Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Jane Austen Summer - TLC Blog Tour April 19, 2011

My Jane Austen Summer - Cindy Jones (TLC Tours)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback , 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 83,044


Lily has squeezed herself into undersized relationships all her life, hoping one might grow as large as those found in the Jane Austen novels she loves. But lately her world is running out of places for her to fit. So when her bookish friend invites her to spend the summer at a Jane Austen literary festival in England, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.

There, among the rich, promising world of Mansfield Park reenactments, Lily finds people whose longing to live in a novel equals her own. But real-life problems have a way of following you wherever you go, and Lily's accompany her to England. Unless she can change her ways, she could face the fate of so many of Miss Austen's characters, destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

My Jane Austen Summer explores how we fall in love, how we come to know ourselves better, and how it might be possible to change and be happier in the real world.

My Thoughts:

This book was almost a miss for me. The main character and I got off on a seriously wrong foot. Instead of feeling sympathy for her grief, I found myself thinking she should grow up. So I put the book down for a few days and then tried again.

I still didn't care much for Lily to be honest. She's so much of a doormat in the first half of the book, but as time went on and her character began to grow a bit, I found my distaste for her waning.

The location of the book was amazing and I wish I could of bee n there. I think spending a summer in England literary festival, as an onlooker of course lol, would be fantastic.

So while Lily and I didn't get along well, the story itself tugged at me and kept me reading.

Author's website: Cindy Jones

Other Participating Tour sites:

Tuesday, March 29th: Books Like Breathing

Wednesday, March 30th: Unputdownables

Thursday, March 31st: Book Reviews by Molly

Friday, April 1st: My Reading Room

Monday, April 4th: It’s All About Books

Tuesday, April 5th: Bookfoolery and Babble

Wednesday, April 6th: Calico Critic

Thursday, April 7th: Colloquium

Tuesday, April 12th: Life in the Thumb

Wednesday, April 13th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Thursday, April 14th: Diary of an Eccentric

Monday, April 18th: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, April 19th: My Life in Not So Many Words

Wednesday, April 209th: Stephanie’s Written Word

Thursday, April 21st: MariReads


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you gave this book a second chance. It can be hard when you and the main character don't exactly get along.

Thanks for being on the tour.