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In this Sense and Sensibility-inspired plot, high rent in San Francisco forces tea salon owners Jane Woodward and her sister Celiato move to Texas. While trying to start fresh, Jane meets a dashing musician who steals her heart and also catches the eye of another suitor. Are either of these men right for her?
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Just a few years after their fathers business scandal shatters their lives, Jane 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 Janes tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isnt 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 chasm 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 expectedTexas.
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.
Kimberly Stuart, author of the Heidi Elliott series and Sugar: A Novel
"Jane of Austin offers readers a fresh and contemporary take on a beloved classic. What a delight to enjoy Austen in this new modern way and find the characters and story as approachable, relevant, and engaging as the classic that has captured our hearts and sensibility for more than two hundred years. Heroine Janes quirky brightness brings this rich tale of love, life, music, and tea to lifeand leaves you yearning for more!"
Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and A Portrait of Emily Price
"Quirky and charming, Jane of Austin goes down like a perfect cuppa. I was enchanted!"
Teri Wilson, author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy, now a Hallmark Channel original movie
"I love a story that I can savor, and this delicious charmer has it alla swoon-worthy hero, unrequited love, quirky and loveable secondary characters, and a heroine you want to root for! (Not to mention many delicious recipes!) When tea-shop owner Jane and her sisters move to Austin looking for a new future, she has no idea that love is waiting for her too. The only problem is, shell have to get her heart broken to find it. Beautifully written, a keeper of a story, and the perfect beach read!"
Susan May Warren, USA Today best-selling, RITA Awardwinning author of the Montana Rescue series
"Tea and Texas make for a delicious reading recipe in Hillary Manton Lodges Jane of Austin! Hillarys writing is seamless and sophisticated. I was charmed by everything I learned through this story about tea and tea making. And I was invested in the lives and loves of Jane and her sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of new beginnings, sisterhood, and healing."
Becky Wade, author of True to You
"Hillary Manton Lodges modern twist on Sense and Sensibility will delight Jane Austen fans and contemporary romance fans alike. Jane of Austin is filled with warmth, wit, charm, and the kinds of unforgettable characters that will have you cheering some on and ready to wring the necks of others. Im telling my friends to make it one of their summer must-reads!"
Kara Isaac, RITA Awardnominated author of Close To You
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Jane of Austin Hillary Manton Lodge (5 Stars)January 30, 2018Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Ms. Lodge recently released Jane of Austin as a contemporary nod to Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility. Jane and her sisters live in San Francisco, where they have made a comfortable living as the proprietors of a boutique tea shop. When their landlord dies and his heirs decide to take over the property, the Woodward sisters are forced to find a new location. With sky-high rents throughout the area, the family decides to take advantage of their distant cousins offer to move to Austin, Texas. Sandwiched between the needs of her older sister, Celia, and her kid sister, Margot, Jane soon takes on the unintended role of Jane Austens famous middle sister character. Janes love life balances the possibility of a relationship with either a disabled veteran or a rising musician, while continuing an elusive search for her tea shops new location. The three sisters discover love, loss, and heartbreak along their journey, all while searching for a new place to call home.
Readers will be thrilled with this modern-day retelling of Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility. While contemporary Austin, Texas, may seem to be an impossible stand-in for Regency England, Ms. Lodge writes a compelling tale of love and relationships. Her focus on tea, tech, and breakfast tacos makes for a quirky interpretation of a beloved classic.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Jane of Austin. While Im not typically the person who reads modern retellings of Jane Austens works, I found this particular novel to be well worth the read. Ms. Lodge brings a flair to her writing style that will quickly draw in readers, including those who may be slightly reluctant to give the concept a try. I was particularly impressed at how the author manages to make the original Sense and Sensibility into a feasible modern-day concept, including fascinating characters, places, and events that appear exceptionally convincing within Austens original plotline. Janes perspective throughout the story also offers an interesting take on the original, as I have always seen Sense and Sensibility as being written primarily from the view of the eldest sister. As the middle sister, Janes view from the center of the family presents a fascinating perspective that readers will greatly appreciate. After really enjoying this novel, I look forward to finding Ms. Lodges other books and reading her future releases, too.
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet romance and sisterly love make this a must read!January 19, 2018BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book exceeded my high expectations and was well worth the wait! Front and center in this story is a sisterly trio that won me over from the first page. The relationship Jane shares with her older sister Celia and younger sister Margot is grounded by a rare variety of unconditional and sacrificial love refined and strengthened by hardship and shared grief. I love them!
Through financial uncertainty, new adventures, and heartbreak, these quirky and loveable characters have earned a place among my all-time favorites! Im so excited to dive into Lodges Two Blue Doors series and eagerly anticipate future books as well!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sense and Sensibility meets the 21 centurySeptember 26, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Jane Austen make way for Hillary Manton Lodge! Absolutely love this modern take on the classic Sense and Sensibility -- in fact I actually prefer it to the original! And now that I've offended die-hard Jane Austen fans I'll continue with my review. :-)
Love the dynamics between these three sisters. They've dealt with some pretty intense stuff and yet they've stuck together and created a soft place to land...until their life is disrupted in a major way all over again. The Woodwards are nothing if not resilient! Even when that includes an unexpected move to Texas.
Which brings me to another thing I love about this version -- the setting! It takes on a life of its own -- at least to this non-Texan-never-been-to-Texas reader anyway. And the author has some interesting quotes that head up every chapter -- some on Texas and some on tea which made the read all the more fun. Plus every chapter ends with a delectable recipe, which, I think, has become a trademark for Hillary Manton Lodge.
The story follows along the lines of Austen's book though the author does include her own unique flair -- and some surprising twists. I was gobsmacked by one in particular, though in hindsight I shouldn't have been, but I'm glad it took me by surprise just the same.
And speaking of surprising twists. Dash! Be still my heart! Is that not the perfect hero name or what? I won't say another word about him -- you'll just have to read the book to discover why I'm still hyperventilating. (insert sneaky laughter here.)
The story is told in first person point of view, alternating between Jane and Callum. It's rife with sardonic wit and piercing heartbreak. And a great cast of secondary characters that help...or hinder...the potential happily ever after.
Of note to readers who enjoy an inspirational thread in their Christian fiction -- you won't find it here. It's a a clean read though.
LGHudson5 Stars Out Of 5SENSATIONAL!!September 6, 2017LGHudsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read a few modern takes on the classics and some were good, some were way too modern for my personal tastes and only a few were exceptional. Jane of Austin is one such exception!! From the first word to the last it The characters are rich and believable. You want to join in and interact with the three sisters. You want to help them when their hearts are broken (plenty of that), comfort them when they uproot and move from their quaint Tea Shop in San Francisco to re-establish their lives in Austin, TX, yell through the book at them to realize what's going on around them so they can make wise decisions with their business choices, friend
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good romance with recipesSeptember 3, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I'm not a Austen fan but I enjoyed this novel. I loved the friendship between the sisters. I felt bad for them, having to make their own way because their father was a crook and marred the family name. I liked how they were determined to make a new life for themselves in Austin.
I did think Jane was a weak character. She seemed to naive for her age. She was swept up into love too easily. Perhaps that was the idea, so I'd dislike Sean. I thought Celia was the bravest of the girls. She was willing to forsake her own happiness for the man she loved. My favorite character, I think, was Callum. A returning veteran with a prosthetic leg, he has his own demons to face.
Jane and Celia are focused on tea. Having had a tea room in California, they want to open one in Austin. Tea is not my favorite but I really enjoyed the recipes for scones and other goodies included in the book. I also enjoyed learning more about tea plants, drying, and steeping the leaves.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good romance. Austen fans will recognize plot and characters taken from Sense and Sensibility. Others will enjoy a good novel about sisters, romance, and the true character of people.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.