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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
mjk1085 Stars Out Of 5Light and Refreshing!July 25, 2017mjk108Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"It's good to have dreams. But sometimes dreams change, or take different forms, or you go down a path and realize that while it's not the beach, you really like the forest."
A delightful read for the summer! This unique variation of Sense and Sensibility set in modern day Austin, Texas is a fun, light read. The lives of three sisters, Celia, Jane, and Margo, takes another intriguing turn when necessity forces a change of residence from their native San Francisco to Austin. The city of Austin, lights years different in terms of culture and lifestyle, offers the girls an opportunity for a new start.
Join this intriguing trio of sisters as they set out for Austin and try to move their tea business, plants and all, along with them. The older two, Celia and Jane, each have their own love issues with which to contend, in addition to raising their teenage sister. The girls have character, charisma, and charm.
The book is a poignant story full of family, romance, and the meaning of sisters. If you've read Sense and Sensibility, you'll see the similarities. As a bonus, some wonderful recipes for the amazing baked goods discussed in the story are sprinkled throughout the book. Don't miss this fun summer read!
This copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Modern Retelling of Sense and SensibilityJuly 21, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After their father's business scandal, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves without a home and with a younger sister to take care of. So they start a tea shop that does very well for years, until the new landlord of their shop ups their payment to higher than they can afford. With nowhere else to go, the sisters decide to start over in Austin, Texas with the help of their mother's cousin.
As you may have guessed from the title - Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility - this book is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Of course the author HAD to put them in Austin, Texas, to make the pun. But I still like the title, and the cover is absolutely stunning.
Jane, the younger sister, is the main character. She is a lovable individual, snarky and sarcastic but passionate and deep. She and her love interests - the overlooked ex-soldier and the chivalrous Texan - take center stage. They are well-developed and enjoyable to read about. Several of the others seemed like static characters, and their personalities were played up to make them quite humorous. A few of them could have used more depth, and yet, adding depth to some would have taken away the lightheartedness of the tone.
I can't say much about the plot. It is a retelling of a classic! I loved the original, and I love this modernized version.
As a note, in between many of the chapters there are recipes for whatever food or drink was served within the previous chapter. Tea is a major theme is the book and shows up frequently in recipe form. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, so I can't speak on how good they are, but I love the idea of tasting what the characters taste. It adds one more of the five senses into the story.
I enjoyed Jane of Austin and recommend it to fellow Jane Austen fans.
I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I did not receive compensation.
bbgreen5 Stars Out Of 5Hillary Manton Lodge blew me away with her new rendition on Sense and Sensibility.July 7, 2017bbgreenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jane of Austen by Hillary Manton Lodge is a present day romance reminisced from Sense and Sensibility. I've only read Pride and Prejudice as a teen, so I was really excited to read this book. It was full of enchanting scenes that hooked me from the beginning. I enjoyed the references to tea and all the recipes that were included. I also enjoyed the quotes that were used at the beginning of each chapter. I thought this story was unique and fresh.
After their father goes broke from misusing money as CEO of Edison Motors, he ups and leaves to the Cayman Islands. This changes everything for the Woodward girls. Jane and Celia are forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants to do is leave their shop on Valencia Street, but Celia insists that a move to Austin, Texas is the best thing for them. So Jane and Celia pack up everything including their kid sister, Margot, and Jane's beloved tea plants.
On the way to Austin, they encounter a downfall when their truck breaks down, but Sean Willis comes to save the day. As the ladies begin their new life in Austin, it's not all easy. It's rather challenging by living in a guesthouse in the back of their relatives house. Jane begins to fall for the up-and-coming musician, Sean Willis, who seems charming at first, but he doesn't fool retired Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never wanted to leave the military, but after losing his father and his left leg, he's returned to the place he least expected, Texas.
I really enjoyed how Hillary made all the characters appear so real and relatable to present day situations. I liked all the characters, but Jane and Callum were my favorites.
I enjoyed Jane's smart, frugal, and sensible personality. She knows everything about taking care of her tea plants. I enjoyed all the scenes about the tea shop in San Francisco. It made me feel like I was right there in the tea shop delighting in tea and scones.
Jane's loyal to her family and wants to do everything possible to be a protective sister. But when it comes to romance she's easily pulled in. She falls head over heals for Sean Willis. He's a charmer wanting to win her love, but is he too good to be true?
Captain Callum Beckett is a real hero and that's why he became one of my favorite characters. He gets to know the Woodward ladies from hanging out with Jane's uncle. Callum wants to get to know Jane better. He likes her caring attitude and being a gentleman he doesn't want to see Jane get hurt. Will we see sparks fly between Jane and Callum? I liked how Hillary developed these characters interactions.
Since Callum continues to suffer from PTSD after the war, his therapist encourages him to adopt a three legged therapy dog, Dash. He doesn't know how he feels about it at first, but they quickly become like two peas in a pod. I loved how Dash fit right in for Callum and he becomes a favorite to them all.
Finally to end, my Favorite quote:
So the small things came into their own:small acts of helping others, if one could; small ways of making one's own life better: acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter.
-Alexander McCall Smith
I recommend this book. I really enjoyed it. I received a copy of this book for free from the author and was a part of her street team. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions are my own.
Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet story of relationshipsJuly 6, 2017Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was my first book by Hillary Lodge, but it will not be my last. This is the story of three sisters and their journey from the Bay Area to Austin when they have to restart their lives again. One sister is running, the other is trying to keep up, and the third is still in high school. The story is also the story of two heroes: one truly heroic and the other almost an anti-hero.
Jane owns a tea shop with her sister Celia, and one day she'll finish school. Right now keeping her sisters together is what matters, even if that requires a move across the country to Austin. Since her dad's fall from grace, her life has been about creating a stable environment for her younger sister. Then they lose their lease; hence the move. Things don't go very well, but they do find themselves surrounded by a small community of family and a couple friends. There are interconnections between the characters that touch all areas of their lives.
I'd tell you more, but no spoilers. Instead, this is a story perfect for readers who love a book that will pull them in with rich relationships. The recipes are almost with the cost of purchase alone. I cannot wait to try a few of them!
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I LOVED IT!July 1, 2017ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This my friends is a Jane Austen retelling done well! One of my all time favorite Jane Austen novels isSense and Sensibility. Jane of Austin is a funny, interesting, and lovely rewrite by author Hillary Manton Lodge. Lodge does a masterful job weaving in the original story to her current day rendition. It is was so fun to catch all the moments that were from the original. I think the best thing about this book, is that while it echoes the Jane Austen original, it has its own authentic wonderfulness.
I think sometimes when authors attempt to do a retelling, it goes south fast because they either missed what was great in the original, or they fail to make it their own in fear of butchering a classic. Jane of Austinis none of the above. Author Hillary Manton Lodge tells the story of three sisters who lose everything and must leave their family home in San Francisco. Celia, Jane, and Margot Woodward move to Austin when a kind but exuberant relative offers them housing and a chance to start over. In Austin, Jane meets the oh so handsome Sean Willis (see John Willoughby) who whisks her off her feet. We all know where relationships with a John Willoughby will take you. Even though I knew what was coming, I read late into the night just to be certain.
I really do hope that this novel makes its way into becoming a movie. I loved it and I can't wait to pass my copy to a fellow Jane Austen enthusiast. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BloggingforBooks. I was not required to give a positive review and I have not been compensated in any way.