“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.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Once in awhile, you read those books that right after you turn the back cover over you look for someone to tell them that you just read the most amazing book and they should read it. So that is what I’m telling you about Jane of Austin.
Seriously though, if you love Jane Austin and tea (or don’t, I’m not always the biggest Austin fan and tea is something that I never drink) you’ll love it. Hillary Manton Lodge wrote a fantastic retelling of Sense and Sensibility of sorts. It captures the essence but also makes the story brand new. For me, I found this book to be completely unexpected and one that will make it to my shelf of books that I plan to reread someday (and that list is quite short).
There are many things that are done right in this novel. The characters are so real and I cared about them. The setting comes to life. There are real relationship struggles that take place on the page—and not just in the romantic sense. The strongest relationship in this book is between Jane and her sister Celia and it was sweet to watch it play out.
If you are looking for a great clean read—something a bit different, check this book out. I’m certain it will be one of my favorites for some time to come.
“I don’t think it’s ever wrong to love what you have more than what you had.”
-Jane Woodward, Jane of Austin
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