Sweet Flirty Fun.....Austensibly Ordinary

By Alyssa Goodnight
Published on January 29, 2012
Published by Kensington
Source: ARC from Publisher
Steamy, funky, and thoroughly modern, Austin, Texas isn’t much like the gardened country estates of Jane Austen’s work. But there might be a few similarities in its inhabitants…

Cate Kendall is no stranger to daydreams of brooding men and fancy parties—after all, she teaches one of her beloved Jane Austen novels in her English classes every year. But as for romance or adventure in her own life, the highlight of most weeks is Scrabble with her cute coworker, Ethan, and he draws the line at witty banter. But Cate is ready for a change. When she finds a mysterious journal that seems to have a link to the soul of the great Jane Austen herself, she knows it’s her chance. And she grabs on with both hands…

Before she knows it, Cate has invented an alter ego with an attitude, attended some seriously chic soirees, and gotten tangled up with a delicious mystery man. And she’s uncovered enough unexpected secrets about Ethan that her Scrabble partner has taken to brooding looks and unfathomable silences. It’s a positively Austenite predicament, and Cate is sure she’ll land in hot water and heartbreak—but maybe not with Jane herself to guide her…

Austensibly Ordinary is the second book from author Alyssa Goodnight.  It picks up the travels of a magical journal, once owned by Jane Austen herself.  In this second book we meet Cate Kendall.  Cate is as frustrating of a character as Emma ever was.  I love her good intentions, but they are incredibly misguided.  If I were to put my psychoanalytic hat on, I would say she is projecting her needs of love and a committed relationship onto every single person around her.

Cate decides to play matchmaker with her mother, all of her female friends and even her best friend Ethan.  It was incredibly fun to puzzle out which character in this book matched with a character in Emma.  Although that meant I knew what was going to happen to each character (in general)- it was completely enjoyable to rediscover the Emma story in a new way.

Ethan.  Man.  Alyssa Goodnight really knows how to write male characters that make the reader weak in the knees.  He is handsome, dashing, and Cate is completely oblivious to him.  I loved the passion that the two shared and honestly wanted to give Cate a beat down for hurting Ethan.  The author gave a satisfying ending that left me with a warm and gushy feeling.

I have read both Austen books now from this author, and I have to say- I am hooked.  I am pretty sure she could write a car manual and make it a fun, breathless read!  Austensibly Ordinary is sweet, flirty, fun and I can't get enough of Cate and Ethan.  I will be holding out for a TV show, a movie, SOMETHING!  I also will be counting down the days until I can get another book from Alyssa Goodnight in my hands.  She is a very very talented lady!  (It takes alot to get this prude to gush like a middle schooler, after all.)

1 comment:

  1. I cannot wait to read this book! I loved Austentatious. Thanks for the great review.

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