The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austenby Ada Bright & Cass Grafton
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it's up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she's the only one who knows that Jane exists!
Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just around the corner, all is well with the world…
But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.
Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It's not worth living in!
I loved the first line, it really drew me in. Although I don't usually read time-travel novels, the chick-litiness of it and the fact that it was a story about Jane Austen, meant that it was more or less compulsory. And what great fun it was too.
The one thing that I found difficult to reconcile was that it was only Rose, out of everyone in the whole world, who remembered Jane; it's entirely possible, though, that I missed the bit in the novel that explained why her memories of everything Jane Austen remained intact. But once I just accepted it (isn't it odd that I had no problem with the time travel element itself?) I settled down to enjoy the ride, and what a thoroughly enjoyable one it was. What made the story so delightful for me was Jane herself, and all the references to her and her work. The romance was pretty good, too - a slow burner, but worth it!