• The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton
The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen Book Cover The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen
Ada Bright and Cass Grafton
Brown Dog Books
June 24, 2019

What would life be like if something had prevented Jane Austen from ever publishing any of her books? Dedicated Janeite, Rose, is about to find out! It’s September, and the city of Bath is playing host to the annual Jane Austen Festival, a celebration of the famous author and her works. Rose Wallace, Bath resident and avid Jane Austen fan, can’t wait for her friends to arrive and the Festival to start, unaware one of the recently arrived guests will turn her life upside down by sharing with her a secret that ultimately puts Jane Austen’s entire literary legacy at risk. With the support of a displaced two hundred year old author and a charmed necklace, can Rose help to bring back some of the most beloved stories of all time and turn her own life around in the process?

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton

Friendship, Jane Austen, and… time travel? Oh my!

Have you ever wanted to befriend your favorite author? Live in the English country? This story takes place in the English town of Bath during the Jane Austen festival (which just so happens to be a real thing so count me in). Rose Wallace, a local and inn worker, is a, dare I say, huge fangirl of Jane Austen and helps make sure things run smoothly for the guests of the festival every year. However, there just so happens to be an unexpected guest who shows up  that may change the course of history.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book but I found myself hooked from the very first chapter. In the beginning, we follow the sort of average every day life of Rose during the Jane Austen festival. She’s busy making sure people have places to stay, especially a professor she admires (read as definitely has a crush on). On top of this, she has a long distance internet friend coming in for her and of course the festival. The last thing she ever expected on her plate was for Jane Austen herself to show up, much less show up and all of her works being suddenly nonexistent to the current world. Her name is unknown, nothing comes up on Google, and the museum that Rose lives under is non existent all thanks to a mysterious necklace. While I wish the romance was a bit more elaborated on, I do enjoy that friendship is a lot more prominent of a theme.

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(Not making assumptions that Jane Austen is the Doctor but if the shoe fits)

I don’t want to give too much away but this is a definite read if you like the adventure of time travel mixed with saving the legacy of your favorite classic author.