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5.0 out of 5 starsI love it!
Reviewed in Canada on March 9, 2011
It is a book of normal everyday occurrences being told through a new perspective, which makes you think and look at them with new eyes, and come to appreciate life in 21st century. That's what makes the story so exciting.
4.0 out of 5 starsFollow-up to Confessions of a Jane Austin Addict
Reviewed in Canada on September 28, 2013
In Confessions of a Jane Austin Addict, a modern Jane Austen fan wakes up to find herself in the body of a gentlemen's daughter in regency England. In Rude Awakenings the gentleman's daughter finds herself in LA with a broken engagement and a deadend job. Many comic moments when a regency mind set reacts to the new freedoms and inventions, but finds the old obsession with finding a suitable husband remains. I preferred Confessions, but Rude Awakenings is also a good read.
views clash with the new reality@. Both characters
Enjoyed this fun spin-off of adventures in Jane Land. Good interpretation of the thoughts that might be occurring for someone transplanted into a different century. Interesting that she reconciled with herself at the end and decided that staying where she was would be the best idea. Thinking that the other person is now living in her circumstances. A fun read. Enjoyable happy ending. Try her other book - see link. Confessions Of Jane Austen Addict Also very fun light read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2015
'Rude Awakenings...' is the sister book to Rigler's debut novel 'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict', which I read back in 2012 (how time flies when you've got so many good books to get through!). This time around it's the turn of Jane Mansfield, the gentlemen's daughter into whose body Courtney Stone found herself in 'Confessions…'. Jane wakes up with a pounding headache, wondering where the piercing sound that's woken her is coming from. But that's the least of her problems. When she finally opens her eyes she soon realises she's in surroundings completely unfamiliar to her. At first she thinks she's dreaming, but as the day progresses and things keep getting stranger, she starts to realise that perhaps this new world (and new body - that of Courtney's) which she's found herself in are now her (quite terrifying) new home.
Rigler has done a good job at describing from a first person point of view, how strange the 21st century would be to someone who's more used to a horse and carriage than a car. Jane's initial reaction to things - cell phones, fridges, cars, washing machines, air conditioning - are very convincing too, but she's no fool and soon becomes quite au fait with how they work and what they do. Her only downfall is her inability to understand or agree with how modern relationships work, especially between men and women. She finds it astounding that single men and women are allowed to be alone together without a chaperone, that a man should be allowed to call at a woman's house without an invitation and that having numerous 'boyfriends' is perfectly acceptable. But these are feelings she must try hard to hide, because to the outside world and all her friends, she is Courtney not Jane.
Although I did enjoy this, I feel I have to point out a couple of things that did niggle me towards the end. Firstly, it's made clear from the beginning that Courtney had fallen out with Wes due to something he'd done that she found unforgiveable. The majority of the book is taken up with Jane wanting to ask Wes what happened, and when she finally does I have to say it was quite petty and a bit of a let down. I was expecting something far more shocking or unforgivable than what it actually turned out to be, which left me feeling a bit flat. The second thing, again related to Wes, is his all-encompassing love for Courtney which remains unerring even after Jane becomes Courtney. Jane is a very different person to Courtney, but neither Wes nor any of her other friends seem to notice the personality change and even when she does do something out of character, they simply put it down to the concussion she sustained. Neither of these things detracted from what was essentially a good story however, but they were just things I noticed were starting to grate towards the end of the novel.
Finally, it's interesting to note that in this supposedly forward-thinking, modern feminist world, where woman are constantly told they can 'have it all', it is the principals and standards Jane learnt and lived by in the nineteenth century which help to straighten out Courtney's messed up, twenty-first century life. I think it's safe to say that when everything else is removed from the picture, we're not so different in our desires, outlooks and hopes than our nineteenth century ancestors.
This is the sequel of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and, in this occasion, we have the chance to know about the adventures of Jane, a young woman from Regency England, in 21st-century America. This funny and clever book will keep you reading until you discover whether it is possible that Jane go back to her Regency England.
Jane wakes up in a tiny apartment and can't believe her eyes. When she meets handsome Wes, who reminds her of a suitor she had at home, her world will spin around. Apart from that, she doesn't recognise anything from this strange place where she is now. The only thing in common with her world is Jane Austen. Will she be able to survive in such a different environment? Will she discover the way to go back to her own life? To her own body?
This book is funny, the characters are fantastic, and I am sure you will enjoy it.
4.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant read for any Jane Austen addict.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2012
I love Jane Austen's novels and have studied them for O level, A level and degree. I have read some of the 'variations on a theme' of her novels and bought this and Confessions. I slightly preferred the Confessions book, but this one was delightful, too. Our present day LA would indeed seem confusing to a Georgian English country lady, but I did not find the problems she encounters quite as entertaining as the reverse (IMHO), probably because I am so familiar with our time. A well written, well researched and witty book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to the other Rigler novel in which a 21st century Californian woman finds herself in Regency England. This second novel is even more fun because it is full of the things we all take for granted but love to make fun of - mobile phones, DVDs, Facebook, Twitter, motoring, flush toilets... and much more, all things that are great mysteries to the woman from Regency England.