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.
Are you looking for a good book to sit down and read with a cup of tea or a tall glass of iced tea? Well stop right here, this is the book for you. This is an enjoyable retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, that will have you reading cover to cover.
This book had me intrigued the very moment I saw the front cover and continued intriguing me tell the last page of the book. This is my first time reading anything Hillary Manton Lodge has written and I am pleased to say my first impression of her writing is good. I liked that Lodge switched point of views every few chapters. It kept me up to date with the two main characters. One of the big reasons I liked this book so much is because the sisters were so “human” like. For example, the was a scene in the book were the sisters are picking what music to listen to for their car ride to Austin, Texas. Those were the scenes in the book that made me see myself and my sisters in the story. I usually find contemporary fiction cheesy, but this book was fun and I recommend this book as a great, clean, contemporary book.
I am not sure if her other books have this but every few chapters there were recipes at the end of them. Each recipes that were in the book were mentioned in the book. I thought that was fun.
This is a good read for any Jane Austen fan, like myself. To Hillary Manton Lodge, I would have to say bravo for a well written story. Jane Austen, if she was living in this time period, would like this book very much.
I highly recommend this book!
Title: Jane of Austin
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Author’s Website: http://www.hillarymantonlodge.com/
Reading Resolution 29: Read a book that has a title that makes you go, “Hmm”.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.