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01 May 2017

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

I had intended to read Beth Pattillo's Jane Austen Ruined My Life this weekend as the third book for the readathon ... and then I fell asleep almost immediately after finishing the second book and woke up six hours later with only enough time to read the first three chapters.
It's the story of Emma Grant -- a former college English professor whose specialty is Jane Austen. Her marriage and career are both over and she's taken off to England thanks to a lead on Jane Austen's lost letters. Emma is hoping that finding them will reignite her career -- even though the person who claims to have them has sworn her to secrecy about their existence and will only reveal bits and pieces of what she knows after Emma completes certain Austen-related tasks. 
It's like the scavenger hunt of my dreams!
As I spent most of Sunday resting my eyes from reading for 18 hours (and making a Jane Austen doll ... which you can see after the teasers), it took me a bit longer to get through than I had originally expected. There were some things that annoyed me -- like the ending (seriously ... what was that?!?) ... and Emma's simpering "woe-is-me" prattle throughout far too much of it. Happily, though, there were far more things that I loved -- like Adam, Mrs Parrot's quirkiness, and ooooooh so much Jane!
I had found the book in a three-book box set with two other Austen-related book by Pattillo and I'm definitely looking forward to reading them!
"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.


As promised:


12 Hours Later Update: Okay, I had to give the star back on Goodreads that I took away for the prattle and ending. It really wouldn't have worked as well without them and, considering the fact that hours later I'm still thinking about it this much, it definitely worked. Besides .... the ending? Is it really an end?

16 comments:

  1. I like the opening paragraph even though I disagree with the opening sentence. As a firm JA fan, I can't say she has ruined my life. I'd like to read this one to see how Austen has affected her life.

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    1. The opening sentence and title really do end up making sense!

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  2. Love the doll and that opening although I'm a bit wary about the ending now...

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    1. Although it's not the ending I would have chosen, it does (in a way) fit.

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  3. I like the sound of this - just the title alone made me smile. Loving the doll too!

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    1. The next one is "Mr Darcy Broke My Heart" and I'll probably be reading it in the next couple of weeks!

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  4. I'm such a JA fan that I think I might have to read this, regardless of the ending. The doll is great.

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    1. It's funny... the more I think back on it, I don't think I would have been happy with the ending I "wanted," either. I may have to give the missing star back on Goodreads.

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  5. I love the doll and the opening to the book!

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  6. I love the doll...and now I must read how Jane Austen "ruined" this woman's life. Fun, right?

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  7. The opening made me smile. However, like you, I don't have much patience with "woe-is-me prattle." I'd give the book a try anyhow.
    LOVE the doll you made. All the dolls on your shelves are terrific. Did you make them?
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog post.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

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    1. Everything on my shelves are made by either myself or Funko 😊

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  8. I'm not a fan of classic spin offs but hope you enjoy this one.

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    1. It's not a spin-off, really. It's a modern story and the main character is an English literature professor who specializes in Austen. (And I quite enjoyed it! Thanks!)

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  9. I'd probably keep reading. I love the dolls you made, good job!

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  10. I think the doll is delightful - and this one sounds intriguing... And now I want to get hold of it to discover WHY the ending is so annoying.

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