24 July, 2017

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn.

Imagine that you can time travel back to the time to 1815 London when Jane Austen was alive. You have a mission, to get to know her and attain her unpublished manuscript, (and possibly diagnose the illness that led to her death within two years.)

Two travelers, Liam and Rachel have this project. Posing as brother and sister newly arrived from Jamaica, with a sizeable amount of counterfeit money, they set up house in London. With a letter of introduction to Jane's brother, Henry sets about ingratiating their way into his life, and they wait for Jane to visit so they can befriend her as well. They must secure an invitation to the countryside where Jane lives so they can access the manuscript. 

This book really puts you in that time of history. The details she included about England in 1815 make it easy to visualize the era  The restrictions on woman, the social mores, dealing with the clothes, servants, food etc, all the details give you a sense of place. The two must constantly worry about the risk of discovery, and there is also the possibility of altering the future with their actions, but it becomes difficult not to step in to save the chimney sweep's boy, or try to save Henry's bank, or even to save Jane's life. 

This story really engaged me, I didn't know how things were going to work out, and I like a book I can't predict. It is cataloged as science fiction because of the time travel, but don't let this discourage you from reading this fabulous and creative book. An entertaining read for any reader but a must read for Jane Austen fans.

TitleThe Jane Austen Project
AuthorKathleen A. Flynn

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration

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