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Cass Grafton and Ada Bright visited my blog about a year ago, July 5, 2016 to be exact. Here is a link to that visit should you want to go back and take a look. Thanks for stopping by and reading my share in the conversation...
The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is set in Bath, England, during the September Jane Austen Festival, the present time. That alone was awesome as the reader gets to participate in the fun activities of the festival with the characters. Add a little mystery, some time travel and, of course, some romance and it’s a unique book that is hard to put down. I loved this book from beginning to end.
The novel is written by two authors in different parts of the world but one would never know it when reading the text. The story flows flawlessly. I never knew when one author stopped and the other one took over. It is that seamless. Their writing style and story-telling abilities are so alike that it would seem to be written by only one person. Great job, ladies.
Rose and Morgan, online friends, finally get to meet when Morgan travels to Bath to attend the Jane Austen Festival with Rose and stay for a visit. It is such fun reading about their meeting, all the things they experience, who they meet and how everything changes both of their lives. I felt I was there living it all with them. There is a surprise ‘character’ in the book, who it seems the authors captured perfectly. I adored this person and wanted to know more. (I was thrilled to read there is a sequel coming!) Rose’s boss, James, and Aiden, an archeologist are the two leading males. The story that revolves around all five of these characters is fascinating and intriguing. It grabbed my interest from the beginning and I didn’t want to put the book down.
One of the many neat things about the book was discovering what would have happened if Jane Austen had not been published. It was a scary thought. The world changed so much. Not only would that have been terrible for everyone that loves Jane Austen’s novels, but the effect was far-reaching, much more so than some would have imagined. Think about her influence on the writing, in particular, and the world, in general. How much would have disappeared had she never published a novel! Frightening, isn’t it?
There is a lovely reference to Persuasion that made me swoon. The ending—well, it gave me gooseflesh, made me smile and got me super excited all at the same time! It was perfect! Well done, Ada Bright and Cass Grafton. Just hurry and write the sequel!
I have purposely focused my review more on the writing and less on the actual story. I don’t want to give any spoilers. Each reader needs to ‘suspicion’ and come to his/her own conclusions as he/she reads the book. The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen is too delicious to spoil for any reader and those ‘ah-ha’ moments are too good to ruin. 😊. Any Janeite should love this book. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you will put it high on your TBR list! I highly recommend everyone read and savor ‘Charm’ for themselves.
I must say, I’m curious if this story has any connection to the two authors and their friendship? It seems there are some similarities. How about it Cass and Ada?
I can't wait for the sequel to this book. I hope we will not have to wait too long.
Ada Bright and Cass Grafton are giving away a book, winner's choice of a paperback or eBook copy of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen. Thank you Cass and Ada. The giveaway is international and we ask you to please leave a comment to be entered. Be sure to include your contact info in your comment. The giveaway will end on the 23rd of July at 11:59 PM. Good luck to all.