Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010

Karen joined our group and now we were up to 6 members.  Sue chose "Jane Austen Ruined My Life" by Beth Pattillo and we gave it 3 1/2 stars.  We lunched at The Olive Garden in Murray.

"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."

Leslie says: How wonderful it is when historical figures leave us with very little to go on regarding their personal lives! Speculating about Jane Austen's love life is almost as fun as reading her books. This is a fun, almost plausible story about what might have been, with a little DaVinci Code flavor thrown in. 

Karen says: 3 1/2 stars. What a fun read! It sucked me in right from the beginning, though it was a bit predictable, it is an enjoyable story for Austen fans. Made me want to go back a reread a few Austen classics.

Holly says: I liked this book.  It was my first Jane-Austen-fan-book, and it was a fun little read.  I zoomed right through it.  It won’t win any literary awards. But if you’re looking to read a little romance, and don’t want to take on anything might enjoy it.