The Jane Austen Project: A Novel by Kathleen A. FlynnThe Jane Austen Project: A Novel by Kathleen A. Flynn

The Jane Austen Project: A Novel

byKathleen A. Flynn

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world's most celebrated and beloved authors: two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.

London, 1815: Two travelers—Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane—arrive in a field in rural England, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. Turned away at a nearby inn, they are forced to travel by coach all night to London. They are not what they seem, but rather colleagues who have come back in time from a technologically advanced future, posing as wealthy West Indies planters—a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team from the future to “go back,” their mission is by far the most audacious: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen herself.

Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common besides the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen’s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.

But diagnosing Jane’s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the continuous convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile the woman she is with the proper lady nineteenth-century society expects her to be. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history intact and exactly as they found it…however heartbreaking that may prove.

 

 

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Title:The Jane Austen Project: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062651250

ISBN - 13:9780062651259

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book drew me in right away. I loved the way it unfolded and revealed how and why our modern heroine was in 1815. Highly enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Merry Old England? Haven’t we all wished that we could go back in time, and where would you pick, family, historical event, famous. Guess it would be hard to choose, although some might find it very easy. In this book we are going back to Jane Austen, and her time in England, the year 1815. We take a lot for granted, and can you imagine being thrown so far back in time, well our main characters are really in for a rude awakening. Had to chuckle as Liam embraced his new identity and went about choosing a wonderful new wardrobe. Of course Rachel is also has to get more clothing, but she isn’t as excited as her brother, they couldn’t bring a lot, only what they have on their back. Now how would you feel if you were able to meet someone that had died so many years before you were born? These two are on a mission to find and take an unpublished manuscript. How they go about completing this, and the extent they are will to go to, will both frighten and make you chuckle. Are there going to be ramifications to changing history? We are about to find out, but while we are in England enjoy your view of what the time was like, and it didn’t take me long to know I wouldn’t like so much of what they had to endure. This is a book that is going to make you think and wonder, and all the while turning pages to find the answers and see if they will even be able to return to their lives in present time. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Harper Perennial, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-05-02

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“I loved THE JANE AUSTEN PROJECT. Brilliantly written and a must-read for any Jane Austen fan!”