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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Jennifer over at Book Club Girl and I can’t tell you how much I loved it! I tossed it into my beach bag, sat on the beach and read it from cover to cover. Thank you Jennifer! She is also hosting a radio blog show with the author on June 25th, at 7pm EST. For more info on the book, or the blog show, please click here.

Now here’s a little bit about the book..

Courtney, who also happens to be a big fan of Jane Austen, wakes up one morning and finds herself inside the bedroom of a woman in England, circa 1800’s. Coming from Los Angeles, Courtney is forced to live the life of this woman, which is very similar to that of all the Jane Austen novels she has ever read, while trying to figure out how to return to her own life.

Can you imagine leaving your modern, everyday life for one in the 1800’s? There are some very funny moments involving chamber pots, healing waters, and the like, as Courtney attempts to live her life as Jane. I thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with Jane’s friends and suitors and the references to novels written by Jane Austen. Toss this one into your beach bag and you won’t be sorry!

Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

I just finished Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver. I picked this book up twice and put it right back down again. However, the third time around I made a pact with myself to stick with it..no matter what. I am so glad I did! In hindsight, I have no idea why I had such a hard time with it the first two times. Here is the blurb from Barnes & Noble:

Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes the countryside, these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place.

Rich and lush. Those are the two words that come to mind. The book takes us through three, interwoven stories about nature and love. We meet a ranger whose main task is to protect a mountain and the conflict between her and the hunter that threatens it. We also meet a young woman, overcome with grief, and how she struggles to make a life for herself on a farm. The last couple, consist of two elderly neighbors. Each trying to co-exist on their land that sits right next to each other.

There are some tender moments.. and a lot of funny ones. I found myself re-reading certain passages because they were written so beautifully. This would be a great book to kick-off summer. If you read it..let me know what you think of it.