Jane and Austen by Stephanie Fowers

Jane and Austen by Stephanie Fowers

Jane and Austen: a Sweet Romance

Meet Jane—an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can’t match what she’s read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there’s Austen—a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. 
The two have one thing in common: they can’t leave each other alone. Jane believes that if Austen could just experience a fairy tale romance, he would secretly love it. And Austen’s pretty sure that if one of Jane’s beloved heroes escaped from the pages of her dog-eared novels, she’d run and hide.

Both are about to be proven right. 

When the rivals are called upon to help a friend plan the biggest wedding of the year, an entire resort full of colorful wedding guests descend upon them—many sharing uncanny similarities to characters in a Jane Austen novel. It doesn't take long before Jane gets everything she thinks she wants. After all, too much of a good thing can't be all that bad, right? 

But when Jane’s life turns upside down, the only one she can turn to is Austen; though she’s afraid he’s got his own troubles of the heart…and he's enjoying them more than he should.

Hey! Here's my review.

A modern romantic comedy full of Jane Austen references.

There are a lot of characters in this story. The narrator managed to give them each a different sound, which made them easier to keep track of, although some of the accents made me cringe a little. 

The author has taken many of the characters and many of the plots from all 6 of Jane Austen's books and jumbled them up in a modern day resort wedding setting. The story is told from the point of view of Jane - who is a hopeless romantic. She notices the similarities in the wedding participants to the characters in Austen's novels. She starts meddling to try to get the "right" people together, while trying to work out who is her match out of the many suitors she has. It finishes with happy endings for everyone, though not necessarily the way Jane had expected. 

I listened to the audiobook edition, which I received free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. With so many characters in the story, she did an amazing job of giving them each a different voice. 

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