This was my first Austen-based book, never read one before, only the original novels by Jane. RUDE AWAKENINGS is the sequel of Laurie Viera Rigler’s first novel, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, which I read only after this one (wrong order? Not at all, no problem) . What was this first experience like? Great , pure amusement.Today’s women are no less desirous of love, and marrying for love, than they were in your time. But they, like so many women before them, simply fear it is an unattainable goal. And thus they settle for what fleeting plasures they can find, creating an endless cycle of pleasure, despair, ad infinitum. Human nature is the same today as it was in your time. The only difference between today’s world and your world is that people have more choices now than they did then.” ( RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, p.265)
Now I'm glad to announce that Rude Awakenings has been just released in the UK. Cute cover, isn't it? (see picture above) If you haven't read this delightful novel yet and you live in the UK, you've got the opportunity to do it now. If you are Ms Rigler's fan and want to collect the different editions of her novels, (there's even a beautiful Italian one of Confessions, translated into Shopping con Jane Austen) here's a new item for you! I really loved reading this novel.
Laurie Viera Rigler knows Austen quite well and it is a pleasure to recognize that background while smiling at the entertaining series of misunderstandings, blunders, weird situations her time – travelling protagonist, JANE MANSFIELD, finds herself involved in . Jane wakes suddenly up in 2009 in Los Angeles but she is an English girl living in 1813, fondly in love with Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. She is completely misplaced and shocked, her body even is a stranger’s one: she looks at herself in the mirror and sees a nice blondie everybody calls Courtney Stone! Fun garanteed.