Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

“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.


REVIEW:  This was a sweet, modern take on the novel, Sense and Sensibility. The story begins in San Francisco, where the sisters live and where the two older sisters run a quaint tea salon in a victorian house. The third sister is much younger, a teen. New owners soon take over the building, increasing the rent to a price that the sisters can no longer afford to pay. So, they venture south to Austin, Texas to begin anew.

During their short time in Austin, there is romance, a love triangle of sorts, tragedy, heartache, but also resilience. The scenes I enjoyed most weren't actually the romantic scenes, but those of Jane as she talked about her tea making methods and the desserts she enjoyed conjuring up. I wish there were  scenes depicting the new tea salon but those were only brought out near the end of the story and were scant. I do like how the author included actual recipes for tea, desserts, and other fare in the book. This reminded me of the Little Paris books by Nina George.

I would recommend this book to readers of romance. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.

4/5

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