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 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 Nancy Fraser for her lovely review:
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.
by Donald Montano, author of A Stranger Came Among Them
I met this author at the Decatur Bookfest. She was dressed appropriately in the period dress shown on the cover of her novel. We talked: I ordered her book. When it arrived at my home back in Palm Beach, I thumbed through the 407 pages thoughtfully. Hmmm. Can this novel really hold my interest for that long?
Well, I have to shout it out, dear reading public, this story will not only hold your interest, but will tug at you constantly to read on. The novel covers a broad slice of American History, yet it is tightly written. The descriptions and dialogue are spot-on as Thomas and Regina spar with each other through thirteen years of deepening friendship that transcends unbelievable obstacles before it is allowed to blossom into a love so deep with understanding my heart fairly sang with happiness for them as I whispered, "At last."
But there was still one more obstacle to be overcome; breaking off a relationship from Regina's past in Johnstown as a flood is about to devastate the whole area. more suspense and more agony as the new lovers are pulled apart once again and must search for each other in the devastation of bodies and wreckage piled high in the streets. I cannot tell you more, it would be tantamount to treason. But buy the book and lose yourself in the lives of Thomas and Regina as they live through the years of Wealth and Privilege that was the Industrial Revolution taking place in Pittsburgh when it was at the pinnacle of industrial might.