊😊 Apparently it's been on my TBR ;p
#PemberLittens

erzascarletbookgasm On my tbr too! 2y
BookishMe @erzascarletbookgasm 👌🏾👌🏾😊 2y
sprainedbrain @BookishMe @erzascarletbookgasm Someone has added it to the group bookshelf in the Goodreads group! I just finally read it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I think I still@have my copy and could share it if there is interest! 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess The author is here on Litsy. She is really nice. We hosted her for the Litsybookclub. @sprainedbrain 2y
BookishMe @Graciouswarriorprincess that's lovely to know! 2y
BookishMe @sprainedbrain thanks, Jenni.. I can read the ebook but just wondering when ;D 2y
sprainedbrain @BookishMe With the way we‘ve settled on things (1 Austen book for 2 months, followed by a month of other books/movies related to that Austen book), I‘m really not sure when to suggest we read books like this. I don‘t want to overwhelm people, but I would LOVE to read more books like this (not related to a specific Austen novel) all along while we are also following that schedule. If that makes sense? 😂 2y
BookishMe @sprainedbrain absolutely, believe me it does ;D Actually, my qn should have been if this was related to any of the Austen books but synopsis sounds like a retelling / fan fiction of Austen ;)) and thanks for the pronto reply. Cos I now will just add it to my Bookspin list! 😉😉 2y
sprainedbrain @Graciouswarriorprincess That‘s awesome! I wonder if she‘s be up for something like that again if PemberLittens wanted to take some time with this book? This is one that I would LOVE to see a movie or series adaptation of... I thought it was brilliant. 😊 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @sprainedbrain She was really good about it. You could reach out and ask her. That‘s all I did and then we always Zoom our book club meetings. It worked out great. Let me know if you need help. 😃 2y
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BayouGirl85
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This was so not what I expected in the best way possible. I have loved Jane Austen since I read Emma for a high school book report. This book gave me all of that and much more. The twist and turns were spellbounding. The connection drawn to Jane within the book was one that can only be dreamt. If you are an Austen fan, please read this. You will fall in love with her all over again.

LiteraryinLawrence This looks cool! I bet some of the #Pemberlittens might like this one! 2y
TheBookHippie I enjoyed this very much ! 2y
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TheBookHippie @BayouGirl85 and I‘m a Bronte girl. 🤣 2y
BayouGirl85 @TheBookHippie I picked Miss Austen for my next book club cycle. Bronte girls are great. 2y
TheBookHippie @BayouGirl85 looks good I enjoyed the Cassandra book. 2y
Linsy Beautiful cover!!! 1y
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staci.reads
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I enjoyed everything about this! It was so interesting to imagine the world of Jane Austen through the eyes of future time travellers. The author imagined Jane and her family members so vividly. I wax definitely was immersed in the author's world.

NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed this one, too ❤️ 2y
Lesanne I really liked it also 😊 2y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Pickpick

I picked this up as a part of #LitsyAuthor for #ReadingwithMrBook. The plot concerns Rachel and Liam traveling back to 1815 from a dystopian future, to retrieve the manuscript of Jane Austen‘s unfinished novel, The Watsons and her letters to her sister. Having elements of both historical fiction and science fiction, this novel is a must-read for fans of Austen. I am glad that I read this. #LitsyAtoZ letter J

Cinfhen Great review 2y
Elizabeth2 My book club read this book and we all enjoyed it! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks @Cinfhen thank you, Cindy! @Elizabeth2 yay! 💖💖 2y
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MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
johncadams I love Jane Austen. 2y
robinb I enjoyed this as well! 2y
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Pickpick

Two time travelers from a future where Jane Austen is revered, journey back to imbed themselves in her life to try and discover the original manuscript for The Watsons. With only several months before Austen's death, the clock is ticking, but with each passing day in her world our travelers alter it. The question then becomes what have they done to their own future by seeking to uncover the past. Good blend of sci-fi and historical fiction.

sprainedbrain I really enjoyed this one! 2y
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I hoped. I loved the premise—two researchers go back in time to befriend Jane Austen & recover a lost Austen manuscript. There was a wonderful attention to the details of/preparation for time travel, but overall it just felt too serious. I would have preferred a lighter tone—more Austen-ish, to be honest. I‘m not sure if I had too-high expectations, or if I just prefer my time travel lighter & perhaps less realistic!

BarbaraJean The voice of the main character also felt uneven to me—I realize some of this was her shifting between herself and her 1815-era character, but several times I felt pulled out of the story by a sudden F-bomb or a reference to Liam‘s ass... or his johnson. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 3y
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BarbaraJean
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Trying to decide on an audiobook to start tomorrow... too many good choices!

BarbaraJean @DarcysMom That‘s the one I ended up picking. 😊 @Beachesnbooks That‘s good to know! I hadn‘t heard of it until a friend recommended it last week. I‘m not sure if I want to listen to the audio or read it in print instead, since the audio is 17 hours!! 3y
DarcysMom I hope you like it. 😁 3y
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Pickpick

One of the better Austen-related novels I‘ve read so far. If you like historical fiction, wish you could have met the amazing Jane, and don‘t mind a little time travel, this could be the book for you.

My full review, with only two penis references, is on my blog. 😂

https://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/08/24/another-gushing-review-the-jane-austen-pro...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mcipher Only two? So restrained! 3y
BethM This sounds good! 3y
BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 3y
sprainedbrain @mcipher I thought so! 3y
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 Great review! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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My August #tbr is loaded with SO MANY NetGalleys for the #reviewathon, with several audiobooks thrown in for when I can‘t sit and kindle. Plus, three books for my various book clubs, and whatever else strikes my fancy. 😃

I do have the tagged Austenesque book planned, too!

#AustenInAugust2019

tpixie I enjoyed the tagged book! 3y
KimM I also got Kristen Lavrensdatter in the Audible summer sale. Looking forward to it. Its been on my TBR awhile. 3y
sprainedbrain @KimM it‘s going to be a time investment! 3y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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In August It's All Things Austen.
Join the party whenever you can.
Tag me @Crinoline_Laphroaig so I don't miss your posts. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Austen! 🎩👒📚
#austeninaugust2019

Eyelit Is there a larger sized list of the photo prompts? I can‘t read all of these (my eyes are not the best, sadly) 3y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Eyelit I will make one and tag you. 3y
Eyelit Many thanks!! 3y
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K.Wielechowski
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Mehso-so

Traveling for work gave me the chance to work on my Litsy TBR list. Rachel & Liam go back to Regency England to try to recover letters & a complete copy of The Watsons written by Jane Austen. I should‘ve read the blurb more because I was caught off guard by the time travel & thought the Watsons were a previous team that had gone missing. The first 2/3 of the book was kind of slow, last 1/3 was good, ending meh. Maybe I‘m not an audio book person.

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Pickpick

A story about travelling back in time to retrieve a lost Jane Austen manuscript. What‘s not to love! The love story element didn‘t work for me but on the whole it was a fun, little easy read. Great for any Austen fans! 👍🏻 3.5 stars!

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Eyelit
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Doing some #audiocleaning to the tagged book and caught Tilney lording over the homestead 😹 #catsoflitsy

DivineDiana Sweet! 😻 3y
Lindy Hahaha! My cat likes the high road too. 3y
rretzler 😻 3y
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rubyslippersreads Handsome gentleman! 😻 3y
Dragon 😻 3y
batsy Well isn't that the cutest 😍 3y
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Jen_Reads
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Flour literally just pulled this book off the shelf. I think I‘ll take this as a sign of what to read next.

#catsoflitsy #floursbookpick

Leftcoastzen Love it!😻 3y
cbowlin1921 So cute! 💕 3y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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Pickpick

This was my birthday present. The project mission is to travel back in time and get hold of Jane Austen's letters and a completed manuscript of The Watsons. It reminded me of Connie Willis' time travel books. I found the description of the Austen family and the ending well done and fitting, but didn't care much one way or the other about the time travelers and the love attachment. Still a good read, though.

Kaye Happy birthday 🎂 3y
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye Thank you, but it was over a week ago 🤗 3y
BookNAround I quite enjoyed this one, and I say that as an infrequent reader of time travel books. 3y
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PickwickPlockPlock @BookNAround If you enjoyed that, you might like the Doomsday Book. 3y
BookNAround @PickwickPlockPlock I have read and enjoyed that one. I needed a lot of prodding to read it but was very glad once I gave in. 3y
dalma_st_paul @PickwickPlockPlock interesting premise. Have you read the 3y
PickwickPlockPlock @dalma_st_paul Yes, I have, that's where I got my user handle from 😉 3y
dalma_st_paul Ahha😀 should have known!! 3y
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erinreads
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Blurry cat plants on human. BOOK BE DAMNED.
#KAL #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 🥰😻 3y
Laura317 🤣😻 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Loved this book about two time travelers who go back in time to recover an unpublished Austen manuscript. I won‘t say anything more, but recommend to Austen fans! #turnbacktime #literaryluck

MallenNC I still need to read this one 3y
rubyslippersreads @MallenNC Me too; I got it as a #kindlitsy book from @sprainedbrain and it sounds right up my alley. 3y
vkois88 That sounds awesome! 3y
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for January's prompt for this challenge

@SitsWithaBook

SitsWithaBook @Birdsong28 good choice. 👍 I'm hoping my hold request for The Kiss Quotient arrives in January. I'd like to do the challenge by month. 4y
Cinfhen Fun challenge 4y
Birdsong28 @SitsWithaBook Hope it comes in soon 🤞 Yeh that is what I will be doing. Can't to see what you want you read next month 😘📚📖 4y
SitsWithaBook @Birdsong28 February will be hard! I rarely have the latitude for that but I do have Convenience Store Woman on my shelf. 163 pages. Lol 4y
Birdsong28 @SitsWithaBook That sounds like a good choice to me! 📚📖 4y
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Birdsong28
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I am using this book for the prompt for a book about time travel for my #52booksin52weeks challenge.

@Schnoebs

Schnoebs 😍😍😍 Man I currently have no idea what I‘m going to do for that prompt lol. I have a few short books left that I‘m hoping to get through and then I‘m moving on to a couple of tomes lol 4y
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs I don't plan I just look on the list if it fits one then I put it on. 😘📚📖 4y
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for my choice for this prompt for my #popsugarchallenge

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Birdsong28
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Pickpick

Good. Even though at first the writing was a bit stilted the story managed to come out as an interesting concept and enjoyable. Recommend for any Jane Austen fans.

#HarperCollins
#NewYearWhoDis
@robinb
@monalyisha

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Birdsong28
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What a treat that would be!!

@sammisho

sammisho Dream come true 😍 4y
Elizabeth2 Right?!? I read this book with my book club and we all truly enjoyed it! ❤️ 4y
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Birdsong28
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Loving this paragraph in my #NewYearWhoDis reading set by @robinb

@monalyisha

robinb Oh good!!! I really liked that one...a bit different but so good! Enjoy! 😊 4y
Birdsong28 @robinb I am enjoying it but the writing for me just doesn't flow sometimes so I'm having to read some paragraphs a few times but I will keep with it. 😀 4y
robinb @Birdsong28 I totally remember what you mean, and you‘re exactly right...some of that weirdness slowed down my reading. I think I had the hang of it by the end of the book! 🙄🙄🤣🤣🤣👍 4y
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Thank you so much @Daisey for the lovely book! I can‘t wait to start reading! Happy Christmas!
💛🖤💛🖤📚 #kindlitsy

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sprainedbrain
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Thank you so much, Daisey! This one has been on my list for so long. ❤️

#kindlitsy

Daisey You‘re welcome! It‘s a fun read! 4y
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Insightsintobooks
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Thank you so much @VeganCleopatra this was on my wishlist.

#kindlitsy
@kindlitsy

Crinoline_Laphroaig It's sooooo good! 4y
Rachbb3 Loved this book! 4y
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rubyslippersreads
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I 💙 both Jane Austen and time travel! Thanks so much, @sprainedbrain for this great #kindlitsy gift! 😊

sprainedbrain You‘re very welcome! I have this one on my shelf, so I hope it‘s good! 😃 4y
BookNAround I thought this one was delightful. 4y
LeahBergen I have this on my shelf, too. 👍🏻 4y
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kathleenaflynn

FYI this is now $1.99 on Amazon for the Kindle edition, I‘m not sure for how long.

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Two researchers are sent back in time to retrieve a lost Austen novel. Their mission is to meet, befriend, and rob the famous novelist...but they soon find themselves in over their heads. This was a fun, diverting read. I really liked how they played with time travel, and how they weren‘t sure if their actions in the past would affect their future. It‘s the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day-with tea (and smoothies!) included.

RaimeyGallant Sounds like a fun concept. 4y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I loved this book. Time travel and Jane Austen are two of my favorite things. They are combined here with wit and amazing writing.

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Sills

@bullbunny please email me the Litsy name of who had me. I searched for her but no one is listed. She didn't sign her Litsy name and I wanted to tag her and send the pic also. I will send her a snail mail thank you but wanted to thank her on Litsy❤️🙂

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Sills
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Woohoo! #hellofrom package from New Jersey. Brings back such sweet memories of when I was an exchange student in New Jersey my senior year❤️I remember bringing my parents salt water Taffy🌊🍭 I love the books and shirt-can't wait to wear it. Thank you

bullbunny Wow what an interesting fact! 4y
tammysue Lovely package! 💕 4y
bullbunny @Crewgurl you did a great job!! 4y
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Crewgurl Glad you liked everything!!!! Thank you @bullbunny for organizing! 4y
Sills @Crewgurl yes loved it all. A proper thank you on the way😘😘😘 4y
LazyDays Salt water taffy is so delicious💓 4y
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Pickpick

I really loved this one! Two researchers travel back to 1815, they think to recover a lost Austen manuscript and Jane‘s letters to her sister Cassandra. Their mission ends up being something much greater, and when they return to modern day, they find they have drastically altered history. Recommend for any Austen fan!

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OriginalCyn620
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I hope to finish this one in the next two days! It‘s so good!

MelAnn Just placed this audiobook on hold at the library! 4y
BookNAround This was such a fun read! 4y
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stacybmartin
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Up next on my #labsoundtrack. I think I‘ve read every single book with a Jane Austen-related title. 🤣

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robinb
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Pickpick

This was a Libby loan that finally came through after weeks and weeks of waiting.
A very intriguing premise, an interesting plot and an ending that was both somehow uplifting and depressing at the same time (for me). Very imaginative and evocative. This was deeper and more emotional for me than I expected. 4.5/5⭐️

DebinHawaii I enjoyed this one too! 📚👍 4y
eanderson Your review has me getting on Libby and putting a hold on this! 💕😊 4y
robinb @DebinHawaii 👍😊🙌🏼 4y
robinb @eanderson Oh good, will love to hear what you think! 😊👍💕 4y
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One of last year's #austeninaugust reads. Definitely a #best for me. I loved watching a modern woman navigate life in Jane Austen's day. It's very timely-wimey. Ending gave me all the feels. 💙 #austenesque

sammisho I loved this one too! And I am really picky about ny austenesque picks. 4y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sammisho Absolutely! There are some perfectly dreadful ones 4y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sammisho My pick for worst is currently go to the #biglibraryread where Mr. Darcy is Rob Darcy.😩 4y
sammisho I almost read that one just to see how awful it would be! Rob Darcy??? That's horrible ! 4y
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A good read although some of the concepts I was a little weary of it is fiction 😝. I liked the storyline, events, and characters but I‘m so used to writers like Johanna Lindsey, Mary Balogh and Jane Austen that this was a little different for me. Still it flows so overall great read 😋📖

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Ddzmini
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Starting this book from my tbr cutting that list down while I have the chance 😋📖

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Kimberlone
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Last flight back to AK. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again!

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Kimberlone
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Heading out on a trip to California for a conference tonight. I was really hoping my #BOTM would show up before I left, but I have these ones to keep me company anyway. Only bringing two because I have lots of backups on my phone to read if I finish these.

Also I will have a 36 hr layover in Seattle on my way back home, so anyone with bookstore recommendations in the city?

Louise Safe travels, Kimberly! May you discover some wonderful bookstores during your free time! 4y
Kimberlone @Louise thank you! I won‘t have much down time while in California, but I hope to sneak in something bookish during my short time in Seattle! 4y
The_Heeler_Booklife I love The Jane Austen Project. 4y
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