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Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined My Life A contemporary romance based around a search for the missing letters of Jane Austen What secret was the great author hiding

  • Title: Jane Austen Ruined My Life
  • Author: Beth Pattillo
  • ISBN: 9780857210104
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • A contemporary romance based around a search for the missing letters of Jane Austen What secret was the great author hiding

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    1. Before a proper review beginsI must rant about something that really bothered me about this book. It's a tiny flaw, but it really gets to me.If one says "I love Jane Austen, I will write a book about her life and novels" then one should ensure that every tiny detail is correct. At one point in the novel, the main character (Emma) is talking to Adam about a home in a park and they say it possibly inspired the great homes in Austen's novels. Emma then says that the family in Mansfield Park did not [...]


    2. Pre-judgements on books are always iffy. Without some kind of pre-judgement, without the weighing of cover art and blurb, opening a book cover would be like opening an unlabeled can: will it be beans, or cherry pie filling, or one of those gag snakes-on-springs things? But so often the data available on the outside of the book sets up the wrong expectations (or gives away too much of a mystery, but that's another rant) I thought, based on the cute title and the cover photograph of a swooning wom [...]


    3. Just finished this book and I can't even say what it was about. I can't even say if there was a moral to the story or what the purpose of the telling was. There was a bit of a 'treasure' hunt involving unknown Jane Austen letters, in which the character, Emma, was sent to various places, perform a task, then open an envelope and read a copy of the letter. I think the point of this hunt was to show Emma something. But, I can't figure out what it was! She came off a divorce to a snake of a guy who [...]


    4. I stayed up late into the night to finish this and I like my sleep so that just shows I was pretty gripped. I have to confess that I’m not a die hard Jane Austen fan; I’ve only read P&P thus far, so I wouldn’t know how real fans of Austen would feel about this book.Emma (figures her name would be Emma or something like that) decides to go to England for a change of scenery. After divorcing her husband and losing her job as a professor she could use it, but that is not the only reason w [...]


    5. I have read dozens of Jane Austen spinoffs and this one is pretty good. There were a few things that were entirely unbelievable; namely:1. I have never met an English professor who dressed in designer clothing. (I have a graduate degree from a British University. I have met many professiors nationally and internationally.)2. No professor would be fired for plagiarism because of their ex-husband's testimony. The main reason is that every person has a distince voice when they write and those readi [...]


    6. A fun book for any Jane Austen lover!Fresh off an ugly divorce from her cheating husband, who also ruined her career, Emma goes on a pilgrimage to England to find the lost letters of Jane Austen. Emma is an Austen professor, an Austen fanatic, an Austen "junkie", as she sets out on her quest in hopes of restoring her credibility and reputation. What she restores is her faith and hope in all things Jane Austend herself."It's hard for modern-day people to imagine how lives used to be changed by th [...]


    7. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but since I had enjoyed the author's Betsy books, I was reasonably certain I'd enjoy this one.I didn't just enjoy this book, I absolutely loved it. It was partly due to the fact that I adore Jane Austen and reread her books at least once every year. The parallels the storyline took with Austen's novel plots was both poignant and surprising. I'm sure I didn't describe that adequately, but there it is. There were several points at which [...]


    8. Pleasant little chick lit book. Let's face it, if one is a Jane Austen fan of any proportions, one will read any damned thing with her name in the title. I'm guilty. I started the book on Wednesday evening and finished it on Thursday afternoon -- which gives you some sense of the complexity or lack thereof.Happily, the book doesn't foist a framework of an Austen novel (or multiple Austen novels) on the modern heroine's life. Rather, we have a charming travelogue of Austenesque locales while revi [...]


    9. I picked this up at the bookstore the other day because it looked entertaining. (What Austen fan could resist that title?) In the end, this book wasn't really what I expected. Yes, it was a bit fomulaic with all the elements you would expect from Chick Lit, but it also had some interesting insights. Maybe it's because of where I'm at in my life, but it hit me just a little bit deeper than the typical Chick Lit would and gave me some things to think about. All in all, an enjoyable way to spend an [...]


    10. Could Jane Austen ruin your life?American college professor Emma Grant always does the right thing and expects the same from others. She acquired her expectations from her minister father and her favorite author Jane Austen, who both taught her to believe in the happily-ever-after. Life was turning out as planned until she unexpectedly discovers her husband’s affair with her teaching assistant who in turn falsely accuses her of plagiarizing another author’s work. An academic scandal ensues p [...]


    11. ***Possible Spoilers***With a title like that, one would think this book is just another Austen inspired piece of fluff, right?Not exactly. JARML is predictable in that there is the heroine, the good guy, and the bad guy. Most of the similarities end there. In this story, the heroine, Emma (a JA scholar), already had her happily ever after. Or so she thought. Turned out the guy was a total jerk. So in the aftermath of a ruined marriage as well as a ruined career, Emma heads off to London where s [...]


    12. Throughout the whole book I kept saying to myself, "at least this story will end welle end will make up for everything." And then I finally got to the end and waseven more disappointed. The two major things that I think turned me off was ONE, the main character. I never connected with her. She came off as self-centered and hard hearted and remained that way to the very end. Everything was about her. She was on this journey to discover secrets about Jane Austen and I kept thinking that at some po [...]


    13. A daft emancipation novel about a woman who is recovering from a disastrous series of events that ruined her life. She, through some deranged logic, feels that her devotion to Jane Austen's novels have caused her believe marriage was the final hurdle to life's happy ending. Determined to expose Austen's secreted private letters to her literary gain, the protagonist slowly learns the obvious, that she is wrong to blame a dead author for her choices, wrong to betray what has been protected, and de [...]


    14. Oh my goodness. OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!! I can't even think of the proper typed word to truly express how angry the ending of this book made me. I seriously can't find the word. Do you believe in Happily Ever After? Do you like to read stories about Happily Ever Afters? Well, if so, please keep away from this book. I happen to believe in HEA. I believe that HEA is possible for all of us. What my HEA might look like might be a lot different than yours, but I do believe in it. Does HEA mean that life is [...]


    15. I picked this up because the title caught my attention and I thought that it would be a quick, fun read. I read a lot of classics and I am trying to be less of a book snob, so I thought that a quick foray into chick-lit might be fun, especially since it references one of my favorite authors. This book made me want beat a hasty retreat to the safety of my classics.There were times when I found the book interesting. The idea of a secret society that guards Jane Austen's letters was intriguing, tho [...]


    16. Three stars may be a bit generous, but I really wanted to like this book. The story follows Emma Grant, a professor of English who blames Jane Austen when, after following Austen's dictates and finding her own "Mr Knightly" (an older, more established professor), her marriage falls apart when her husband takes up with her teaching assistant, and she loses her job when the TA accuses Emma of plagiarizing one of her (the TA's) papers. Emma apparently blames Austen for a faulty belief in happy endi [...]


    17. Pros: A sweet, escapist story. Someone else on here said a "DaVinci Code-light, for Austin fans" which I agree with. Some Jane Austen tribute books would have you accept time travel, supernatural characters, or fan-fiction like "sequels." In this one, you must accept a Secret Society of Jane Austen enthusiasts protecting her legacy. Sure, why not. The love story is pretty sweet, if a bit predictable.Cons: Not just the problem of mistaking the Bertrams for the Rushworths in Mansfield Park, that i [...]


    18. I was very happy at the beginning of this book: it's well written, with a dry humour that appealed to me.All the facts about Jane Austen's live and work are nearly accurate (the Bertram misnamed!) and pleasantly detailed for a fan I am. The story in itself - the possibility of hidden letters of the author - is exciting and not totally improbable. But I couldn't read on and had to stop at about half of the book. It was, for certain aspects, to much hollow. I don't mind slow stories, but only when [...]


    19. This novel was recommended to me by a friend who knows how much I adore Jane Austen.It’s about a woman who’s recently divorced (spectacularly, I might add). Her career as a literature professor has been ruined by her ex. So, she embarks on a wild goose chase in England to discover the unknown pieces of Jane Austen’s life (her means: obtaining letters supposedly destroyed by Jane’s sister, Cassandra). I found the parallels this author drew to Austen’s novels whimsical; a nice touch. But [...]


    20. This is a 3.5 star book for me. It was a great little bit of summer escapism, yet I sometimes found parts of it too didactic, and at other times, I kept thinking Beth Pattillo hadn't REALLY given us a good look at what our heroine was like. Perhaps because Emma, the disgraced (due to a charge of academic plagiarism) and betrayed (by her unfaithful scoundrel of a husband) does not know herself and her true feelings well, we were supposed to buy that--but it still bothered me at times. On the othe [...]


    21. Emma Grant was living a real life Jane Austen fantasy. She had a promising career. She was even married to the perfect gentleman. So she thought. That is, until Emma caught her husband Edward and his teaching assistant in a compromising situation on the kitchen table. This just happened to be the same woman who would later accuse Emma of academic plagiarism.Angry that she actually believed Jane Austen’s nonsense about true love, Jane went a little crazy. She decided that she’d go to England [...]


    22. Hilarious, unexpected, and a bit unsettling in the end. I'm a happily-ever-after kind of girl and this book made me want to read an epilogue solving all of the romantic solutions. Being a Jane Austen junkie myself, I found this lighthearted and and sometimes deeply moving book a fresh commercial break for the romance genre fan as well as for a Jane Austen fan.


    23. This book was marvelous. As a fan of Austen myself I greatly appreciated the research that had to have gone into the creation of this book. A perfect blend of fact and fiction. It was enchanting and the characters were real and raw. I look forward to the next two novels.




    24. Another perfect silly read for me in a time where focus can be lacking. I liked how this one ended, though. Not your typical chick-lit happily ever after, but a strong woman deciding to be her own person before chasing Mr. Right.



    25. It took me less than twenty-four hours (way less) to finish reading this book; and a lot of it was because I was focused on getting to the end and seeing how the story played out. I held off on reading this book because at the time I'd gotten it, I was too overwhelmed with all the other Jane Austen-based books I'd gotten my hands on (and how can there be enough, right?). After finding her husband playing games with her teaching assistant atop her kitchen table, Emma disappears to London at the i [...]


    26. What a provocative title! Are Jane Austen fans in danger of having unsuccessful marriages and relationships because they aspire to find their own Mr. Darcy? Has reading too many happy endings deluded women into a believing that their life can be as perfect and carefree as in a fairy tale? And, is Jane Austen to blame for this false sense of happily ever after?Our heroine of this novel, Emma Grant, seems to think so! Poor Emma has suffered from some serious disappointments in her life. She marrie [...]


    27. This review contains spoilers.1.5The book is about a woman named Emma, who comes to England after a divorce with her husband Edward (he cheated on her). They are both literary scholars, but the teaching assistant Edward was sleeping with frames Emma for plagiarism and she is thrown out of the college. She gets a letter from a Mrs. Parrot, who claims to have some of Jane Austen's lost letters, which would be a veritable mecca for an Austen scholar. But, upon arriving in jolly old England, Emma ru [...]


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