by Alyssa Goodnight

February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6743-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Trade Paperback

Nicola James had a Life Plan from the time she was 13 years old. Having a father who would never commit and follow through molded Nicola into a woman with strict rules and boundaries for her life. She enjoys and needs the control her plan affords her. But when she brings home an enchanted journal her well-ordered life is about to become a thing of the past.

Nic leaves an entry in the journal and on her return to it she finds most of her words gone, only some remain to form a special message just for her. Advice, it would seem, from none other than the queen of romance herself: Jane Austen. Pragmatic Nic tries to find an explanation for the weird occurrence, but further investigation merely leads to more magic.

Originally the journal had been bought by Jane for her niece. Somehow Jane is able to communicate with the owner through the journal. Through many years and many owners, Jane did what Jane does best, advise lonely hearts. It is up to the diarist whether or not that advice is followed. Nic eventually decides to give her ’Fairy Jane’ an opportunity to prove herself and find out where “cleavage is as cleavage does” will take her.

This new ‘plan’ brings sexy rocker Sean MacInnes into Nic’s life. A McDreamy of her very own! But Nic has doubts a Rock Musician and an Obsessive Test Engineer has enough in common to build a future together. Can she let go enough to enjoy her life one day at a time or will her concept of reality sabotage a shot at true love and happiness?

I couldn’t resist the premise of Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight. The idea of communicating with Jane Austen through a magical journal is like chocolate for Austen fans. Unfortunately, I had a difficult time staying interested in the book until Sean is introduced. He spices up the story and shakes up Nicola’s world even more than Jane.

It was great to see Nic move beyond her boundaries. The chemistry between Nic and Sean is palpable to say the least. The reader can’t help but cheer them on. All in all Austentatious is an enjoyable read.

Reviewed in September 2012 by Rho.

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