Thursday, August 27, 2009

According to Jane by Marilyn Brant

When we meet Ellie, one thing has been constant in her life; Jane Austen. No, not only her books but Jane herself. Simply put, Ellie has Jane living in her head, a constant companion. She has accompanied Ellie through almost twenty years. Giving advice, especially of the romantic kind, and sharing her thoughts, she's seen it all. Ellie has been through a lot, and she doesn't know if she'll ever find her prince charming.

There was just one thing I would have liked to have known while reading this book. How did it happen? This was explained somewhat at the end but not quite enough to satisfy my curiosity. I'm pretty sure that Austen living in some one's head is not an everyday occurrence, and I would have liked to have known how it happened, exactly.

Besides that, this was a very cool novel. Most people have gotten married by the time their thirty but not Ellie. She's still searching for that one perfect guy. She's definitely the "looking for love in all the wrong places" type. Ellie's a very likable character. She, like every other character in the novel, had her flaws, but for the most part they were endearing. It was both fun and a bit painful to go along on her journey for true, lasting love. I was always happy to see her happy. I was also sad to see her sad. Every time she got her heart broken, it made me sigh.

I loved hearing Jane Austen. The voice really sounded authentic, Jane gives her ideas in a rather confident manner, as if she already knows she is right. The idea of Jane Austen living in some one's head is such a fun, quirky idea. According To Jane was a lot of fun and had me smiling.

This book won't be released until October 1st, but it's definitely something to keep an eye out for. Isn't the cover lovely?

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