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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

REVIEW: JANE OF AUSTIN BY HILLARY MANTON LODGE~Abigail Harder


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Jane of Autin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
By: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 312
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon
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Rating: ★★★★★(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
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Oh my goodness, this book was amazing!! I cannot believe how excellent written it was! I feel really bad for not reading Sense and Sensibility before reading this. I know, I know it is terrible that I read a novel based on Sense and Sensibility before I read Sense and Sensibility. I promise that I will read it soon, just let me finish other books first please. Okay enough of my talk now let me tell you what this amazing book was about and what I thought of it. 

In San Francisco, there lived three sisters, Celia, Jane, and Margot Woodward. They had been living on their own for the past seven years because their dad was part of a huge business scandal. Jane had to quit going to school for botany (which was her passion) but in doing that she and her sister Celia opened a tea shop. But when their kind and loving landlord, Atticus, died. His nephew (Jonathan) and his evil wife (Phoebe) took over, they kicked the Woodward girls out and they had to make some tough decisions at what to do next. After the crazy and unexpected break up between Celia and Teddy, who was Phoebe's brother, Celia decided to move Jane, Jane's plants, and their little sister Margot to Austin Texas. 

But moving to Austin isn't as smooth as Jane had thought, her relationship with Celia gets bad and they barely talk to each other, they have to live in a small guest house just outside their mom's cousins house, they don't have a tea shop, and Jane has to figure out where to send Margot to high school and find a ballet school for her to attend. But after meeting Sean, an up-and-coming musician, Jane falls head over heels in love with him and him with her, (or so she and others thought) but unfortunately this causes an even wider chasm between Celia and Jane. 

Sean is a charmer, he is able to charm everyone he meets, except one person-retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never intended to leave the army but after an unfortunate accident and the passing of his father. Callum returns to the place he least expects-Texas, where he takes up ownership of his dad's business. 
After many hardships, and like any good book or plot, things end up well and the right people get with each other and everyone is happy. 

Reasons why I love this book:

1. There has AMAZING character devepolment. I just love great character devepolment!

2. There is a great love story. Sean and Jane dated and I was like okay I kinda like this but my real ship during the entire book was Callum and Jane. Their love story was just amazing. It was slow paced and a very romantic love story. (I love slow paced romances more then fast paced romances.) 

3. I LOVED all of the food and tea recipes. I am literally going to be baking for a while in order to make all of these amazing sounding recipes. 

4. I loved the plot in this book. I also really loved all of the minor plots and plot twists. They really kept the book moving! 

5. Hillary Manton Lodge made it feel like you were actually in the book with the characters and not just someone reading the book. I felt sad with Jane, laughed with Callum, and even felt happy when they both were happy. (The book was in their perspective)

6. Callum Beckett. Boy, did I LOVE this character! Callum had such a good heart and he was sweet, caring, and loving. Even after having survived a war and lost of his left leg, he is still an optimistic (well most of the time) character and is super sweet to everyone. He goes to Mexico to rescue someone he knew and he even stays with and took care of Jane when something happened to her towards the end of the book. It was so sweet to see how much he cared for the woman he loved. 

As I finish my review I want to conclude with these two things.

1.  You WILL be hungry and wanting to try every recipe in this book after reading it (or as). 

2. I really want to read Sense and Sensibility. 

If you really like contemporary romances, Jane Austen, Scones, or tea (or even better all four) I HIGHLY recommend reading this book!!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review*




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