Title: Jane of Austin
Author: 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.
Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The description of this book is what drew me in, along with the fact that I will pretty much read anything to do with Jane Austen. I know that makes me weird but one can I say.
This book is a quick read, which I did appreciate because if it had been slower paced I probably would have set it aside as I have many times before. The characters, and the relationship between the sisters was what really kept me reading. Callum was also a surprisingly warm character, without being the stereotypical male leads which is something I also appreciated.
I would recommend this book if you like Jane Austen, or if you are looking for a nice, fun, and bake inspiring novel. The author weaves together a tight plot which had me turning the digital pages quite quickly to find out how it would end.
The passion for baking in this novel made me wish I actually knew how to bake. Also I have to admit, not being a religious person there was certain aspects of this book which confused me a little.