Reviews for Austentatious


Booklist Reviews 2012 February #1
In Goodnight's clever, fun romance, Nicola James has had a life plan since she was 13. But when she purchases a journal from an antiques shop, she discovers that somehow her entries are being rewritten to advise her to shake things up romantically. She plans to make a move on a coworker at a friend's wedding only to meet a Scotsman, Sean MacInnes, and be totally captivated. Nicola resists, as Sean is a well-known musician and would not fit into her stable life plan, but she soon finds herself skipping work to be with him, exploring her town of Austin, Texas, in ways she has never done before. She also researches the history of the antique journal while trying to ignore its advice, then discovers that it has been advising people since the days of Jane Austen. In fact, Nicola thinks the great author herself could be writing the advice. When Sean prepares to return to Scotland, Nicola has to choose between her pursuit of security and her heart's desire. This humorous romance will appeal to all Austen fans while bringing a fresh twist with its magic journal. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

----------------------
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 December #1

Jane Austen meets Austin, Tex., in this fast-paced, quirky novel about the unpredictability of love. Nicola James, a no-nonsense engineer, made a life plan when she was 13 and since then, all of her decisions had to fit The Plan, including romance. Her single deviation from this serious approach to life is a weakness for Jane Austen. Nicola's life changes abruptly when she purchases a vintage journal shelved near a worn copy of Pride and Prejudice in an antique shop. Although her friends consistently urge Nicola to scrap The Plan, it's the mischievous journal that provides an incentive when she opens it to read, "Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance," a vastly abbreviated version of her entry about an upcoming co-worker's wedding. Curious, she adds another entry, only to find it becomes playfully edited, too. She attends the wedding solo, hoping to attract the attention of a predictable engineering co-worker, but develops an infatuation with Sean MacInnes, an iconoclastic Scottish rock musician. As he single-mindedly pursues her, forcing her out of her comfort zone, Nicola struggles to ignore her heart and adhere to The Plan. Goodnight's breezy style with a believable heroine, lively conflicts and lots of best-friend confidences elevates this above the usual chick lit fare. (Feb.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

----------------------
Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

Jane Austen meets Austin, Tex., in this fast-paced, quirky novel about the unpredictability of love. Nicola James, a no-nonsense engineer, made a life plan when she was 13 and since then, all of her decisions had to fit The Plan, including romance. Her single deviation from this serious approach to life is a weakness for Jane Austen. Nicola's life changes abruptly when she purchases a vintage journal shelved near a worn copy of Pride and Prejudice in an antique shop. Although her friends consistently urge Nicola to scrap The Plan, it's the mischievous journal that provides an incentive when she opens it to read, "Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance," a vastly abbreviated version of her entry about an upcoming co-worker's wedding. Curious, she adds another entry, only to find it becomes playfully edited, too. She attends the wedding solo, hoping to attract the attention of a predictable engineering co-worker, but develops an infatuation with Sean MacInnes, an iconoclastic Scottish rock musician. As he single-mindedly pursues her, forcing her out of her comfort zone, Nicola struggles to ignore her heart and adhere to The Plan. Goodnight's breezy style with a believable heroine, lively conflicts and lots of best-friend confidences elevates this above the usual chick lit fare. (Feb.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

----------------------