Berls Reviews The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen #MyTBRL

Posted April 24, 2021 by Berls in My TBR List / 1 Comment

Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on my post. Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next. The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book and on the last Saturday of the month post a review.

Berls Reviews The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen #MyTBRLThe Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright, Cass Grafton
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Series: Austen Adventures #1
Published by Dreamscape Media, LLC on October 13, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance
Pages: 364
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased, Scribd

What would life be like if something had prevented Jane Austen from ever publishing any of her books? Dedicated Janeite, Rose, is about to find out!
It’s September, and the city of Bath is playing host to the annual Jane Austen Festival, a celebration of the famous author and her works.
Rose Wallace, Bath resident and avid Jane Austen fan, can’t wait for her friends to arrive and the Festival to start, unaware one of the recently arrived guests will turn her life upside down by sharing with her a secret that ultimately puts Jane Austen’s entire literary legacy at risk.
With the support of a displaced two hundred year old author and a charmed necklace, can Rose help to bring back some of the most beloved stories of all time and turn her own life around in the process?
©2019 Ada Bright and Cass Grafton (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

My top thoughts:

I pretty much never hesitate to pick up a Jane Austen retelling or spin-off, since I adore her writing. I think this may possibly be the best Jane Austen retelling (adaptation, spin off? I’m struggling to find the right word) that I’ve read. And I’m even more pleased to realize it’s book 1 of a series! It actually ends on a bit of cliff and I will probably begin the next book immediately.

What I liked/didn’t like:

If you’re a Jane Austen fan like myself, you will ADORE the references to her writing – Pride and PrejudiceSense and Sensibility, and Persuasion seemed to have the greatest number of references (good picks!) – along with the historical references to the author and her family. It was quite easy for me to imagine myself there, close friends with these huge fans. In fact, Morgan and Rose’s friendship reminds me quite a lot of mine and Michelle’s – they met through a mutual love of books, became best friends but are meeting for the first time in person in this book… and besides the initial shock at how short Morgan is (ahem, Michelle), it’s so natural as if they’ve always been able to spend time together.

Beyond that natural affinity, this book doesn’t stand merely on obsession with Jane Austen. There is a very solid story here. Without giving up too much, I’ll say that Rose and Jane Austen get trapped in a world where Jane never wrote her books and the world is very altered. The author does a great job of capturing Jane adjusting to life 200 years in the future, as well as Rose’s displacement to an alternate reality. it was comical and sometimes heart wrenching. And, as a sub story there are two romances, primarily Rose’s and secondarily Morgan’s. I was very caught up in both the plot of how/if they would ever be able to return Jane to her proper time and if Rose would manage to begin her romance with Aiden.

I was surprised by how much of the book remained after what I assumed was the central plot had been presumably resolved. But I enjoyed every page and something new- I don’t yet know what – has happened. I can’t wait to find out what and how they’ll solve it! I really LOVED this book for a light, heartwarming read and can’t recommend it to Jane Austen fans enough.

Narrator thoughts:

I had planned to read this, but I ran out of time if I was going to review it for My TBR List. And, as I’m much faster audiobook reader, I was excited to see it was available on Scribd. Alison Larkin was a new-to-me narrator (I think) and I think she delivered an excellent performance. I enjoyed the variation in voices between Rose (present day British), Morgan (present day Californian) and Jane (1800s British). I am excited that the next book is also on Scribd and plan to listen pretty much immediately.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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