By a Lady: Being the Adventures of an Enlightened American in Jane Austen's England by Amanda Elyot

By a Lady: Being the Adventures of an Enlightened American in Jane Austen's England

byAmanda Elyot

Kobo ebook | March 28, 2006

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A tale of time travel, true love, and Jane Austen

New York actress C.J. Welles, a die-hard Jane Austen fan, is on the verge of landing her dream role: portraying her idol in a Broadway play. But during her final audition, she is mysteriously transported to Bath, England, in the year 1801. And Georgian England, with its rigid and unforgiving social structure and limited hygienic facilities, is not quite the picturesque costume drama C.J. had always imagined.

Just as she wishes she could click her heels together and return to Manhattan, C.J. meets the delightfully eccentric Lady Dalrymple, a widowed countess who takes C.J. into her home, introducing her as a poor relation to Georgian society—including the dashing Earl of Darlington and his cousin, Jane Austen!

When a crisis develops, C.J.—in a race against time—becomes torn between two centuries. An attempt to return to her own era might mean forfeiting her blossoming romance with the irresistible Darlington and her growing friendship with Jane Austen, but it’s a risk she must take. And in the midst of this remarkable series of events, C.J. discovers something even more startling—a secret from her own past that may explain how she wound up in Bath in the first place.

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Title:By a Lady: Being the Adventures of an Enlightened American in Jane Austen's EnglandFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 28, 2006Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307345327

ISBN - 13:9780307345325

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip This The idea of this book was great, it sounded like a fun, easy read. Unfortunately, the idea is the only good thing about this book. The writing makes it difficult to connect with the characters and Elyot constantly goes off on tangents about period idiosyncracies, showing off the amount of research done for the novel. This would be great in historical biography of this period, but in what is supposed to be a fun romance novel it becomes tedious and out of place. The random sex scenes in the novel are off putting and seem unnessecary, especially when this is supposed to be an Austen spin-off. Personally, I like my Austen to be a little more classy, a little less trashy. Overall, not a well written novel. I felt the need to finish it in the way you can't take your eyes off a train crash. I had to see how bad it would get. And boy, did it get bad.
Date published: 2009-08-03