Jane Austen Ruined My Life
by Beth Pattillo
English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.
Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.
In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.
Love, Lies and Lizzie (Jane Austen in the 21st Century)
by Rosie Rushton
What would happen if the traumas of teenage life and love from Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE were transferred to the twenty first century? When Mrs Bennet inherits enough money to move into the kind of village she has always dreamed of, her daughters find themselves swept up in a glamorous life of partying and country pursuits. But Lizzie and her sisters soon discover that, beneath the very smart surface, lurks a web of intrigue and rivalries...
This week: I love the cover of one and the title of another (I leave it to you to decide which); these may have to make it onto next year's Jane in June docket...
(What, you think I'm not already planning? Sometimes I think you don't know me at all...)
Got any Jane books you especially want to get your hands on? If so, please do tell! The great thing about a wishlist is that there is no limit on length...