A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
SUMMARY: Just a few years after their father's business scandal shatters their lives, Jane Woodward and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister, Margot, and Jane's tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn't all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging, and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the charm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune - retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected - Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.
REVIEW: When I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen the first time, I found it difficult due to the 18th century writing and language. Throw in some dry British humor and it took me MUCH LONGER to finish than usual. After watching the movie staring Kate Winslett, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman about a thousand times :-D I understood it a lot better the second time. So, when I got the opportunity to read this modern retelling of one of my favorite movies, I couldn't resist. It also helped that it was written by one of my new favorite authors.
Jane of Austin was a delight to read!!! I didn't want to put it down but my boss and family insisted I do the jobs I'm supposed to do. It was MUCH easier to read and comprehend than the original. I fell in love with the characters, cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed, and smiled at all the happy parts. Jane, or Marianne, is the main character. I liked seeing everything from her point of view. It helped me understand the original character's actions, reactions and responses a little better. There were so many things that I enjoyed about this book. I like how the author used local southern (and Texas) cuisine, tea shops and scones (as well as wonderful recipes) as a part of the story. The flow of the action and dialog flowed easily. I found myself excitingly turning pages and disappointed when it ended.
Whether or not you are a fan of Jane Austen or the movies based on her books, this is one book that you need to read. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed. It's amazing!!
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Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of the critically acclaimed Two Blue Doors series and the Plain and Simple duet. Jane of Austin is her sixth novel. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, graphic design, and finding new walking trails. She resides outside of Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and two pups. She can be found online at www.hillarymantonlodge.com.