LAURIE VIERA RIGLER's first novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, was a national bestseller. A Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Laurie teaches writing workshops, including classes at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.
This delightful sequel to Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict has 19th-century Jane Mansfield switching bodies and milieus with contemporary L.A. girl Courtney Stone. As Jane grasps the idea that she's a different person in an unimaginable world, and grapples with the radically liberal social mores, dress and language, she leans on Jane Austen's novels as touchstones to reality. Kate Reading performs the first-person narration with a cultured tones and accent befitting an upper-class Regency-era young lady. Her skill as a versatile voice performer becomes evident as dialogue introduces modern American characters, and she skillfully modulates her accent, dialect and tones to accommodate them. The romantically suspenseful story and the entertaining vocal interpretation will keep romance listeners enthralled and amused. A Dutton hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Delightful... romantically suspenseful."-Publishers Weekly
"Absolutely uproariously funny."-Book Reporter
"Hilarious and touching."-Austen Blog
Praise for Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
"This frothy take on literary time travel will appeal most to readers well versed in the celebrated author's memorable characters and themes."-Booklist
"[A] delightful comic romp ... Jane Austen makes a cameo appearance that is pure pleasure."-The Times Picayune
"[A] charming novel... Rigler writes beautifully... a light and deftly orchestrated visit to 1813."-Austen Blog
"Confessions is a novel of manners, but with a nifty twist. Laurie Viera Rigler sets the sensibilities of a 21st century L.A. woman against the manners of Regency England to watch the sparks fly. By turns funny, thoughtful, romantic and suspenseful, this engaging story is as brisk and delightful as 'taking a turn in the shrubbery' in the company of a handsome gentleman. If you've ever fantasized about being a Jane Austen heroine, this is your book."-Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Bread Alone
"A rich, saucy lark of a book for all of us who have ever looked at our lives and marveled, 'How did I get here?'"-Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In
"Courtney, flung into the past, learns the importance of living in the present even as she challenges our assumptions about identity and memory. I read this wonderful novel in a single sitting; Jane Austen fans will love it!"-Masha Hamilton, author of The Camel Book Mobile
"Rigler evokes the Jane Austen period masterfully, along with the perplexity of a 21st century L.A. woman, Courtney Stone, who lands unexpectedly in the body of a 19th century British woman in a world of chamber pots, chaperones, and different rules about finding true love. Courtney's navigation of the delicate 19th century social scene and her attempts to figure out how to get back to her 'real' 21st century life make for a hilarious and affecting, all-around wonderful read."-Ellen Baker, author of Keeping the House
"A devotee of all things Austen... discovers the reality of life in Regency England: rampant body odor, sexual and class repression and a style of medical care involving bloodletting... Despite the smells, little in [her] current lifestyle-including most of the men-can compete with the erotic charge of dancing in a candlelit ballroom."-USA Today