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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2017)

av Hillary Manton Lodge (Författare)

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"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.… (mer)
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Titel:Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
Författare:Hillary Manton Lodge (Författare)
Info:WaterBrook (2017), 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:2021

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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility av Hillary Manton Lodge (2017)

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Jane has always been close with her older sister, Celia, since their mother passed away and their father left them to be a pseudo-parent to their younger sister, Margot. When the rent on the property where they run their small tea shop in San Francisco suddenly goes up, the sisters must face a difficult decision. An offer from extended family sees the sisters moving to Austin, Texas where they hope to set up a new shop. But the relocation puts a strain on their relationships with each other and romantic entanglements complicate things further.

A gentle romance and a charming contemporary interpretation of Sense and Sensibility. As with any re-telling it's highly enjoyable to see an author take the familiar plot points and make them work in a modern setting while still being original as well. I found it interesting the author chose to do alternating first-person perspectives between Jane (Marianne) and Callum Beckett (Colonel Brandon), since so much of the original follows Elinor. There's also a bunch of recipes included in the novel, which I admit to skimming but do look tasty. If you enjoy a good Austen re-telling you can't go wrong picking up this one. ( )
  MickyFine | May 12, 2020 |
Sense and Sensibility spin off recreated in modern times. Very fun to read. Three sisters Celia, baby sister Margot and our protagonist , Jane, lead us through a delightful tale of survival and romantic foibles that all come out right in the end. I loved the moved to Austin, TX for their tea business and the lovely group of characters and scoundrels we encounter along the way. The father and his sleazy business practices are modernized in a very believable way. ( )
  Jeanene_KP | Apr 7, 2020 |
This was a lovely, clever update of "Sense and Sensibility" set in present day Austin, Texas. It was fun identifying all the characters as they came along (So he's the Willoughby! And there's the Colonel Brandon!) S&S was about Elinor and Marianne Dashwood - two sisters who need to marry well due to the very limited social and economic opportunities available to women in the early 19th century. I loved the ingenious ways that the author managed to create parallel situations in this new story and make them believable (for the most part - there are a few that don't work); even though Celia and Jane were two thoroughly modern women free to move wherever they wished, run their own business, and marry or not as they chose. It's a bit slow moving at times, but I believe fans of Jane Austin will enjoy this retelling.

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  AngeH | Jan 3, 2020 |
This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

The three sisters have lost their mother to an accident. Their father has embezzled money and has to flee the country, the three young women lose their home and have to start again, only to lose their home another time and having to move to distant relatives to Austin, Texas.

Jane, the middle sister, has a passion for tea and for music. She is shy of people and does not connect to other people as easily as her two sisters.

Callum is a war hero. He hasn't had an easy life and returning from active duty isn't always easy for him.

Amidst the love story is the story of the three sisters that try to make sense of life, try to overcome the obstacles that have been thrown into their life paths.

A wonderful story, with wonderful writing.



This review is based on a Netgalley ARC provided by the publishers. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
A 'Sense and Sensibility' retelling in the modern era? With tea? Sign me up! Although retellings can always be tough to do, I loved the idea and was curious to see how it could work. Jane and Celia are two sisters who have to make do after their father flees the country after some shady business dealings. The sisters are left with a scandal over their names and out of their tea shop in San Francisco. So they pick up with their youngest sister Margo and move to Austin, Texas.

It seemed like a fun idea and I liked the first few chapters. I liked how author Lodge did not try to force the story as an exact translation into the modern era with some twists here and there. But the book is not without its problems. The author switches up point of views, which didn't interest me. It also focuses on one romance through the eyes of one pair, which I also didn't like.

Apparently the author has never been to Austin, Texas, and I wonder how much knowledge she had about San Francisco. I also found it odd that with the timeskip in the beginning of the story still wasn't enough to wash away the scandal plus their store's supposed popularity wasn't enough for them to find a place/funding elsewhere in the area (if not San Francisco, then one of the more suburban areas as Jane considers). But I guess that would mean the author wouldn't be able to use the title in this way, then.

I also can't help but wonder about the portrayal of one of the characters who uses a prosthetic leg. The author acknowledged she did consult and research but I'd be curious how a veteran and/or someone with a similar disability would review the story/character. I'll add the subplot with the dog certainly made sense with the updated setting but I found it to be a distraction.

I bought the book but found myself disappointed. Great title, loved the concept but overall it didn't work for me. Library or buy as a bargain book. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Jun 20, 2018 |
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"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.

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