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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and beloved authors: two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.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 But diagnosing Janes fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the continuous convolutions of living a lie.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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BarbaraJean
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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. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 3mo
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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!! 4mo
DarcysMom I hope you like it. 😁 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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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! 5mo
BethM This sounds good! 5mo
BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 5mo
sprainedbrain @mcipher I thought so! 5mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 Great review! 5mo
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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

Crinoline_Laphroaig Love it! 6mo
tpixie I enjoyed the tagged book! 6mo
KimM I also got Kristen Lavrensdatter in the Audible summer sale. Looking forward to it. Its been on my TBR awhile. 6mo
sprainedbrain @KimM it‘s going to be a time investment! 6mo
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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) 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Eyelit I will make one and tag you. 6mo
Eyelit Many thanks!! 6mo
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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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Caroline2
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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! 😻 8mo
Lindy Hahaha! My cat likes the high road too. 8mo
rretzler 😻 8mo
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rubyslippersreads Handsome gentleman! 😻 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
batsy Well isn't that the cutest 😍 8mo
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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!😻 8mo
cbowlin1921 So cute! 💕 8mo
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ms_juliaf
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I really enjoyed listening to this novel. Combines my love of Jane Austen with sci-fi...felt like an unwritten Doctor Who episode.

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PickwickPlockPlock
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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 🎂 10mo
PickwickPlockPlock @kaye Thank you, but it was over a week ago 🤗 10mo
BookNAround I quite enjoyed this one, and I say that as an infrequent reader of time travel books. 10mo
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PickwickPlockPlock @BookNAround If you enjoyed that, you might like the Doomsday Book. 10mo
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. 10mo
dalma_st_paul @PickwickPlockPlock interesting premise. Have you read the 9mo
PickwickPlockPlock @dalma_st_paul Yes, I have, that's where I got my user handle from 😉 9mo
dalma_st_paul Ahha😀 should have known!! 9mo
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erinreads
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Blurry cat plants on human. BOOK BE DAMNED.
#KAL #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 🥰😻 10mo
Laura317 🤣😻 10mo
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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 10mo
rubyslippersreads @MallenNC Me too; I got it as a #kindlitsy book from @sprainedbrain and it sounds right up my alley. 10mo
vkois88 That sounds awesome! 10mo
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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. 12mo
Cinfhen Fun challenge 12mo
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 😘📚📖 12mo
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 12mo
Birdsong28 @SitsWithaBook That sounds like a good choice to me! 📚📖 12mo
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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 12mo
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs I don't plan I just look on the list if it fits one then I put it on. 😘📚📖 12mo
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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 😍 13mo
Elizabeth2 Right?!? I read this book with my book club and we all truly enjoyed it! ❤️ 13mo
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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! 😊 13mo
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. 😀 13mo
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! 🙄🙄🤣🤣🤣👍 13mo
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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! 13mo
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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! 13mo
VeganCleopatra 🙂 13mo
DeleteAcct Loved this book! 13mo
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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! 😃 13mo
BookNAround I thought this one was delightful. 13mo
LeahBergen I have this on my shelf, too. 👍🏻 13mo
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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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Expandingbookshelf
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Pickpick

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. 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

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! 1y
tammysue Lovely package! 💕 1y
bullbunny @Crewgurl you did a great job!! 1y
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Crewgurl Glad you liked everything!!!! Thank you @bullbunny for organizing! 1y
Sills @Crewgurl yes loved it all. A proper thank you on the way😘😘😘 1y
Bookishthoughts Salt water taffy is so delicious💓 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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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! 1y
BookNAround This was such a fun read! 1y
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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! 📚👍 1y
eanderson Your review has me getting on Libby and putting a hold on this! 💕😊 1y
robinb @DebinHawaii 👍😊🙌🏼 1y
robinb @eanderson Oh good, will love to hear what you think! 😊👍💕 1y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

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. 1y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sammisho Absolutely! There are some perfectly dreadful ones 1y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sammisho My pick for worst is currently go to the #biglibraryread where Mr. Darcy is Rob Darcy.😩 1y
sammisho I almost read that one just to see how awful it would be! Rob Darcy??? That's horrible ! 1y
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Ddzmini
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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! 2y
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! 2y
The_Heeler_Booklife I love The Jane Austen Project. 2y
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Northerngrl
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Finished this in 1 sitting. Though I have mixed feelings about the ending... It was an incredibly interesting read. Especially for an Austen fan. #JaneAustenforever #singlesittingread #interesting

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Kimberlone
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4 hours straight of cleaning, laundry, and packing...now rewarding myself with starting a new book before passing out tonight!

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Magazinewhore
Pickpick

Fun and well researched time travel story. I‘m half sci fi nerd and half period geek, so this was right up my alley. Really enjoyed it and appreciated how authentically the period was depicted. I personally liked the ending.

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EmilyChristine
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Pickpick

Life has been crazy hectic in the last week. Between work and taking care of my dad along with all the chores, I‘m exhausted. I‘ve been listening to this on my way to and from work. Finished it over the weekend but haven‘t had time to post yet. I really enjoyed it. I loved everything about Jane and also the concept of time travel in making changes. Interesting ending as well.

tpixie Great photo! I adored this book too. We got to talk to the Author on @litsybookclub and she was really fun. If you have read Circe, or hurry up and ‘ read it, and you can join us Sunday, July 29! Be sure and rest when you can! 2y
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EmilyChristine
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So my dad injured himself on Sunday. An ER visit Sunday, surgeon visit and MRI on Monday, and right now a pre-op visit(pretty windows). Surgery tomorrow morning.

I‘m on the 2nd to last disc of this book which I‘m really enjoying.

TheBookHippie Oh man....sending healing prayers 2y
EmilyChristine @TheBookHippie Thanks! It‘s actually re-injured. Last year he dislocated his quadriceps from his knee cap while running on ice. This time it was running on mud. 😑 2y
BookwormAHN Hugs 💙 2y
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TheBookHippie @EmilyChristine oye!!!!! How frustrating for him! 2y
EmilyChristine @TheBookHippie Yeah, luckily I had to move back home so I can help out. I told him he‘s taking up yoga or something. 😉 2y
TheBookHippie @EmilyChristine that worked for me !!! Also worked for my friend who is in her mid sixties. It really does help. 2y
Jas16 Hope surgery goes smoothly and he recovers quickly 2y
TheLibrarian I hope your dad surgery goes well. 💕 2y
megt Wishing him a smooth surgery and a speedy recovery! 2y
Marmie7 Hope he has a quick recovery! 2y
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts! 2y
Alicia Sendings lots of ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
quietjenn Good vibes to you! 2y
CouronneDhiver 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 2y
tpixie Oh my! Hope you‘re dad is doing well! Hugs! ( great photo) 2y
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EmilyChristine
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One of my irises finally bloomed! I‘m really enjoying this book so far. I‘m listening to it on my way to/from work. I‘m kinda glad I‘m listening to it since the one character is American, but acting British and the reader is including that.

tpixie Lovely 😊 2y
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Austen_Nerd
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I am a tad bit behind, Today, I was able to open my #JaneAustenSwap from @Mitch They we‘re just what I needed this crazy backwards week. I love Jane Austen‘s world. I live in the South and I grew up with those sweet Southern manners. The items that @Mitch choose for me were perfect. I wish I could say I had a favorite they all are. I apologize again for being late. I can not wait to see what I will do with my stamps. Thank you!!!

Mitch So glad! Hope it brought a little cheer to your week ❤️ 2y
mabell So many pretty gifts! 😍 I love the print! ❤️ 2y
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cewilf
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Thank you SO MUCH @CrowCAH I love everything!! What an awesome assortment of bookish things. The pen is especially cool, and I love tea!! And I‘ve been eyeing this book for such a long time!! I can‘t wait to start it 😁 a thousand times, thank you 😉 #janeaustenswap

heikemarie That pen is awesome! 2y
CrowCAH You‘re so very welcome! 😁 I might have stalked your TBR and saw you listed that book; you had to have it! The tea is really good, I‘ve sampled a pack or two myself! The feather pen writes really nice, though, there‘s not much ink in them lol. Enjoy! 📖 2y
Avanders This whole swap makes me so happy 🤗🤗 2y
mabell 😍😍 Is that a journal? So pretty! ❤️ 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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More amazing gifts from the fabulous 4thhouseontheleft for the #Janeaustenswap. I can‘t thank you enough! You made this Janenite”s heart full of joy! @sprainedbrain

LeahBergen I have The Real Jane Austen. It looks so good! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @LeahBergen I can‘t wait to read it! 2y
sprainedbrain Both Dear Emma and The Real Jane Austen look good! ❤️ 2y
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4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you like everything!! I had so much fun shopping for your gifts. Make sure you check your email, the ebook gift should be delivered today from Amazon. It was a deal too good to pass up! 😃😃😃 2y
mabell Great choices! ❤️ I would pick up Dear Emma for the cover alone 😍😂 2y
CrowCAH Still don‘t have that P&P manga/graphic novel! 😍 2y
Elisa OMG, is that a Jane Austen manga?? 😵 How awesome 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @mabell I can‘t wait to read them! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @4thhouseontheleft I still don‘t have an email or anything on my Kindle. So sorry. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘ll send you an email, could you reply to it so I know that I had your correct email address? 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Graciouswarriorprincess it was sent to the email address that ends in kindle.com - you might have to log in to Amazon to find it? 2y
4thhouseontheleft If you go into Amazon - Your Account - Digital Content and Devices - Digital Gifts you‘ve received, you might find it there. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @4thhouseontheleft I did that and thanks but nothing. 2y
4thhouseontheleft I just resent the email. There should be two: Vol 1 and Vol 2 of Austen in Austin. 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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A huge Thank You for these amazing Jane Austen gifts to 4thhouseontheleft! I love the mug and socks the most as they have been on my wish list forever!! And that tote is amazing! Another picture with more great gifts! I can‘t thank you enough!! @sprainedbrain

LeahBergen Ooooh, lovely! 😍😍 2y
sprainedbrain Omg that tote!! 😍😍 2y
4thhouseontheleft Wow, you‘re awake early!! So glad the mug arrived in one piece!! 2y
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mariaku21
Mehso-so

A bit of a slow start but the historical fiction was good. I liked the idea of Jane Austen having lived longer and writing more but I wish that more of the science was explained or at least talked about.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Heading to the post office to mail this for the #janeaustenswap. I may have gotten too many fun items for my swap. I enjoy shopping for this swap as an Janenite!

mabell Yay!! I can't wait to see what is inside! ❤️😁 2y
sprainedbrain Awesome! 😃 2y
Endowarrior21 It arrived today and I truly hope everything is okay seeing the box arrived damaged 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess I hope so and glad it arrived. Please let me know when you open it. 2y
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