Review: As a Jane Austin fan, I couldn’t pass this up! The story isn’t about Jane, but it’s about her characters and the plots of all her books are cleverly woven into a modern tale of a young woman who is searching for herself. Elizabeth has always been called Beth, much to her chagrin. As a Jane Austin fan, she’d much rather be called Lizzie, so when she leaves for college, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. I liked Lizzie – she’s determined, frank, fun, and yet fragile. And she wants to fall in love with the perfect Jane Austin hero, which means each male she comes in contact with immediately ‘becomes’ one of the heroes. The results, often enough, go hilariously wrong. People, as Lizzie soon discovers rarely fit fictional molds and even more rarely follow the plots of a Jane Austin book. The title, , is a good summary of what Lizzie finally concludes – but not without a good deal of laughter and tears, heartbreak, soul-searching, and in some cases, embarrassment. I must admit, my favorite part of the book was when Lizzie misunderstands her professor’s interest in her homework, but there was also the best friend turned possible suitor, the Darcy namesake, and the boy who was always there but never noticed. The book was great fun, I highly recommend it to everyone, and it’s a must-read for Jane Austin fans!
Thanks to Nancy Fraser for her lovely review:
Thanks to Amy for the great review!
"Jane Austen Lied to Me is my first introduction to Jeanette Watts's writing. Wow! She is a good writer. I found this book to be quite entertaining with so many laugh-out-loud moments. If her other books are this much fun, I want to go back and read them. Hoping to in the near future.
I give Jane Austen Lied to Me 4 stars and recommend it for those who love a good laugh."
Thanks to the Historical Novel Society for their great review:
Gilded Age Pittsburgh is the setting for Jeanette Watts’s lavishly atmospheric debut novel Wealth & Privilege, which turns on the schemes and counter-schemes various family members and interested strangers have in getting comfortably-situated and affable young Thomas Baldwin married off.
One such scheme results in his being married to a woman he quickly comes to detest, while another inadvertently brings him into close contact with a woman he quickly comes to love, despite the fact that she seems permanently beyond his reach.
Watts does a superbly smooth and confident job of keeping her plot-lines flowing along at an enticing clip, and although her period research is obviously extensive, she incorporates it so adeptly that the novel’s large amounts of exposition – on contemporary events like the assassination of President Garfield, or the Johnstown Flood – always feel like organic parts of the story.
The result is an involving and subtly funny work worth reading.