The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shelf Discovery: Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

Okay, I admit that 95% of the reason why I gravitated toward this book in Ingram Advance (the bookstore monthly catalog) was because of its title. You've got to love a good play on words. I am a big Jane Austen fan (I'm bookish and female, so it's like a prerequisite) but I normally stay away from a lot of the unauthorized sequels and modern Jane Austen-inspired stuff because they aren't always good. But there are always exceptions. Like this. And this. This too. (I sense another blog post coming on...)

With a title like Austentatious, I'm willing to give this one a try! Here's what it's about:
"While browsing in an Austin shop, Nicola James finds a blank vintage journal hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she's still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal - because somehow, it's writing her back...Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her "Fairy Jane's" advice. The result: a red-hot romance with a sexy Scottish musician who charms his way into Nic's heart in about five seconds flat. But a guy like Sean doesn't exactly fit into her Life Plan. With no one but Fairy Jane to guide her, Nic must choose between the life she thought she wanted - and the kind of happy ending she never saw coming..."
What do you think? What are some of your favorite Jane Austen inspired reads?


Evangeline said...

I've not read any Jane Austen inspired books, but I'd like to someday. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, so it'll be interesting to see how other authors build on her work.

Gangy/ Annie said...

Am I the only one who yelled "It's a horcrux!" while reading the description?