Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by Hillary Manton Lodge book review

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Synopsis

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”―Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again. But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper. While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.

Review

Totally loved this book! i am a Jane Austen addict and this is a delightful modern spin on Sense and Sensibility. Told in alternate pov’s between Callum and Jane, this book made my heart swell. i loved seeing how each character dealt with their problems as well as how they interacted around others concerning them. This story was sweet and endearing. Each of the three sisters brought a refreshing take on this classic story. The book is very close to Jane Austen’s writing, just with a more updated twist. I appreciated the homage to one of my favorite classics. The dynamic between the sisters was delightful and I could not put this book down!  I read it all in one day. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was how the author included recipes of foods, and drinks mentioned throughout the book! I’m eagerly anticipating making them all. The other thing I enjoyed were all the quotes at the beginning of each chapter! I love quotes like that in books! I truly can not say enough good things about this book! 5 stars from me!

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