The basic idea is a three week vacation to fully immerse into Jane Austen’s era. I think my favorite thing about this is how complicated Jane’s feelings get. I mean the premise itself is simple, and she knows what she’s getting herself into. But it really is a be-careful-what-you-wish-for scenario on a few different levels. Not only does she have to deal with her options of the other characters (where everyone is acting) but even just the setting itself. I certainly wouldn’t mind having more idle time to be reading, but I can imagine just sitting around all day every day getting boring. I thought it was great that the experience just wasn’t cut and dry for her.
As far as Jane herself, I thought she was not the most likable main character I’ve read, but certainly not the worst. The flashbacks to her prior ‘relationships’ (a word she throws around very easily) I think help sum it up the best. I would say most of us are wishing for that happily ever after ending. I just find it frustrating to watch someone wrap themselves up in the fantasy without keeping at least a little grounded in reality.
Overall this is a fun and breezy book. Summer might be over but this has that easy (slightly predictable) beach read feel that is perfect for when you want something light. I give it three out of five stars.