The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

31371280The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

Published May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: England, 1815: Two travelers—Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane—arrive in a field, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. They are not what they seem, but colleagues from a technologically advanced future, posing as a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team of time travelers, their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.

Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common except their extraordinary circumstances. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen’s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.

But diagnosing Jane’s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile her true self with the constrictions of 19th century society. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history as they found it…however heartbreaking that proves.

Review: I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I love reimaginings of her books and pretty much anything that has to do with her so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Add in the time traveling factor and you have the makings of a really fascinating book! The two main characters, Rachel and Liam travel back in time to England in 1815 with the mission of infiltrating Jane Austen’s circle, diagnosing her fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel. I loved the majority of this book. While they are in the past, the author does a fantastic job at recreating the time and setting. It’s really interesting to see two modern people attempt to fit in a time where things are so much different. I enjoyed seeing Rachel and Liam really struggle with not altering the past and leaving history unaltered. I feel like if I was to ever time travel, that would be something I would have a hard time leaving alone. The only part of this book I really struggled with was the author’s portrayal of the futuristic world where Rachel and Liam traveled from. It was really hard to get a clear image of what the world was like and how it got to be that way. But overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be interested to read any future books by this author.

4 Stars

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