Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict: A Novel

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict: A Novel

by Laurie Viera Rigler

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The time-bending parallel tale to the national bestseller Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

In Laurie Viera Rigler's first novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, twenty-­first-century Austen fan Courtney Stone found herself in Regency England occupying the body of one Jane Mansfield, with comic and romantic consequences. Now, in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Jane Mansfield awakens in the urban madness of twenty-first-century L.A.—in Courtney's body. With no knowledge of Courtney's life, let alone her world—with its horseless carriages and shiny glass box in which tiny figures act out her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice—Jane is over her head. Especially when she falls for a handsome young gentleman. Can a girl from Regency England make sense of a world in which kissing and flirting and even the sexual act raise no matrimonial expectations?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101081891
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Series: Jane Austen Addict Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 119,529
File size: 528 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LAURIE VIERA RIGLER's first novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, was a national bestseller. A Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Laurie teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.

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A piercing sound, like a ship's horn but higher, shriller, shakes my frame. I open one eye, then the other; the lids seem stuck together. From a gap in the curtains a tiny, knife-thin strip of light slices the darkness.

I clap my hands over my ears, but the sound is relentless. As is the pain. It feels as if an entire regiment of soldiers marches behind my eyes.

"Barnes?" My voice is a faint croak, too weak for Barnes to hear. No matter; she will of course be roused by the high-pitched horn. Only a corpse could sleep through such a cacophony.

Why hasn't Barnes put a stop to that blasted noise? I fumble for the bell pull behind me, but my hand feels only bare wall. Odd. I shall have to get out of bed and find Barnes myself.

I swing my legs over the side of the bed; they hit the floor instead of dangling a few inches above it. Could a headache make one's bed seem lower than it is? The worst of my headaches have been heralded by broken rainbows of light before my eyes, but never have I experienced such a lowering sensation. Lowering indeed. I can almost laugh at my facility with words this morning, despite the sorry state of my head. And my ears. How harsh and insistent is that sound.

My feet touch bare wood floor instead of the woven rug in its customary place. And my bed shoes? Not there. I fumble in the dark and crash my right hip into a great lump of wood; blast it all to—I clench my teeth in an effort not to scream. This is enough punishment to put even the punster in me to rest. Barnes must be rearranging furniture again. Except—

There are numbers, glowing red, on top of the offending lump of wood. 8 0 8. What is this wondrous thing? The numbers are in some sort of a box, the front of it smooth and cold beneath my fingertips; the top of it scored and bumpy. I run my fingers over the bumps, and the shrill sound stops. Oh, thank heaven.

Blessed silence. I move toward the thin strip of light to open the curtains wide; surely the sun's rays shall reveal the source of this odd geographic puzzle that has become my room. But instead of the thick velvet nap of the curtains that have hung on my windows these five years at least, my hands grasp what feels like coarse burlap. Perhaps Barnes slipped in early and exchanged them so that she could beat the dust from the velvet ones. First the rearrangement of furniture, then this. I have never known her to engage in such haphazard housekeeping.

I grasp the edges of the burlap curtains—why are my hands shaking? I pull them open.

There are iron bars on my window.

I hear myself gasp. This is not, cannot, be my window. Indeed, as I wheel around to take in the space behind me, I see that this is not my room. Head pounding, I survey the tall, unornamented chest of drawers; the wide, low bed devoid of hangings; the box with the glowing numbers atop the chest. There is no pink marble fireplace, no armoire, no dressing table. There is, however, a low table bearing a large, rectangular box made mostly of glass and a shiny-smooth, gray material that I have never seen before.

My knees shake, almost buckling under me. I must move to the bed; just a minute of sitting down will be a restorative.

I sink down atop a tangle of bedclothes, and the glass box roars to life.

I jump back, clutching the covers. There are small figures talking and dancing inside the glass box. Who are they? Is this some sort of window? The figures are small, so they must be some distance away. Yet I can distinguish their words and their features as clearly as if they were right in the room with me. How can this be?

"I remember hearing you once say," says the beautiful lady in the window to the gentleman dancing with her, "that you hardly ever forgave. That your resentment, once created, was implacable. You are very careful, are you not, in allowing your resentment to be created?"

The gentleman dancing with her says, "I am."

"And never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice?" asks the lady.

"I hope not," says the gentleman. May I ask to what these questions tend?"

"Merely to the illustration of your character," says she. "I'm trying to make it out."

I know these words—I have read them! It is the Netherfield Ball from my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice, and the gentleman and lady are Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. To think that Elizabeth and Darcy are real people, and that I am watching them, right now, through a window! This is something I cannot explain, nor can I make sense of the fact that they are apparently far away yet completely distinguishable.

I shall call out to the lady and see if she can solve the mystery. "I beg your pardon, Miss Bennet. We have not been introduced, but I seem to be your neighbor, and I am lost. Can you hear me?"

But the brightly lit figures in the window make no sign of having heard me, though I continue to hear their conversation as clearly as if they were right here in the room with me.

I reach out my hand to the glass box and touch its hard, shiny surface. I tap on the glass to see if I can get the attention of the figures inside; no luck. I move my face closer to the glass to see if I can get a better look, but indeed the figures look flatter and less real somehow the closer I am to the window. How very curious.

But that is not the worst of it. Odder still is the sound of my own voice, which is, as a matter of fact, not my voice at all.

"Hello? Miss Bennet?" I say, marveling at the tone and accent of what issues from my own mouth, and not at this point expecting Miss Bennet to hear me. The voice is not my own, the accent having hints of something almost of Bristol and perhaps a bit like Captain Stevens sounded when he was imitating people who lived in the Americas. How incensed my mother would be if she could hear me speak like a barbaric American. Delightful thought.

I glance around the strange room again, and at the glass window with the people from Pride and Prejudice conversing with one another as if I were not here trying to get their attention, and all at once I understand: Of course. I am having a dream. Nothing like the other dreams I have had in which I also knew I was dreaming, but a dream nevertheless. What a relief to know that I do not have to ascertain where I am or find my way back to my own room; all I have to do is wake up.

In the meantime, I shall divert myself by finding out if Barnes is here, and, if so, where; surely she would delight as much as I in the wondrous sight and sound of Lizzy and Darcy dancing in the glass rectangle.

I shall put on my dressing gown and explore. Where might the gowns be kept? I open a door, revealing at least two yards of hanging garments, none of which look like my own clothes. I pull out a long, filmy, sashed thing; it might do. If only there were a looking-glass.

Ah, there it is; on the other side of the door to this vast repository of garments. I pull open the door and see a petite, pale-haired young woman in the glass. She and I gasp in unison. I wheel around, for the woman must be behind me, but there is only the empty room. Except for Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy, that is.

I turn back to the mirror and the truth literally stares me in the face: I am looking at my own reflection.

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"Kate Reading's pitch and accent are spot-on as Jane's cultivated British internal voice.... Reading also shifts smoothly from Jane's thoughts to Courtney's actual L.A. American speaking voice." —-AudioFile

Reading Group Guide

The eagerly anticipated sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Laurie Viera Rigler’s debut novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, was a hit with fans and critics, and a BookSense andLos Angeles Times bestseller. Its open-to-interpretation ending left readers begging for more—and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict delivers. While Confessions took twenty-first-century free spirit Courtney Stone into the social confines of Jane Austen’s era, Rude Awakenings tells the parallel story of Jane Mansfield, a gentleman’s daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney’s overly wired and morally confused L.A. life.

For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. Her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet, but it is fitted up with lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and a glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice. Granted, if she wants to travel she may have to drive a formidable metal carriage, but she may do so without a chaperone. And oh, what places she goes! Public assemblies that pulsate with pounding music. Unbound hair and unrestricted clothing. The freedom to say what she wants when she wants—even to men without a proper introduction.

Jane relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer’s incomprehensible dictates about “syncing a BlackBerry” and “rolling a call”? How can she navigate a world in which entire publications are devoted to brides but flirting and kissing and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations? Even more bewildering are the memories that are not her own. And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home. It’s enough to make her wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear—that is, if returning is even an option.


When not indulging herself in rereadings of Jane Austen's six novels, Laurie Viera Rigler is a freelance book editor who teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore. Laurie lives in Los Angeles and holds a lifetime membership in the Jane Austen Society of North America.

  • ”One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.” —Admiral Croft, Jane Austen'sPersuasion

    If you grew up in Jane Austen's world, do you think your most difficult adjustment to twenty-first-century life would be its technological intricacies, the amount of information you are expected to process in a given day, or our confusing and conflicting moral codes?
  • "…there is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry. Look where I will, I see that it is so; and I feel that it must be so, when I consider that it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves." —Mary Crawford, in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

    Would you rather make your way through courtship and marriage in Jane Austen's day or in today's world? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each time period's dating rules and rituals?
  • "Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it." —Catherine Morland, in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

    In the book, Jane reads the novels of Jane Austen for comfort and guidance as she attempts to navigate the confusing modern world. Have you ever turned to Jane Austen for comfort and guidance? Are there other authors that serve that purpose for you? How have their works been helpful to you?
  • This was strange indeed! But strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly searched out.—Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

    On two occasions Jane consults a mysterious lady in Deepa's club. Who do you think this lady is, and where does she come from? Have you ever had an extraordinary encounter with someone that you could not explain in "rational" terms?
  • …a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.—Jane Austen's Emma

    What do you think the lady in Deepa's club meant by "It is my belief that each of us makes his own fortune, and, as a matter of fact, tells it as well"? Did Jane make her own fortune, and tell it as well?
  • "It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first." —Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    At one point in the story, the lady reminds Jane of the above line from Pride and Prejudice in trying to show Jane that she is being unfairly judgmental of Courtney's choices with respect to the men in her life. She adds, "Even if a man who looks like a thief is, indeed, a thief, that is not the whole story. Only by stepping into his shoes can you begin to comprehend what made him a thief, and what else he is besides a thief, for we are not only just one thing, we are many. You of all people should know that."

    Do you agree or disagree?
  • Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want.—Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    Another thing the lady said to Jane was also in response to Jane's bewilderment at the sexual mores of the twenty-first century, "The only difference between today's world and your world is that people have more choices now than they did then."

    Do you agree or disagree?
  • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.—Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

    How do you see Jane's life progressing after the book ends? Do you see her perfectly content in her life as Courtney, or do you see her longing to return to the nineteenth century? Do you think she ever will return to her own time? Or will the twentieth century become her own time?
  • …I must endeavour to be satisfied with ignorance." "Not that I shall, though," she added to herself…—Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    Do you think you are more suited to live in the twenty-first century, or in an earlier time? Why? If your choice would be to live in an earlier time, do you think you would be better off with no knowledge of the twenty-first-century world, or with full, experiential knowledge of it?
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    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
    harstan More than 1 year ago
    Jane Mansfield dreamed of escaping the confines of the Regency era aristocracy. So when she hears strange noises and wonders why Barnes the Butler has not silenced the source, she is shocked because she went to bed in 1813 and now finds herself in some place she never heard of: Los Angeles, California. Besides the eerie red digits, she looks into a mirror but what she sees reflected is not her. Worse Jane finds her abode is a dumpy apartment instead of gardens and servants. She explores the tiny box of a home and realizes the "occupant" Courtney Stone, like her, is (or is that was or will be) a Jane Austen fan. So far that is the only connection Jane can find. Jane is a bit frightened and knows she is spoiled but likes the music, the in door lighting and plumbing, the variety of cold and icy food , the freedom of loose clothing and especially the container holding tiny actors portraying Pride and Prejudice. She is taken aback with her attraction to Courtney Stone's friend Wes and the woman's former fiancé Frank. The biggest stunner is sex does not mean compromise and marriage so with Austen's novel to assist her in making it in this weird L.A., Jane Mansfield tries to figure out how to fit in modern American society. This is the opposite direction of that of CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, in which an Internet era Southern California woman went to Austen's Regency period. RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT is a fun tale of "survival". The reactions of Courtney's friends to Jane's behavior including her diction makes the tale fun to read starting when she arrogantly informs Wes that her name is Jane Mansfield and he retorts in disbelief referring to the acting legend. Fans of Ms. Austen will enjoy the second switch as an early nineteenth century aristocratic transplant tries to make it in Los Angeles. Harriet Klausner
    Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
    In the parallel story to best selling Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Jane Mansfield a gentleman's daughter from 1813 is mysteriously transported into the body of twenty-first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone. Jane awakens with a headache, but it will take more than aromatic vinegar to solve her problems. Where is she? Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent's palatial Manor house in Somerset. Is she dreaming? She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point. She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own. How can this be? A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney. Is he a servant? Who is Courtney? Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior. Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel? Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land. As her friends, or Courtney's friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing. She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new (to her) novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney's bookshelf - one passion/addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries. Between Jane Austen's keen insights and the fortune teller called "the lady", she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into.The lady tells her she has work to do to put Courtney's life in order. Jane only wants to return to her former life and Charles Edgeworth, the estranged beau she left behind. Seeing our modern world from Jane's nineteenth century eyes was quite revealing. I do not think that I will ever look at a television screen again without remembering her first reaction to the glass box with tiny people inside talking and dancing like characters from Pride and Prejudice! These quirky insights are what Rigler excels at, and her Regency era research and knowledge of Jane Austen plays out beautifully. We truly understand Jane's reactions and sympathize with her frustrations. Not only is Rude Awakenings a comedy of lifestyle comparisons across the centuries, it supplies a very interesting look at modern courtship and romance with a bit of genteel feminisms thrown in for good measure. Interestingly, what principals and standards that Jane learned in the nineteenth century, will straighten out Courtney's mixed up twenty-first century life at home, work and in her budding romance with Wes. Rude Awakenings is a cheeky comedy with a message. Like Jane Austen's novel Persuasion, it helps us to look at mistakes in our past, and reminds us that "time is fleeting, and few of us are fortunate enough to notice that there is always another chance at happiness." I enjoyed the humor, fondly remembering why I became a Jane Austen Addict in the first place. Laurel Ann, Austenprose
    January_F on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Really fun story. I think the author did a great job of describing her view of electronics and changing society. I enjoyed watching Jane come to grips with the modern world. This definitely wrapped up the loose threads left from the first book. I would still like some more explianation on the 'hows', but I'm also ok with just enjoying. Now I would like to know more about Deepa's experience with the fortune teller... :)
    Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book was exactly what I expected: fun! Actually, I was quite impressed by the amount of detail Rigler put into her book: everything from language mannerisms, to technological discoveries and reactions to customs and habits - she does a great job at creating an authentic experience which is both believable and amusing right down to the amnesia and reincarnation phenomena. There were definitely a few lapses which throw off the reader (Jane is, apparently, a fast learner). However, these are fairly rare. I also liked the parallel of eras regarding views toward marriage: not much changed it would seem and certainly not to advantage of women. A light heart-warming tale.
    tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This was an entertaining concept. What would it really be like if one were to be transplanted out of one's own time? The romance was nice, and the obsession with Jane Austen was fun. But mostly the appeal lies in the "fish out of water" situations.
    LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Sequels or prequels can be a tricky thing. When the first book is well received, readers have an expectation that the next book will be just as good, perhaps even better. An author venturing into such territory takes a great risk. Laurie Viera Rigler took an even bigger risk as her primary demographic is Jane Austen fans. As one myself, we can be a demanding, unforgiving bunch with very high expectations. After all, any author willing to take characters (and beloved ones, at that) that Ms. Austen created herself, or make Ms. Austen directly or indirectly the subject of their book must be prepared to be compared to Ms. Austen in some fashion. I adored Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. I will say that I am a somewhat obsessive freak over time travel - - the idea, stories about it - - and you have read my profile, you know that I have a fascination with Jane Austen fan fic and sequels. Confessions (and Rude Awakenings) fit both molds for me. Ms. Viera Rigler made a wonderfully relatable heroine - - Courtney - - and her details of Regency life were a delight to read.I was thrilled to hear of a follow up novel and Ms. Viera Rigler does not disappoint. Rude Awakenings is a fun romp of a read - - joining Jane Mansfield, who manages to find herself in Courtney¿s body, while Courtney s ostensibly in hers. The problem - - and fascination - - being that Jane is from 1813 England and is now in present-day Los Angeles. Her shock, awe and fear over our daily necessities like cars, televisions, phones and electricity is humorous and humbling. Of particular joy to me was Jane¿s thrill over finding out not only the author¿s name of her favorite book (Pride & Prejudice) but that she had written five more completed novels during her lifetime. Not only did Jane have to navigate a thoroughly modern world she had no experience with but also had to pick up Courtney¿s life with her friends, co-workers, a job, problems with her mother and a recently broken engagement. Rude Awakenings was a worthy follow-up to Confessions, answering questions posed and left unanswered in the first book. Readers should be pleased not only with Jane¿s dilemma but also with a bit of further information given about Courtney as well as more character development for Jane herself. This book was so good, such a fun read, that I raced through it in about two and a half days (and weekdays, while working). I would recommend it for all Jane Austen fans, fans of the Regency era or other historical fiction and especially anyone who has read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.
    stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I let myself read over 100 pages, just to be sure I could not possibly be as wrong about a book as I was about this one. But no, the dialogue doesn't get any better, the writing doesn't improve, the characters stay ridiculous, and the premise remains utterly stupid. The best part of the book? The fabulous cover, with a woman in Regency dress holding an iPod. Quite cheeky -- but take my advice and stop there. The book reads like the worst kind of novel, completely pedestrian and sophomoric.
    bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I really liked this book. It was better than its predecessor, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. In this installment, 19th-century Jane Mansfield (no connection to the actress) finds herself in 20th-century L.A., trapped in the body of Courtney Stone. There is a lot of fish-out-of-water humor, and it works. Soon, Jane finds herself happily immersed in Courtney's identity - complete with friends, job, and her own apartment - and marvels at the wonders of modern society.Jane/Courtney was very endearing, talking like a Pride and Prejudice character, in sharp contrast to the California vernacular all around her. I also liked the love story.
    Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is the sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. This time the tables are turned¿a young 19th century woman named Jane Mansfield wakes up in the body of Courtney Stone, a 21st century woman living in LA. Jane here has more challenges to overcome than Courtney did, as she learns to adopt herself to a totally new life. Along the way, she becomes attracted to Wes, one of Courtney¿s friends. She also learns a lot about herself, and she learns that the 21st century isn¿t so much different from the 19th, after all.This book was a quick read; I finished it in two sittings. It¿s enjoyable for the most part, and funny. There¿s good character development, but only insofar as Jane/ Courtney goes; the other characters aren¿t as well defined. The ending of the novel was very open-ended, too. There¿s not much focus on how or why Jane and Courtney exchanged bodies (yes, Courtney hit her head in a pool and Jane fell off her horse, but that doesn¿t quite explain how time travel resulted). On the other hand, I thought the author captured Jane¿s sense of confusion upon waking up in Courtney¿s body perfectly. It¿s a cute idea, and a unique take off the whole ¿Jane Austen lit¿ craze, that isn¿t a continuation of one of Austen¿s novels. It¿s a good summer book that good for escapist reading.
    curvymommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I had a hard time with this book. Generally I enjoy this type of time-travel story, where the main character is out of her time and her surroundings are foreign to her. I thoroughly enjoyed the prequel to this book (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict), and was looking forward to reading this. But in this story, the constant descriptions of modern items in Regency-era terms became tiring. And honestly, the main character, Jane Mansfield, seemed to become too quickly accustomed to using a computer, a coffee maker, and other modern conveniences. The plot was confusing, and quite frankly, not that interesting. I never did fully understand the relationships between Courtney, Frank and Wes. Maybe that was because it has been so long since I read the first book?Overall, I was disappointed. Maybe I should stick with stories of modern characters going back in time, rather than the other way around.
    ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Great companion novel to the earlier Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. This time, we get to see what happened to Jane Mansfield while the 21st century Courtney Stone is occupying her body back in 1813. Jane is transported to Courtney's LA life, where living is much more fast-paced than her days at home. I think the future would be much harder to get used to and Rigler did a wonderful job with Jane's language and shock at things like dressing yourself and exposed legs.
    tibobi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    A lot of readers are calling this book a "sequel" but it is in fact a parallel storyline to Rigler's first book, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. In Confessions, Courtney ends up in the 1800's and hilarity ensues. This book tells us Jane's half of the story as she experiences life in a modern day world. I have to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as the first. I know! I am cringing as I type this but I think I know why. In this book, Jane has to learn how to live in OUR world. This includes working, paying bills, getting frustrated with technology, etc. Since I live that life now, it wasn't an escape for me. Smart phones and DVD players just aren't that exciting when you use them all the time. I want adventure! I want to go to another world and lose myself for a bit. I didn't get that with this one just because of the nature of the story. It's present day, hello!With that said, I think that Jane's story may have worked better if it had been integrated along with Courtney's. It would have been a good mix of the past and the present. I know that when I was reading the first novel, I often wondered about Jane and what was going on in her world.
    gelbeente on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Slow start. Author seemed to be trying to write like Jane Austen, but with her own spin... didn't quite hit it. It had a Jane-esque ending, though.
    alaskabookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I loved the first book in this sequence. This one was very disappointing and hard to engage in. Much more fun to "travel" from the present to the past (as in the first book), than the other way around (this book). Nevertheless, Rigler does a passable job attempting to do so; she just doesn't quite pull it off.
    mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    In a reversal of time travel, Jane Mansfield moves from the 19th century into Courtney Stone's present day life. Trapped in this modern day, Jane is exposed to the remainder of Jane Austen's work (and loves them as much as the rest of us), learns about cellular devices, and finds that men and women associate alone? Shocking! I thoroughly enjoyed watching this 19th century character, with the actions and behaviors of a time long gone, learn about the wonderful freedoms of this modern era. I won't lie. I like it when the "time traveler" focuses on the exciting new positives of where they live, and not the traumatic, negative social differences they see. This particular story did just that, in showing how Jane became enamored with not just the things of this modern era, but the people as well. And somehow along the way, it seems Jane learns that a person's heart, regardless of time period, will always be the most important factor in finding true love.Overall, I found this my favorite of Rigler's two novels.
    dissed1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is a light romp through the world of contemporary romance for Austenite, Jane Mansfield. She tries devilishly hard to assimilate in California 2009, and does very well. By the end of the book, she's not only dumped a cad and bagged babe, but successfully traded lives with her modern day counterpart for good. All's well that ends well . . . I only wish there had been an unexpected turn of events or a bit more drama. I enjoyed the book but it hasn't left a lasting impression.
    DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This was better in a some ways then the first, but worse with the addition of elements it did not need. Too many elements overwhelmed what started with a good premise and causes the book to end with a slugfest of trying to turn pages fast enough to the conclusion with is the same as her first novel.How did we get here again? Through the explanation, inadequately, of the paranormal, in such a way that you further do not believe what has happened. Let us have our regency transplant, and the Jane Mansfield joke was a mistake in the first book, trying to survive without an unexplainable fortune teller. Let us have our Regency transplant have no connection to another book and the plot elements from that weaving, unexplained unless you read the first book, in. Our Heroine has enough on her plate to make a good story. Finding out their way in 2009. Resolving that all whom she knew is gone. She need not make an entirely new friend for a plot device, if her body that she inhabits has friends which are entirely new to her.Our Heroine need not be forced into work for an ogre without any understanding, for her friends knowing that she has no idea how anything works should know she must be watched and taught. Nor the juvenile, body memory device that the author employs here and before, allow our heroine to get into a car. Sure it is going to work. Totally unbelievable, better the scene where she tries it and almost kills herself.In all I am glad I read it so I can write this review. I can discuss at length so many more of reasons that this book could have been a contender, and falls short. Even if it were to appeal to the Janeites, as a story, the holes make it a once only.
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    Continuations including p d james. Does anyone know if the pbs mini series was based on these two books where the two exchange places in own bodies and the future gal marries darcey but eliz refuses to come back and becomes a nanny
    PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
    This second Austen Addict book continues with the flip story of Jane and Courtney: Book #1 followed Courtney's new life as Jane in 1813 England and, this one, Book #2 now follows Jane's new life as Courtney in 2009 America. The concept of these books is simple . . . imagine waking up in the life of another. Yet, the twist is, this new life isn't in a time or place you're familiar with or even accustomed to. Thus, Jane trades her life of a well established family, close friends, dependable servants, stable home, prearranged future for one of a single modern lady with emotional baggage in a new world of free will "with inflexible lines between different spheres of society" (pg 215); where she must now find her own way and make her own choices. Having already enjoyed Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, I was prepared for the comical ciaos that ensues after Jane wakes up in her new life. Unlike Jane, who suffers a horrible fall off her horse Belle, our modern Courtney fatally knocks her head on the bottom of a swimming pool; easily convincing those surrounding her that she's suffering from amnesia. Now Jane not only has to learn the strange futuristic ins and outs from her friends, but she also has to hide her on-going awe of her new modern surroundings while immersing herself in electronics and L.A.'s culture. I found myself enjoying seeing the world through Jane's eyes. Expect a lot of detailed descriptions since the names of modern devices doesn't quickly come to Jane, so it became almost a game in guessing just what she would discover next. Unfortunately, it could be a little too descriptive at times, but never too annoying to throw off continuing with the story. I also enjoyed the many personal lessons Jane learned during her awakening as Courtney. From everyone deserving a second chance in life to decreasing some of her previous airs/essence of arrogance by questioning if earning an honest labor was undignified for herself. Jane really comes out of her protected Regency-style shell throughout Rude Awakenings and does A LOT of internal debate about herself and what good, if any, she's doing in the future world. "Why did I have to inherit such a disordered life?" (pg 170) was a thought Jane kept going back to, but eventually she learns the past has little consequence on her future choices and she decides to focus on the present and enjoy/accept her helpful friends, all the clever twenty-first-century devices, and her splendid book collection. I'm still undecided as to which book out of the two was my favorite, since each was highly enjoyable and had its funny moments, but I feel Rude Awakenings was a little more well rounded overall. Yet, after finishing both, I felt a little sorry for the main characters since if you step back from the story itself, Jane/Courtney was never really happy with their own lives and they needed to be placed in another existence to fully develop a different point of view and acceptance. So, they never really solved their own situations, just worked on someone else troubles by walking in a different pair of shoes. Must be nice to escape all together, but would it be worth giving up everything you've ever known for a different life? These ladies were given that chance, but in the end, they were stuck with it as well. Sure the book claims "there is nothing nobler than to give up one's life in service for another" (pg 108) but switching bodies is a high
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    Heather Tankersley More than 1 year ago
    As a Jane Austen addict myself, I enjoy and appreciate the references. A great, easy rainy day read.
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