Julie Wright comes to the blog with her new contemporary romance, using lessons learned from Jane Austen’s writing, and the growth moving on will bring.
Lies Jane Austen Told Me
Emma is a fan of all things Austen, even taking pride in her attitudes that mirror those of Emma Woodhouse: instantly judgmental, stubborn and removed from the ‘need’ for love, even as she dreams of her own personal Darcy. In a relationship with Blake – she’s done that dance to avoid conflict and real emotions, even as she professes to be in search of that one love. Of course, Emma has a huge backstory that effects every move: her mother left without looking back when she was a small child – and that search for validation and the fear that instilled in her runs deep. Fortunately she had a wonderful father and a best friend who won’t hold back from calling her out on her bad choices.
Blake is rich, a bit of a playboy and Emma’s convinced he is the epitome of Darcy come to life with his handsome dark features and his ability to seemingly do the right thing. She’s often finding herself off balance with him – highlighted with her spontaneous arrival at a declined invitation only to find he was less than welcoming. Here we meet Lucas, Blake’s brother, who decides he’ll take care of Emma – get her to the train, but a stop in a less than wonderful area provide her with no lack of fodder for her judgy suppositions.
A new position at her company brings Lucas in as a consultant as they are making moves to the east coast, and his working knowledge of the area will be helpful. Knowing that she’s now working with Blake’s brother is disconcerting, discovering her compatibility with Lucas is even more difficult. The two have much in common, and were it not for Emma’s need to judge everything that strikes an emotional chord, they may have taken the opportunity to truly open up and get to know one another – asking the important questions. But – no. Emma’s constant back and forth, her dithering and Lucas’ belief that his brother is truly the one worth having a relationship kept the story in a loop that dragged the pacing and progress.
A bit of a mixed bag for me – the concept and the eventual growth that Emma eventually achieves work well, except despite her own love for Austen, she missed the most important lessons from her novels. While I could appreciate her use of Austen as a familiar friend, her literal application of lessons she started to absorb as a young teen didn’t change and grow with her own experience, and even reading the novels repeatedly didn’t bring new insight. A book of this length should have been a quick read – I found myself frustrated with Emma and tired of the repetitive nature of her navel gazing, and think that some of the more protracted moments could have been removed or moved forward more quickly. What did emerge was growth and some delightful moments with her best friend and Lucas’ niece April in this wholly clean and teen appropriate contemporary romance.
Title: Lies Jane Austen Told Me
Author: Julie Wright
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance -Adult
Published by: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Published on: 7 November, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.
What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn't until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas's biological niece.
Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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