Jane Austen Ruined My Life
If the idea of discovering lost writings by your favourite author sounds exciting, then Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the book for you!
Professor Emma Grant has always believed in happy endings, her favourite author, Jane Austen, instilled this belief in her. Emma even believes that she found her own happy ending. However, this all comes to a crashing end when she discovers her husband in the arms of her teaching assistant. Then she loses her job after the same teaching assistant falsely accuses her of plagiarism.
While wondering what to do with her life, Emma is contacted by a mysterious Mrs. Parrot, who claims to have a collection of lost letters written by Jane Austen. Emma, her faith in Austen's happily-ever-afters fading fast, jumps on a plane bound for England. She hopes these letters will renew her academic credibility and possibly prove happy endings just do not exist.
Things do not go as planned, when Mrs. Parrot refuses to simply hand over the letters and instead sends Emma on a series of tasks, to gradually reveal unknown secrets about Austen's personal life. Along the way, Emma also encounters her former best friend, Adam, who she lost touch with after her marriage.
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If you enjoy this story, you may also want to read Beth Pattillo's next novel, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, which deals with a similar theme, except instead of long lost letters, an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been found.
Posted by Erin