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Goodnight's breezy style with a believable heroine, lively conflicts and lots of best-friend confidences elevates this above the usual chick lit fare. -- Publishers Weekly

"AUSTENTATIOUS is a fresh romantic adventure with a cast of characters who kept me turning pages way past my bedtime." --Cindy Jones, My Jane Austen Summer

"This humorous romance will appeal to all Austen fans while bringing a fresh twist with its magic journal." -- Booklist

"Janeites and chick lit fans alike will enjoy this wonderful romp into modern day romance with the ideal Miss Matchmaker from the past leading the way." --Courtney Webb for New York Journal of Books

"Magnetic, compelling, and comedic - Austentatious is a novel you should not miss! This romantic and magical adventure is sure to entertain and delight fans of Jane Austen and the Austenesque genre!" -- Austenesque Reviews
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780758267436
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 23, 2015

In honor of Austen in August, I tackled Austentatious, which I've actually been wanting to read for a few years now.

This sweet contemporary romance is a quick, easy read, very fluffy and 'beach read'-esque. The main character, Nicola, is relatable in that whole "I have a life plan" thing, but she's also a bit immature and consumes enough sugar that I don't understand how she's skinny and not diabetic. (However, I always appreciate when a heroine is described, and isn't traditional 'book-pretty'). I didn't care much for her, but the plot was fun enough to keep me reading.

There's a teensy bit of Pride & Prejudice in there, but it's so lightly touched upon that you probably won't notice it. There's also a slough of pop culture references (which I enjoyed) and Austin, TX references (which I didn't get at all, of course). The requisite Scottish hunk rock god is in there, making this a very uncomplicated (for us logical thinkers, anyway) romance.

Overall, it was more romance driven than character driven (which I'm not normally a fan of) but fluffy and sweet enough that I kept going and finished it in a weekend. I do like the underlying concept, and wish I had a magical Jane Austen diary to advise me (not on romance- I've got that covered- but everything else).

I recommend this for Austen fans who enjoy reading Austen spinoff everything, those who enjoy fluffy contemporary romance, anyone who lived in/loves Austin, TX and fans of contemporary magical realism.

JMP7 Mar 25, 2013

I really enjoyed this book, about a young woman who finds a magical journal that gives advice that sounds like it is coming from Jane Austen herself. It's basically a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Apr 09, 2012

I could barely get through the first chapter!


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