Just imagine waking up one morning and finding yourself thrust into someone else’s life. That is exactly what happens to Courtney Stone. After an evening of drowning her sorrows with her favorite things: Absolut and a Jane Austen novel, Courtney wakes up as Jane Mansfield in nineteenth-century England. Needless to say she is more than a little frazzled by this.
At first she is insisting that she is not who they think she is but soon enough realizes she must pretend to be Jane or risk being thrown into an asylum. The novel proceeds as Courtney learns what living in this time period involves and finds it’s not all as pretty as it seems in the novels she loves.
This novel is so hilarious as Courtney/Jane has trouble separating her two identities. In this time period women are not as outspoken as they are now and nor do they have the freedoms of today’s world. Many times throughout the story Courtney has trouble keeping her lips zipped. However, she does a good job of fooling people into believing she is Jane and even manages to meet the man of her dreams… or is he?
This novel is wonderful. It makes you wonder what maybe your own destiny in life might be. It had me laughing out loud in many parts and giggling at some of the language, like ‘taking a turn in the shrubbery’, meaning a walk. I’m laughing as I type that. It is truly a delightful read for not only Jane Austen fans but others as well. It has also made me want to revisit a few of Jane Austen’s novels. If you want a good laugh along with a good story, I absolutely recommend this one.